Request Facilities for Education

Available Observing Facilities and their Contacts

NSF reserves a portion of the Deployment Pool for use by educators wishing to gain access to observational facilities for classroom instruction and hands-on learning experience. This includes requesting that a facility be deployed to a university for a short period. Facilities for use in educational deployments can be requested twice per year and should be submitted six months ahead of an intended deployment to allow for sufficient time for an instructor to properly integrate the instrument deployment activities into her course material. Submission target dates are 1 March and 1 September to accommodate the academic calendar.

Facility Request Process
To request a facility, the educator must contact the relevant Facility Manager to discuss the proposed project and identify an appropriate time period. After the initial contact, the educator must provide a one-page request form and a short proposal of no more than five pages to the Facility Manager. The proposal should include a narrative of the planned activity, including a brief summary of the type of course to be conducted, the number of students involved; the techniques to be utilized to collect and analyze data; the project goals and expected outcomes; and the length and dates of the deployment. The proposal also must include at least one module that is directed at K-12 education and/or public outreach. A concerted effort should be made to include students from groups underrepresented in the atmospheric sciences. The Facility Manager will then prepare a cost estimate and feasibility. The length and dates of the deployment can vary but cannot conflict with an approved research field deployment of an NSF facility or a planned upgrade or test period for an instrument/platform.  Educational project requests are not reviewed during the biannual OFAP meeting; however, they are reviewed by a small group of facility staff and OFAP members. Final approval will be done by NSF.

A final report of the educational deployment is required no later than one month after the end of the deployment. The report should include a recap of the educational objectives conducted, a description of the deployment, and class procedures, including student assignments, an assessment of the success of the activity both from the instructor’s and participating students’ point of view, a narrative of outreach activities, and a section on lessons learned. The report should also include a detailed breakdown of the number of individuals reached during the entire deployment.

Learn more about the available NSF facilities and services available to the research community on the Guidebook to the NSF's Lower Atmospheric Observing Facilities (LAOF), and if you have specific questions about any of the Facilities, contact the managing scientist listed below.

Ground-based and Airborne Remote Sensing Platforms

Surface and Sounding Systems

  • NCAR Integrated Surface Flux System (ISFS)
    Dr. Steve Cohn
  • NCAR Integrated Sounding System (ISS & MISS)
    Dr. Bill Brown
  • NCAR GPS Advanced Upper Air Sounding System (GAUS & MGAUS)
    Dr. Bill Brown
  • NCAR Advanced Airborne Vertical Atmospheric Profiling System (AVAPS/Dropsonde)
    Mr. Terry Hock

Research Aircraft

  • University of Wyoming King Air
    Dr. Al Rodi


Requesting Observing Facilities and Services

In addition to NSF Observing Facilities, EOL provides cost effective, comprehensive and scalable project management support services to the NSF-supported scientific research community and others. To begin this process, contact Brigitte Baeuerle at 303.497.2061.