National Center for Atmospheric Research
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a world-class research center of the National Science Foundation (NSF) leading, promoting and facilitating innovation in the atmospheric and related Earth and Sun systems sciences.
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) was founded in 1959 to serve as a center for the atmospheric sciences community, bringing together the ideas, people and tools needed to address the scientific questions that are of critical importance to society. Fundamental scientific and infrastructural contributions to the research and operational communities have been made in areas such as development of the basic scientific underpinnings for weather forecast models, modern understanding of the coupled ocean-atmosphere climate system and its changes due to human activity, understanding the detailed chemistry of the stratosphere and troposphere, studies of solar magnetism, the microphysics of clouds, and the socio-economic impacts of severe weather. NCAR also provides advanced observing facilities for use in studies around the world, increasingly powerful supercomputer facilities and related software, a variety of community models, and valuable research data sets that describe the Earth and Sun. NCAR's educational and technology transfer activities have made many of the results of basic research useful to the public and private sectors.
NCAR is operated by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), a non-profit consortium of over 117 universities involved in Earth system science research, education, and policy programs, under a Cooperative Agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF). NCAR serves as NSF's Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). While NSF is NCAR's primary sponsor, research is also funded by a number of other US Federal and State agencies, as well as by commercial and international entities. As a national center, NCAR interacts broadly with both the research and operational communities, leveraging resources and bringing them to bear across disciplines to address complex problems.
NCAR’s Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) specializes in applied research and technology transfer to mission agencies and sponsors. RAL’s mission is to conduct directed research that contributes to the fundamental understanding of the atmosphere and related physical, biological, and social systems; to support, enhance, and extend the capabilities of the scientific community, and to develop and transfer knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth.