NSF NCAR Explorer Series Field Campaigns

Travel the world and explore the science being conducted in the field.

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Atmospheric and climate science affects the entire globe, not just the Front Range. NSF NCAR’s Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) supports field campaigns across the university community to measure, assess, and study climate patterns and interactions across continents and oceans. The Explorer Series follows these experts as they measure everything from atmospheric pressure to oceanic chemistry to polar ice cores in search of key data.

Viewers interested in understanding how scientists, engineers, air crew, project leaders, and students operate in unfamiliar locations can get an inside look at the dynamic process of conducting research in the field with the NSF NCAR Explorer Series videos below.

EdEC Supported Field Campaigns

Browse field campaign videos to get an inside look at what it's like to be in the field.


The Cold-Air Outbreak Experiment in the Sub-Arctic Region (CAESAR) experiment examines clouds that form over Arctic waters during cold-air outbreaks.


OTREC, Organization of Tropical East Pacific Convection, investigates convection in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and southwest Caribbean.


RELÁMPAGO, Remote Sensing of Electrification, Lightning, and Mesoscale/Microscale Processes with Adaptive Ground Observations, investigates different phases of the life cycle of thunderstorms that occur in Argentina.


WE-CAN, Western Wildfire Experiment for Cloud Chemistry, Aerosol Absorption and Nitrogen, investigates how chemistry in western wildfire smoke affects air quality, nutrient cycles, weather, and climate.