CESSRST Partner Institutions

San Diego State University

CREST Consortium

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182
(619) 594-6613
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NOAA-CREST at San Diego homes at the Center for Climate and Sustainability Studies (C2S2), which is an Area of Excellence at the San Diego State University, founded by four departments: Biology, Mathematics and Statistics, Geography, and Anthropology.

CREST-SDSU faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students are mainly involved in Theme IV (Ecosystem and Surface Fluxes) and Theme II (Atmospheric Hazards). We are contributing to these themes in the following research topics: global biogeochemical cycles, global climate data analysis, hydrology and land cover, climate assessment and greenhouse gases, ecosystem functions such as carbon fluxes and water balances, California storms and atmospheric river, and super-ensemble season-to-subseason weather forecasting method for NOAA operations. Areas of research include the Arctic, California, and American Samoa and include land and coastal ocean ecosystems.

Campus PI and Staff

Prof. Walter Oechel - Campus PI  (Bio)
Phone: (619) 594-6613
Fax: (619) 594-7831
Email: woechel@mail.sdsu.edu

Prof. Samuel Shen - Deputy PI (Bio)
Phone: (619) 594-6280
Fax: (619) 594-6746
Email: sshen@mail.sdsu.edu

Dr. Aram Kalhori - Coordinator/Assistant
Phone: (619) 594-3443
Fax: (619) 594-7831
Email: akalhori@mail.sdsu.edu

Other Members include

  1. Trent Biggs
  2. Douglas Stow
  3. Donnatella Zona

CREST Research Projects and Task

CREST-San Diego research projects: Ecosystem Services; Earth System Sciences. Funding sources:

  • Temporal and Spatial Patterns of and Controls on Arctic CO2 and CH4 Fluxes in the ABoVE Domain. PI: W. Oechel. Source of Support: NASA
  • Simplified and optimal analysis of NOAA global temperature data. PI: S. Shen. Source of Support: NOAA
  • Surface-induced forcing and decadal variability and change of the East Asian climate, surface hydrology and agriculture. PI: S. Shen. Source of Support: NSF



Degrees Offered include: B.Sc. & M.Sc. & Ph.D in Liberal Arts, Biology, Anthropology etc.

University Career & Student services contact information:


Phone: (619) 594-6851.

San Diego State University,

Address: 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182 


CREST Consortium

CREST is led by The City University of New York and brings together Hampton University, VA; University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, PR; San Diego State University, CA; University of Maryland Baltimore County, MD; University of Texas at El Paso, TX.