2020 NCAR Explorer Series

Events from the 2020 Explorer Series - exploring the Research Aviation Facility; a Zoom conversation with scientists about hail

Thank you for your interest in past NCAR Explorer Series lectures from 2020! We hope you enjoy the abstracts, bios, short videos, and the archived lectures from these talks and look forward to seeing you at a future event!

Delve into the physics and chemistry that controls the ionosphere and how the aurora is formed, and learn about the ionosphere and wonders of nature above in our sky.

Learn about the opportunities available for undergraduate and graduate students at NCAR|UCAR|UCP, and what a virtual and in-person internship program looks like.

In collaboration with the Longmont Museum, gain insights on studying clouds, scientific instrumentation aboard specialized science aircraft, and being a pilot during field campaigns.

Aprende sobre los varios cursos que están disponibles gratis, sobre el trabajo del traductor y cómo el Sr. Russi llegó a trabajar en este campo.

Hear from scientists and educators who have created a series of ten meteorological instrumentation and measurement training lessons to build a foundation for field research. 

Learn more about wildfires, how changes in the climate have increased the impact of wildfires, and what it’s like to be a student and scientist participating in a field campaign that collected data from a flying laboratory.

Learn more about he international field campaign RELÁMPAGO, studying large hail in the central plains of Argentina, and getting involved in reporting hail events.

Bring your curious minds and tune in to discover the world of science for this virtual kids science show!

Peer inside the black box of machine learning as it discovers the patterns that lead to severe weather, and learn about the challenges, blind spots, and potential hazards of machine learning.

Learn about the AAAS If/Then Ambassador program, the various diverse women in STEM who are highlighted in the CBS program Mission Unstoppable, and the work being done to study the origins of precipitation.


Hear from a research scientist and pilot about studying clouds, scientific instrumentation aboard specialized science aircraft, and being a pilot during field campaigns.

Learn how new information and communication technology are transforming hazard communication and decision making, and how social media can help protect the public when hazardous weather threatens.

In this panel discussion at Colorado State University, hear how our climate is related to health and air quality.