In Brief

September 21, 2012
Innovative technologies are moving from the laboratory to the world at large through UCAR-facilitated teamwork.
Worker hoses commercial jet with deicing fluid from "cherry picker"
September 11, 2012
With its enormous computing capacity and speed, the new NCAR-Wyoming supercomputer will dramatically advance our understanding of Earth, helping to tackle major questions affecting our economy, health, and well-being.
solar panels
August 13, 2012
Until supplies approach a trickle—or a torrent—public attention seldom focuses on water issues. But water is consistently Topic A for a wide-ranging group of researchers.
Illustration comparing total global water to much tinier total freshwater
August 13, 2012
States are having to make tough decisions regarding their water use and their interaction with water. NCAR scientists are involved in collaborative projects in Colorado, Louisiana, and Oklahoma to evaluate the long-term effects of today’s decisions.
UCAR Magazine
August 13, 2012
One of the largest bodies of water in the United States, the Ogallala Aquifer, lies underground. Crucial to life in the U.S. Great Plains, it's one of many aquifers around the world under stress as water demands increase. Satellite data are now painting a richer picture of how these water stores are evolving.
faucet
August 13, 2012
As rising temperatures melt glaciers around the world, scientists are tracking the changes and helping glacier-dependent regions adapt to a changing water supply.
Glacier in Alaska
May 31, 2012
A small, sophisticated instrument package developed at NCAR and dropped from aircraft has led to notable improvements in hurricane prediction. Now these devices are poised to deliver more data than ever, thanks to a new design and a remotely piloted NASA aircraft.
UCAR Magazine
May 31, 2012
A multisatellite observing system that was only a gleam in researchers’ eyes in the 1990s is now a key tool for monitoring Earth’s atmosphere. An ambitious follow-up project could yield up to ten times the data gathered by the current satellites.
UCAR Magazine
May 31, 2012
To help their students and faculty study the atmosphere in detail, campuses worldwide rely on Unidata, the UCAR-based program that keeps a 24/7 stream of weather and other environmental data flowing to classrooms.
UCAR Magazine
May 31, 2012
NCAR scientists are developing a system to relay updates on weather and road conditions to and from wireless-enabled vehicles.
UCAR Magazine
May 21, 2012
With a series of papers over the last few years, NCAR's Aixue Hu has been slowly unraveling the story of the Bering Strait and its complex impact on our planet's climate.
UCAR Magazine
May 18, 2012
University students and faculty soon will have the chance to peer at day-to-day weather through the same lens used by National Weather Service meteorologists. A new version of the NWS’s workhorse graphics software will reach campuses through UCAR’s Unidata program.
Two forecasters at the National Weather Service test-drive a graphics system.
May 18, 2012
The rapid growth in science journals has produced an avalanche of literature that keeps researchers scrambling to keep up. Underneath, there’s an even larger buildup of supporting data. Experts met at UCAR to consider best practices for citing this ever-growing pool of data.
Joan Starr addresses the UCAR workshop on data citation
May 10, 2012
Thanks to deicing treatment and careful route selection, commercial pilots now avoid most of the threat that ice will encase critical parts of a plane. But another, more mysterious kind of in-flight icing hazard is now gaining attention.
Small plane flying near clouds
April 23, 2012
Taking aim at a sometimes deadly aviation hazard, NCAR has developed high-precision maps to warn pilots away from clouds harboring the potential to ice up their wings
UCAR Magazine
April 23, 2012
Many facets of everyday life, from boarding a plane to turning on the lights or driving down the highway, are becoming safer and more cost-effective with the help of technologies rooted in atmospheric science.
UCAR Magazine
April 23, 2012
Specially developed forecasts aim to help public health officials in Africa coordinate an international immunization program against meningitis, an often deadly disease associated with dry, dusty weather patterns.
UCAR Magazine
April 23, 2012
A partnership between NCAR and Xcel Energy has produced a wind forecasting system that is widely considered to be one of the most advanced of its kind.
wind turbine
March 15, 2012
Days lengthen as spring arrives, but several other signs of the season are showing up earlier and earlier. Some animals and insects aren’t adapting fast enough to this "asynchrony," and there's an increasing disconnect with legal dates that govern hunting and other resource management.
Japanese cherry tree blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington, DC
February 08, 2012
There’s much more to wind energy than throwing a few turbines up and watching the blades spin and the cash roll in. NCAR and partners are adding rigor and efficiency to wind power prediction and resource assessment.
UCAR Magazine
February 08, 2012
The growing array of tools at the disposal of climate scientists doesn’t necessarily make life any easier for them. Each set of data has its idiosyncrasies, some of which aren’t evident at first glance.
Group photo of Clara Deser, David Schneider, and Dennis Shea
February 07, 2012
Not all kinds of extreme weather have the same relationship with our atmosphere's increasing burden of greenhouse gas. Here's a summary of what scientists already know and what they're working to nail down.
A tornado bears down on the Texas Panhandle.
February 07, 2012
To get at driving forces deep within the Sun, new models aim to unify the Sun’s dynamo and the emergence of magnetic flux—two areas that are challenging to model individually, let alone together.
UCAR Magazine
February 06, 2012
When weather disasters happen, is climate change to blame? The stories, video, and interactives in "Weather on Steroids" explore that question from a number of angles. It turns out that blaming climate change for wild weather's not that simple. Here’s why.
UCAR News Center
February 06, 2012
Experts from a variety of disciplines are joining forces to improve how severe-weather warnings are crafted and communicated. The "Weather-Ready Nation" initiative comes on the heels of a year packed with U.S. weather disasters.
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