The metrics featured below offer qualitative and quantitative measurements and assessments of the productivity, quality, and impacts that NCAR programs and activitieshave on our research community, our sponsors, and society in general.
Collecting field data is a scientist's stock in trade. Direct observations shed insights on weather, climate, and related Earth-system phenomena. Ranging from a few weeks to several months, field programs (field-based observing campaigns or experiments) ensure successful data collection.
NCAR led or participated in 37 field campaigns in 10 countries and the United States. Locales ranged from the Atlantic Basin in the heart of hurricane season to Antarctica, and included more than 1,772 participants.
NCAR staff also serve as publication editors. These positions recognize the appointee's leadership in the field and serve a critical role in developing a given field's future focus.
Forty-one NCAR staff served in 56 different editorial roles on 46 different publications or journals. Publications included top-tier journals such as the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society and Weather, Climate, and Society.
External Committee Service
NCAR staff are called upon to participate in and often lead external scientific, technical, policy, and educational committees. These committees are instrumental in advancing and promoting the work of the scientific and technical community.
This year, 144 NCAR staff served in a multitude of roles on 412 external committees for national and international scientific, education, and governmental organizations, including entities such as the Governor's Office of Information Technology, the U.S. Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics, and the World Climate Research Programme. Positions ranged from Co-organizer to Panel Member. More than 65% served on more than one committee.
NCAR Staff give presentations about data, models, theories, hypotheses, reviews, and results around the world to audiences ranging from scientists and engineers to the general public.
More than 86,000 people were in the audience when 291 NCAR staff made more than 1,300 presentations across the country and around world, from Granada, Spain to Taipei, Taiwan. Examples range from Alan Burn’s (HAO) presentation on “Composition Changes in the Lower Thermosphere” in San Francisco, California to Melissa Bukovsky’s (CISL/IMAGe) presentation on “Uncertainties of Climate Change” in Copenhagen, Denmark.
NCAR Staff present posters about their research at conferences and workshops
More than 83,000 people were in the audience when 88 NCAR staff made more than 120 presentations across the country and around world, from Squaw Valley, California to Toulouse, France. Examples range from Laura Landrum’s (NESL/CGD) poster on “Last Millennium Experiment: NCAR's CESM1 and Preliminary Results” at the Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project Phase III Conference in Kyoto Japan to Jared Lee’s (RAL) poster on “Down-selection of NWP Ensemble Configurations” at the American Meteorological Society meeting in Seattle, Washington.
Colloquia & Symposia
Smaller, often unilateral events, colloquia, symposia, and tutorials focus primarily on education or training. This metric measures entire events that NCAR hosted alone, or co-hosted with other institutions or agencies.
NCAR sponsored 42 colloquia, symposia, and tutorials in Boulder and abroad. Participants per session averaged out to more than 37, for a total audience of more than 1,500 peers and students. Some of the co-hosts include the World Climate Research Program, Air Force Weather Agency, and the Army Test and Evaluation Command.
Workshops and Conferences
NCAR-hosted or -co-hosted workshops and conferences are generally larger, bilateral events convened for the purpose of discussion, consultation and exchange of views and information.
NCAR sponsored 72 workshops and conferences in nine countries and eight U.S. states. We partnered with sponsors from the university community, such as Stanford University, Seoul National University, and the University of Wyoming, and with government agencies including the Department of Energy, FAA, and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as with non-profit partners like the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science and the American Statistical Association. In total, these workshops and conferences reached just over 3,700 participants around the world.
NCAR staff make important contributions through teaching appointments at institutions of higher education in positions ranging from Faculty Affiliate to Professor.
Teaching appointments at institutions of higher education currently number 37. Thirteen percent of these appointments occur in five countries around the world; 87% took place in eight U.S. states, including the University of North Dakota. The longest term is 35 years and counting and the current cumulative commitment adds up to more than 202 years of service.
NCAR staff serve as research advisors for graduate students around the world.
Of the 85 graduate students that have NCAR staff serving as graduate advisors, 27% hail from Colorado institutions; 47% attend schools in 19 other states. The remaining 26% study at schools in 13 countries around the world, including five students from the University of Eastern Finland who are advised by James Smith.
NCAR staff serve as dissertation or thesis committee members for internal and external graduate students.
Eight Masters students and 83 PhD candidates work with 59 NCAR staff as they pursue their degrees from universities in 23 U.S. states; this includes 34 students from Colorado institutions. Fourteen students come from nine countries, with Austrian students leading the international count at three.
NCAR Student Appointments
Students also enjoy NCAR-based appointments.
In FY11, there were 28 Graduate Student, 12 Graduate Research Assistant and 26 undergraduate Student Assistant appointments. There were also 18 student internships coordinated through the Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS) program, and the EOL Undergraduate Engineering Internship program. These students hail from home institutions ranging from Metropolitan State College of Denver to Cornell University. NCAR also awards postdoctoral fellowships to talented staff through the Advanced Study Program and other laboratory visitor programs.
NCAR Affiliate Scientists: Select university and research-community scientists are invited to carry out long-term, highly interactive, collaborative work with UCAR scientists and are appointed as Affiliate Scientists with three-year terms. This appointment is particularly suitable for parties who desire an extended, close-working relationship on scientific problems of mutual interest. Currently, 33 hold appointments including Dr. Ruby L. Leung of Pacific Northwest National Labs. She is collaborating with NCAR scientists on an effort to develop a next-generation regional climate model based on the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model for upscaling and downscaling; Dr. Leung collaborates with CGD and MMM in NCAR Earth Systems Laboratory.
Emeritus/Emerita: Scientific and Research Engineering staff who have made significant contributions to NCAR through long and distinguished service in senior positions in research may be granted emeritus or emerita status. This designation confers a life-long honorary distinction. Approval of the President and the Board of Trustees is required. Currently the ranks of Emeritus/Emerita number 15 with the recent appointment of eminent NESL/MMM scientist Don Lenschow who is continuing his research on both the clear and cloud-capped planetary boundary layer.
Staff across NCAR work directly with classes and groups of K-12 students by developing or delivering lectures, conducting tours, and leading or participating in field trips and other educational activities.
Forty NCAR Staff worked with K-12 students from 45 schools. Activities included mentoring, lectures, tours and field trips reaching 17 different communities. Examples range from supporting Wild Earth Saturday, to speaking at the Expanding Your Horizons workshop, to participating in annual Girl Scouts and NCAR activities.
Among the highlights: Astrid Maute (HAO) served as a roaming judge at a Regional Science Fair at the University of Colorado; David Schneider (EOL) provided a presentation to as well as individualized guidance for high school teachers participating in the RETI (Research Experience for Teachers Institute) program; and Doug Nychka (CISL/IMAGe) gave a presentation to a visiting math camp from the Denver Montclaire International School.
Each year a number of NCAR Staff are honored for their work and contributions to the Atmospheric and related sciences.
Nineteen staff received special recognition for their work in FY11. Joan Kleypas (NESL/CGD) received the Heinz Award in the Environment. This award honors individuals who have confronted environmental concerns with a spirit of innovation and who demonstrate action and creativity in approaching the protection of our environment.
Hugh Morrison (NESL/MMM) was awarded the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal. This medal is the highest award for atmospheric science of the AMS. It is presented to individual scientists, who receive a medal.
Maura Hagan (NCARDIR) was elected as an American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fellow. To be elected a Fellow of AGU is a special tribute for those who have made exceptional scientific contributions. Nominated Fellows must have attained acknowledged eminence in the Earth and space sciences. Primary criteria for evaluation in scientific eminence are major breakthrough/discovery and paradigm shift.
A fellowship is typically a special appointment granting support for a term in order to support advanced research or study.
Five NCAR staff received fellowships in 2011. Paul Winkler was awarded an Erwin-Schroedinger Fellowship which is for young and especially highly qualified scientists. The goal of the fellowship is facilitation of access to new scientific areas, methods, procedures, and techniques. His project will employ mass spectrometric techniques to analyze the chemical composition of nanoparticles as small as 10 nm, providing direct insights into the mechanisms and species that control the initial stages of nanoparticle growth.
Scientific and Technical Visitor Appointments
Each year students, scientists, engineers, weather forecasters, and other professionals from around the country and world receive special visitor appointments from labs and programs across NCAR to collaborate with scientific, educational, or technical staff; conduct independent research; or participate in and/or oversee a professional project. Many receive financial support for their visits and some visitors temporarily join the NCAR staff.
This year, NCAR’s 768 Visitors hailed from 324 institutions, located in 42 different U.S. states and 40 different countries.
Visit Length - Number of Scientific and Technical Visitors in FY11
1 day to 1 week – 189
8 days to 2 weeks -78
2 weeks to 2 months – 173
>2 months to 6 months – 162
> 6 months to 1 year+ - 166
Scientific and Technical Visitor Types - Headcount in FY11
Visitors on Payroll - 59
NCAR-funded Visitors - 303
Externally funded Visitors - 406
Publications in the UCAR Open Sky Institutional Repository
NCAR’s publication records are curated in the UCAR Open Sky Institutional Repository. OpenSky is the open access institutional repository supporting UCAR, NCAR, and UCP, extending free and open access to our scholarship for the benefit of research and education.
OpenSky is operated by the NCAR Library, with the goal of providing free and open access to the scholarship of UCAR, NCAR, and UCP. Founded on the principle that public access to the scholarly record is essential to the advancement of science and society, the vision of OpenSky is to support the broad mission of UCAR to foster science, support its community, and facilitate the transfer of knowledge.
In support of this vision, OpenSky will provide long-term storage, preservation, access to scholarly works and the products of scientific research created by UCAR, NCAR, and UCP authors.
A publication is an academic or technical work of writing containing original research results, reviews of existing results, or scholarship. "Refereed" publications undergo an editorial "blind" or anonymous process of peer review by one or more referees (who are experts in the same field) in order to check that the content of the paper is suitable for publication in the journal. A paper may undergo a series of reviews, edits and re-submissions before finally being accepted or rejected for publication. "Non-refereed" articles have been reviewed by editors or boards before being accepted for publication but have not gone through a formal blind review. Attached are NCAR's refereed lists for the period October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011. Search for recent NCAR publications by author, date, keyword or status please go to the NCAR Publications database.
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623 Total Publications (download PDF bibliography)
UCAR and Other: 99
UCAR and University: 176
UCAR only: 74
UCAR, University and Other: 274
UCAR Outstanding Publication award for FY11:
Tom Warner (RAL) posthumously received the FY11 UCAR Outstanding Publication Award for his book “Numerical Weather and Climate Prediction.” The book provides an exceptionally well-written account of the practical and cutting-edge aspects of numerical predictions, with a particular emphasis on understanding model processes, as well as their limitations and how errors affect solutions. It includes clear descriptions of best practices, predictability, operational forecasting, and a wide range of special applications of numerical models not found in previous textbooks. This volume is a comprehensive reflection of the author’s far-reaching experience gained through 30 years of teaching courses on numerical weather and climate prediction as well as mentoring a long line of graduate students and young professionals. Each chapter includes useful exercises and suggests further reading material. This textbook has already reached Cambridge University Press’s top 10 bestselling titles in atmospheric science and meteorology, despite its very recent publication.
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