Research Topics at a Glance

This outline lists the primary groups pursuing each topic. In addition, since our research crosses many disciplinary boundaries, you will find staff pursuing these topics across NCAR and UCAR, especially through activities such as our Advanced Study Program and Integrated Science Program.

applied mathematics

Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences (CISL/IMAGe)


atmospheric chemistry, biogeochemical science

Atmospheric Chemistry Division (NESL/ACD)



Climate & Global Dynamics Division (NESL/CGD)

Climate Science & Applications Program (RAL/CSAP)

IMAGe Regional Integrated Science Collective (CISL/IMAGe)


computer science

Computational & Information Systems Laboratory (CISL)

Community Models


directed research and technology transfer

Research Applications Laboratory (RAL)


Earth's outer atmosphere

mesosphere, thermosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere

High Altitude Observatory (HAO)


interdisciplinary research

Integrated Science Program (ISP)

Advanced Study Program (ASP)

NCAR Geographic Information Systems Program (GIS)

Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences (CISL/IMAGe)

Research Applications Laboratory (RAL)



Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Division (NESL/MMM)

Research Applications Laboratory (RAL)

GPS Meteorology (COSMIC)


observing the atmosphere

Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL)

Atmospheric Chemistry Division (NESL/ACD)

Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere & Climate (COSMIC)

Research Applications Laboratory (RAL)


solar structure and impacts, astrophysics

High Altitude Observatory (HAO)