NCAR and UCAR researchers are recognized nationally and internationally for distinguished achievement in atmospheric and Earth system science.

Here are a few examples since our founding:

American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 21 fellows
  •   1 president of the AAAS
American Geophysical Union
  • 37 fellows
  • 21 major awards for scientific achievement, education, or service leadership of the AGU
  •    1 president of the AGU
American Meteorological Society
  •   11 honorary members
  • 95 fellows
  •  86 major awards for scientific achievement, education, or service leadership of the AMS
  •   11 presidents of the AMS
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  •  5 members of the National Academy of Engineering
  •  4 members of the National Academy of Sciences
  •  5 awards for scientific achievement
Presidential Awards
  •  1 National Medal of Science
  •  1 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring
Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement
  •   1 laureate
Foreign scientific society or government honors
  •   16 fellows, honorary members, or medal recipients
Nobel Peace Prize 2007

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore. Scores of scientists at NCAR contributed to the IPCC effort, serving as authors or reviewers for the four assessment reports issued between 1990 and the 2007 prize, and several NCAR scientists played leadership roles. Computational and administrative staff at NCAR and UCAR provided considerable technical and logistical support to these efforts. These staff contributions to the ongoing work of the IPCC continue.

*Updated October 2023