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UOP becomes UCAR Commmunity Programs

Starting this spring, you’ll see a new name—UCAR Community Programs—for a set of popular services formerly known as the UCAR Office of Programs (UOP). The new title acknowledges the deep community roots of these programs, which include:

  • COMET (Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training)
  • COSMIC (Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate)
  • DLS (Digital Learning Sciences)
  • GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment)
  • JOSS (Joint Office for Science Support)
  • NSDL (National Science Digital Library)
  • Unidata Program Center
  • VSP (Visiting Scientist Programs)
  • Starting with the creation of Unidata in 1982, UCAR began responding to community requests for services that stretched beyond the purview of NCAR. These unique programs, which serve the varied and growing needs of UCAR universities as well as other parts of the weather and climate enterprise, were gathered under the UOP label in 1992. Today, UCAR Community Programs involves almost 200 onsite staff, mostly in Boulder; nearly 100 other staff and about 25 scientific visitors stationed at several sites across the country; and a budget of about $40 million provided by a variety of sponsors that includes NOAA, NSF, NASA, and the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Defense.


    Each program can be accessed on the Web. If you have questions or suggestions for UCAR Community Programs, contact UCAR vice president Jack Fellows at 303-497-8655.


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