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About USRA's Science and Technology Institute

In collaboration with NASA and the University of Alabama, Huntsville, STI's efforts include Earth science, space science, new technology studies, and educational activities. In addition to research in air quality, public health, water management, energy management and ecological forecasting, current Earth science research at the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) include global hydrological cycles, soil moisture science, lightning studies, and remote sensing. Space science studies include gamma-ray astronomy, X-Ray astronomy, cosmic ray physics, solar physics and space physics. New technology research efforts include remote sensing instrument development in Earth and Space Sciences.

Science Highlights

compass_image COMPASS (COnvection Morphology PArameter Space Study) is a large parameter space study attempting to identify what aspects of the storm environment regulate the morphology and intensity of storms on any given day by using numerical simulations as a tool.


treste_imageTRESTE (TRibal Earth Science and Technology Education Program) is a NASA-funded team of nine Tribal higher education institutions and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA). TRESTE collaborates with Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc., NativeView and the U.S. Geological Survey to enhance Earth System Science and geospatial education using problem-based teaching techniques.