Cooperative Institute for
Meteorological Satellite Studies

Applets at AMS WeatherFest
Photo Credit: CIMSS EPO

Steve Ackerman at ESIP Teacher Workshop
Photo Credit: CIMSS EPO

Patrick Rowley and Bucky Badger
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ESIP Teacher Workshop 2012
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CIMSS 3D Globe
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Education, Outreach, and Training

The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) is involved in a variety of formal and informal education projects, ranging from classes and workshops at the University of Wisconsin to presentations at conferences, museums and schools. CIMSS has been on the forefront of educational software design for over two decades. CIMSS satellite imagery and software products are used by professional meteorologists, teachers and students worldwide.  Meet the CIMSS EPO Team

Workshops and Learning Communities Sponsored by CIMSS

Atmospheric and Earth Science Workshop for High School Students

Five days of meteorology, astronomy, land remote sensing and geology with an emphasis on satellite remote sensing and weather forecasting. Students stay on campus to preview college and study science.

Teacher Workshops and Educator Opportunities

One and two-day workshops for science teachers featuring informative lectures, discussions and hands-on computer sessions. College credit is available.

Climate Literacy Ambassadors

A NASA global climate change education project for the community of climate change educators.

GOES-R Education Proving Ground

A NOAA supported community of educators preparing for new satellite imagery and improved products that will be available in the GOES-R era.

Scholarship Opportunity

Verner E. Suomi Scholarship Award

For graduating high school seniors who plan to major in physical science and attend a UW System school.

Web based Educational Resources

Educational Applets

Highly interactive teaching and training activities that allow users to explore physical processes such as tornadoes, air density effects on baseballs, thunderstorms, rainbows, snowflake crystals (and more!) all on a computer screen.
  Weather & Climate Applets featured at AMS WeatherFest

Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region

New resources and select videos developed for a 2015 MOOC (Massive Open On-line Course) utilizing IPCC, NCA and NWS data to explore observed climate change in the Great Lakes Region.

Satellite Meteorology for Grades 7-12

Developed for middle and high school science classes, an excellent resource for educators and anyone interested in learning more about satellite meteorology.

Global and Regional Climate Change

Clarifying concepts, processes and graphs presented in the IPCC's Climate Change 2007: Physical Science Basis Summary for Policy Makers. Updated with 2013 IPCC and 2014 NCA data.

EarthNow Blog

Weather and Climate connections for 3D spherical display systems.

The Weather Guys

Timely weather stories told by UW meteorologists Steve Ackerman and Jon Martin.

Wisconsin Weather Stories

K-12 curriculum and lesson plans for teachers that explore the science and stories of Wisconsin Weather.

Suomi Virtual Museum

An early exploration of research areas pursued by Professor Suomi during his career.

Training/Professional Development


Dedicated to sharing information and data from NOAA polar orbiting satellites, the International TOVS Working Group (ITWG) recommends directions of future research and seeks to influence relevant programs of the WMO and other agencies (NASA, NESDIS, EUMETSAT).

Remote Sensing Seminars

CIMSS scientists travel to research centers and universities around the world to teach young researchers and graduate students the theoretical and operational aspects of satellite remote sensing.


The Virtual Institute for Satellite Integration Training (VISIT) accelerates the transfer of remote sensing research into National Weather Service (NWS) operations using a distance learning tool called VISITview. Traditionally used to train forecasters, VISITview also enables remote lectures to science classes.

Courses in the UW Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences Department (AOS)

AOS 102: Climate and Climate Change (

This on-line course offered through the UW-Madison was developed collaboratively between CIMSS and the UW AOS department. Course content highlights concepts presented in the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Summary for Policymakers and a multi-agency climate education document called Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences, with updates from the 2013 IPCC report and the 2014 National Climate Assessment.