From the editor

NSF and NCAR invite scientists to participate in a series of missions to become more familiar with the new High-performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research (HIAPER), which debuts in 2005. See the HIAPER web page for details.

UCAR's annual meeting in October addressed a wide rabge of areas where UCAR and universities can work together. The follow-up-site for the meeting includes PDF summaries of the breakout sessions on the water cycle, biogeosciences, cyberinfrastructure, next-generation observing systems, and the next-generation faculty.

UCAR welcomes the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University as the newest of our 68 member institutions. Joining our board of trustees are Rosina Bierbaum (University of Michigan), Eugenia Kalnay (university of Maryland), Steven Rutledge (Colorado State University), and Soroosh Sorooshian (University of California, Irvine).

Watch for more news from the members' meeting in the winter 2003-04 issue of the Quarterly.


In This Issue...


The changing face of NCAR

NCAR is refreshing its science staff and investigating a host of new topics, with a university presence that leaders hope to see strengthened further. More>

WRF's new construction zone

What will soon be the nation’s flagship computer model for weather prediction and research is getting a dedicated cyberspace where scientists can put it through cutting-edge experiments. More>

Hurricane-tested WRF nails Isabel

UCAR Foundation launches tech-transfer firm

A new company designed to help bring NCAR innovations into the private sector opened for business in July.

Women in meteorology: how long a minority?

WMO urges a renewed commitment to progress. A set of lackluster statistics gave added import to the Second World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Conference on Women in Meteorology and Hydrology. More>

Initiatives in Brief

In this new series, the UCAR Quarterly will profile one or more of the NCAR strategic initiatives each issue. More>

Geographic Information Systems

Building a home for HIAPER

NCAR’s Research Aviation Facility (RAF) is making room for the arrival of a new jet late next year. This groundbreaking at Jefferson County Airport on 21 August kicked off construction of a second NCAR hangar at Jeffco. More>


After more than a decade of affiliation with UCAR, UNAVCO—originally the University NAVSTAR Consortium—is an independent entity. More>


Regular Features


President’s Corner: Leaders: Born or Made?

Developing leadership skills in people in the atmospheric sciences is a worthwhile investment, and that producing better leaders is more important than ever. More>

Congress looks at climate change

Web Watch - Soundings in Action

Sounding techniques based on the Global Positioning System spring to life in the animated displays produced by UCAR’s Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere & Climate. More>

Science Bit

A modeling study in the International Journal of Astrobiology suggests that some -planets with high obliquity—those whose axes are tilted more strongly than Earth’s—have more potential for life-supporting climates than previously thought. More>

UCAR Community Calendar

The UCAR Community Calendar provides an overview of activities sponsored or hosted by UCAR, NCAR, or UOP for researchers, other professionals, and students in the atmospheric and related sciences. More>