The urge to transform higher education through online technology is making its way into atmospheric science. Benefits as well as pitfalls came to light as faculty on the front lines of experimentation shared notes in a UCAR-hosted forum last month.
Experts from Asia and North America met at NCAR on September 15–18 to discuss promising avenues of research that could lead to improvements in predicting hurricanes, floods, and other phenomena affecting billions of people.
To help provide guidance to utilities, scientists at NCAR and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have produced maps that show how U.S. wind and solar energy resources may evolve by 2060 . The maps include projections for each season and for different times of day, while taking into account natural variability.
With support from NSF's EarthCube initiative, UCAR is launching a project with two partners—Cornell University and UNAVCO—that aims to connect the dots among field experiments, research teams, datasets, research instruments, and published findings.
More than 1,000 forecasters, researchers, and other professionals from around the globe will convene in Montréal on August 16–21 for a first-of-a-kind meeting aimed at pooling international thought on where weather prediction is headed. NCAR and UCAR participants are on tap to cover a wide range of promising developments.
Warmer temperatures, higher humidity, and less rain help lead to an earlier Lyme disease season, researchers have found. They have also identified several weather variables that can be used to predict the onset and peak of the next seasons.
Space debris poses serious risks to a wide array of satellites critical to society. NCAR is part of a collaborative effort to help reduce those risks by modeling the effects of space weather on satellite orbits, helping operators steer spacecraft more accurately around debris.
In a first for NCAR, the center’s Colorado-based S-Pol research radar is being operated from 1,600 miles away. Four students at North Carolina State University are learning about severe storm structure and radar operations at the same time.
The perceived gender of a hurricane’s name is just one of many factors potentially shaping how someone reacts to a given storm, according to several scientists at NCAR who take a multifaceted approach to studying hurricane response.
Researchers are finding new ways to work with aspects of climate change that are surprisingly linear, an approach that could help save time and money in future climate research while providing a richer range of information to help guide policy.
What if all the energy needed by society existed just a mile or two above our heads? NCAR, the University of Delaware, and the energy firm Garrad Hassan have begun examining where the strongest winds are and how much electricity they may be able to generate.
A field project this June and July will study gravity waves, towering atmospheric features little-known to the public. Novel instruments to be deployed for the international DEEPWAVE project, based in New Zealand, will provide an unprecedented view of gravity waves, a major shaper of atmospheric variability at multiple heights.
Two one-hour webinars on May 20 and 21 will feature nationally recognized hydrometeorologist Matt Kelsch on the science behind flash flooding, including the conditions that lead to extreme rainfall and what happens to all that rain after it falls.
While the current peak in the 11-year cycle of sunspot activity is on the weak side, the Sun might still produce a major storm at any point. The most dangerous storms are most likely during the waning part of the solar cycle, which will unfold later this decade.
It takes a sharp eye to find something positive in the wreckage of the worst swarm of U.S. tornadoes on record: the 1974 Jumbo Outbreak. Millions of Americans are safer in the air because of Fujita's subsequent analysis of microbursts and tools developed by NCAR and collaborators.
Why seasonal forecasting can’t tell us with certainty what to expect this summer—and why we might soon have a stronger sense of what late 2014 and early 2015 are likely to bring to large parts of the globe.
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