NCAR 2016 Metrics & Publications


The metrics featured below offer qualitative and quantitative measurements and assessments of the productivity, quality, and impacts that NCAR staff, programs and activities have on our research community, sponsors, and society in general for data reported in the Metrics Database, iVantage HRIS system and OpenSky Database as of November 3, 2016 for fiscal year 2016 (October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016). Staff continue to update their entries and expand their contributions throughout the year so visit the Metrics Database for the most current data. (2016 METRICS AS OF NOVEMBER 3, 2016)


NCAR-Hosted Community Events

Each year, events are hosted by labs, divisions, and programs. These include colloquia, conferences, symposia, tutorials, and workshops.

Date Range Total Hosted Workshops Tutorials Symposia Conferences Colloquia
FY16 159 38 16 2 6 97

Hosted Community Events

In FY16, a total of 159 events were hosted: 38 workshops, 16 tutorials, two symposia, six conferences, and 97 colloquia with an average audience of 45 colleagues per event and estimated total audience of 7,123. Event co-sponsors groups included the Research Data Alliance, World Meteorological Organization, the U.S. Department of Energy and universities including the University of Montana, the University of Bergen and the University of California - Berkeley.

Field Campaigns

NCAR’s geosciences research facilities, instrumentation and field support services support field campaigns around the globe.

Date Range Total Campaigns Institutions PIs           Undergraduate Students Graduate Students
FY16 13 170 97 22 131

In FY16, NCAR participated in 13 field campaigns ranging in duration from 20 to 931 operational field days. A total of 170 institutions, including 77 UCAR member institutions participated in these campaigns. The projects involved 97 investigators, 22 undergraduate students, and 131 graduate students.

Campaign Acronym Campaign Full Name
ARISTO 2015 Airborne Research Testing Opportunity
ARISTO 2016 Airborne Research Instrumentation Testing Opportunity
ATOm-1 Atmospheric TOMography - first deployment of four
IceBridge 2015 IceBridge 2015
KORUS-AQ An International Cooperative Air Quality Field Study in Korea
MITTS Monitoring the Intensity and Track of Tropical Storms
ORCAS The O1/N2 Ratio of CO2 Airborne southern Ocean Study
PROPHET  2016- AMOS Program for research on oxidants: photochemistry, emissions & transport atmospheric measurements of oxidants in summer
SHOUT - ENSO Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology - El Nino-Southern Oscillation
SHOUT - HRR Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology - Hurricane Rapid Response
SPIFFY Seasonal Particles in Forest Flux study
TCI Tropical Cyclone Intensity Experiment
VERTEX Vertical Enhanced Mixing

One example is the O2/N2 Ratio and CO2 Airborne Southern Ocean (ORCAS) Study, an NSF sponsored airborne field campaign, with research flights from Punta Arenas, Chile during January and February of 2016. The Southern Ocean plays a dominant role in the uptake of anthropogenic carbon yet this process is poorly represented by models and its future trajectory remains highly uncertain. ORCAS will advance our understanding of the physical and biological controls on air-sea exchange of O2 and CO2 in the Southern Ocean.

Facility Tours

Each year, NCAR facilities host tours organized for a specific organization or group. This year, NCAR hosted a total of 69 tours.

NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputer

The NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputer Center (NWSC) is based in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  The Center provides advanced computing services to scientists studying a broad range of disciplines, including weather, climate, oceanography, air pollution, space weather, computational science, energy production, and carbon sequestration. The Center is open to the public for self-guided tours, field trips for school groups, and non-school group special tours. In FY16, the Center received 656 walk-in public visitors, and averaged 55 visitors per month.

Date Range Hosted Tours K-12 Groups Science/Technical Tours College/University Groups Political/Sponsor Groups Peer Center Green Building/Design
FY16 43 10 11 8 9 1 2

NWSC hosted 43 tours in FY16, for groups ranging in size from 3 to 66 people. Ten tours were by K-12 groups, including the SE Regional Junior Division Science Fair Students and various local high school visits. Eleven groups took science- or technical-related tours, including a group from the American Public Works Association and the Goodwill Industries of WY. There were eight college or university groups, ranging from the Front Range Community College in Fort Collins to the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Green building and engineering tours were provided to groups such as RMS Contractors & Microsoft and the Medicine Bow Technologies & Wheatland Power Plant. There were nine tours by political/sponsor groups, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences & Najing University, China and Wyoming Association of Fairs. There was also a tour by peer centers for the MSU & Oak Ridge Laboratory.

NCAR Research Aviation Facility at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport

Date Range Total Hosted Tours K-12 Groups College/University Groups Political/Sponsor Groups
FY16 23 1 15 7

The Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport hosted a total of 23 tours in FY16. Fifteen tours were by college and university groups, including Front Range Community College and Colorado State University. Seven tours were by political and sponsor groups, including the Weather Channel and the Deputy Director for Acquisition and Grants at NOAA. There was also one tour provided to a K-12 group from Westview Middle School.

The High Altitude Observatory

Date Range Total Hosted Tours K-12 Groups College/University Group
FY16 3 1 2

The High Altitude Observatory hosted a total of 23 tours in FY16. Two tours were by college or universities including groups from Gemini Observatory and University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy. There was one tour for Namiki High School, a K-12 group.

Individual Staff Metrics

Contributions to Individual Graduate Student Education

NCAR staff members serve as research advisors and thesis committee members for graduate students around the world.

Date Range Total Students International Service U.S. Service
FY16 240 27% 73%

Grad Students

In 2016, NCAR staff served as graduate advisors or committee members for 240 graduate students. Twenty-three are working on their master’s degrees and 217 are working on their PhD. 73% hail from U.S. universities; 27% study at schools in 23 countries around the world, including a PhD student from the Budapest University who was advised by Mausumi Dikpati, a PhD student from the University of North Dakota advised by Andrew Heymsfield, and a Master’s student from Texas Tech University advised by Andrew Monaghan.


NCAR staff members 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.

Date Range Total Editorships Different Publications/Journals
FY16 139 91

139 NCAR staff served in editorial roles for 91 different publications or journals. Michael Thompson served as the Specialty Chief Editor for the Frontiers in Stellar and Solar Physics Journal while Jothiram Vivekanandan served as the Chief Executive Editor for the Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems Journal. Publications included top-tier journals such as AMS Journal of Hydrometeorology and Geoscience Data Journal.

External Awards

Every year a significant number of NCAR Staff are honored for their scientific excellence and community contributions to the Atmospheric and related sciences. 

Date Range Total External Awards
FY16 43

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Bette Otto-Bleisner (CGD), Chris Davis (MMM), Rolando Garcia (ACOM), Chris Snyder, (MMM) Jothiram Vivekanandan (EOL) and Jeffrey Anderson (CISL) were named American Meteorology Society Fellows. The AMS Fellow honor celebrates outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial period of years.


Bette Otto-Bliesner (CGD), Michael Thompson (NCAR Directorate)and William Randel (ACOM) were named fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). This special honor recognizes scientific eminence in the Earth and space sciences. It acknowledges Fellows for their remarkable contributions to their research fields, exceptional knowledge, and visionary leadership. Only 0.1% of AGU membership receives this recognition in any given year.

Forty-three staff received special recognition for their work. Nine scientists were names as 2016 Highly Cited Researchers by Thomson and Reuters. This honor is awarded to the top 1% of highly cited papers published from 2004-2014. The data used in the analysis and selection of the new Highly Cited Researchers comes from Essential Science Indicators (ESI), 2004-2014, which then included 128,887 Highly Cited Papers. Each of these papers ranked in the top 1% by total citations according to their ESI field assignment and year of publication. A ranking of author names in each ESI category by number of Highly Cited Papers produced during 2004-2014 determined the identification and selection of our new list of highly cited researchers.

Lawrence Buja and Karen Griggs (RAL) received the Abraham Lincoln Honor Award. They received this award for exceptional achievement and outstanding contribution to American Agriculture, specifically for a comprehensive scientific assessment that provides the nation with the adaptive tools we need to reduce global food insecurity in a changing climate.


A fellowship is typically a special appointment granting support for a term in order to support advanced research or study.

Date Range Total Fellowships
FY16 17

Seventeen UCAR staff received fellowships in 2016. Among the highlights: Julia Stawarz (CISL) was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate fellowship offered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Samantha Stevens (CGD) was awarded the NSF Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

K-12 Outreach

Staff across NCAR work directly with classes and groups of K-12 students to develop or deliver lectures, conduct tours, and lead or participate in field trips and other educational activities.

Date Range Total K-12 Outreach Schools/Events Communities Reached
FY16 56 94 29

Fifty-six NCAR Staff worked with K-12 students from 94 schools or other school based organizations. Activities included a career fair, helping teachers, mentoring, and field trips reaching 29 different communities. Examples range from a career fair at North High School to developing the Engineering Experiences Spring Pilot and Curriculum for K-12 students at the Angevine Middle School in Lafayette Colorado to being a science fair mentor to students at Summit Middle School.

Among the highlights: Bill Mahoney (RAL) supports the Snow Plow Painting Art Project on an annual basis (since 2003). This project brings awareness of the City of Louisville’s winter snow and ice control operations and the safety hazards associated with winter conditions by bringing together school students, city operations officials, and weather experts. Art classes at each of the participating schools design artwork consistent with the designated theme for the year and the artwork is then painted on the snow plows. Seven schools in Louisville participate in this project; Rebecca Hornbrook (ACOM) conducted a Girls in Science workshop for 100 girls at Mackintosh Academy in Boulder, Colorado; and Tara Jensen participated in Preparing for life on Mars with Hygiene Elementary School.

K-12 Global


NCAR staff participate in mentoring colleagues and students.

Date Range Total Mentoring
FY16 94

During this year, 94 staff members mentored mentees both inside and outside of NCAR. Jeffrey Anderson (CISL) was a science mentor at both the University of Washington and the University of Utah. Tammy Weckwerth was an atmospheric science mentor to students at the South Dakota School of Mines and at NCAR; Jean-Francios Lamarque (ACOM) mentored an undergraduate mathematics student from the University of British Columbia during a summer visit and Hu Leiqiu (ASP) worked with a graduate student from the German University of Applied Sciences on their geoinformatics thesis.

Talks and Posters

NCAR Staff give presentations about data, models, theories, hypotheses, reviews, and results around the world in talks and posters to audiences ranging from scientists and engineers to the general public.

Date Range Audience Totals Total Poster Session NCAR Staff - Poster Presentations
FY16 1000+ 177 150

Many thousands of people were in the audience when 177 (198) NCAR staff presented over 1,000 talks globally, from Tucson, Arizona to Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Examples range from Steve Yeager’s (CGD) talk on “Evaluation of CESM ocean-ice hind cast experiments forced by JRA55 data” at the CESM Ocean Model Working Group Meeting in Yokohama, Japan, to Peter Sullivan’s (MMM) talk “Dense filaments, turbulence, and frontogenesis in the ocean surface boundary layer” in San Diego, California.

Talks Map

Sixty-five NCAR staff made more than 150 poster presentations globally, from New Orleans, Louisiana to Istanbul, Turkey. Examples include Art Richmond’s (HAO) poster “Interactive Ion-Neutral Dynamics in the Low Latitude Evening Ionosphere” in San Francisco, California at the AGU Fall Meeting and May Wong’s (MMM) poster “A PDF-based parameterization of subgrid-scale hydrometeor transport in deep convection” in Berlin, Germany at the HDCP2 Understanding Clouds and Precipitation Conference.

Teaching in University/College Classroom

Date Range Total Teaching Appointments Countries U.S. States
FY16 26 8 15

NCAR staff members make important contributions through teaching appointments at institutions of higher education in different positions ranging from Graduate Faculty to Professor.

Classroom Map

Teaching appointments at institutions of higher education currently number 26. Twenty percent of these appointments occur in 8 countries around the world; 80% took place in 15 U.S. states, including Puerto Rico. The longest term is 31 years, by Grant Branstator (CGD) who is an Adjunct Professor at Iowa State University. The class sizes range from 5 to 150 students.

Teaching or Training at Workshops/Tutorials/Colloquia

NCAR staff teach classes and offer training in workshops, tutorials, and colloquia to colleagues and students ranging from model users, to scholars, to fellow researchers.

Date Range UCAR Staff Members Workshops/ Tutorials/ Colloquia Classes Countries U.S. States
FY16 66 119 543 9 9

Workshop map

During this year, 66 staff members taught at a total of 119 workshops, tutorials, and colloquia. In all, 543 individual classes were taught, with class sizes ranging from one to 100 people. Eight percent of these events occurred in 9 countries around the world including Italy and Indonesia; 92% took place in nine U.S. states, including Massachusetts and Wisconsin. Examples range from Michael Wilbergers's (HAO) appointment as Dean to the “CISM Space Weather Summer School” in Boulder, Colorado to Gokhan Danabaso’s (CGD) lecturing at the ICTP School on Ocean Climate Modeling: Physical and Biogeochemical Dynamics of Semi-Enclosed Seas in Ankara, Turkey.

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 to advancing and promoting the work of the scientific and technical community.

Date Range Total External Committees NCAR Staff Served Service on more than one committee
FY16 552 167 68%

This year, 167 NCAR staff served in a multitude of roles on 552 external committees (an average of 3.3 committees per participating staff member) for national and international scientific, education, and governmental organizations, including entities such as the Department of Energy, the Beijing Key laboratory of cloud, precipitation and atmospheric water resources and the World Meteorological Organization. More than 68% served on more than one committee.

Staff Collaboration Visits to Universities

NCAR staff take leaves to visit other institutions for two weeks or more for intellectual growth, professional development, collaboration with research community peers, community support, teaching, or sabbatical. Examples of work include teaching courses or workshops, lecturing, giving tutorials, working with graduate students on dissertation-focused research, student mentoring, collaborative research, and participating in the host institution's outreach to community colleges, minority-serving institutions, and high schools.

Date Range NCAR Staff Members Institutions
FY16 9 10

This year, 9 NCAR staff members took leaves at 10 different institutions, ranging from Boston University to the Korean Institute of Atmospheric Prediction Systems (KIAPS). Among the highlights: Gerald Meehl visited a senior fellow at the University of Hawaii to conduct collaborative research and Joanie Klypas (CGD), a Project Scientist II, visited the University of Costa Rica for a 6-month sabbatical with Professor Jorge Córtes.

Staff Collab Map


Special Appointments

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 (see list). This appointment is particularly suitable for parties who desire an extended, close-working relationship on scientific problems of mutual interest. Currently, 41 scientists hold appointments including Dr. Kevin Repasky of Montana State University. Dr. Repasky is collaborating with scientists in the Earth Observing Laboratory(EOL) on developing a deployable version of a low-cost water vapor differential absorption lidar (WV DIAL).

NCAR Affiliate Scientist Home Institution
Dr. Elliot Atlas University of Miami
Dr. Bernard Aumont Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systemes Atmospherieques (LISA)
Dr. Ed Balistreri Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Dale Barker  United Kingdom Meteorological Office 
Dr. Alan Blyth University of Leeds
Prof. Lance Bosart State University of New York Albany 
Dr. Natalia Calvo  Universidad Complutense de Madrid 
Dr. Guido Cervone  Pennsylvania State University 
Dr. Paul Charbonneau  University of Montreal 
Dr. Shuyi Chen  University of Miami 
Prof. Philip Chilson  University of Oklahoma 
Prof. Cathy Clerbaux CNRS
Dr. Enrique Curchitser  Rutgers University 
Dr. Ineke de Moortel  University of St. Andrews
Dr. Leo J. Donner  NOAA GFDL 
Dr. Veronika Eyring  German Aerospace Center 
Dr. Jerome Fast  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 
Dr. Michael Ferrari  aWhere 
Dr. Paul Field  Met Office 
Dr. Silvano Fineschi  Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino 
Dr. John Finnigan  CSIRO, Australia 
Viggo Hansteen  University of Oslo 
Dr. Song-You Hong  Yonsei University 
Dr. Joseph Huba  Naval Research Laboratory 
Dr. Mary Hudson  Dartmouth College 
Dr. Harm Jonker  Delft University of Technology 
Dr. Reto Knutti  ETH Zurich, Switzerland 
Dr. Hao-Sheng Lin  University of Hawai'i Manoa 
Dr. Elisabeth Lloyd  Indiana University 
Dr. William Lotko  Dartmouth College 
Dr. Latty Mahrt  Oregon State University 
Dr. Marty Mlynczak NASA Langley Research Center
Dr. Antonio Navarro Instituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia
Dr. Phiippe Naveau Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et I'Environnement (LSCE) CNRS
Dr. Bart Nijssen University of Washington
Prof. Lorenzo Polvani Columbia University 
Dr. Mark Rast University of Colorado
Dr. Kevin Repasky Montana State University
Dr. Alfonso Saiz-Lopez Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovaction, Madrid
Prof. Gunilla Svennson University of Stockholm
Dr. Laurent Terray CERFACS
Prof. Javier Trujillo-Bueno Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias
Dr. Lian-Ping Wang University of Deleware
Prof. Mei Zhang Chinese Academy of Sciences



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 (see list). 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 2 with the recent appointment of Mr. Richard “Rit” Carbone who is continuing his research on root causes of tropical oceanic rainfall errors in highly parameterized global models.

Emeritus/Emerita Year of Appointment
Jack Calvert 2002
Al Cooper 2013
James Dye 2003
Fred Eisele 2009
John Firor* 1999
John Gille 2015
Peter Gilman 2009
Roy Jenne* 2013
Maura Hagan 2015
Jackson Herring 1998
Richard Katz 2013
Charles Knight 2013
Joachim Kuettner* 2007
Margaret Lemone 2009
Donald Lenschow 2011
Bruce Lites 2013
Roland Madden 2002
William Mankin 2003
Annick Pouquet 2013
Brian Ridley 2007
Raymond Roble 2009
Bob Serafin 2001
Paul Swartztrauber* 2004
David Williamson 2014
Jim Wilson 2014


Date Range Total Scientific/Technical Visits 1-7 days 8-14 days 2 weeks-2 months 2-6 months 6 months or longer
FY16 854 183 76 211 211 173

Scient Visit GraphEach 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, colleagues visited NCAR 854 times and hailed from 349 institutions, located in 45 different U.S. states and 38 different countries.