Friday, April 1, 2022 - 2:43pm

Helicopter doing a water drop on a wildfireApril 1, 2022 - 2:00pmCongratulations to RAL's team for winning the High Performance Computing (HPC) User Forum Innovation Excellence Award for their...

Friday, February 25, 2022 - 5:00am

Bathymetric map of Lake Malawi

Scientists have used artificial intelligence techniques to create a publicly available dataset of the underwater topography, or bathymetry, of more than 1.4 million inland lakes and reservoirs around the world.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 - 5:00am

Artist rendition of dashboard of self-driving car.

NCAR researchers seek to use weather information to improve the efficiency of autonomous vehicles.

Friday, February 18, 2022 - 3:50pm

A photograph of Portland downtown with rolling fog and autumn foliage in shining sunrise and colorful cloudsFebruary 18, 2022 - 9:30am

Fog is the second most common cause of weather-related aviation accidents...

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 - 5:00am

Solders at White Sands Missile Range.

A quarter-century of NCAR collaborations with the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command has contributed to major advances in weather prediction.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 5:00am

Output from a wind forecast

A team of researchers is test-piloting the first phase of a web application that will ultimately allow users to get tailored information about the likely storm impacts at their specific locations, including information on the likelihood of high winds, when those winds will arrive, and how much damage they...

Friday, September 24, 2021 - 6:00am

Winds blowing through downtown Dallas

Scientists at NCAR have demonstrated that a new kind of model built entirely to run on graphical processing units, or GPUs, has the potential to produce useful, street-level forecasts of atmospheric flow in urban areas using far fewer computing resources and on a timeline that makes real-time weather...

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 6:00am

View of flooding in Germany in 2021

Climate change will significantly alter future patterns of flooding, with moderate storms having mixed impacts but extreme storms generating more devastating and frequent flooding.

Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 6:00am

Man in car gets his temperature checked

More than one-quarter of the U.S. population suffered from exposure to extreme heat during the pandemic summer of 2020, surveys show.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 6:00am

William Mahoney

NCAR Associate Director William Mahoney testified in Congress today about the need to protect radio frequencies that are needed for weather forecasts and understanding the climate system.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 6:00am

Fire crew member fights Poomacha wildfire in California

Wildfire experts are available to discuss a range of topics, from wildfire prediction to the role of climate change and the impacts of emissions.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 6:00am

Summer sun over city

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has developed an innovative method to estimate the health risks of older adults who spend time in hot indoor settings.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 5:00am

Clouds and lightning.

The number of thunderstorms in Alaska may triple by later this century because of climate change, increasing the risks of widespread flash flooding, landslides, and lightning-induced wildfires.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 5:00am

Colorado River (photo by M. Thomson).

As snowpack in the Rocky Mountains declines with climate change, a new study warns that summertime rains are unlikely to significantly bolster stream levels.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 6:00am

Wildfire torching trees

With wildfires becoming a growing threat, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is supporting a major, university-led initiative to better forecast the destructive events.

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 6:00am

The Jones Fire burns in Oregon in 2017.

Three scientists at NCAR will lead research projects funded by a program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that aims to improve our ability to better understand and predict climate variability in both the short and long term.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 12:07pm

August 12, 2020 - 12:00pm

Responding to extreme heat conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic could place many vulnerable populations at further risk during the warm summer months when many...

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 3:49pm

August 5, 2020 - 3:30pm

The newly established South America affinity group website was set up to accelerate research and discoveries focusing on the water and energy cycle of South...

Monday, August 3, 2020 - 6:00am

View of Hurricane Hanna from the International Space Station

As hurricane season starts to peak, NCAR and UCAR scientists are closely watching the potential for strong winds, torrential rains, and widespread flooding.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 6:00am

Sunset over Queens, New York.

As the United States nears its hottest time of the year, scientists are launching a research project into whether the public health impacts of extreme heat will be amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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To conduct fundamental and use-inspired research that contributes to the understanding of the Earth system and its interaction with society; extend the capabilities of the scientific community; and transfer knowledge and technology for the betterment of society.

I have a very strong feeling that science exists to serve human betterment and improve human welfare.      
- Walter Orr Roberts, First NCAR Director

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