Advanced Study Program (ASP)
Director: William (Al) Cooper
Sponsors recent Ph.D. scientists and students in Ph.D. programs, bringing them to NCAR to expand their own studies and enrich the center's research. ASP also offers seminars, workshops, and colloquia on areas of particular importance to the atmospheric sciences.
Atmospheric Chemistry Division (ACD)
Director: Daniel McKenna
Focuses on global- and regional-scale air quality and problems related to the complex interactions among the oceans, ecosystems, and atmosphere. Researchers study the cycles of chemicals in the atmosphere, ways in which the composition of the air evolves, and the impact of human activities on atmospheric chemistry.
Atmospheric Technology Division (ATD)
Director: David Carlson
Provides observing facilities and instrumentation, including advanced radars, research aircraft, flux measurement systems, and integrated sounding systems, to researchers in the atmospheric and related sciences. These facilities allow investigators around the globe to gather raw data required for their research programs.
Climate and Global Dynamics Division (CGD)
Director: Maurice Blackmon
Contributes to better prediction of weather and climate through the development of models that promote understanding of the physical causes of past, present, and future climates and large-scale atmospheric and oceanic dynamics.
Environmental and Societal Impacts Group (ESIG)
Director: Robert Harriss
Improves understanding of the interactions among the atmosphere, environmental processes, and society and communicates information related to atmospheric science to a broad community of researchers and decision makers through research and workshops. ESIG staff assess how societies might better understand and cope with severe weather and climate shifts.
High Altitude Observatory (HAO)
Director: Michael Knölker
Carries out research into the solar interior, the influence of magnetic fields on the structure and dynamics of the solar atmosphere, and the links between the variable solar output and Earth's magnetosphere and outer atmosphere. Because some solar changes influence Earth's space environment and its climate, understanding solar variability is fundamental to understanding and potentially predicting the variability of Earth's atmosphere.
Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division
Director: Robert Gall
Investigates the basic physical processes that govern the weather: how the atmosphere and Earth receive incoming radiation, scatter and absorb it, and retransmit it; how weather and climate are affected by terrain and the characteristics of soil and vegetation; how severe storm systems develop and die; and how precipitation processes occur.
Research Applications Program (RAP)
Director: Brant Foote
Conducts directed research on disruptive phenomena such as thunderstorms, icing conditions, snowstorms, and turbulence and transfers relevant technology to such weather-sensitive activities as aviation, water resource management, agriculture, and surface and marine transportation.
Scientific Computing Division (SCD)
Director: Al Kellie
Provides supercomputing resources, scientific visualization tools and facilities, high-speed networks, and associated data-processing capabilities on a variety of computing machines. In close collaboration with other NCAR divisions, SCD assists in advancing atmospheric research across a broad front. SCD's data archives included over 250 terabytes as of mid-2000. Its computing center provides over 70 gigaflops of sustained supercomputing power for university and NCAR scientists.
Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere,
and Climate (COSMIC)
Director: Ying-Hwa (Bill) Kuo
Operates a collaborative science project between the United States and Taiwan to launch a constellation of microsatellites. Upon its deployment, COSMIC will collect atmospheric remote-sensing data for weather prediction, climate, and ionospheric and gravity research.
Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education
and Training (COMET®)
Director: Timothy Spangler
Improves the weather services of the nation by involving research scientists and academic scholars in the continuing education of weather forecasters and the development of new forecast techniques. The COMET® Program offers courses, symposia, and workshops and produces interactive, computer-based learning systems.
GPS Science and Technology Program (GST)
Director: Randolph (Stick) Ware
Investigates ground- and satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS) data as a tool for observing the atmosphere. The University NAVSTAR Consortium (UNAVCO) within GST provides technical support and equipment to investigators using GPS measurements to better understand such phenomena as earthquakes and volcanoes.
Information Infrastructure Technology and Applications
Director: Richard Chinman
Increases coherence, as viewed by users, of data services and related efforts across all of UCAR and does so with methods that can be applied outside the organization, especially at universities engaged in producing and managing data. The IITA is a joint UCAR/NCAR/UOP effort.
Joint Office for Science Support (JOSS)
Director: Karyn Sawyer
Provides scientific, technical, and administrative support services to the research community for planning, organizing, and implementing research programs and associated field projects worldwide. Most JOSS services and products fall in three broad categories: (1) community support, including planning advice, meeting management, program office administration, publications, and visitor programs; (2) field program support, including program planning and design, site surveys, and field operation logistics and management; and (3) data management, including system design and the collection, quality control, formatting, and customized delivery of scientific project data.
Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) Program
Director: Mary Marlino
This community-governed facility is designed to offer educators and learners easy access to high-quality information, tools, and services that facilitate learning about Earth at all educational levels. DLESE will include peer-reviewed collections of instructional materials, interfaces to data sets, and computer- and human-mediated services for collaboration and sharing.
Unidata Program Center
Director: David Fulker
Helps over 160 university departments, working as a community, to acquire and use atmospheric and other geophysical data for research and teaching, along with software tailored for visualization and analysis of these data.
Visiting Scientist Programs (VSP)
Director: Meg Austin
Operates programs designed to support and broaden education and research in the atmospheric, oceanic, and related sciences through fellowships to researchers at graduate, postgraduate, and more advanced levels. VSP also supports advisory panels and review teams, workshops, and summer institutes for the university community and federal agency sponsors.
Office of Development and Government Affairs
Director: Cynthia Schmidt
Monitors the activities of the U.S. Congress and keeps the UCAR community informed on budgetary, legislative, and policy developments involving UCAR, NCAR, UOP, NSF, and other agencies of importance to the atmospheric and related sciences. Promotes the growth and well-being of UCAR's programs and activities by supporting grant-seeking activities in the public and private sectors, assisting with educational project development, and supporting UCAR-affiliated programs that pursue environmental, social, and economic sustainability. The latter include the Science Policy Roundtable, supported by the MacArthur Foundation, and RECOUP: Industrial Ecology Project. Both are projects of the Walter Orr Roberts Institute.
President: R.C. Mercure
Acts as UCAR's exclusive agent for commercial endeavors. The nonprofit UCAR Foundation includes officers and a board of directors drawn from UCAR, universities, and the private sector. Revenue flows to the foundation through equity positions, license fees, and royalties on the sales of resulting commercial products. A substantial portion of the revenue generated is returned to UCAR for the advancement of its scientific programs.
Office of the UCAR President
President: Richard Anthes
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* = founding member
|Kelvin Droegemeier (chair)||University of Oklahoma|
|Robin Bell||Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory|
|Eric Betterton||University of Arizona|
|Christopher Bretherton||University of Washington|
|Richard Clark||Millersville University of Pennsylvania|
|Jeff Dozier||University of California, Santa Barbara|
|Matthew Hitchman||University of WisconsinMadison|
|Kenneth Pickering||University of Maryland|
|Eugene Takle||Iowa State University|
|Mingfang Ting||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|Otis Brown (chair)||University of Miami|
|Richard Anthes||President, UCAR|
|Leo Donner||Princeton University|
|Lennard Fisk||University of Michigan|
|David Houghton||University of WisconsinMadison|
|Lyn Hutton (treasurer)||The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation|
|Charles Kennel||Scripps Institution of Oceanography|
|Conway Leovy||University of Washington|
|Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Ronald McPherson (vice chair)||American Meteorological Society|
|Julia Nogues-Paegle||University of Utah|
|Mary Jo Richardson||Texas A&M University|
|David Skaggs||Aspen Institute|
|Ronald Smith (secretary)||Yale University|
|Dennis Thomson||Pennsylvania State University|
|Margaret Tolbert||University of Colorado|
|Gabor Vali||University of Wyoming|
|H. Gregory Austin, Lise Carney (UCAR counsel)||Holland and Hart|
|Henry Houghton||(19591961)||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Horace Byers||(19621964)||University of Chicago|
|A. Richardson Kassander, Jr.||(19651968)||University of Arizona|
|John Calhoun, Jr.||(19691970)||Texas A&M University|
|Earl Droessler||(19711972)||North Carolina State University|
|Thomas Malone||(19731974)||Butler University|
|Robert Fleagle||(19751976)||University of Washington|
|Ray Chamberlain||(19771978)||Colorado State University|
|William Gordon||(19791980)||Rice University|
|Donald Veal||(19811982)||University of Wyoming|
|Charles Hosler, Jr.||(19831984)||Pennsylvania State University|
|John Evans||(19851986)||COMSAT Laboratories|
|Robert Street||(19871990)||Stanford University|
|James Kimpel||(19911992)||University of Oklahoma|
|Richard Somerville||(19931994)||Scripps Institution of Oceanography|
|Susan Avery||(19951996)||University of Colorado|
|John Snow||(19971998)||University of Oklahoma|
|Lennard Fisk||(1999)||University of Michigan|
|Otis Brown||(2000)||University of Miami|
|Walter Orr Roberts||19601973|
|Walter Orr Roberts||19601968|