About the Institute

The CUNY Remote Sensing of Earth Science and Technology (CREST) Institute was officially inaugurated on November 29, 2010 at the hands of Dr. Larry Robinson, then Assistant US Secretary of Commerce for Coastal Conservation and Management, and Dr. Lisa Staiano-Coico, then CCNY President. Other invited dignitaries who attended event included Ms. Jacqueline Rousseau, Dr. Audrey Trotman from NOAA/EPP, and Dr. Gillian Small (then Vice Chancellor for Research, CUNY).

The CUNY Remote Sensing Earth System Institute was officially approved by CUNY Board of Trustees in June 2010. The goal of the Institute is to serve as a CUNY-wide Institute of Excellence in Advancement of Earth System Sciences and application of Remote Sensing Technology as well as other emerging technologies. The institute is designed to be a collaborative environment from faculty and scientists from different CUNY campuses to be able to work together in a variety of topics related to earth system sciences. The Institute serve as a major hub of outstanding interdisciplinary research across CUNY colleges. The institute’s collaborative environment will enhance the advancement of science at CUNY and will create opportunity to attract external funding and bring in new resources for the good of faculty, students, and CUNY as a whole.

The Institute Vision:

To become an international research and educational training hub through collaborative partnerships and advancing Earth System Science and Engineering through State-of-the-art Technologies.

The Institute Mission:

To develop environmental information and technical capabilities to study processes affecting the Earth System at multiple scales and assimilate Remote Sensing Observations and Modeling Resources into sets of Scientific Data Products and support CUNY’s Educational Mission by fostering Local, National, and international partnerships.

Five Pillars of CUNY CREST Institute

Pillar 1: Research

• Conduct Research on Earth Systems Science
• Conduct Research on the Social Sciences
• Develop Ground and Satellite based Remote Sensing Techniques
• Develop Integrated Earth System Data Products
• Develop Earth System Models
• Design and Deploy Environmental Observational Networks

Pillar II: Application

• Disseminate Web-based data products and data analysis tools
• Support in-situ and remote sensing data-based Research to Operations
• Integration of scientific products for decision making support systems
• Support climate and weather nexus for health, energy, water, and agriculture

Pillar III: Education and Training

• Support Earth System and Environmental Engineering related Programs
• Mentoring and Training
• Young Scientists training in Research Experience
• K-12 Activities
• Professional Development

Pillar IV: Entrepreneurship and Business Development

• Develop an Entrepreneurship Plan
• Technology Commercialization
• Create Professional portfolio for young scientists/graduate students

Pillar V: Community Engagement and Outreach

• Web presence and social media
• Develop research product related apps for smartphones and iPad (such as weather/nowcasting/flash flood/river-ice map app etc.)
• Organize Internationally Recognized Conference
• Specialized topical workshops and Stakeholder engagement
• Expansion/dissemination of Broadcasts/Podcasts/Blogs/YouTube