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Atmospheric scientists conduct field experiment to study wind flow over complex mountain terrain
NSF | 1 June 2017

Over the past month, researchers have descended on Portugal's Vale Do Cobrão near the Spanish border to study the valley's wind flow patterns.

The international project, known as Perdigão after the closest town, is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and involves more than 50 atmospheric scientists. They're working to better understand how wind moves over variable terrain.
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Monitoring Wind in Portugal’s Mountains Down to Microscales
Eos.org | 31 May 2017

Researchers are now gathered for the Perdigão field campaign, an effort to study wind flow physics at scales down to tens of meters. The effort should help engineers harness wind energy in Europe.
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Capturing a Detailed Portrait of Wind: Project in Portugal will observe wind at unprecedented resolution
AtmosNews | 28 April 2017

For two autumns in the early 1980s, researchers covered an isolated, gently sloping hill in Scotland with dozens of scientific instruments to measure the behavior of wind as it blew up and over from the nearby coast. 
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From GOES-16 to the World: UCAR and NCAR to disseminate data from revolutionary new satellite
AtmosNews | 6 March 2017

As atmospheric scientists around the world look forward to seeing extraordinarily detailed images from the new GOES-16 satellite, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are preparing for central roles in disseminating the satellite's data.
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World’s largest wind-mapping project spins up in Portugal
Nature | 14 February 2017

Machines have invaded a windswept rural valley in eastern Portugal. Squat white containers stare at the hillsides, sweeping lasers across the eucalyptus-studded slopes, and towers bristling with scientific instruments soar 100 metres into the air.
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NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V high-altitude science research aircraft returns from loan to NOAA
National Science Foundation | 14 September 2016

NSF's Gulfstream V aircraft has returned from a short-term loan to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The high-altitude, atmospheric science research plane provided observations of dangerous hurricanes while a NOAA plane underwent maintenance.
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Boulder scientists take to air to boost hurricane forecasting
Daily Camera | 4 September 2016

As the hurricane season churns toward its most potent period with storms affecting both Hawaii and Florida, superior aerial firepower is being deployed to provide advanced forecasting of the dangerous systems as they develop.
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Colorado research plane collecting hurricane data
9News | 1 September 2016

It normally hangs its hat in an airplane hangar in Broomfield, but right now, that Gulfstream V is far from home. “This is a really important time to understand these observations, as these storms approach land in the United States,” said NCAR Project Manager Louis Lussier.
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Federal agencies join forces to forecast hurricanes
National Science Foundation | 30 August 2016

Hurricane forecasters will be ready for the upcoming peak of hurricane season, thanks to a partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to share a high-altitude atmospheric science research plane.
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A CO2 Milestone in Earth's History
AtmosNews | 12 May 2016

Earth’s atmosphere is crossing a major threshold, as high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2)—the leading driver of recent climate change—are beginning to extend even to the globe's most remote region. Scientists flying near Antarctica this winter captured the moment with airborne CO2 sensors during a field project to better understand the Southern Ocean's role in global climate.
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The Convective Transport of Active Species in the Tropics (CONTRAST) Experiment
BAMS | March 2016

The Convective Transport of Active Species in the Tropics (CONTRAST) experiment was conducted from Guam (13.5° N, 144.8° E) during January-February 2014. Using the NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V research aircraft, the experiment investigated the photochemical environment over the tropical western Pacific (TWP) warm pool, a region of massive deep convection and the major pathway for air to enter the stratosphere during Northern Hemisphere (NH) winter. 
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Flying Lab to Investigate Southern Ocean's Appetite for Carbon
AtmosNews | 5 January 2016

A team of scientists is launching a series of research flights this month over the remote Southern Ocean in an effort to better understand just how much carbon dioxide the icy waters are able to lock away.
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Scientists Tackle Mystery of Thunderstorms That Strike At Night
AtmosNews | 20 May 2015

Thunderstorms that form at night, without a prod from the Sun's heat, are a mysterious phenomenon. This summer scientists will be staying up late in search of some answers. From June 1 through July 15, researchers from across North America will fan out each evening across the Great Plains, where storms are more common at night than during the day.
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Advanced radar makes maiden voyage from RDU
WRAL.com | 2 February 2015

While many spent Groundhog Day looking beneath the ground for the forecast, scientists were soaring high above in search of better forecasts. A research team from the University of Illinois and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) took a specially-equipped Gulfstream V plane from RDU and flew over the winter storm pounding New England.
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Cold facts of air pollution
AtmosNews | 2 February 20015

The difference between a breath of cold air and a breath of warm air isn’t just the temperature. It’s also the pollutants they might contain. Until now, wintertime air pollution hasn’t been studied in much detail. Scientists have focused more on warm air, partly because summertime's stagnant atmospheric conditions and intense sunshine tend to worsen ozone pollution. But that's about to change as researchers turn their attention to winter air quality in the eastern United States. 
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On the right track for tropical clouds
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | 27 January 2015

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and collaborators are hot on the trail of a large and lumbering atmospheric wave. Originating in the tropics, the intra-seasonal force wields influence on weather patterns around the world.
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A meeting for storm-driven science
AtmosNews | 22 October 2014

Among the world’s varied climates, two populous midlatitude areas get an especially big helping of large-scale extreme rainfall: eastern Asia and central-to-eastern North America. Experts from both continents met at NCAR on September 15–18 to discuss promising avenues of research [...]
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Airborne phased array radar could spur a "quantum leap" in hurricane forecasts
The Washington Post | 19 August 2014

Forecasts for the tracks of hurricanes have made huge strides over the past 15 years, improving by over 50 percent. But forecasts for the intensity of hurricanes have lagged, with only modest gains in accuracy seen very recently.
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Canterbury students to support advanced research aircraft operating
Voxy.co.nz | 01 June 2014

Six University of Canterbury students have been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved in major international research led by some of the world’s leading atmospheric scientists. The research involves one of the world’s most advanced atmospheric research aircrafts which arrives at Christchurch International Airport this month.
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Scientists focus on Southern Alps weather
Greymouth Star | 27 May 2014

Monitoring for the international weather research project based at Hokitika Airport will ramp up this week once specialized equipment is set up. Hokitika is hosting a segment of a wider New Zealand project dubbed ‘DEEPWAVE’ led by the United States National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to study the phenomenon of westerly wind flows into the upper atmosphere.
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Boulder researchers leading landmark Front Range air quality study
Daily Camera | 25 May 2014

It sounds like a delectable dessert.

In fact, it's an ambitious effort to gather thorough data on all the pollutants that appear in the atmosphere over the Front Range during the summer months and prevent the metro area from meeting federal air quality standards. 
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Flying Under the Radar Suits Safety Services Group
NCAR Highlight | 31 April 2014

Most groups take pride in gaining recognition for their efforts. For the Health, Environment and Safety Services (HESS) at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), however, this is not the case. “Success is best measured by not being noticed by the institution, it means we’re doing our jobs,” says Milenda Powers the team’s manager.
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Storm chaser visits Strawberry Park Elementary School to get students excited about science
Steamboat Today | 22 January 2014

Tim Lim had just barely opened the back of his diesel pickup Wednesday morning when he was mobbed by a group of excited elementary school students [...]
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3 of the World’s Best Scientific Aircraft Team Up for Climate Science Research
KQED | 09 January 2014

Of course spacecraft and astronauts and robot rovers are sexy. So are scientific submarines and their dives to the deep seafloor. But today I want to speak up for research aircraft and the plucky geniuses who maintain and fly them. [...]
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Scientists to Examine Pacific's "Global Chimney"
UCAR AtmosNews | 07 January 2014

Even though few people live in the western tropical Pacific Ocean, these remote waters affect billions of people by shaping climate and air chemistry worldwide. Next week, leading scientists will head to the region to better understand its influence on the atmosphere [...]
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UVISIT Supports University of Hawaii's HERO Program
National Center for Atmospheric Research | 23 December 2013

UCAR’s University Visits in Scientific Interaction and Teaching program launched in 2013, and the first participants are returning from their time with university partners. We checked in with Wen-Chau Lee, a senior scientist in the Earth Observing Laboratory [...]
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Extending the Life of Field Projects
AtmosNews | 5 November 2013

After the excitement and exhaustion of a months-long field project, the last thing any scientist or funder wants is for the resulting data to be lost or locked away forever. NCAR has a handy antidote for that concern.
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What the Heck is a Dropsonde?
NASA | 26 August 2013

We’re planning to fly over the vast Atlantic with our Global Hawk - once again looking at the dust and dry air from the Sahara. Takeoff on Saturday morning and landing on Sunday morning. We’ll fly from Wallops to a point near the Cape Verde Islands (just off of Africa) and back in about 25 hours. It took Columbus 5 weeks to sail [...]
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It's a bird, a plane, a UFO? It's a....red sprite
National Science Foundation | 26 August 2013

Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it a UFO? Strange lights in the sky are being closely watched by atmospheric scientists. Dubbed red sprites by researchers, these dancing fairies-of-the-clouds are sometimes glimpsed as blood-red bursts of light in the shape of jellyfish. At other times, they appear as trumpet-shaped blue emissions, [...]
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Flying Lab Studies Global Climate Change
Voice of America | 14 August 2013

Researchers studying global climate change have taken to the skies in a flying laboratory that is at the forefront of scientific discovery. The lab is a Gulfstream V corporate jet that has been modified. In place of the luxury seats for business executives are banks of computers and dozens of weather instruments.  
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Swinging CO2 Levels Show the Earth is Breathing More Deeply
National Public Radio | 8 August 2013

Plant life on our planet soaks up a fair amount of the carbon dioxide that pours out of our tailpipes and smokestacks. Plants take it up during the summer and return some of it to the air in the winter. And a new study shows that those "breaths" have gotten deeper over the past 50 years. [...]
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Smyrna airport serving as base for major air quality study in Southeast
The Tennessean | 24 June  2013

Middle Tennessee is being pushed to the forefront of atmospheric science this summer, as researchers from across the country gather at Smyrna’s airport to collect information in planes that double as “flying chemical laboratories.” Dozens of organizations, including the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  [...]
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NCAR joins massive field campaign to examine summertime air in Southeast
NCAR/UCAR AtmosNews | 19 June 2013

Taking part in the largest U.S. air quality field project in decades, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is working with partners to study pollution in the Southeast. The study looks at the impact of chemical reactions occurring between human-related pollution and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from [...]
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Storm chasing from the sky
USA Today | 10 June 2013

Not all storm chasing is done on the ground. Over the past few weeks, scientists in the central USA have been chasing severe storms from seven miles above the Earth, in a high-flying research jet that scans the skies for nascent severe storms. The project, known as MPEX for "Mesoscale Predictability EXperiment," began in mid-May and [...]
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Strengthening Community for Summer Interns
NCAR/UCAR ForStaff | 7 June 2013

The last few years have seen a blossoming of NCAR and UCAR internship programs scattered across various organizational niches, but little in the way of centralized activity. That’s changing in 2013, as a new seminar series is pulling together more than 50 undergraduate and graduate interns. "The seminars are [...]
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Getting the Most From Research Radar
NCAR/UCAR AtmosNews | 28 February 2013

They’ve been carried by truck into supercell thunderstorms and flown on aircraft into hurricanes. They’ve sliced and diced the atmosphere in ways that would have astounded meteorologists a generation ago. So where are research radars headed next, and where will they take science and society? A workshop held at [...]
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NCAR Program Helps Next-generation Scientists Explore Career Options

Despite the large and growing number of Latinos in the United States, this population remains severely underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math-related (STEM) professions – making up less than 5% of the nation’s STEM workforce. Working with 15 high school students in Boulder, and partnering with CLACE [...]
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