National Center for Atmospheric Research – In Brief

  • Reaching for GOLD
    February 27, 2018 | As diversity becomes an increasingly important focus in the geosciences, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is providing critical support to a nationwide group of pilot projects that use innovative approaches to make the field more inclusive.Geoscience Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity (GOLD) is a... Read more »
  • Groundbreaking data set gives unprecedented look at future weather
    Dec. 7, 2017 | How will weather change in the future? It's been remarkably difficult to say, but researchers are now making important headway, thanks in part to a groundbreaking new data set at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).Scientists know that a warmer and wetter atmosphere will lead... Read more »
  • New climate forecasts for watersheds - and the water sector
    Nov. 10, 2017 | Water managers and streamflow forecasters can now access bi-weekly, monthly, and seasonal precipitation and temperature forecasts that are broken down by individual watersheds, thanks to a research partnership between the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder). The project... Read more »
  • NCAR scientists work to improve sharing, storing of hydrology data
    NCAR scientists Martyn Clark and David Gochis are part of an effort funded by the National Science Foundation to improve Hydroshare. The project is being led by Utah State University, a UCAR member institution. The following is an excerpt from a USU news release.Sept. 29, 2017 | Utah State University... Read more »
  • Nationally recognized internship program to reach more students than ever
    July 26, 2017 | As a protégé in UCAR's SOARS program during 2003 and 2004, Deanna Hence learned the key skills that would take her through graduate school and beyond, from working with data sets to coping with increasing work demands. Now a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University... Read more »
  • NCAR to take rare infrared measurements during solar eclipse
    July 20, 2017 | Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) plan to use the total eclipse on Aug. 21 to comprehensively measure, for the first time, the infrared radiation streaming out from the Sun's corona. The results could help researchers better understand the structure and evolution of... Read more »
  • Raising forecasting skills in Africa and beyond
    May 9, 2017 | Africa is particularly vulnerable to extreme weather, affecting food and water security and public health. In 2016 alone, Nigeria and South Africa suffered droughts, and Ethiopia's highlands were battered by floods.But African meteorologists have been hindered by a relative dearth of weather observing stations and a... Read more »
  • Promoting diversity in high-performance computing
    May 2, 2017 | Justin Moore was supporting his family of four with a job at an auto parts store while juggling classes at Salish Kootenai College, a Native American college in Montana, when he heard about a computing internship in 2014 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)... Read more »
  • Capturing a detailed portrait of wind
    April 28, 2017 | For two autumns in the early 1980s, researchers covered an isolated, gently sloping hill in Scotland with dozens of scientific instruments to measure the behavior of wind as it blew up and over from the nearby coast. More than three decades later, the resulting data set gathered... Read more »
  • Building roads to match tomorrow's weather
    April 20, 2017 | When engineers design roads, bridges, and other types of transportation infrastructure, they need to account for local weather patterns. Extreme heat or freeze-thaw cycles can lead to ruts and cracks in roads, and heavy rains can overwhelm inadequate drainage systems, washing out bridges and flooding key... Read more »