NEW: Facility and Instrumentation Request Process (FIRP)

The NSF released the new Facility and Instrumentation Request Process (FIRP) solicitation, which describes the mechanism by which the research community can propose projects that require access to instrumentation and facilities sponsored by the Facilities for Atmospheric Research and Education (FARE) Program in the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS). FARE provides funding support to a variety of organizations to make specialized instrumentation and facilities available to the atmospheric science research community through the Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF) and the Community Instruments and Facilities (CIF) programs. For more information, please contact Dr. Shree Mishra, NSF FARE Program Officer (

Science Spotlight: Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai Volcano Eruption Plume Study

Dr. Holger Vömel, a Senior Scientist in EOL’s In-situ Sensing Facility, has a publication in Science, a prominent journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, on his study of the 15 January 2022 eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano. He provided essential support in preparing the water vapor payloads that were launched into the plume as it passed overhead and is analyzing the data from these soundings and other additional water vapor observations during this event. Dr. Vömel’s work has drawn international attention and was featured on 22 September in ABCNews, the New York Times, and the Chicago Daily Herald.

New NSF-funded building expands NCAR’s capabilities to support cutting-edge research



In alignment with advice from public health professionals, both locally and globally, NCAR|UCAR is undertaking recommended protocols to reduce the “community spread” of COVID-19 as a way to mitigate risks to our staff, their families, and the community. The organization is currently in the blue phase of the Return-to-the-Workplace Framework. Please visit the NCAR website for more information.