Science Serving Society in a Rapidly-Changing World

RAL’s success over the past three decades has been related in part to its efforts to focus on problems that evolving communities and technologies face as they are exposed to weather hazards. Two decades ago it was common for organizations like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to design very large systems without factoring in the effects of weather hazards. That is not true today in large part because of RAL’s ability to convince FAA managers that such systems could not operate with sufficient safety or efficiency without incorporating weather information. Surface transportation planners and designers have adopted similar practices, again largely due to RAL and its partner organizations playing an early role in developing weather-resilient systems and infrastructure. Similar efforts have led to RAL’s involvement in the atmospheric side of homeland security and public safety, societal impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability associated with global change, and research and development related to wind and solar energy prediction capabilities.

Earth is the only planet known in the solar system to support life. Life on Earth is critically... more

Evaluating the Potential for and Impact of Cloud Seeding

Over the past several decades, RAL has developed and deployed complex computer-based operational... more

RAL has expertise in customizing and deploying a wide range of operational-grade... more

Decision support systems are one of the core technology areas developed at the Research... more

Accurate electric load forecasts are critical to utilities’ day-to-day operations. Load... more

Electric Load Prediction

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Accomplishing NCAR’s mission of producing science in service to society requires rigorous,... more

RAL is a pioneer in managing and disseminating real-time weather data to the atmospheric science... more

The process of forecast verification/evaluation is often an unseen partner in engineering... more

It’s well known that adverse winter weather can significantly disrupt airport operations. Snow... more

High-resolution, short-term forecasts of thunderstorms provide critical information for a wide... more

RAL engineers and scientists recently developed a software system to provide real-time travel ... more

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The Regional Climate Science for Adaptation (RC4A) Project uses climate science across time... more