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About GEST

In 2000, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) awarded a Cooperative Agreement to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, to create a center of excellence in the Earth sciences. Through this arrangement, UMBC and its partners – Hampton University, Howard University, Caelum Research Corporation, and Northrop Grumman Corporation – developed collaborative research programs in all areas of the Earth sciences. This consortium between government, university and private industry not only provided a secure “home” for Earth scientists, but also synergistically fostered new directions in research and technology. This Cooperative Agreement operated until May 10, 2011. All former GEST faculty members have joined JCET (Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology)and still others are part of a Cooperative Agreement between GSFC and UMBC called GPHI (Goddard Planetary Heliophysics Institute).
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