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The summer sun sets over Huntington Beach in California. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

Staff Notes Monthly

For the people of NCAR, UCAR, and UOP Vol. 40, #10, November 2005

Christmas in August

Researchers prepare for field project in remote
tropical Pacific

About two dozen researchers from EOL are gearing up for a trip to Christmas Island, a coral atoll near the equator roughly 1,300 miles (2,100 kilometers) south of Hawaii. The island’s remote marine environment will serve as an outdoor laboratory for the team to study the chemistry and physics of sulfur in the atmosphere.   More >



Nuts about science
CHATS, the Canopy Horizontal Array Turbulence Study, wrapped up in June. During the field campaign, NCAR researchers traveled to Dixon, California, to measure winds and turbulence within and above a walnut orchard that functioned as a uniformly vegetated canopy. Their broad goal is to improve modeling of surface-atmosphere exchange in regional and global land, atmosphere, and chemical models. More >


NCAR welcomes new researchers
In what is one of NCAR’s larger classes of new hires in recent years, the center has hired seven Scientists I and one Research Engineer I. Interests range from computer science to air pollution to the interior of the Sun. More >


SOARS protégés in the thick of another summer
A group of college and graduate students is forgoing more relaxing pursuits this summer for a chance to do original research in the atmospheric and Earth sciences, on topics ranging from hurricane impacts to aerosol pollutants.   More >

gondola Just before Sunrise....
A crane prepares to lift this 23-foot (7-meter) gondola ­outside Center Green.  More >
raf damage Strong winds damage hangar roof at Jeffco
On Monday, June 11, exceptionally strong winds blew off a 5,000-square-foot section of the roof of NCAR’s aircraft hangar at Jeffco.  More >
carbon cycle Short Takes
Science-society insight from Hurricane Rita. Iron deposition in the ocean. Atmospheric tides. The missing carbon sink.
 More >
bill randal Bill Randel to lead ESSL/ACD
The new director of ACD already knows the division very well. A 22-year NCAR veteran, Bill Randel took over in April. He replaces acting director Brian Ridley.  More >


UCAR photographer Carlye Calvin captured these prairie coneflowers, sometimes called yellow Mexican hats, outside the Mesa Lab in late June. Part of the aster family, the coneflowers are native to the prairie and western states.