UCAR is a nonprofit corporation formed in 1959 by research institutions with doctoral programs in the atmospheric and related sciences. UCAR was formed to support and enhance the computing and observational capabilities of the universities, and to understand the behavior of the atmosphere and related systems and the global environment.
Representatives from UCAR's 73 Member and 21 Academic Affiliate institutions govern UCAR research and service activities through the Board of Trustees, Member committees and a number of advisory committees.
UCAR carries out its mission primarily through the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), an NSF Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). It also manages UCAR Community Programs (UCP)--a group of education and science support programs.
NCAR maintains resources such as state-of-the-art aircraft and weather and climate computer models that are used by research scientists around the world; the areas of scientific research extend from the center of the earth to the center of the sun.
The UCP supplies real-time weather data to colleges and universities for use in the classroom, trains weather forecasters in the latest research results and technologies, provides innovative next-generation education and training services, and helps organize international experiments in remote areas of the world, among other services.
The principal sponsor is the National Science Foundation (NSF); funds also come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Defense (DOD), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other agencies and organizations.
For further information please visit the UCAR Web
site at www.ucar.edu.