The mission of CREST is to develop environmental information and technical capabilities needed for research on processes affecting the Earth System at multiple scales and for planning a sustainable society by compiling Remote Sensing Observations and Modeling Resources into set of Scientific Investigations and Data Products and by supporting the Educational Mission of the University, all in partnerships with Researchers, Technology Companies, Local, National and International Organizations

CREST also supports NOAA’s mission “to understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment and to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs” by training a diverse group of successful students in disciplines that will augment NOAA’s future workforce and by leading successful research and development collaborations that will contribute to the improvement of NOAA’s products and services.