Monday, October 15, marked the dedication of NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate Prediction – the newest addition to the University of Maryland’s Research Park.
Officials from both the federal and state government, joined by faculty from the University of Maryland, gathered yesterday for the official ribbon cutting ceremony at the facility.
Among those present was Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who referred to the new building as the “brain center” of weather research and prediction.
In an article published by NOAA, the senator was quoted emphasizing her support for the center. “Marylanders can continue to rely on NOAA data to keep them safe every day, and I will continue to do my part to put funding in the federal checkbook to support these important operations,” she said.
According to NOAA, the 268,000 square foot building will house over 800 employees. In addition, the building’s proximity to the UMCP campus will also offer research opportunities for students, like those from ESSIC UMD partner-department AOSC.