A facility intended to be a "brain center" for U.S. weather and climate prediction activity opened Monday at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Officials including Sen. Barbara Mikulski, led a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 268,000-square-foot center at 2 p.m. The building houses more than 800 employees of NOAA's Center for Weather and Climate Prediction.
The center is also offering opportunities for partnership with the university. Undergraduate students will be able to work directly with atmospheric and oceanic science researchers as they learn to become certified meteorologists and oceanographers.