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The nature of atmospheric research requires large investments to be made in facilities and instruments as well as other forms of infrastructure. Many field projects supported by ATM require significant capital investments in order to study complex, interdependent processes extending over large areas.

Within the atmospheric sciences, support is provided for the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Among the critical facilities provided by NCAR are state-of-the-art computational facilities used for modeling atmospheric and ocean phenomena and a broad range of observational platforms. The observational facilities at NCAR are complemented by several university-based facilities.

ATM also supports upper atmospheric facilities, particularly a network of incoherent scatter radar facilities in the Western Hemisphere that complements counterpart facilities in Western Europe and Japan.

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