NCAR is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the National Science Foundation and devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. Significant additional support is provided by other U.S. government agencies, other national governments, and the private sector.
NCAR supports the community of atmospheric and geoscience researchers with:
tools—such as aircraft and radar, to observe the atmosphere, and
technology and assistance—to interpret and use these observations, including supercomputer access, computer models, and user support.
Our research projects cover a vast array of topics and are collaborations between NCAR scientists and university researchers:
atmospheric chemistry—such as the chemical structure of healthy and polluted air
climate—including temperature, rainfall, winds, and extreme events over decades or centuries, from prehistoric times to the present and into the future
weather science— including cloud physics, storm structure, and other keys to improved weather forecasting
weather hazards to transportation—including detection and warning systems for turbulence, icing, and other flight hazards and for weather-related hazards of road and rail travel
weather decision support systems for new and emerging economic sectors—including renewable energy, wildfire prediction, precision agriculture, and other areas of societal importance
interactions between the Sun and Earth—including solar and space weather
computer science innovation—for understanding and visualizing the whole Earth system
the effects of weather and climate on society and national security