L [Greek symbol alpha]—See "Lyman-alpha."
laboratory directors—See "Associate directors, NCAR."
Lagrangian—initial cap. Measures parcels of air as they move around, like a drifting buoy; cf. "Eulerian."
latitude—use the degree symbol closed up: 30°N (in nontechnical writing, 30° north). Also see "degrees."
library—NCAR Library, Mesa Lab library, Foothills library
lidar—Treat as a word, not as an acronym with a spellout, but include brief explanation ("a laser radar")
-like—For compounds ending in "like," spell solid except when the base word is a proper name, ends in l, or has three or more syllables.
links to PDFs—See "PDFs."
Linux—initial cap (computer operating system) But note UNIX is all caps. [2/00]
For lists in classic outline form, we deviate from The Chicago Manual of Style in only one way: all levels of numerals or letters are set off by periods, none by parentheses.
See also Bullets.
locations—National laboratories and state governments should be followed by both the city and state. If either is already in the title, it should not be repeated. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California; Illinois Water Survey, Springfield; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts. Give locations for NASA centers and for NOAA labs, if known.
logos—See the downloadable files and design standards for using NCAR and UCAR logos in print and online.
longitude—use the degree symbol closed up: 30°W (in nontechnical writing, 30° west). Also see "degrees."
Loran—Long Range Aid to Navigation—an acronym, but initial cap only