Browse Features

Throughout the year, we'll highlight science from NCAR and the broader UCAR community through brief videos combining the story behind the science with educational resources, multimedia, and perspectives.

1980 Eclipse, source: UCAR

May 2017: Great North American Eclipse Coming August 21st, 2017

Learn about and plan for the August 2017 coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the US, while simultaneously exploring NCAR's rich solar research history including numerous eclipse expeditions to shed light on the Sun's corona, polarity, and magnetism.

Topic: Education & Training, Sun and Space Weather
Cheyenne Supercomputer

January 2017: Cheyenne Supercomputer Makes Its Debut

The National Center for Atmospheric Research’s new supercomputer, Cheyenne, began production operations this month, making its debut as the 20th fastest supercomputer in the world. It will allow researchers to tackle challenging problems by running sophisticated models at higher resolutions and is three times more powerful than its predecessor, Yellowstone.

Topic: Research Tools, Computer Modeling, Supercomputers
Data, Source: NCAR CISL

November 2016: Data: The Currency of Science

This month's UCARConnect feature pays tribute to the data curation and stewardship services that abound at UCAR – from NCAR's divisional dataset holdings to numerous newer efforts such as the EarthCube Science Support Office now housed at UCAR, and NCAR's Earth Observing Lab's Cloud Hosted Real-Time Data for the Geosciences (CHORDS) resource.

Topic: Education & Training, Research Tools, Data and Data Analysis
Wildfire, Source: USFS

September 2016: Wildfires, Weather, and Climate

The question "Is climate change to blame?" echos in everyday conversations following many extreme weather-related events. This summer has been no exception. But as Katharine Jacobs notes in this month's profile, the question is really not whether climate change "caused" a particular extreme event, but rather, “to what degree did the intensity or frequency of this specific event change because the climate has changed?

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Land and Vegetation, Weather Research, Human Impacts, Research Tools
Yellow Fever in US in the 1790s

May 2016: Vector-borne Diseases and Climate Change

Traditionally, medical anthropologists look at the impact of culture, society, behavior, and linguistics on vector-borne and other diseases, but scientists in NCAR's Climate Science and Applications Program integrate the role of weather and climate into the field as well. While these factors complicate the attribution of climate change and its future role with disease occurrence, they also suggest a level of control that we as a society have to reduce our risk of negative health outcomes linked to a changing climate.

Topic: Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts, Health
Hurricane Sandy, Source: FEMA

March 2016: Resilience: Weathering Extremes

How can communities ensure resilience to weather and climate extremes happening more frequently around the globe? NCAR's Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership (ECEP) seeks improved societal planning for weather and climate risks through meaningful partnerships; cutting-edge engineering, science, and technology; data-informed tools in support of decision making; and, a graceful failure approach to reduce catastrophic impacts.

Topic: Earth System, Human Impacts, Policy and Society

January 2016: ORCAS: Researching the Southern Ocean

The NSF-sponsored field campaign, ORCAS, will advance our understanding of the physical and biological controls on air-sea exchange of O2 and CO2 in the Southern Ocean.

Topic: Climate and Climate Change, Oceans, Computer Modeling, Field Projects and Instruments

December 2015: Climate Change, Global Food Security & COP21

Food security – the ability to obtain and use sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food – is a fundamental human need. Despite great progress on food security in recent decades, how might climate change and future socioeconomic conditions around the world threaten this progress moving forward?

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Land and Vegetation, Human Impacts, Data and Data Analysis
Our Oceans, Source: Video Blocks

October 2015: Our Oceans: Sea Level, Sea Ice, & Acidification

"No part of the global ocean is without human influence." Such is the comment of researchers from UCSB, Scripps, the University of Hawaii, and elsewhere in a July 2015 study in Nature Communications. Explore this month's UCARConnect feature stories and educational resources to get a sense of challenges before us and our ocean's plight.

Topic: Oceans, Data and Data Analysis
Earth's Global Electric Circuit, Source: NASA

September 2015: Earth's Global Electric Circuit – Connections & Consequences

The 5-year NSF Frontiers of Earth Systems Dynamics grant is composed of a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Colorado, Penn State University, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Topic: Sun and Space Weather, Weather Research, Energy and Sustainability, Computer Modeling
Nighttime Storm, Source: Kayla Terry, NOAA

June 2015: PECAN: Nuts about Nighttime Convective Storms

The goals of the Plains Elevated Convection at Night project are to collect data before and during nighttime severe storms in order to learn how they form, why some become severe, and how to predict them better.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Weather Research, Data and Data Analysis, Field Projects and Instruments
Drought, antarctic Ice

May 2015: Water and Ice Take Center Stage

Water and Ice have taken center stage in the first quarter of 2015. From the record-setting snowfall in New England, record-setting drought in California, and records and woes at the Poles, water and ice aren't likely to leave the spotlight anytime soon.

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Weather Research, Human Impacts
rain forecast

March 2015: Uncertainty and the Nature of Science

This month we delve not into science itself at NCAR and elsewhere, but characteristics that make science a unique way of knowing. In particular, we highlight the concept of scientific uncertainty.

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Weather Research, Computer Modeling
Earth

February 2015: Tracking Earth's Energy Flow

How is our planet's energy flow measured, how are imbalances verified, and what are the implications for understanding and predicting future climate? Find out with February's feature.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts, Research Tools
Ocean waves

December 2014: The "Almost" El Niño of 2014

Even before we know when or how a particular El Niño or La Niña is going to evolve, we can say something about the regional and global effects it is likely to have due to teleconnections: physical relationships that result from the dynamics of the atmosphere and ocean that impact global weather patterns.

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Oceans, Weather Research
Magnetic Sun

October 2014: What's Hot? Solar Research

Solar research is hot, really hot! Solar telescope instrumentation and observatories on Mauna Loa and Haleakala in Hawaii are poised to enlighten our understanding of not only the Sun, but its bursts of flares and coronal mass ejections that threaten Earth's electrical and communication systems from a mere 93-million miles away.

Topic: Education & Training, Sun and Space Weather
Hurricane Katrina at or near peak intensity

September 2014: Hurricane Research and Mentoring

What does mentoring have to do with hurricane research? In the midst of hurricane season and as summer interns return to their studies and perspective campuses, we asked students and seasoned scientists that very question.

Topic: Education & Training, Weather Research
Summer storm

July 2014: Summer Weather Extremes

Mesoscale Convection. Derechos. Haboobs. Virga. Microbursts. Record-setting hail. Electrifying thunderstorms. Throw in a tornado and what have you got? Spring and summer extremes ripe for scientific study.

Topic: Earth System, Weather Research
Industry chimneys bellowing smoke, Source: Conceptional Communications

June 2014: Air Quality Research

This summer, scientists from NCAR, NOAA, NASA, universities, and state agencies will converge on Colorado to research ground level ozone and summertime air quality as part of the FRAPPÉ field campaign. Learn more about this summer's research and air quality educational resources in this month's feature.

Topic: Earth System, Human Impacts, Air Quality and Pollution, Health, Field Projects and Instruments
3 African Women, Source: Peace Corps

April 2014: Climate Change: A Social Perspective

"Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability." is released to the world with a clear message that cutting emissions is necessary now.

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts, Health, Policy and Society
Midwest flood

March 2014: Floods: Weathering Water's Extremes

UCARConnect brings educational resources, multimedia, and more about weathering the weather when it brings too much of a good thing – water.

Topic: Earth System, Weather Research, Policy and Society
Winter storm.  Copyright University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

February 2014: Outsmarting Winter Weather

Learn about applied research at NCAR that is helping to outsmart the weather on roadways to runways.

Topic: Weather Research, Transportation