The Remote Sensing of Electrification, Lightning, and Mesoscale/Microscale Processes with Adaptive Ground Observations (RELAMPAGO) study aims to better understand the complexities of convection over complex terrain.


EOL is beginning development of a novel 5-cm Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR) with dual-Doppler and dual-polarization capabilities to be operational on the NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft.


Looking for something new for your college or university class? Request one of our facilities for a hands-on, multi-week educational activity, funded by a generous NSF grant.


A 20-year history of nearly 200 NSF-supported atmospheric science field campaigns: statistics and demographics.


UAS Workshop Final Report

The NCAR / EOL Community Workshop on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Atmospheric Research was held in February 2017 and brought together over 100 participants interested in the role of UAS in atmospheric science.  The Final Report is now available and contains recommendations that emphasize the need for wide-ranging community support and address topics such as expert teams and workshops, community platforms, dedicated instrumentation and platform validation opportunities, weather forecasting and support in working within the aviation regulatory framework.


C-RITE Workshop Final Report

The Community Workshop on Developing Requirements for In Situ and Remote-Sensing Capabilities in Convective and Turbulent Environments (C-RITE) was carried out by over 100 participants to assist the National Science Foundation in defining next-generation technologies and observing capabilities best suited for studying convection and turbulence in the atmosphere. The C-RITE Workshop Final Report is now available containing recommendations addressing improvements to existing facilities, urgently needed new facilities, and desired new observing systems.


LAOF Request Deadlines Approaching

Small Field Campaigns: 1 December 2018
Requests for LAOF in support of small field campaigns tentatively scheduled between 1 April and 30 September 2020 are due 1 December 2018. Facility requests have to be submitted to the appropriate facility providers with a copy sent to EOL.

Large Field Campaign: 15 January 2019
Scientific Program Overviews (SPO) and Experimental Design Overviews (EDO) to request LAOF for large field campaigns tentatively scheduled between 1 October 2020 and September 2021 are due no later than 15 January 2019. The SPO has to be submitted to NSF via Fastlane while the EDO has to be submitted to EOL.

For more information, please see the LAOF request webpage.

Remote Sensing of Electrification, Lightning, and Mesoscale/Microscale Processes with Adaptive Ground Observations (RELAMPAGO) 

RELAMPAGO will form a key part of an observation network that will elucidate the tight connections between the land surface, complex terrain, convective development, and the production of severe weather. Through its unique configuration of atmospheric profiling and remote sensing capabilities, understanding of processes that impact prediction of societal hazards will be improved. RELAMPAGO will be based in Argentina from 1 June 2018 to 30 April 2019. 

» For more information, please visit the RELAMPAGO webpage

HAIS Instrumentation Announcement

Due to programmatic changes within the National Science Foundation (NSF), as of 1 August 2018 the Time-of-Flight Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (ToF-AMS) and Quantum Cascade Laser Spectrometer (QCLS) HAIS instruments are no longer requestable through the NSF Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities Deployment Pool. Please contact the RAF science and instrumentation group lead for more information on accessing these facilities.