Many in our research community rely on NCAR to provide research tools that are critical to helping find answers to scientific and societally relevant questions. The tools developed and supported at NCAR and within the community range from global- to regional-scale models, research instruments, computing power and support, and data output, among other capabilities. Some of these tools of the trade are described in the stories found within this section.
NCAR scientist Ethan Gutmann examines a laser instrument for measuring snow. Gutmann, Kristine Larson at the University of Colorado, and others are working to solve a critical wintertime weather mystery: how to accurately measure the amount of snow on the ground. Transportation crews, water managers, and others who make vital safety decisions need precise measurements of how snow depth varies across wide areas. Specialized laser instruments under development at NCAR may offer promising solutions.