UCAR at 50

The 50th anniversary report of UCAR and NCAR

Research, education, and service - September 2010Download PDF Version

| Introduction |

The 1960s
A center is born
Eyes on the corona
Atmosphere in a box: NCAR's first GCM
Borne on a balloon


Cray-1 computerThe 1970s
Putting weather modification to the test
The Cray-1: Not your ordinary supercomputer
GATE: Fieldwork goes international
What makes a tornado?


The 1980s
Ozone and the lack of it
Forward into the past
Unmasking a meteorological villain
Data served here


The 1990s
The GPS revolution
The quest to understand turbulence
A system called Earth
Into the fold


Solar superprominenceThe 2000s
The Sun in full
Climate change where we live
Predicting the world's weather
Virtually there

| Reflections from Our Community |

| Member Universities | Academic Affiliates | International Affiliates

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More about our history

UCAR & NCAR – Our History

More UCAR Highlights reports (published 1996 through 2010)

50th Anniversary

NCAR & UCAR 50th Anniversary

              Video interviews with university faculty and other UCAR community members
              50th anniversary photo history timeline

Scientiest giving a weather briefing, 1965
1965 NCAR weather briefing

Staff Notes 50th anniversary series (May–June 2010)

              In their own words
              The Blue Book that started it all
              Then and now
            •  The Mesa Lab: What might have been
              Spring Fling, open house
              The lighter side of science
             Did you know that . . .
              Delphi: A record of what’s on our minds
              Times and tastes

Time Capsule (2010, for 2035 opening)

              Time capsule article (Staff Notes)
              Exhibits page for time capsule (NCAR & UCAR Archives)

40th Anniversary

UCAR at 40 (Highlights 2000)
Staff Notes 40th anniversary issue (1999)
40th anniversary events - archival site

25th Anniversary

UCAR at 25 (1960–1985)

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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.