NCAR & UCAR Communications

Media relations, research & education news, staff news, and more




Communications services

Publications & Platforms

Photo Services & Permissions

Location-only Filming/Photography

For staff

Staff News

Staff Services & Assistance

Publicizing Your Science

Communications Policies & Procedures

Style Guides & Templates

Logo & Visual Brand Guidelines

Slide Templates, Blurbs for Speaking/Writing

Writing Style Guide

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Our publications and platforms

Capability Briefings: Melting iceberg


Capability Briefings showcase research, technology, and services with current and potential impact on safety, security, wellbeing, and economic growth in these topic areas:

More briefings in preparation: Air Quality, Renewable Energy, Transportation

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News & Perspective for the Weather & Climate Enterprise

Our flagship web publication for researchers, educators, and the public. Subscribe for news, views, and analysis from NCAR and UCAR, our member universities, and allied research centers.

Get the email newsletter: 

—  sign up to get AtmosNews highlights in your inbox each Wednesday: Get AtmosNews

News archives:

—  view the web archive of AtmosNews email newsletters

—  links to previous online publications dating back to 1977.

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News Releases
Find our current releases with breaking news on a broad range of topics, plus an archive back to 1994.

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Opportunities for the University Community

UCAR Update

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

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Social Media

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Photo Services & Permissions

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Obtaining photographs, illustrations, video, and other multimedia

Editors, publishers, designers, teachers, students, science enthusiasts—we can help illustrate your Earth science stories with still photography, illustrations, video, and other formats. Our images are available for news media and non-commercial use, unless otherwise indicated. We retain copyright and require compliance with our Terms of Use. Resources include:

NCAR|UCAR Image & Multimedia Gallery
More visuals and multimedia

Permissions & copyrights for commercial use
+1 303-497-8874


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 Location-only Permission to Film or Photograph

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The NCAR Mesa Lab and grounds are federal property. Commercial photography that is unrelated to our scientific research mission is not permitted.
Use of the NCAR Mesa Lab site or any other NCAR or UCAR location for TV or film productions is not permitted for any commercial or nonscientific purpose. Limited permission for productions that are not about our organization but deemed by UCAR to be appropriately aligned with our mission require review and approval by UCAR of both the proposal and the final product. Requests for review should be made via our contact form.
For news or documentary film productions about our organization, please contact the NCAR | UCAR Media Office.


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Staff News

For Staff iconFor Staff
The place to get the inside scoop, including

Staff News - The latest on people, activities, facilities, staff events such as the Up-the-Hill races, and more
Random Profiles - Find out what colleagues do on and off the job
Delphi questions & answers - The Delphi Service allows staff to query management about UCAR policy and practice in a confidential manner
Quick links to resources for getting things done, benefits information, real-time weather, Staff Notes Daily, and more
Questions or news ideas? Contact Rebecca Swisher, ext. 8609



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Staff Notes Daily logoStaff Notes Daily
Headlines and handy links in one email, Monday to Friday.

On the web

Calendar of Events
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Email editions

Daily: The email edition goes to the entire staff of NCAR and UCAR automatically (all staff with an email address). Staff cannot be subscribed or unsubscribed; consult your local systems administrator if you're not receiving the email service.

Weekly: Staff may also sign up to receive weekly alerts, emailed on Mondays, with the Calendar, Cafeteria Menu, and/or Visitors for the coming week. Subscribe to coming-week alerts.

Classifieds are available, on the web only, using your UCAS password.

Submitting your news

Any staff member may post news, calendar listings, or classifieds.

Posting Guidelines
Post an Announcement or Calendar Event
Post a Classified
For help:

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Staff Services & Assistance

Communications provides a wide range of services to support all staff at NCAR and UCAR as you interact with colleagues and the world at large. Here are a few examples.

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Outreach planning and communications strategy
Talk with us first! We can help with outreach and publicity essentials, such as targeting your audience, refining your group's identity, honing your content strategy, choosing the best channels (from brochures to video to websites to social media) and other possibilities.

Contact Communications Administrative Support (ext. 1657) to get started.

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Media relations
When the phone rings and a reporter or producer is on the line, a best practice is to ask the caller what their deadline is and assure them that someone will get back to them. Then call us for assistance.

We also like to hear about upcoming research, publications, events, or projects that might be of interest to the media—the sooner the better!

Contact David Hosansky (ext. 8611).

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Logo & Visual Brand Guidelines

This guide to using NCAR/UCP/UCAR logos, website banners, and slide templates outlines the visual elements that represent our collective identity—the shared brand by which others recognize who we are as an organization.

Contact Zhenya Gallon (ext. 8607) or

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Multimedia: Photos, videos, illustrations and animations
We have thousands of high-resolution images portraying people, places, weather, and climate for use by staff, journalists, and the public in a variety of print, video, and electronic formats.

Browse the NCAR|UCAR Image and Multimedia Gallery

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Writing Style Guide
Our online style guide answers hundreds of questions, such as when to use a hyphen and whether it's Kelvins or kelvin.

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Publicizing your science
Find out how to reach colleagues and the public through our publications and our relationships with the news media. We include some basic guidance on speaking to journalists.

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*Media & nonprofit use of images: Except where otherwise indicated, media and nonprofit use permitted with credit as indicated above and compliance with UCAR's terms of use. Find more images in the NCAR|UCAR Multimedia & Image Gallery.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.