NCAR 2017 Metrics & Publications

Fiscal Years 2017 NCAR Metrics

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 October 30, 2017 for fiscal year 2017 (October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2017).  Staff continue to update their entries and expand their contributions throughout the year so visit the Metrics Database for the most current data. (2017 METRICS AS OF OCTOBER 30, 2017). Date stamp 10/30/17.


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
FY17 129 26 11 3 5 84

Hosted Community Events

In FY17, a total of 129 events were hosted: 26 workshops, 11 tutorials, three symposia, five conferences, and 84 colloquia with an average audience of 58 colleagues per event and estimated total audience of 7,538. Event co-sponsors groups included the German Climate Computing Center, EUropean Facility for Airborne Research, the U.S. Department of Energy and universities including the University of Chicago, and Michigan State University.

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
FY17 10 100 57 22 41

In FY17, NCAR participated in 10 field campaigns ranging in duration from 28 to 837 operational field days. A total of 100 institutions, including 35 UCAR member institutions participated in these campaigns. The projects involved 57 investigators, 22 undergraduate students, and 41 graduate students.

Campaign Acronym Campaign Full Name
Rosetta Stone Rosetta Stone
ARISTO 2017 Airborne Research Instrumentation Testing Opportunity
WE-CAN Test Flights  Western Wildfire Experiment for Cloud Chemistry, Aerosol, Absorption and Nitrogen
SNOWIE Seeded and Natural Orographic Wintertime Clouds - the Idaho Experiment
Perdigao The Perdigao Field Experiment
Eclipse 2017 Eclipse 2017
VERTEX Vertical Enhanced Mixing
SPIFFY Seasonal Particles in Forest Flux studY
SHOUT - HRR Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology - Hurricane Rapid Response
Eclipse Test Eclipse 2017 Test Flights

One example is the VERTical Enhanced MiXing (VERTEX) project, an NSF sponsored field campaign focused on understanding how lower boundary airflow is altered by the presence of wind turbines.To help test this, EOL’s Integrated Surface Flux System (ISFS) team installed 15 surface flux towers downwind of a turbine in Delaware’s Great Marsh Preserve just outside the resort town of Lewes, Delaware. During operations, there were at least two EOL staff in Delaware at one time whose primary objective was to ensure the highest quality data was being ingested and equipment was running at all times.

Facility Tours

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

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 FY17, the Center received 1551 walk-in public visitors, and averaged 130 visitors per month.

Date Range Hosted Tours K-12 Groups Science/Technical Tours College/University Groups Political/Sponsor Groups Peer Center
FY17 28 7 9 8 3 1

NWSC hosted 28 tours in FY17, for groups ranging in size from 2 to 48 people. Seven tours were by K-12 groups, including the STEM Academy of Info Tech and various local high school visits. Nine groups took science- or technical-related tours, including a group from the Coop GIS of Laramie County. There were eight college or university groups, ranging from the Front Range Community College to the Malaysia & Myanmar Young Leader Delegation from Southeast Asia. There were three tours by political/sponsor groups, including the Wyoming Federation of Republican Women and the National Science Foundation. There was also a tour by the San Diego Supercomputing Center, a peer institution.

NCAR Research Aviation Facility at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport

Date Range Total Hosted Tours K-12 Groups Science/Technical Tours College/University Groups Political/Sponsor Groups
FY17 23 2 8 11 2

The Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport hosted a total of 23 tours in FY17. Eleven tours were by college and university groups, including the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University. Two tours were by political and sponsor groups, including the City & County of Broomfield and CO-LABS Inc. . There were also two tours provided to a K-12 group from the Center of Science Education. This year there were eight science/technical tours provided to groups ranging from Innovative Research and the Korean Radio Research RRA.

The High Altitude Observatory

Date Range Total Hosted Tours K-12 Groups Science/Technical Tours College/University Group Political/Sponsor Group
FY17 7 1 4 1 1

The High Altitude Observatory hosted a total of 7tours in FY18. One tour was by a college or university from the University of Hawai’i. There was one tour for Ouray High School from the K-12 group. There were also four science and technical tours provided to NICS scientists and LASP Scientists.

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
FY17 226 27% 73%

Grad Students

In 2017, NCAR staff served as graduate advisors or committee members for 226 graduate students. Twenty-two are working on their master’s degrees and 204 are working on their PhD. 73% hail from U.S. universities; 27% study at schools in 22 countries around the world, including a PhD student from the University of Lille who was advised by Geoff Tyndall, a PhD student from Oklahoma State University advised by Rebecca Morss, and a Master’s student from Western Washington University advised by Carl Schmitt.


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
FY17 88 97

88 NCAR staff served in editorial roles for 97 different publications or journals. Tammy Weckwerth served as the Subject Matter Editor for the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society while Dan Marsh served as a Guest Editor for the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics. Publications included top-tier journals such as the AMS Journal of Hydrometeorology and the 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
FY17 36

AMS Logo

Peggy LeMone (MMM), Rich Rotunno, (MMM), Scott Ellis (EOL), Mary Barth, (ACOM) and Bob Sharman (RAL) 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.


Martyn Clark (RAL) was named a fellow 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.


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

Date Range Total Fellowships
FY17 8

Eight UCAR staff received fellowships in 2017. Among the highlights: Sophie Hou (CISL) was awarded the Earth Science Information Partners Fellowship offered by the Foundation for Earth Science and James Done (MMM) was awarded the Willis Research Fellow Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Willis Research Network.

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
FY17 43 54 23

Forty-three NCAR Staff worked with K-12 students from 54 schools or other school based organizations. Activities included hosting a math olympiad at Blue Mountain Elementary School, helping teachers, mentoring, and field trips reaching 23 different communities. Examples range volunteering at Bear Creek Elementary School’s 3rd grade robotics program in Boulder, Colorado to being a science fair judge at the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF).

Among the highlights: Bill Mahoney (RAL) supports the Snow Plow Painting Art Project involving more than 200 kids, 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 Bucholz (ACOM) was a Grand Awards Judge and Senior Division Chemistry and Biochemistry Assistant Captain for 500 students at the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair in Ft. Collins, Colorado; and David Gagne participated in the National Arctic Climate Game Jam in Boulder, Colorado.

K-12 Global


NCAR staff participate in mentoring colleagues and students.

Date Range Total Mentoring
FY17 108

During this year, 108 staff members mentored mentees both inside and outside of NCAR. Mary Barth (ACOM) was a science mentor at both the University of Polytechnic Marche and the University of Rhode Island. Andreas Prein (MMM) was a science mentor to two students at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; John Dennis (CISL) was a computer and electrical engineering mentor to students from the University of Colorado and Colorado State University while Matthias Rempel (HAO) worked with students from the University of Glasgow and an ASP Post Doc at NCAR.

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
FY17 1000+ 242 170+

Many thousands of people were in the audience when 242 NCAR staff presented over 1,000 talks globally, from Monterey, California to Seoul, South Korea. Examples range from Joe Tribbia’s (CGD)) talk on “Is the Atmosphere less predictable than we think?” at the Mathematical Research Institute of Oberwolfach in Oberwolfach, Germany, to Pedro Jimenez Munoz’s (RAL) talk “A three dimensional PBL parameterization to improve wind simulations over complex terrain” at the AMS Eighth Conference on Weather, Climate, Water, and the New Energy Economy in Seattle, Washington.

Talks Map

One Hundred and three NCAR staff made more than 170 poster presentations globally, from Bozeman, Montana to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Examples include Lulin Xue’s (RAL) poster "High resolution regional climate simulation of the Hawaiian Islands – Validation of the historical run from 2002 to 2012” in San Francisco, California at the AGU Annual Meeting and Art Richmond’s (HAO) poster “What Drives the Electrodynamics of the Low-Latitude Evening Ionosphere?” in Tokyo, Japan at the JpGU/AGU Joint Meeting.

Teaching in University/College Classroom

Date Range Total Teaching Appointments Countries U.S. States
FY17 37 5 12

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 37. Seven percent of these appointments occur in 5 countries around the world; 93% took place in 12 U.S. states. The longest term is 32 years, by Grant Branstator (CGD) who is an Adjunct Professor at Iowa State University. The class sizes range from 5 to 90 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
FY17 76 90 562 6 15

Workshop map

During this year, 76 staff members taught at a total of 90 workshops, tutorials, and colloquia. In all, 562 individual classes were taught, with class sizes ranging from one to 125 people. Nine percent of these events occurred in 6 countries around the world including Italy and South Korea; 91% took place in fifteen U.S. states, including Maryland and Wisconsin. Examples range from Michael Wiltbergers' (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
FY17 529 183 63%

This year, 183 NCAR staff served in a multitude of roles on 529 external committees (an average of 2.9 committees per participating staff member) for national and international scientific, education, and governmental organizations, including entities such as the Water Research Foundation, the Western Education and Research Collaboration and the Research Council of Norway. More than 63% 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
FY17 10 10

This year, 10 NCAR staff members took leaves at 10 different institutions, ranging from the University of Hawai’i to the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center. Among the highlights: Stephen Yeager visited and collaborated with a senior fellow at the University of Reading to conduct collaborative research and Wojciech Grabowski (MMM), a Senior Scientist Section Head, visited the University of Warsaw for a 1-year collaborative leave to teach at the university.

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, 44 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 28 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
Rit Carbone 2016
Al Cooper 2013
James Dye 2003
Fred Eisele 2009
John Firor* 1999
Brant Foote 2017
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
Art Richmond 2017
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
FY17 790 171 104 169 183 163

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.