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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.