Being a Member of UCAR means being a part of a community that helps shape
the future direction of the atmospheric and related sciences both
nationally and internationally. Virtually all of the major research
universities of North America are members of UCAR; there are 78
of these currently, all of them with Ph.D.-granting programs in
the atmospheric or related sciences. Additionally, 26 undergraduate
and masters' degree granting institutions have official ties through
UCAR's Academic Affiliates Program. Both the members and the affiliates
appoint representatives to UCAR, who serve as important links between
the research and teaching communities and UCAR and its programs.
In addition, Members and Affiliates serve on governance and advisory
committees that help shape the course of UCAR and its services to
Beyond these formal mechanisms, UCAR serves the community as a networking
resource, as an education resource and as a focal point for planning.
Through its advocacy activities, UCAR alerts members to legislative and
budget issues that may affect them, educates members of Congress on scientific
problems and their societal impacts, and, at times, lobbies on behalf
of broad community interests.