Research Labs

The National Center for Atmospheric Research, with major sponsorship of The National Science Foundation (NSF), provides research, facilities, and services for the atmospheric and Earth sciences community.

Advanced Study Program (ASP)

The Advanced Study Program focuses on fostering the professional development of early career scientists, promoting advanced scientific educational opportunities at NCAR through visitor programs, directing attention to emerging areas of science, and facilitating interactions between NCAR, universities, and the broader community.

Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling Laboratory (ACOM)

ACOM’s research focuses on advancing understanding and predictive capability for atmospheric composition and related processes. Research is organized around two major themes: Air Quality Prediction and Weather-Chemistry-Climate Interactions. ACOM scientists work closely with the wider research community, providing intellectual leadership and facility support for measurement capabilities, laboratory and field experiments and community atmospheric chemistry models.

Computational & Information Systems Laboratory (CISL)

NCAR's Computational & Information Systems Laboratory is a world leader in supercomputing and cyberinfrastructure, providing services to over 60 UCAR member universities as well as NCAR and the larger geosciences community.

Climate & Global Dynamics Laboratory (CGD)

The CGD Laboratory conducts and supports collaborative research to discover the key processes of the Earth’s climate system and to understand the interactions among them, to represent this knowledge in community models that effectively utilize modern computers, and to apply these models and observations to scientific problems of societal relevance. CGD is the institutional home of the Community Earth System Model (CESM) and virtually all its resources are targeted on the success of the CESM enterprise in some way.

Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL)

The Earth Observing Laboratory provides state-of-the-art atmospheric observing systems and support services to the university-based research community for climate and weather research.

High Altitude Observatory (HAO)

The High Altitude Observatory conducts fundamental and applied research in solar-terrestrial physics using observational, theoretical, and numerical methods. Research at HAO extends from the solar core to the surface of the Earth.

Integrated Science Program (ISP)

The Integrated Science Program promotes the scientific frontiers that are dependent on an integrated approach, across NCAR laboratories and across disciplines.

Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Laboratory (MMM)

The Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory conducts fundamental research covering the dynamics and physics of mesoscale and microscale atmospheric flows and processes, with an emphasis on the development and support of community models for prediction of these phenomena.

Research Applications Laboratory (RAL)

The Research Applications Laboratory conducts directed research and engineering toward the solution to problems relevant to society, and facilitates the transfer of the information, expertise, and technology developed to the public and private sectors.

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