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 126 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:

  • An invitation for two member representatives to attend the UCAR Annual Members meeting where members stay connected to UCAR, NSF NCAR and university colleagues (Travel expenses for attendees are paid by UCAR.)
  • A vote on UCAR governance items such as bylaws and trustees, which directly impact the direction of the university consortium and Earth System science community
  • Access to the UCAR university salary survey report (if the the university contributes to the survey)
  • Priority status for UCAR UVisit funding that brings scientists and subject matter experts to university classrooms
  • Eligibility to apply for a PACUR Community Engagement Fund award to host a scientific activity or workshop in your community
  • Information on UCAR and NSF NCAR initiatives, research, programs and opportunities for faculty and students
  • All university faculty, staff, and students can have an account on the UCAR Commons where Members share job announcements, news, events, or ask questions to the Earth System science community