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National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research


Integrated Sounding System/NCARThe National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), which is funded by NSF, is a focal point for research in the field of atmospheric sciences. NCAR is located in Boulder, Colorado, and has about 750 scientists and support personnel.

NCAR is managed under a cooperative agreement between the Foundation and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), a nonprofit consortium of 68 North American universities with graduate programs in atmospheric sciences.

Available to university and other scientists, as well as NCAR scientific personnel, the facilities at NCAR serve the entire atmospheric sciences research community and part of the ocean sciences community. These facilities include a computing center that provides supercomputer resources and services for the development and production of large models and for archiving, manipulating, and visualizing large data sets. Information on other NCAR facilities is included in the Lower Atmospheric Facilities section.

NCAR scientists conduct research in the atmospheric and ocean sciences areas and on solar astronomy, and are involved with large research programs in collaboration with many institutions. NCAR research programs focus on the following areas: large-scale atmospheric and ocean dynamics that contribute to an understanding of the past and present climate processes and global change, including interactions with other environmental systems; global and regional atmospheric chemistry including geochemical and biogeochemical cycles; the variable nature of the Sun and the physics of the corona; the physics of clouds, thunderstorms, precipitation formation, and the interactions and effects on larger-scale weather; and the examination of human society's impact on and response to global environmental change. In addition, NCAR provides fellowships for visiting scientists to conduct research and interact with NCAR scientists.

Facility and visiting scientist support is provided on a competitive basis to qualified scientists according to scientific merit, available facility time, and level of resources.

For More Information
For further information, contact the Director, National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, Colorado 80307 or visit the website at

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

UCAR is a nonprofit corporation formed in 1959 by research institutions with doctoral programs in the atmospheric and related sciences. UCAR was formed to enhance the computing and observational capabilities of the universities, and to focus on scientific problems that are beyond the scale of a single university. UCAR carries out its mission through two organizations: The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the UCAR Office of Programs (UOP).

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Clifford A. Jacobs
Head, UCAR & Lower Atmospheric Facilities Oversight Section
Phone: 703.292.8521
Fax: 703.292.9022


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