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 (

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

Aircraft Reveal a Surprisingly Strong Southern Ocean Carbon Sink

The Southern Ocean is indeed a significant carbon sink — absorbing a large amount of the excess carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by human activities — according to a new study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The findings provide clarity about the role the icy waters surrounding Antarctica play in buffering the impact of increasing greenhouse gas emissions, after research published in recent years suggested the Southern Ocean might be less of a sink than previously thought.



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 yellow phase of the Return-to-the-Workplace Framework. Please visit the NCAR website for more information.