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April 8, 2014
UCAR and the U.N. Foundation have assembled a network of experts who can discuss climate change in communities across the country.
NASA image of Earth from Visible/Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), 5/26/12
March 27, 2014
Three scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research who served as authors of the assessment will be available for interviews after the report is released.
Impacts of climate change: Depiction of global temperature increase from Community Earth System Model
March 19, 2014
The Climate Data Initiative announced by President Obama will enable new industries to use climate data to enhance long-range decisions and planning.
President's Open Data Initiative: Graphic showing binary code
January 23, 2014
UCAR has signed an agreement with NSF to renew its management of NCAR for five years
UCAR renews agreement with NSF to manage NCAR: Photo of NCAR Mesa Lab
January 7, 2014
Leading scientists head to the western tropical Pacific, where storms influence climate worldwide.
Examining the "global chimney" - Photo of towering storm clouds over the Pacific Ocean, Maldives
December 17, 2013
Three states are deploying snowplows this winter with custom-designed sensors to better monitor weather and road conditions.
Winter driving on I-84 at Meacham Hill, Oregon
November 20, 2013
Maximizing returns on financial investments depends on accurately accounting for weather and climate risks, new report concludes.
Finance and weather/climate risk: water-vapor satellite image from Midwest tornado outbreak, Nov 17, 2013
November 14, 2013
Using new satellite data, scientists have developed a technique that may produce continually updated, 24-hour predictions of wildfire growth throughout the lifetime of long-lived blazes.
Forecasts of long-lived wildfires: June 2010 fire in Great Sand Dunes National Park
November 1, 2013
Every 1 degree Fahrenheit of future warming will mean a significant reduction in the annual flow of streams that provide water to the city.
Salt Lake City
October 31, 2013
Shading the planet would produce drop in seasonal rains over many regions, new research finds.
October 27, 2013
Scientists find that an atmospheric pattern can foreshadow the emergence of summertime heat waves in the United States more than two weeks in advance.
Long-term forecasts of heat waves: illustration with 5 high pressure ridges, typical of wavenumber-5 pattern
October 15, 2013
The public is invited for a day of science and Halloween fun at this year's event on October 26 at NCAR's Mesa Lab.
September 27, 2013
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the first major segment of its new assessment report in Stockholm on September 27. Audio is now available from a teleconference with NCAR scientists and university partners, who discussed the report and took questions from the media.
September 6, 2013
Two recently remodeled buildings on UCAR's Foothills campus have earned the highest possible rating from the U.S. Green Building Council for their sustainable design.
FLA Anthes Building
August 19, 2013
A rare confluence of three atmospheric patterns drove so much precipitation over Australia in 2010 and 2011 that the world’s ocean levels dropped measurably.
flooding in Australia
August 1, 2013
Two NCAR senior scientists are being recognized by the American Geophysical Union for their work on research and communication.
NCAR senior scientist Raymond Roble, winner of 2013 William Bowie Medal from American Geophysical Union
July 30, 2013
James Hurrell, an associate director and senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, has been named the center’s new director.
NCAR Mesa Laboratory
July 17, 2013
The NWSC received top honors in a category that recognizes the reality of designing and operating data centers in the context of environmental scrutiny.
Green Data Center Award: The Vistor Center at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center
June 19, 2013
The five-project field campaign looks at unique features affecting air quality and climate in the region.
May 13, 2013
To better predict where thunderstorms will rip across the central United States this spring, researchers are teaming a high-flying aircraft with fine-grained computer simulations.
Thunderstorm research: NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V jet at field campaign
May 7, 2013
The custom forecasting systems are designed to increase the reliability of solar and wind energy.
NCAR renewable energy forecasts: Wind turbines in northeast Colorado
April 15, 2013
The main source of online weather training for meteorologists, emergency managers, and others is seeking donations to try to stay in business.
April 14, 2013
Reducing emissions of four shorter-lived pollutants could slow the annual rate of sea level rise by up to 50 percent.
Photo of rugged coastline
April 12, 2013
Emily CoBabe-Ammann, an experienced manager and strategist in science and education programs, is the new director of UCAR Community Programs effective April 15.
Emily CoBabe Ammann is the new director of UCAR Community Programs
April 3, 2013
NCAR has won international recognition for its sustainable approach in designing and building the NWSC.
April 1, 2013
The new office will advocate for UCAR's member universities and also seek business opportunities with companies and foundations.
February 21, 2013
NCAR is spearheading a nationwide project to create unprecedented 36-hour forecasts of incoming energy from the Sun for solar energy power plants.
Solar energy forecasts: Solar panels arrayed in rows at Shelby Farms solar farm
January 27, 2013
The "waste heat" generated by everyday activities in metropolitan areas alters atmospheric circulation patterns, warming or cooling temperatures across a large region.
Cities warm or cool temperatures - Photo of light from Earth at night
December 23, 2012
West Antarctica is experiencing nearly twice as much warming as previously thought.
Byrd
December 11, 2012
The new system provides 8-hour forecasts of potentially dangerous atmospheric conditions over remote ocean regions
November 27, 2012
By predicting the timing and severity of flu outbreaks, the new system can eventually help society better prepare for them.
Forecasting the flu - People wearing face masks
November 8, 2012
The new study may provide a breakthrough as scientists try to narrow the range of projections of future global warming.
warming
November 7, 2012
NCAR director since 2010, Wakimoto will assume his new position in February 2013.
Roger Wakimoto
November 1, 2012
NCAR scientists are leading a three-year, international study into the impact of open-fire cooking on regional air quality and disease.
Cooking over an open fire in Ghana.
October 23, 2012
Students, parents, and teachers are invited to enjoy hands-on science and Halloween fun, activities, workshops, and presentations.
October 15, 2012
The NWSC, which houses one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers dedicated to the geosciences, officially opened in October, as scientists at NCAR and universities across the country launched a series of initial scientific projects on the center’s flagship supercomputer, called Yellowstone.
View of the NWSC building from the entry drive
October 10, 2012
A new exhibit at NCAR's Mesa Laboratory will convey the power of thunderstorms, blizzards, hurricanes, and more to tens of thousands of visitors each year.
Display of anemometers as part of NCAR's new "Watching the Weather" exhibit
September 24, 2012
Veterans and people with disabilities seeking work along the northern Front Range will have the opportunity to speak directly with employers at a job fair in Boulder on Tuesday, October 2.
participants in the 2011 job fair at UCAR
September 19, 2012
A new NCAR turbulence avoidance system has been approved at Juneau International Airport and can be adapted for additional airports in rugged settings.
Juneau Airport, with high mountains in background
July 24, 2012
The effort to improve air quality during the 2008 summer games enabled researchers to quantify the link between traffic and carbon dioxide.
Map showing area with reduced carbon emissions
July 23, 2012
Rayder will provide strategic direction on policy issues while pursuing new national and international partnerships.
Scott Rayder
June 20, 2012
Colony of world's largest penguins may decline dramatically as Antarctic sea ice recedes this century, new study indicates.
Emperor penguins.
April 30, 2012
Scientists are targeting thunderstorms across the U.S. to discover what happens when clouds suck up air from Earth’s surface many miles into the atmosphere.
February 13, 2012
Scientists are working to solve a critical wintertime weather mystery: how to accurately measure the amount of snow on the ground.
Scientist examines laser instrument for measuring snow
January 30, 2012
Volcanic eruptions and resulting changes to sea ice and ocean currents may be the cause.
November 18, 2011
Improved forecasting, driving safety are among the goals of new research.
Artist's rendering: prototype Vehicle Data Translator system
November 10, 2011
The new system enables utility operators to constantly anticipate the amount of energy produced by wind farms across Xcel’s service area.
Six wind turbines in a field, with stratocumulous in the background
November 9, 2011
The governor will present the annual awards for “High Impact Research” on November 15 to teams from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and three other Colorado-based research centers for scientific breakthroughs.
Terry Hock demonstrates NCAR dropsonde
November 7, 2011
The powerful new system from IBM, dubbed Yellowstone, will be installed early in 2012 at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center.
NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center exterior
October 18, 2011
Bogdan, who will take over the reins at UCAR on January 9, 2012, joins UCAR from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center, where he is director.
October 17, 2011
Students, parents, and teachers are invited to enjoy the hands-on science and Halloween fun, activities, workshops, and presentations. Touch Ice Age fossils from Snowmass, "tour" the African Serengeti, and explore much more at this free, fun event.
September 22, 2011
The DYNAMO field project will help improve long-range weather forecasts and seasonal outlooks by focusing on the Madden-Julian Oscillation.
radar at DYNAMO field project
September 16, 2011
Computer simulations point to ocean depths below about 1,000 feet as the main location for "missing heat."
September 14, 2011
Joan Kleypas has conducted pioneering research into the effects of climate change on coral reefs.
September 14, 2011
Veterans seeking work on the northern Front Range will have the opportunity to talk directly with employers at the event, which is co-sponsored by UCAR and Workforce Boulder County.
Two women discuss employment possibilities at Veterans Job Fair
September 8, 2011
The study underscores the complex and sometimes conflicting ways in which fossil fuel burning affects Earth’s climate.
September 7, 2011
The HIPPO field project is enabling researchers to generate the first detailed 3-D mapping of the global distribution of gases and particles that affect Earth’s climate.
August 11, 2011
Sea ice could stabilize or even expand for periods of several years, but it will ultimately melt as the climate warms.
Chunks of sea ice and open water
July 27, 2011
Alfvén waves contain enough energy to heat the corona and drive the solar wind.
NASA SDO satellite image: AIA 171 on 2011-07-26 at 22:45:01 UT
June 30, 2011
The inadvertent cloud-seeding effect occurs up to about 6 percent of the time at major airports.
June 21, 2011
The economic impacts of routine weather events can add up to 3.4% of the nation's GDP.
June 10, 2011
With the facility nearly complete, the project shifts to facilities testing and then procurement, installation, and testing of the center's supercomputing systems.
Exterior of NWSC with cooling tower at right
June 7, 2011
New research focusing on the Houston area suggests that widespread urban development alters weather patterns in a way that can make it easier for pollutants to accumulate during warm summer weather instead of being blown out to sea.
April 12, 2011
FIP-Severity provides 12-hour icing forecasts to pilots and forecasters on the likelihood of encountering dangerous in-flight icing conditions.
Map of upper Midwest with dark blue areas of potentially severe icing
April 6, 2011
Kick off Earth Day celebrations an NCAR with Wild Earth Saturday on April 16. Free family fun from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
April 6, 2011
Cities worldwide are failing to take necessary steps to protect their residents from the likely impacts of climate change.
near Mexico City
February 25, 2011
Richard Anthes, longtime president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), announced today that he plans to step down at the end of this year.
Richard Anthes
February 3, 2011
New research indicates reduced spring snowpack and warmer summer temperatures will affect wolverine habitat.
January 13, 2011
The magnitude of climate change millions of years ago suggests that future temperatures may increase far more than projected.
January 6, 2011
Structures called spicules may explain why the Sun’s corona is much hotter than its surface, according to a new paper in Science.
satellite image of area on solar disk with spicules emerging from the surface
December 27, 2010
New research points to more dust particles in the atmosphere than previously believed.
Color illustration of part of Earth and words
December 17, 2010
Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are receiving prestigious honors from a number of professional bodies for their research, leadership, and commitment to advancing science.
November 15, 2010
The new service will provide reporters with timely responses to their questions about the science of climate change.
Jeff Taylor
October 21, 2010
Deciduous plants absorb about a third more of a common class of air polluting chemicals than previously realized.
October 19, 2010
The threat of drought is expected to increase throughout the century, potentially affecting many heavily populated regions.
Map showing projected drought risk for Africa and Europe, 2090-2099
October 15, 2010
President Obama today named Warren Washington, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), as one of 10 eminent researchers to be awarded the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists, engineers, and inventors.
President Obama shakes hands with Warren Washington
October 12, 2010
Experience hands-on science and Halloween fun at NCAR on Saturday, October 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This free event is a family favorite.
October 8, 2010
Changes in population growth and composition, including aging and urbanization, could significantly affect global emissions of carbon dioxide says a new study in PNAS.
September 29, 2010
Scientists, policymakers, and regional leaders presented the National Climate Adaptation Summit Report to President Obama's science and technology advisor, John Holdren.
Map of U.S. coast (cropped) showing areas of sea level change
September 28, 2010
Veterans in the Boulder-Denver area will be the focus of a job fair on Tuesday, October 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A number of area companies need to fill about 200 positions over the next 6 to 12 months in a broad range of fields.
NCAR's skilled machinists work on research instruments
September 21, 2010
Sustained winds can produce a parting of the waters under certain conditions.
illustration of wind setdown with area map inset
August 26, 2010
Scientists have detected "starspots," on the surface of a star using stellar seismology. The technique offers the potential to examine hundreds of stars.
Image of a satellite pointed at star
August 26, 2010
The new research has implications for satellite orbits.
August 18, 2010
The Community Earth System Model helps scientists shed light on some of the critical mysteries of global warming.
August 12, 2010
Results from a new study should help scientists better understand the factors controlling the timing of solar cycles and could lead to better predictions.
July 20, 2010
Researchers and aircraft will search for secrets of hurricane formation above the tropical Atlantic Ocean.
Hurricane Felix satellite image
July 13, 2010
The study, published in Nature Geoscience, finds that the rise is at least partly a result of climate change.
July 6, 2010
The agreement will help the two countries increase their joint research into the complexities of climate change.
Signing of memorandum
June 14, 2010
Turboprop and jet aircraft can create hole-punch clouds, which have long fascinated the public.
hole-punch cloud
June 3, 2010
A detailed computer modeling study released today indicates that oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico might soon extend along thousands of miles of the Atlantic coast and open ocean as early as this summer.
June 3, 2010
The National Center for Atmospheric Research and its managing organization, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research announced today that they will break ground on the construction of a supercomputing center Tuesday, June 15.
NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center
May 26, 2010
Three locations in Boulder, Broomfield, will showcase lab tours, aircraft, scientific tools large and small, and conversations with staff.
Scientist works on observing instrument with aircraft behind him
May 14, 2010
Their letter to the president of the University of Virginia supports a statement by the university's faculty and questions the Virginia attorney general's use of governmental authority.
April 28, 2010
The collaborative international project, involving scientists from NCAR and other organizations, may ultimately improve tornado forecasting.
April 19, 2010
Students, gardeners, retirees, and other volunteers taking part in a nationwide initiative, Project BudBurst, are finding hints that certain plants are blooming unusually early.
Plum blossums opening on a branch
April 15, 2010
Current observational tools cannot account for roughly half of the heat that is believed to have built up on Earth in recent years.
March 23, 2010
The Asian monsoon is providing a pathway for pollutants to rise high in the atmosphere.
Pollution along lower Yangtze River
March 16, 2010
A new study finds that prescribed burns may release substantially less carbon dioxide than wildfires of the same size.
wildfire map
January 28, 2010
Painting the roofs of buildings white has the potential to significantly cool cities and mitigate some impacts of global warming.
painting roofs white
January 27, 2010
An innovative computational technique that draws on statistics, imaging, and other disciplines has the capability to detect errors in sensitive technological systems ranging from satellites to weather instruments.
January 26, 2010
Roger M. Wakimoto, an associate director and senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, was named the center's new director today.
Roger Wakimoto
January 20, 2010
Margaret "Peggy" LeMone, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, today begins a one-year term as president of the American Meteorological Society.
Peggy LeMone
January 14, 2010
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is partnering with the Boulder Public Library to present a series of public talks and a new exhibit to mark the research organization's 50th anniversary this year.
Walter Orr Robertsand the Climax coronagraph
January 11, 2010
Policymakers should focus on what needs to be achieved in the next 40 years in order to keep long-term options viable for avoiding dangerous levels of warming, a new study concludes.
Brian O'Neill
January 10, 2010
In a vivid example of how a small geographic feature can have far-reaching impacts on climate, new research shows that water levels in the Bering Strait helped drive global climate patterns during ice age episodes dating back more than 100,000 years.
climate patterns
December 14, 2009
NCAR announced today the selection of a construction management and general contracting firm for the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) project.
artist's rendering
December 9, 2009
Eric J. Barron, the director of NCAR, will step down from his position to assume the presidency of Florida State University. An alumnus of FSU, Barron was selected yesterday by its Board of Trustees to lead the university.
Eric Barron
December 4, 2009
UCAR is concerned that emails and data, including personal information about individuals, have been hacked from the University of East Anglia. The selective publication of some stolen emails and other papers taken out of context is not a responsible way to engage on the issue of climate change.
November 12, 2009
Spurred by a warming climate, daily record high temperatures occurred twice as often as record lows over the last decade across the continental United States, new research shows.
October 21, 2009
As the U.S. Senate considers climate change legislation, 18 leading scientific organizations have sent a letter to members of the senate reaffirming the scientific consensus that climate change is occurring and that greenhouse gases from human activities are the primary driver.
Photograph of Richard Anthes
October 20, 2009
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has passed an Open Access policy requiring that peer-reviewed research published by its scientists and staff in scientific journals be made publicly available online through its institutional repository.
hand holding key
October 15, 2009
Students, parents, and teachers are invited to enjoy hands-on science and Halloween fun at Super Science Saturday on October 24 at NCAR.
Boy looking at science exhibit
September 23, 2009
UCAR has been honored with a Health Hero Award from the Boulder County Business Report for its array of employee wellness and ergonomics programs.
Photograph of two women sitting in an office, one undergoing a medical test
September 17, 2009
Challenging conventional wisdom, new research finds that the number of sunspots provides an incomplete measure of changes in the Sun's impact on Earth over the course of the 11-year solar cycle.
Illustration of two suns with yellow streams spiraling out and the earth
September 3, 2009
Arctic temperatures in the 1990s reached their warmest level of any decade in at least 2,000 years, new research indicates.
Color graph of Arctic temperatures over the last 2,000 years
August 27, 2009
Subtle connections between the 11-year solar cycle, the stratosphere, and the tropical Pacific Ocean work in sync to generate periodic weather patterns that affect much of the globe, according to research appearing this week in the journal Science.
Scientists Uncover Solar Cycle, Stratosphere, and Ocean Connections
August 19, 2009
High-performance computing systems, visualization resources, and software tools provided by the National Science Foundation TeraGrid helped make the Hayden Planetarium's new space show the most scientifically accurate and advanced planetarium show ever produced, according to many reviewers.
visualization of magnetic field in the solar convection zone
August 4, 2009
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and its managing organization, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), today unveiled design concepts for the Wyoming supercomputing center.
Architect's rendering of the approach to the NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center.
July 16, 2009
By simulating 8,000 years of climate, a team led by scientists from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and NCAR has found a new explanation for the last major period of global warming, which occurred about 14,500 years ago.
Image of Earth showing temperature increases, researched by TraCE-21000 project
July 16, 2009
Establishing a key link between the solar cycle and global climate, new research led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) shows that maximum solar activity and its aftermath have impacts on Earth that resemble La Niña and El Niño events in the tropical Pacific Ocean.
Sun and Water
July 7, 2009
NCAR is developing a prototype system to provide aircraft with updates about severe storms and turbulence as they fly across remote ocean regions.
American Airlines Airbus. Wikipedia photo by Eheik
June 25, 2009
NCAR has teamed with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to launch a far-reaching program to help Latin American and Caribbean nations prepare for the impacts of global warming.
Lawrence Buja
June 23, 2009
Close to 9 out of 10 adult Americans obtain weather forecasts regularly, and they do so more than three times each day on average, according to a new nationwide survey.
Man walking on snowy city street
June 18, 2009
In a breakthrough that will help scientists unlock mysteries of the Sun and its impacts on Earth, an international team of scientists led by NCAR has created the first-ever comprehensive computer model of sunspots.
Color visualization of a sunspot's umbra and penumbra
May 27, 2009
Melting of the Greenland ice sheet may drive more water than previously thought toward the already threatened coastlines of New York, Boston, Halifax, and other cities in the northeastern United States and Canada.
Color visualization of globe with North Pole in center
May 4, 2009
The largest and most ambitious tornado study in history will begin next week, as dozens of scientists deploy radars and other ground-based instruments across the Great Plains to gain a better understanding of these often deadly weather events.
still from animation of tornado visualization
April 29, 2009
The system tested recently in the Detroit area will ultimately help protect drivers from surprises such as black ice, fog, and other hazardous weather conditions ahead.
Photograph of open car trunk showing scientif equipment
April 21, 2009
Rivers in some of the world's most populous regions are losing water, according to a new comprehensive study of global stream flow.
Color world map with bluish colors indicating more streamflow and reddish less
April 14, 2009
The threat of global warming can still be greatly diminished if nations cut emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases by 70 percent this century, according to a new analysis.
Global Warming: Cuts in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Would Save Arctic Ice, Reduce S
April 2, 2009
As part of its Walter Orr Roberts Distinguished Lecture series, UCAR will present a special lecture next week by NASA scientist James E. Hansen, one of the nation's most respected experts on climate change.
James Hensen
March 19, 2009
Volunteers across the country are welcoming spring by taking part in a nationwide initiative, known as Project BudBurst, to track climate change by recording the timing of flowers and foliage.
Photograph of ping Tulip in the snow
March 3, 2009
NCAR and its managing organization, UCAR, announced today the selection of an architectural design team for a supercomputing center dedicated to advancing scientists' understanding of climate, weather, and other Earth and atmospheric processes.
Color drawing of buildings and property
February 4, 2009
The highly detailed forecasts will help the utility use power from turbines when sufficient winds are predicted.
color plot of wind strength
January 29, 2009
A team of scientists has successfully flown from the Arctic to the Antarctic this month, the first step in a three-year project to make the most extensive airborne measurements of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to date.
HIAPER aircraft during the HIPPO mission
January 21, 2009
The UCAR has had its A+ long-term rating and underlying rating affirmed this month by credit rating agency Standard & Poor's for the eighth consecutive year.
Photograph of the Mesa Lab, blue sky background
December 12, 2008
Researchers are working toward predictions of climate change impacts in specific regions and even metropolitan areas. But are local and regional decision makers taking advantage of this science to begin to prepare for the impacts of global warming?
Photograph of Jack Fellows
December 9, 2008
En las próximas décadas serán pocos los países en vías de desarrollo que podrán producir tecnologías más eficientes para reducir emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero, concluye nueva investigación.
Photograph of pinkish gray air over a cityscape
December 9, 2008
Contrary to earlier projections, few developing countries will be able to afford more efficient technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the next few decades, new research concludes.
Photograph of pinkish gray air over a cityscape
November 19, 2008
UCAR, working with an international team of health and weather organizations, is launching a project this month to provide long-term weather forecasts to medical officials in Africa to help reduce outbreaks of meningitis.
Map showing meningitus belt in Africa from Senegal to Ethiopia
November 12, 2008
NCAR and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced the arrival of a massive new digital storage library that will preserve and protect valuable scientific data for the next 15 to 20 years.
Robots inside NCAR's new AMSTAR digital storage library
November 3, 2008
UCAR has signed an agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue management of NCAR for five years, with the possibility of a five-year extension.
Photograph of Richard Anthes, sitting at desk, signing a document, other people
October 16, 2008
Kids and parents can enjoy hands-on fun while learning about energy at Super Science Saturday this month at NCAR.
Photograph of a boy wearing black, high-tech gogles
October 15, 2008
Schoolchildren, families, and citizen scientists around the world will gaze skyward after dark from October 20 to November 3, looking for specific constellations and then sharing their observations through the Internet.
A map of North America
October 9, 2008
Wildfires can boost ozone pollution to levels that violate U.S. health standards, a new study concludes.
Arial photograph of large smoke plume in the distance
October 8, 2008
NCAR, working with federal agencies and universities as well as the insurance and energy industries, has launched an intensive study to examine how global warming will influence hurricanes in the next few decades.
Color map of North America, Atlantic, and parts of Europe and Africa
September 24, 2008
Mountain pine beetles appear to be doing more than killing large swaths of forests in the Rocky Mountains. Scientists suspect they are also altering local weather patterns and air quality.
Photograph of Alex Guenther looking at an instrument attached to a pine tree
September 18, 2008
Plants in a forest respond to stress by producing significant amounts of a chemical form of aspirin, scientists have discovered.
Photograph of a tower against a blue sky and tree branches in the foreground
September 9, 2008
This year is proving unusually active for Atlantic storms. The hurricane season is only at its midpoint, but already there have been 10 named storms—which is the average number for an entire year.
August 29, 2008
Maura Hagan, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, has been named NCAR deputy director.
Maura Hagan
August 20, 2008
Eight leading professional organizations in the field of weather and climate today called on the next administration and Congress to better protect the United States from severe weather and climate change.
Photo of a large tornado
August 12, 2008
Dramatic year-to-year temperature swings and a century-long warming trend across West Antarctica are linked to conditions in the tropical Pacific Ocean, according to a new analysis of ice cores conducted by scientists at NCAR and the University of Washington (UW).
August 8, 2008
NCAR, like many universities and other research institutions in the United States, continues to face extraordinary budget pressures, due to the decreases in real terms in federal funding for science.
Richard Anthes
July 22, 2008
People living near vulnerable creeks and rivers along the Front Range may soon get advance notice of potentially deadly flash floods, thanks to a new forecasting system being tested this summer by NCAR.
Photograph of people standing at washed-out road after flood
July 8, 2008
In an attempt to create a favorable environment for this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing, Chinese officials hope to influence local weather conditions and air quality.
Photograph of a sunset over a city and highways
June 19, 2008
The first comprehensive analysis of observed and projected changes in weather and climate extremes in North America and U.S. territories was released today.
Jerry Meehl
June 12, 2008
Scientists are deploying an advanced research aircraft to study a region of the atmosphere that influences climate change by affecting Earth's thermal balance. Findings will be used to improve computer models of global climate.
Photograph of three men in a hangar wroking on equipment  attached to a plane
June 10, 2008
The rate of climate warming over northern Alaska, Canada, and Russia could more than triple during periods of rapid sea ice loss, according to a new study led by NCAR.
Color image of two globes showing sea ice decline in the northern hemisphere
June 6, 2008
National research centers in the United States and United Kingdom are signing a memorandum of understanding today to collaborate more closely on atmospheric science and technology.
Photograph of five people, two sitting at desk, Boulder flatirons in window
June 5, 2008
Student scientists from the United States and around the world are converging in South Africa this month in what is likely to be one of the largest-ever international gatherings of teenage researchers.
Photograph of students standing in a hole, collecting soil samples
May 30, 2008
Eric J. Barron was named director of NCAR today, following a rigorous international search.
Eric Barron
May 27, 2008
The convening lead authors of today's landmark government report on climate change impacts in the United States are available for comment.
Photograph of wheat, close-up
May 15, 2008
The National Science Board has authorized the National Science Foundation to negotiate a new cooperative agreement with UCAR to continue to manage and operate its flagship weather and climate center, NCAR.
Photograph of a modern, pink cement building and pines,with blue sky background
May 8, 2008
NCAR has taken delivery of a new IBM supercomputer that will advance research into severe weather and the future of Earth's climate.
Photograph of a large, super computer, black with IBM on side
May 7, 2008
Computer analyses of global climate have consistently overstated warming in Antarctica, concludes new research by scientists at NCAR and Ohio State University.
Andrew Monaghan
April 24, 2008
A much-discussed idea to offset global warming by injecting sulfate particles into the stratosphere would have a drastic impact on Earth's protective ozone layer.
Simone Tilmes
April 21, 2008
Commercial operators, governments, and academic researchers worldwide are engaging in cloud seeding and other weather modification projects to try to influence local conditions.
Roelof Bruintjes
April 21, 2008
The shrinking expanse of Arctic sea ice is increasingly vulnerable to summer sunshine, new research concludes.
Jennifer Kay
April 10, 2008
The National Hurricane Center will implement a new technique this summer, developed by researchers at NCAR and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), to continually monitor landfalling storms in the United States.
Photograph of Wen-Chau Lee
April 2, 2008
Reducing global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) over the coming century will be more challenging than society has been led to believe, according to a new research commentary.
Photograph of Tom Wigley
February 26, 2008
Arden L. Bement Jr., director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), today announced the appointment of Timothy Killeen to become NSF assistant director for the geosciences.
Tim Killeen
February 14, 2008
A nationwide initiative starting tomorrow will enable volunteers to track climate change by observing the timing of flowers and foliage.
Photograph of yellow flowere, close-up, green background
February 12, 2008
Leading representatives from indigenous and scientific communities will take part in a landmark climate change symposium at NCAR in Boulder.
Photograph of a prairie with red barn in the distance, blue sky
February 7, 2008
Natural processes may prevent oceans from warming beyond a certain point, helping protect some coral reefs from the impacts of climate change, new research finds.
Photograph of Joan Kleypas
January 17, 2008
As the city of New Orleans struggles to rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, researchers are learning more about weather and climate and their impacts on society.
Hurricane Katrina nears the Gulf Coast on August 28, 2005
January 9, 2008
The nation's most extensive collection of digital learning resources for geoscience education is now based at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
Karon Kelly