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Introduction

UCAR at 40
Who We Are
•Introduction
One Planet, One Atmosphere
Between Sun and Earth
Measuring and Modeling
When Weather Matters Most
Spreading the Word
Knowledge for All
Looking toward the Future
UCAR at a Glance
List of acronyms


Anniversaries—especially ones that occur at the ends or beginnings of decades, centuries, or millennia—typically cause people to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. The 40thanniversary of UCAR and NCAR is no exception. This year we have been celebrating the achievements of our unique partnership with atmospheric scientists around the world, as well as looking forward. This document, UCAR at 40, reviews highlights of our work with the atmospheric research community. It focuses on the 15 years since a similar document, UCAR at 25 (accessible on the World Wide Web) was published. Many of the achievements herein were accomplished with the leadership of Robert Serafin, who directed NCAR from 1989 to 2000. NCAR and the UCAR Office of Programs (UOP, created in 1992) have grown and broadened in many ways in their scientific and educational activities and their service to the universities and to society. These changes are consistent with UCAR's strategic outlook, UCAR 2001, published in 1992 after much discussion with the community. In the section "UCAR at a Glance" are the six goals outlined in UCAR 2001.

What have we learned and created in the past 15 years? A few examples:

As we hope this document shows, it has been a great 40 years. We believe the future will bring even greater achievements through collaborations with our colleagues around the world. UCAR owes much to the wisdom and leadership of university scientists who have guided our efforts through the UCAR Board of Trustees as well as many other committees and review panels. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the generous support of NSF.

After spotlighting the last 15 years, we close UCAR at 40 with a look into the future of the atmospheric and related sciences. Driven by advances in observational, computational, and information technologies, the changes and accomplishments over the coming decades are sure to be revolutionary.

Richard Anthes,
UCAR president


UCAR at 40
Who We Are
•Introduction
One Planet, One Atmosphere
Between Sun and Earth
Measuring and Modeling
When Weather Matters Most
Spreading the Word
Knowledge for All
Looking toward the Future
UCAR at a Glance
List of acronyms


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Executive editor Lucy Warner, lwarner@ucar.edu
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Last revised: Fri Jan 26 17:18:32 MST 2001