Being a member of UCAR means being part of a community that helps shape the future direction of the field of Earth system science. 

The UCAR consortium includes 122 North American colleges and universities that offer research and education programs in Earth system science, ranging from meteorology to hydrology, oceanography, atmospheric chemistry, climate science, and beyond. These institutions appoint member representatives who serve as vital links between the academic community, NCAR, and the other programs and projects managed by UCAR. 

UCAR benefits its members by providing community networking resources and offering an array of services that individual members institutions could not maintain on their own. UCAR also alerts its membership to legislative and budget issues that may affect their work, educates members of Congress on scientific problems and societal impacts, and advocates on behalf of broad community interests. 

UCAR member benefits:

  • be on the forefront of UCAR and NCAR initiatives; receive news updates; participate in polls and surveys; contribute at planning sessions
  • contribute to the biannual university salary survey and receive results
  • receive priority status for UVisit applications that bring NCAR and UCP scientists and subject matter experts to university classrooms
  • be eligible to apply for a PACUR Community Engagement Fund award
  • take advantage of the many opportunities that UCAR and NCAR offer to students and early career professionals
  • connect and collaborate with university peers and  UCAR|NCAR|UCP lab and program leaders at the free Annual Members Meeting
  • shape UCAR and NCAR activities by voting for leadership positions on the Board of Trustees, PACUR, Membership Committee, and Members Nominating Committee
  • gain access to UCAR's new online members community, UCAR Commons, where Earth System Science professionals can connect with each other to collaborate on research and best practices, advertise career opportunities, share achievements, and advocate for science with the UCAR Government Relations division