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

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.

Satellite Observations in Science Education

Learning activities combined with creative e-learning tools to assist educators teaching remote sensing and satellite technology to high school and college level students.

Global and Regional Climate Change

Clarifying concepts, processes and graphs presented in the summary of the IPCC's Climate Change 2007: Physical Science Basis. Spanish Language version (Espanol)

Satellite Applications in Geoscience Education

Facilitating the use of satellite observations in K-12 Earth Science Education.

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 100: Climate and Climate Change (

This on-line version of AOS 100 offered through the University of Wisconsin-Madison will focus on Earth's climate system and regional impacts of climate change. Course content will highlight 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.