2008 News Releases

December 12, 2008
Researchers are working toward predictions of climate change impacts in specific regions and even metropolitan areas. But are local and regional decision makers taking advantage of this science to begin to prepare for the impacts of global warming?
Photograph of Jack Fellows
December 9, 2008
En las próximas décadas serán pocos los países en vías de desarrollo que podrán producir tecnologías más eficientes para reducir emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero, concluye nueva investigación.
Photograph of pinkish gray air over a cityscape
December 9, 2008
Contrary to earlier projections, few developing countries will be able to afford more efficient technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the next few decades, new research concludes.
Photograph of pinkish gray air over a cityscape
November 19, 2008
UCAR, working with an international team of health and weather organizations, is launching a project this month to provide long-term weather forecasts to medical officials in Africa to help reduce outbreaks of meningitis.
Map showing meningitus belt in Africa from Senegal to Ethiopia
November 12, 2008
NCAR and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced the arrival of a massive new digital storage library that will preserve and protect valuable scientific data for the next 15 to 20 years.
Robots inside NCAR's new AMSTAR digital storage library
November 3, 2008
UCAR has signed an agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue management of NCAR for five years, with the possibility of a five-year extension.
Photograph of Richard Anthes, sitting at desk, signing a document, other people
October 16, 2008
Kids and parents can enjoy hands-on fun while learning about energy at Super Science Saturday this month at NCAR.
Photograph of a boy wearing black, high-tech gogles
October 15, 2008
Schoolchildren, families, and citizen scientists around the world will gaze skyward after dark from October 20 to November 3, looking for specific constellations and then sharing their observations through the Internet.
A map of North America
October 9, 2008
Wildfires can boost ozone pollution to levels that violate U.S. health standards, a new study concludes.
Arial photograph of large smoke plume in the distance
October 8, 2008
NCAR, working with federal agencies and universities as well as the insurance and energy industries, has launched an intensive study to examine how global warming will influence hurricanes in the next few decades.
Color map of North America, Atlantic, and parts of Europe and Africa
September 24, 2008
Mountain pine beetles appear to be doing more than killing large swaths of forests in the Rocky Mountains. Scientists suspect they are also altering local weather patterns and air quality.
Photograph of Alex Guenther looking at an instrument attached to a pine tree
September 18, 2008
Plants in a forest respond to stress by producing significant amounts of a chemical form of aspirin, scientists have discovered.
Photograph of a tower against a blue sky and tree branches in the foreground
September 9, 2008
This year is proving unusually active for Atlantic storms. The hurricane season is only at its midpoint, but already there have been 10 named storms—which is the average number for an entire year.
August 29, 2008
Maura Hagan, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, has been named NCAR deputy director.
Maura Hagan
August 20, 2008
Eight leading professional organizations in the field of weather and climate today called on the next administration and Congress to better protect the United States from severe weather and climate change.
Photo of a large tornado
August 12, 2008
Dramatic year-to-year temperature swings and a century-long warming trend across West Antarctica are linked to conditions in the tropical Pacific Ocean, according to a new analysis of ice cores conducted by scientists at NCAR and the University of Washington (UW).
August 8, 2008
NCAR, like many universities and other research institutions in the United States, continues to face extraordinary budget pressures, due to the decreases in real terms in federal funding for science.
Richard Anthes
July 22, 2008
People living near vulnerable creeks and rivers along the Front Range may soon get advance notice of potentially deadly flash floods, thanks to a new forecasting system being tested this summer by NCAR.
Photograph of people standing at washed-out road after flood
July 8, 2008
In an attempt to create a favorable environment for this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing, Chinese officials hope to influence local weather conditions and air quality.
Photograph of a sunset over a city and highways
June 19, 2008
The first comprehensive analysis of observed and projected changes in weather and climate extremes in North America and U.S. territories was released today.
Jerry Meehl
June 12, 2008
Scientists are deploying an advanced research aircraft to study a region of the atmosphere that influences climate change by affecting Earth's thermal balance. Findings will be used to improve computer models of global climate.
Photograph of three men in a hangar wroking on equipment  attached to a plane
June 10, 2008
The rate of climate warming over northern Alaska, Canada, and Russia could more than triple during periods of rapid sea ice loss, according to a new study led by NCAR.
Color image of two globes showing sea ice decline in the northern hemisphere
June 6, 2008
National research centers in the United States and United Kingdom are signing a memorandum of understanding today to collaborate more closely on atmospheric science and technology.
Photograph of five people, two sitting at desk, Boulder flatirons in window
June 5, 2008
Student scientists from the United States and around the world are converging in South Africa this month in what is likely to be one of the largest-ever international gatherings of teenage researchers.
Photograph of students standing in a hole, collecting soil samples
May 30, 2008
Eric J. Barron was named director of NCAR today, following a rigorous international search.
Eric Barron
May 27, 2008
The convening lead authors of today's landmark government report on climate change impacts in the United States are available for comment.
Photograph of wheat, close-up
May 15, 2008
The National Science Board has authorized the National Science Foundation to negotiate a new cooperative agreement with UCAR to continue to manage and operate its flagship weather and climate center, NCAR.
Photograph of a modern, pink cement building and pines,with blue sky background
May 8, 2008
NCAR has taken delivery of a new IBM supercomputer that will advance research into severe weather and the future of Earth's climate.
Photograph of a large, super computer, black with IBM on side
May 7, 2008
Computer analyses of global climate have consistently overstated warming in Antarctica, concludes new research by scientists at NCAR and Ohio State University.
Andrew Monaghan
April 24, 2008
A much-discussed idea to offset global warming by injecting sulfate particles into the stratosphere would have a drastic impact on Earth's protective ozone layer.
Simone Tilmes
April 21, 2008
The shrinking expanse of Arctic sea ice is increasingly vulnerable to summer sunshine, new research concludes.
Jennifer Kay
April 21, 2008
Commercial operators, governments, and academic researchers worldwide are engaging in cloud seeding and other weather modification projects to try to influence local conditions.
Roelof Bruintjes
April 10, 2008
The National Hurricane Center will implement a new technique this summer, developed by researchers at NCAR and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), to continually monitor landfalling storms in the United States.
Photograph of Wen-Chau Lee
April 2, 2008
Reducing global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) over the coming century will be more challenging than society has been led to believe, according to a new research commentary.
Photograph of Tom Wigley
February 26, 2008
Arden L. Bement Jr., director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), today announced the appointment of Timothy Killeen to become NSF assistant director for the geosciences.
Tim Killeen
February 14, 2008
A nationwide initiative starting tomorrow will enable volunteers to track climate change by observing the timing of flowers and foliage.
Photograph of yellow flowere, close-up, green background
February 12, 2008
Leading representatives from indigenous and scientific communities will take part in a landmark climate change symposium at NCAR in Boulder.
Photograph of a prairie with red barn in the distance, blue sky
February 7, 2008
Natural processes may prevent oceans from warming beyond a certain point, helping protect some coral reefs from the impacts of climate change, new research finds.
Photograph of Joan Kleypas
January 17, 2008
As the city of New Orleans struggles to rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, researchers are learning more about weather and climate and their impacts on society.
Hurricane Katrina nears the Gulf Coast on August 28, 2005
January 9, 2008
The nation's most extensive collection of digital learning resources for geoscience education is now based at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
Karon Kelly