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Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) has 30+ years of corporate experience providing engineering, environmental and information technology services supporting defense and civilian remote sensing programs for weather and environment, space weather, mission-focused situational awareness, operational planning, intelligence, and scenario assessment. AER’s scientists have helped to solve weather- and climate-related problems of vital national importance in energy, environment, national security, and climate change for Government agencies including NOAA and NASA and the Departments of Defense and Energy. AER’s specific capabilities encompass the concept development, system design, test and evaluation, and acquisition of satellite remote sensing systems, associated electro-optical, infrared, microwave, radar, and lidar integrated sensor payloads, and computer ground systems for signal processing and data image processing of information theory based phenomenological algorithms to convert sensor data to usable environmental and space weather information.

AER’s staff of nearly 200 professionals includes over 85 holding Ph.D.’s or advanced degrees. More than half are scientists and engineers globally recognized for being at the forefront of their fields. Areas of expertise include engineering disciplines such as electrical and software engineering, information technology and the sciences: atmosphere, hydrology, meteorology, oceanography, space, environmental science, and climate change. Since our founding, AER has successfully promoted the advancement of the scientific understanding of atmospheric science, climate and weather, remote sensing, ocean and planetary sciences. Our scientific staff is highly accomplished and recognized worldwide for its quality and dedication to applying that knowledge to solve real world problems, by working with businesses and policymakers. Through externally funded research programs conducted by in-house scientific staff, and often in collaboration with world renowned scientists at academic and other research institutions, we have developed analytical tools to help measure and observe the properties of the environment, and to translate these measurements into useful information. Our clients include the private and public sectors around the world. We at AER recognize the need to develop and apply robust scientific applications to help solve problems and to further the understanding of the global environment and its impact. Our approaches are through understanding industry operations, environmental measurements and observations; applying physical principles; and developing accurate, valuable, and usable information on which to base policy and business decisions.

AER is headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts, and is a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ: VRSK). Additional offices are located at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Massachusetts; in Albuquerque, NM adjacent to Kirtland AFB; Greenbelt, MD adjacent to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC); in Norman, OK on the campus of the University of Oklahoma and serving the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL); at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, NE and in Suffolk, VA in the vicinity of the United States Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM). AER operates an in-house Information Services division with advanced hardware assets tailored to accommodate the complex mathematical computations required to fulfill customer requirements. Our extensive software capabilities include databases, test beds, sensor simulation models, and COTS products and services. AER’s solid research heritage enables our software experts to work seamlessly with knowledge experts to transitioning science based algorithms and models into high fidelity operational systems. AER has the advantage of being an agile company of diversely talented staff who can respond quickly to changing markets and client needs.

AER’s success is based on a solid heritage of past performance supporting national programs. In 1987, based on its groundbreaking remote sensing algorithm development and satellite sensor modeling and simulation, AER was chosen as a subcontractor to support design of elements and applications of both the civilian (NOAA) and military (DoD) polar orbiting meteorological satellite systems and later for the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (“DMSP”). Importantly in the early 1990’s, AER was the exclusive developer of science algorithms supported by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) for the Air Force’s Cloud Depiction and Forecast System (“CDFS-II”). Today these codes drive the world’s only operational satellite global cloud analysis and forecast system. AER’s demonstrated expertise was recognized in 1993 by an award from the American Meteorological Society (“AMS”) for its “Commitment to excellence, service to the public and notable contributions to atmospheric sciences.” These accomplishments laid the groundwork for AER’s selection as a key team member supporting the design phases of satellite remote sensors for the current NASA/NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) as well as in the design, implementation, and operation of the ground system for the Air Force Communication and Navigation Outage Forecast System (C/NOFS). In 2009, AER was selected, as part of the Harris Corporation team, to be the key environmental product software subcontractor for the Department of Commerce, NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series R (“GOES-R”) program ground system.

AER has implemented organizational, accounting, and management control processes to track progress and trends in projects using several industry-standard methodologies. AER’s ISO 9001 certified processes support continuous improvement in the management of purchasing, bidding, project inception, execution, product delivery, reporting, customer satisfaction, and post project follow up. As a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics, a publicly traded company which is subject to Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, AER’s accounting system and internal controls are robust. AER has extensive experience with projects that follow the principles of ANSI 748-B Earned Value Management (EVM) methodology and the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 3 methodology. These standards are requirements for a number of government contracts that AER has been awarded.

AER has the requisite experience, infrastructure and resources in engineering, information technology and environmental sciences to solve emerging weather and climate related problems of vital national importance in energy, environment, national security, and climate change.

GSA Acquisitions Federal Supply Service

Quality and Process Management

Our commitment to quality is backed by our company’s ISO 9001:2008 certification