From Science to Impacts

Research on the atmosphere that yields savings, safety, and improvements in our lives

satellite view of a hurricane
A small, sophisticated instrument package developed at NCAR and dropped from aircraft has led to notable improvements in hurricane prediction. Now these devices are poised to deliver more data than ever, thanks to a new design and a remotely piloted NASA aircraft.
UCAR Magazine
A multisatellite observing system that was only a gleam in researchers’ eyes in the 1990s is now a key tool for monitoring Earth’s atmosphere. An ambitious follow-up project could yield up to ten times the data gathered by the current satellites.
UCAR Magazine
To help their students and faculty study the atmosphere in detail, campuses worldwide rely on Unidata, the UCAR-based program that keeps a 24/7 stream of weather and other environmental data flowing to classrooms.
UCAR Magazine
NCAR scientists are developing a system to relay updates on weather and road conditions to and from wireless-enabled vehicles.
UCAR Magazine
Taking aim at a sometimes deadly aviation hazard, NCAR has developed high-precision maps to warn pilots away from clouds harboring the potential to ice up their wings
UCAR Magazine
Many facets of everyday life, from boarding a plane to turning on the lights or driving down the highway, are becoming safer and more cost-effective with the help of technologies rooted in atmospheric science.
UCAR Magazine
Specially developed forecasts aim to help public health officials in Africa coordinate an international immunization program against meningitis, an often deadly disease associated with dry, dusty weather patterns.
wind turbine
A partnership between NCAR and Xcel Energy has produced a wind forecasting system that is widely considered to be one of the most advanced of its kind.


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