Description of NCAR Organizational Units

Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling (ACOM) is where scientists direct their research efforts at two grand challenges that confront society and where atmospheric chemical processes play a crucial role: Regional and Global Air Quality and Chemistry in the Climate System.

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Climate and Global Dynamics (CGD) is the home of research to increase our understanding of atmospheric and climate variability and climate change through parallel development and analysis of observational, assimilated, model-generated and model-forcing datasets; and, by using these datasets for empirical studies, diagnostic analyses, and model experimentation to document comprehensively climate variability, its causes and the processes involved.

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Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) provides the community with high-performance computers, high-speed networks, a world-class data archiving and storage facility, research data sets, state-of-the-art knowledge environments and visualization technologies, and advanced mathematical tools.

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Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) develops and deploys observing facilities, and provides data services that our research community needs to make the observations that are essential for better understanding the world we live in. The Remote Sensing Facility, the In-Situ Sensing Facility, the Research Aviation Facility, and the Technology Development Facility are all in EOL.

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Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology (MMM) leads research in the specification of mesoscale and microscale atmospheric, biological and chemical processes in models of the weather and climate with an emphasis on science that is likely to benefit society through improved understanding of atmospheric processes and advances in the science of prediction.

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NCAR Education, Engagement & Early Career Development (EdEC) NCAR’s extensive education & outreach programs offer great opportunities for science education research. NCAR manages a suite of activities to 1) inspire, engage and inform the public about NCAR science, 2) entrain future generations of scientists and engineers, and 3) partner with the university community to strengthen Earth system science research and education.

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Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) conducts directed research that contributes to the depth of fundamental scientific understanding, fosters transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth, and supports technology transfer that expands the reach of atmospheric science. RAL’s research portfolio includes atmospheric turbulence, convective weather, snowfall and freezing precipitation, icing and related cloud physics, remote sensing, precipitation physics, oceanic weather, land-surface atmosphere interactions, numerical weather prediction, surface hydrology, and verification.

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High Altitude Observatory (HAO) includes numerical simulation of convection, radiation transport, and large-scale dynamics in both the solar and terrestrial atmospheres, plus observational programs to measure the Sun's output of magnetized plasma and radiation over the 11-year sunspot cycle of the Sun.

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