Undergraduate (upper division)

Undergraduate (upper division)

For junior and senior level in college

SOARS Program

SOARS Program

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is an undergraduate to graduate program built around a summer research internship, mentoring by top scientists, and a supportive learning community.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Boulder Flood, Bike Path

Building Weather and Climate Resilience: ECEP at NCAR

Scientists Mari Tye and James Done with NCAR's Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership (ECEP) discuss the mission of ECEP and the importance of Graceful Failure to ensure resilience of a community of any size.

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Land and Vegetation, Oceans, Weather Research, Human Impacts, Energy and Sustainability, Health, Policy and Society, Data and Data Analysis
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
NCAR Diversity, Education and Outreach

Diversity, Education and Outreach

The Office of Diversity, Education and Outreach is responsible for the coordination of valuable, but disparate, education and diversity efforts currently distributed across NCAR, elevating both NCAR’s commitment to Education and Outreach and our institu

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Introduction to Ocean Models, Source: COMET

Introduction to Ocean Models, from COMET

Oceans cover over 70% of the surface of the earth, yet many details of their workings are not fully understood. To better understand and forecast the state of the ocean, we rely on numerical ocean models.
Topic: Earth System, Oceans
Audience: Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Earth puzzle

Scientific Uncertainty

In this video, NCAR senior scientist Linda Mearns, talks about scientific uncertainty and the fact that uncertainty is a given and familiar to us all.

Topic: Climate and Climate Change, Weather Research
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Monitoring Climate w/ Satellites

Monitoring Climate with Satellites, COMET MetEd

The international science community has identified a set of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) that should be monitored for measuring the climate system, how it is changing, and its likely impact on future climate. 

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Research Tools
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Nighttime Radiation, COMET

Nighttime Radiation and Cooling, from COMET MetEd

This learning object uses a simple interactive model to demonstrate the role of radiation in nighttime cooling.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Climate and Climate Change
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Satellite Monitoring of the Climate System

Satellite Monitoring of the Climate System

The international science community has identified a set of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) that should be monitored for measuring the climate system, how it is changing, and its likely impact on future climate. 

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Research Tools
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
COMET MetEd

COMET MetEd Climate Modules

Earth’s climate engine is a complex machine. COMET has developed a suite of lessons to help you understand some of its bigger cogs.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Climate and Climate Change
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
ENSO, Source: courtesy of COMET

The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Cycle

This Webcast, is an expert lecture by Dr. Vernon Kousky of NOAA/CPC, entitled "The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Cycle". The presentation covers the identification and global weather impacts associated with both phases of ENSO.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional

Ignite: Canadian Universities and UCAR

University of Toronto physics professor, Paul Kushner, took part in a recent conference with UCAR and various Canadian Universities, which led to fruitful discussions of synergies and productive research collaborations.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional

FRONT: A Radar Testbed for Innovation

FRONT is a testbed for innovative weather and climate technology development; leading, promoting and enabling geoscience research and education.
Topic: Education & Training, Weather Research
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional

FRAPPE: Preliminary Field Campaign Findings

The FRAPPE field campaign took place in summer of 2014 to study the role ozone plays in the Colorado Front Range.

Topic: Air Quality and Pollution
Audience: General public, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional

The Recent Decline in Solar Activity

Cycles 23 and 24 mark a change in solar activity in recent times. Most of the solar synoptic programs from both ground and space observatories started during the Space Age, which corresponded to an extended period of above-average solar activity.

Topic: Sun and Space Weather
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Hurricane impacts

Hurricane Capability Briefing

This hurricane capabilities brief covers NCAR's ability to protect lives and livelihoods with sharpened planning, forecasts, and warnings.

Topic: Weather Research
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Connections: Being and Becoming a Scientist

Connections: Being and Becoming a Scientist

This hurricane season (2014), five tropical cyclone experts take a moment to share the importance of mentoring in both becoming a scientist and in their professional lives today.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: Middle school, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Microburst, source: NCAR

Tornadoes, Microbursts, and Silver Linings

It takes a sharp eye to find something positive in the wreckage of the worst swarm of U.S. tornadoes on record. Ted Fujita had just such an eye, and millions of Americans are safer because of it.

Topic: Earth System, Weather Research
Audience: High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Discover AQ

NASA Discover AQ Campaign Comes to Colorado

NASA scientist Jim Crawford talks about DISCOVER-AQ, a NASA Earth Venture program funded mission, that stands for Deriving Information on Surface Conditions from Column and Vertically Resolved Observations Relevant to Air Quality.

Topic: Earth System, Human Impacts, Air Quality and Pollution
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
NASA Discover AQ Field Campaign

NASA Discover AQ Field Campaign

DISCOVER-AQ is a four-year campaign to improve the use of satellites to monitor air quality for public health and environmental benefit. It will take place in Colorado in summer 2014.

Topic: Earth System, Air Quality and Pollution
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
FRAPPE Field Campaign

The FRAPPÉ Field Campaign

The Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Éxperiment (FRAPPÉ) field campaign takes place in summer 2014 to advance our knowledge of tropospheric ozone and air pollution in the Colorado Front Range. 

Topic: Air Quality and Pollution
Audience: General public, Informal education, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Satellite Monitoring of Atmospheric Composition

Satellite Monitoring of Atmospheric Composition from MetEd (higher ed, graduate)

Satellite monitoring of atmospheric composition provides important information for a number of applications, including stratospheric ozone monitoring, long-range pollutant transport, biomass burning, air quality monitoring and forecasting, and climate c

Topic: Human Impacts, Air Quality and Pollution
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Dan Kahan, Climate Science & Cultural Cognition

Communicating Climate Science in a Polluted Climate Environment

NESL Distinguished Lecturer Series with Dan Kahan, Professor, Yale Law School and Yale's Cultural Cognition Project
Topic: Climate and Climate Change, Policy and Society
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
IPCC WG2 Introduction

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities

This video was created by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the Working Group II contributon to the Fifth Assessment Report 2014. The 10th Session of Working Group II (WGII-10) was held from 25 to 29 March 2014 in Yokohama, Japan.

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Land and Vegetation, Oceans, Human Impacts, Health, Policy and Society
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional

Earth's Energy Imbalance

"Global warming" from increased greenhouse gases really refers to a global energy imbalance at the top-of-atmosphere (TOA). Kevin Trenberth discusses physical processes that contribute to this imbalance.
Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Land and Vegetation, Oceans, Sun and Space Weather
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Floods: Weathering Water's Extremes, Image Source: NOAA

Floods: Weathering Water's Extremes

Flood expert Matt Kelsch shares his expertise about the various types and causes of flooding, and what cities and towns can do to lessen their impact.

Topic: Earth System, Weather Research
Audience: General public, Informal education, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division)
Chasing Franklin's Kite: The Global Electric Circuit, Source: Baumgartner

Chasing Frankln's Kite: The Global Electric Circuit

The Global Electric Circuit is a system of currents spanning from the troposphere to the ionosphere. Currents totalling 1-2 kA are generated by thunderstorms, which charge the ionosphere to approx.

Topic: Earth System, Research Tools, Computer Modeling, Data and Data Analysis, Field Projects and Instruments
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Aviation Weather Modules

Aviation Weather Education Modules

COMET MetEd produces a wealth of educational learning resources on aviation and weather that are freely available via the COMET MetEd Website.

Topic: Weather Research, Transportation
Audience: High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional

Earth Observing Laboratory Outreach

NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory develops and deploys NSF Lower Atmospheric Observing Facilities (LAOF) and provides field project support and data services. Its educational programs primarily serve the higher education community.

Topic: Earth System, Weather Research, Research Tools, Data and Data Analysis, Field Projects and Instruments
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Unidata Program

Unidata

Unidata's mission is to transform the geosciences community, research, and education by providing innovative data services and tools to enhance Earth-system education and research in an era of increasing data complexity and multidisciplinary

Topic: Research Tools, Data and Data Analysis
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Connected Vehicles

Advanced Weather Decision Support Systems

The primary goal of the Weather Systems and Assessment Program (WSAP) is to identify, explore, develop, and implement advanced weather decision support systems.

Topic: Weather Research, Transportation
Audience: General public, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Aviation and Weather From COMET

Forecasting Aviation Icing

This module discusses the current theories of atmospheric conditions associated with aviation and fog.

Topic: Weather Research, Transportation
Audience: Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Weather and Transportation from COMET

Weather and Road Management

Anticipating and dealing with weather and the hazards it creates is a real challenge for those in departments of transportation.

Topic: Transportation
Audience: Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Tony Lieserowitz, Communicating Climate Change

Communicating Climate Change in the U.S

A report on recent trends in Americans' understanding of climate change.
Topic: Climate and Climate Change
Audience: General public, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division)