LAOF Deployment Pool Changes

Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) facilities are no longer supported by the NSF Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF) program and cannot be requested for field deployments. Questions related to this change can be directed to AGS LAOF.
 

Educational Requests

Requests for educational deployments are suspended as NSF reviews policies and develops guidelines for the request of LAOF and new facilities and instruments that will be supported via the new CIF solicitation. Updates will be posted on this webpage and shared via the AGS community update email. Questions related to this change can be directed to AGS LAOF.
 

NCAR|UCAR COVID-19 Response

In alignment with advice from public health professionals, both locally and globally, NCAR|UCAR is undertaking recommended protocols to reduce “community spread” of COVID-19 as a way to mitigate risks to our staff, their families, and the community. Together with the rest of the organization, EOL has implemented mandatory telework beginning Tuesday, March 17. UCAR has developed a five-phase flexible framework for decision-making as we plan for a conservative, gradual transition back to the workplace. The organziation is currently in the Orange Phase, allowing limited facility access to essesential staff only.

Open-source Online Educational Resource
Instrumentation and Measurement of Atmospheric Parameters

A series of ten interactive, multimedia educational lessons focus on the science involved in measuring basic atmospheric parameters is now available.

The lessons can help with successful instrument siting and data collection for various efforts, including to enhance traditional instruction on topics such as instrument types, measurement techniques, site selection, and measurement uncertainty. Access the Instrumentation and Measurement of Atmospheric Parameters lessons.

 

Celebrating Women in STEM

EOL's Adriana Bailey talks with CBS' Unstoppable about measuring the isotopic composition water vapor in clouds to detect where its previous path by using the NSF/NCAR HIAPER GV research aircraft. Watch video.

 

Officials Break Ground on EOL's Research Aviation Facility (RAF)

Construction starts this month on a major National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) facility, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), that will support aircraft flown on scientific field projects worldwide, leading to new advances in weather, climate, and air quality research.

Officials with NCAR, NSF, and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) broke ground on the $22 million construction project at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield on 14 February 2020. The new building — which replaces a dated, half-century-old structure at NCAR’s Research Aviation Facility — is expected to open its doors by the end of the year. Read more.

 

NSF LAOF Request Process Improvement

As of 1 February 2020, PIs requesting access to the NSF LAOF for Small and Large Campaigns must submit their requests through PRESTO (Project Requests Online). PRESTO is a web-based, integrated documentation handling system that automates and streamlines the main aspects of the LAOF request process, specifically the submission of facility requests and EDOs, the preparation of feasibilities, and the distribution of review documentation.

Please visit Request Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities and PRESTO Guidance for Submitting PIs webpages for more information.