From the editor

Each October more than 100 faculty from UCAR member institutions come to Boulder for the annual meeting of members. Logistics and scheduling details can be found on the Web.

NCAR's ten-year plan for conducting interdisciplinary research through a world-class work force and state-of-the-art research tools is summarized in its strategic plan, NCAR as an Integrator (PDF file, 1.6 MB).


In This Issue...


The next phase of remote sensing

There's still plenty of life coursing through the dual beams of the airborne Electra Doppler Radar. But when ELDORA goes to work, Wen-Chau Lee spots the telltale signs of middle age. More>

Spinning up a new GLOBE structure

UCAR and Colorado State University have teamed up to manage the landmark science-education program called GLOBE. Starting 1 October, UCAR and CSU will assume primary responsibility for developing and overseeing the program. More>

Is the 1990s decline in grad-school interest reversing?

Results from the 2003 UCAR survey on graduate student enrollment. As part of UCAR's effort to assist member institutions with their educational efforts as well as with their research activities, we conducted our third enrollment survey of UCAR member institutions in March 2003. More>

Affairs of the atmosphere

Climate affairs hits the scene with new book, academic programs. If universities offer multidisciplinary programs in marine affairs, wonders NCAR senior scientist Mickey Glantz, why not a course of study for students interested in climate affairs? more>

The road to Doppler data

Putting a radar on the road was once a novelty. Doppler on Wheels (DOW) came to life nearly ten years ago, built on a relative shoestring through NCAR. NSSL, and the University of Oklahoma (OU). more>

Geomagnetic storms may spur thermospheric vortices

In July 2000, an intense solar storm sent billions of tons of plasma hurtling through space at some 6.4 million kilometers (4 million miles) per hour. The plasma set off a major geomagnetic storm in Earth's upper atmosphere that raged for nine hours before gradually subsiding more>

Mammoth meeting bridges the world of geoscience

If you weren't there, you probably knew someone who was. Nearly 11,000 geoscientists attended the first Joint EGS-AGU-EUG Assembly in Nice, France, from 6 to 11 April. More>

Just deserts

A new weather text is the first to focus on Earth's driest lands. Those who consider desert climates boring ought to try taking on a sandstorm at full blast. According to NCAR's Tom Warner, the experience–torrid heat, howling wind, stinging grains of sand, and near-zero visibility–should make believers out of them. More>

Regular Features

President’s Corner

Crossing the valleys of death and lost opportunities: Toward an Earth Information System. When society invests in applied research, it has a right to expect some benefit, whether in the form of an improved economy, a safer way of life, or some other social gain. More>

Web Watch

Hurricane background for kids and experts. Hurricane Strike! is a multimedia package aimed at middle schoolers that conveys basic concepts of atmospheric science, climate, and geography, as well as key safety and preparedness skills. 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>

Governance Update

University Relations Committee. On 15-16 April, the spring meeting of the University Relations Committee was kindly hosted by Steve Monismith and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. More>

Science Bit

Nights are getting toastier more quickly in cities than afield. In another illustration of the urban heat island at work, U.S. climate data over the last four decades show that unusually warm summer nights are increasing in cities at a rate three times faster than in the country. More>