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Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) - a Science and Technology Center established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2005, with the mission of developing new technologies and computer models to measure and predict the response sea level change to the mass balance of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica. CReSIS also studies how this mass balance affects the rising sea level that glaciologists have observed.

Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research - better known as CERSER, this institution develops an innovative and relevant research collaboration focused on coastal, ocean, and ice sheet research.

National Science Foundation (NSF)- an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare. They are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.


Elizabeth City State University - The university that our research was conducted at and where the URE OMS/Grid program is hosted. Elizabeth City State University, a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina, offers baccalaureate programs in the arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional areas, as well as master's degrees in selected disciplines.

Fayetteville State University - a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education the state. The university is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and consistently ranks among the nation’s top producers of African American baccalaureate and master’s graduates in disciplines like mathematics, psychology, computer science, education, social sciences and history.

Mississippi Valley State University - a Carnegie Master's I Institution, which provides accessible, relevant and quality academic and public service programs. This institution recognizes the need to provide greater services to the south and east Delta areas and the need to be efficient, effective, and productive in all of its operations. MVSU offers concentrated study in the arts, business, education, humanities, public services, pre-professional services, social sciences, sciences, social work and technology.