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Video Premiere: Lens on Climate Change from the Eyes of High School Students this Friday

High School students in the Lens on Climate Change program at CIRES at the University of Colorado will be screening their short films that examine the effects of climate change on their communities in Colorado. Please join CIRES scientists and educators for this free public event and help support the hard work of the students and their mentors from CU and the Colorado Film School.

NCAR to open multimedia exhibit on climate change

BOULDER – The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) next month is unveiling a major new exhibit about climate change. The multimedia displays at NCAR’s Mesa Lab will constitute what is believed to be the region’s largest permanent exhibit dedicated to climate change.  It will highlight the workings of our climate system, how scientists study it, and the potential impacts of warming temperatures and altered precipitation patterns on society and the environment. “Our goal is to provide the public with an engaging and scientifically accurate forum to learn about climate change, which is perhaps the signature environmental challenge of our time,” said Becca Hatheway, exhibits manager at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, which manages NCAR. The touchscreens, audio recordings, activities, and artistically designed panels will entirely replace a more text-oriented exhibit that dated from 2003. This artist's rendition highlights part of the climate exhibit. The first section of the exhibit (right) provides an overview of Earth's climate system. The interactive display (left) allows visitors to explore how future levels of greenhouse gas emissions will affect heat waves. (Illustration by Condit Exhibits.) Although climate change can be a grim subject, the exhibit also aims to leave visitors with a sense of hope. It includes a major section that helps guide visitors through choices they can make, such as consuming less electricity or gas, which can have implications for climate change.  “We don’t want visitors leaving the exhibit feeling nothing but doom and gloom,” Hatheway said. The exhibit, housed in NCAR’s landmark Mesa Lab in south Boulder, will be free to the public. The Mesa Lab draws about 100,000 visitors a year to its exhibits on weather, the Sun, supercomputing, and other topics related to the atmospheric sciences. From climate basics to choosing our future The exhibit will be divided into five sections, each designed with input from NCAR scientists. The sections provide an overview of our climate system, the influence of greenhouse gases, the techniques that scientists use to study climate, the impacts of climate change on society and ecosystems, and strategies for reducing our carbon footprint and adapting to a changing climate. One of the highlights is an interactive exhibit called “Shifting the Weather Odds.” Using balls that drop into different slots, visitors will be able to see how higher emissions of greenhouse gases will lead to extreme heat waves occurring more frequently. Another interactive exhibit, “Choose our Future,” will enable visitors to select activities such as the use of lower-carbon building materials and see how that would affect global temperatures by century’s end. In addition, the exhibit will feature a touchscreen with “Community Stories”—recordings of people across the country sharing observations about local climate change and what they're doing about it. Visitors eventually will be able to upload their own stories. “It’s really important to have these first-person accounts,” Hatheway said. “Climate change is something that affects all of us in different ways.” Exhibits manager Becca Hatheway examines new climate displays.(©UCAR. Photo by David Hosansky. This photo is freely available for media & nonprofit use.) Condit Exhibits is building and installing the exhibit. NCAR Senior Scientist Jeffrey Kiehl, who provided guidance during the planning process, said the exhibit can help adults and children alike learn more about climate change. “This is a wonderful project," he said. "It not only conveys the scientific seriousness of climate change, but perhaps more importantly shows some of the ways we can take on the challenge of addressing the issue.” Explore climate online Climate Learning Zone (UCAR Center for Science Education)

On display: climate change and hope

May 4, 2016 | The realities of climate change can test our optimism. The new Mesa Lab climate exhibit, which is being installed this month, aims to leave visitors with a sense of hope.

“We’re excited to include a major section that emphasizes what people can do about climate change in their personal choices, such as driving less or making their homes more energy efficient,” said Becca Hatheway, exhibits manager for the UCAR Center for Science Education (SciEd). “We didn’t want visitors leaving the exhibit feeling nothing but doom and gloom."

Please touch the glass

The winter holidays are a great time to bring guests to see the exhibits at the Mesa Lab. While you’re there, check out the new touchscreen in the first floor theater. Not only is it more energy efficient, the new technology has a much sharper and crisper image than the old screen, projector, and DVD system installed almost two decades ago.

World Climate Project, Saturday, December 5th 2015

Saturday, December 5th, don't miss it! Join us at NCAR for the World Climate Project. This is a role-playing simulation where you step into the shoes of an UN climate negotiator and their team, tasked with lowering climate emissions and ensuring economic development. Based on a computer model developed by MIT & UMass, "World Climate" will tell you how effective your policies are. It's not as easy as you think!

SOARS fellowship created in honor of Anthes

November 11, 2015 | A new fellowship for a young, promising student-scientist has been established in the name of former UCAR president Richard Anthes.

The Richard A. Anthes COSMIC Fellowship for SOARS was created by Ying-Hwa "Bill" Kuo, director of the COSMIC Program (Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate).

Lighting it up for Super Science Saturday

BOULDER— Families, teachers, and the general public are invited to learn all sorts of fun and educational aspects about light at this year’s Super Science Saturday. The free event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Mesa Lab in south Boulder. "We chose light as our theme this year, since 2015 is the International Year of Light," said Eileen Carpenter of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research's Center for Science Education (SciEd). "There's a lot of research going on about light all over the world, and we will have special demonstrations, activities, and experiments focusing on that exciting topic." The event also will include a host of other science activities for the entire family. A budding scientist participates in an experiment at a previous Super Science Saturday. (©UCAR. Photo by Carlye Calvin. This image is freely available for media & nonprofit use.) Super Science Saturday is geared toward all ages, with activities especially tailored to children 6 to 12 years old, Carpenter said. Light touches society in many ways, through communications, entertainment, culture and, of course, science. NCAR Wizards, as well as scientists with NCAR's High Altitude Observatory and SciEd staff, will present special light shows and demonstrations. Colorado State University's Little Shop of Physics will bring many engaging experiments including ones that glow in the dark. Other highlights will include hands-on activity tables (such as creating projects with solar-sensitive beads), modular robotics workshops, a Doppler weather radar on wheels, and a ping pong ball launch. Face painting also will be offered. Additional organizations involved in the events include Front Range Community College, the Center for Severe Weather Research, Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center, Maker Bolder, the National Center for Interactive Learning, Vaisala, Ocean Classrooms, and The Arctic Arts Project. The Mesa Lab's exhibits and art galleries will be open all day. Snacks and lunch items will be available for purchase in the cafeteria. The Nasal Ridge Pickers bluegrass band will play in the Mesa Lab library twice during the day. DETAILS:  What: Super Science Saturday When: Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: NCAR's Mesa Lab, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder (map)      Who: Activities for the entire family, with events especially focused on children ages 6 to 12. Cost: Free  More information: 2015 Super Science Saturday

Ignite VIII

Please join us for the next Ignite VIII!Wednesday, October 14, 2015Center Green Auditorium1:30 – 2:30 pm 

Ignite VIII Presenters:

Teri Eastburn, UCARConnectAlan Robock, RutgersPaul Kucera, Research Applications LabBill Schreiner, COSMICScott McIntosh, HAOMary Hayden, RAL Climate/HealthJames Done, MMM Engineering David Webb &/or Susan Miller, CU, Scalable Game Design

20 slides x 15 seconds per slide

Five-minute presentations that will enlighten, inspire, or make us think a little differently.

2015 Super Science Saturday

Please join us for Super Science Saturday on November 7, 2015 from 10 am - 4 pm. This annual event at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) brings kids and adults together to explore hands-on activities, think about new ideas, and learn about science. This year's theme is "LIGHT"! Check back in the next few months for detailed information on this event.

Activities and Events:

An Art-Science Event: The Art of Arctic Change

Join us for short talks by artist Kerry Koepping and scientist Jeff Weber on Thursday, July 9 at 5:30 in the ML Main Seminar Room and consider how Arctic change can be documented through both art and science. Then explore Koepping's exhibit, To See Things Differently: A Photographic Exhibit Revealing Change in the Arctic, on display in both Art-Science Galleries at the Mesa Lab. 
  • Visit the second floor gallery to see photographs of Arctic ice, geothermal activity, landscapes, and cultures of Iceland and Greenland.

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