Florida State University

Florida State University brings to bear a broad spectrum of expertise and capabilities of direct relevance to CIMAS. Focus areas extend from marine ecology, fisheries, ocean modeling, winds, remote sensing and meteorology to environmental law, economics, tourism, and risk assessment and remediation. FSU has unique technical capabilities including high-resolution petroleomics capabilities at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and high-performance computing. FSU also brings an explicit interconnection/overlap with another NOAA Cooperative Institute, the Northern Gulf Institute (NGI).


Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science (EOAS): Its mission is to provide high quality, innovative education that prepares, challenges, and inspires students to shape the future of earth sciences; to be an international thought leader by producing high-quality scholarly research and publishing in top-tier journals; and to increase the public understanding of our science.

Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory (FSUCML): The Florida State University has operated a marine laboratory since 1949. Its mission is to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research focused on the coastal and marine ecosystems of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, with a focus on solving the ecological problems faced by the region by providing the scientific underpinnings for informed policy decisions.

Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Studies (COAPS): Its mission is to be a center of excellence which promotes interdisciplinary research in air-sea interaction, the coupled ocean-atmosphere-land-ice earth system, and climate prediction on scales of weeks to decades in order to increase our understanding of the physical, social, and economical consequences of coupled ocean-atmospheric variations.

Florida Climate Institute (FCI): It is mission is to foster interdisciplinary research, education, and extension to (1) improve understanding of climate variability, climate change, and sea level rise on the economy, ecosystems, and human-built systems; (2) develop technologies and information for creating opportunities and policies that reduce economic and environmental risks; and (3) engage society in research, extension and education programs for enhancing adaptive capacity and responses to associated climatic risks.

High-Performance Computing (HPC): FSU supports a world-class facility for multidisciplinary research which is currently in its third phase development and has a total capacity of 25 TFLOPS of throughput. The system consists of 526 Dell PowerEdge compute nodes (2688 cores) and 13 Dell PowerEdge login nodes. All compute and login nodes have access to a 156 terabyte Panasas high-performance parallel Object Storage Device. The HPC network infrastructure is connected to FSU’s 10 Gbps campus network backbone and to the 10 Gbps Florida Lambda Rail.