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
July 08, 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 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
February 01, 2007
Laura Pan, NCAR's Atmospheric Chemistry Division • Pan describes herself as an "accidental" scientist. She never intentionally set out to pursue a science career, but her pursuit of knowledge and understanding, however, is anything but accidental.
Laura "Liwin" Pan
October 01, 2005
Andrew Gettelman, NCAR's Atmospheric Chemistry Division • "My job is to try to figure out how the world works," Gettelman says. "There's a lot of fun in that, as well as infinite job security, since we'll never completely figure it out."
Photo of Andrew Gettelman
September 01, 2005
Jim Smith, NCAR's Atmospheric Chemistry Division • "It's fun to make something happen that at first glance seems impossible," Smith says.
Photo of Jim Smith

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