We provide this material in support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) review of management of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). This review occurs in the spring of 1997, the fourth year of the current five-year cooperative agreement between NSF and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), and follows the recently completed review of NCAR's divisions and programs.
The current review seeks to evaluate the impact that NCAR as a center has had on the quality of the nation's atmospheric and related sciences, to evaluate the quality of the center's management and leadership, to determine the extent of community service the center provides, to assess the effectiveness of cross- divisional interactions, and to consider the balances among NCAR's programs. This integrated view of the institution, with emphasis on linkages, cross-divisional programs, and the synergy between science and technology, demonstrates the unique breadth and the extensive contributions of the national center and its staff.
Following NSF guidance, this is not a traditional management review focusing on management and administrative processes or on budgets. Rather, this document describes the results of management and leadership, including the identification of important scientific questions, leadership in building advocacy and generating resources to bring to bear on these issues, and the coordination of people and facilities to study these questions through program planning, development, implementation, and program performance.
NSF provided specific guidelines on the format to be followed in preparing this documentation. In accordance with those guidelines, the document covers NCAR's program highlights and scientific achievements; linkages with other UCAR programs and with the broader scientific community; education, outreach, and technology transfer; and management information. Included are descriptions of the appropriateness of two major non-NSF-sponsored programs, the High-Resolution Dynamic Limb Sounder (HIRDLS) and the Research Applications Program (RAP), that bring additional breadth and outreach to the center's activities and make important scientific contributions in their own right.
Additional material on UCAR and NCAR is referenced in the text and can be found either in the appendix or on the UCAR and NCAR websites: http://www.ucar.edu or http://www.ncar.ucar.edu.