October 29, 2015
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October 28, 2015
UCAR's member universities elected six trustees during the annual members meeting in Boulder.
Picture of the three new UCAR trustees.

A new study has found that powerful winds are removing massive amounts of snow from parts of Antarctica, potentially boosting estimates of how much the continent might contribute to sea level.

Powerful Antarctic winds strip away an estimated 80 billion tons of snow per year, according to a new study that is helping to update computer models. Photo: Ted Scambos/NSIDC

A new analysis of fire activity in Alaska's Yukon Flats finds that so many forest fires are occurring there that the area has become a net exporter of carbon to the atmosphere.

U. of I. professor Feng Sheng Hu led a study of carbon cycling and forest fires in the boreal forests of the Yukon Flats in Alaska. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer
November 18, 2015 | Ashai Abdul is one of thousands of farmers in the West African country of Ghana who receive text messages with custom rain forecasts based on an advanced weather model developed at NCAR. The subscription-based service has already paid off. One day, on seeing that heavy rain was forecast, Abdul delayed plans to bring in machinery and extra workers to his corn, rice, and soybean farm in northern Ghana. "I had the money still to hire the equipment another day and not lose my investment," he later told the forecast provider.
Ignitia chief executive and 2 farmers inspecting rice in northern Ghana
September 29, 2015 | A new NCAR-facilitated group aims to develop the know-how and tools for building resilient systems that can recover smoothly when catastrophic weather and climate events strike.
Engineering for Disaster. Photo: bicycle path channels floodwaters during 2013 storm, Boulder, CO
November 6, 2015 | Three hundred years ago, the Sun began to wake up. For 70 years—from about 1645 to 1715—the Sun had been eerily quiet, with very few sunspots erupting on its surface. This prolonged period of muted activity, known as the Maunder Minimum, is the most dramatic so-called "grand minimum" ever recorded by humans.
Modeling a grand minimum: simulation of magnetic field behavior on the Sun shows how fields move and change
October 21, 2015 | NCAR scientists have demonstrated how new types of satellite data could improve how agencies monitor and forecast air quality, both globally and by region. The scientists used computer simulations to test a method that combines analysis of chemistry-climate model output with the kind of data that could be obtained from a planned fleet of geostationary satellites, each of which would view a large area of Earth on a continuous basis from high orbit.
Tracking air pollution: view of Earth from high-orbit satellite
Decades of NCAR research may well smooth your journey this holiday season--and the rest of the year.
Picture of a plane getting deiced on the runway
Winds not only influence waves, but waves influence the atmosphere as well.
still from 3D animation shows ocean swell motion propagating into the atmosphere