For over 15 years, several programs at the University of Delaware have focused on monitoring the environment and developing applications to aid decision making and improve Delaware’s ability to respond to extreme weather and climate events. Recognizing that these programs shared a lot of similar goals and needs for supporting infrastructure, the Center for Environmental Monitoring Analysis (CEMA) was formed in 2017 to streamline support for these programs. CEMA, located in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) at the University of Delaware, combines the following programs under one banner:
- The Office of Delaware State Climatologist (est. 1977)
- The Delaware Environmental Observing System (est. 2003)
- The Delaware Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Center (est. 2010)
- The University of Delaware Satellite Receiving Station (est. 2011)
Each program still maintains a certain degree of self-identity, but leverage staff and resources for the overall goal of supporting the state of Delaware’s environmental monitoring and analytical needs. To this extent, CEMA mission consists of the following six (6) core focus areas:
- Operate and maintain a network of real-time environmental sensing stations in support of emergency management, natural resource management, transportation, and agriculture.
- Operate a series of internet resources to provide real-time and historical environmental data for Delaware.
- Engineer environmental data products and monitoring solutions in support of emergency management, natural resource management, transportation, and agriculture.
- Provide weather and climate expertise to the State in support of its operational mission during inclement weather events as well as planning support for weather and climate-related issues.
- Provide regular weather and climate reports as well as special reports on extreme weather events affecting Delaware.
- Collaborate with other researchers and institutions to enhance the research community’s understanding of weather and climate-related issues, particularly as they relate to Delaware.