NCAR 2018 Metrics & Publications

Fiscal Year 2018 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 31, 2018 for fiscal year 2018 (October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018).  Staff continue to update their entries and expand their contributions throughout the year so visit the Metrics Database for the most current data. (2018 METRICS AS OF OCTOBER 31, 2018). Date stamp 10/30/18.


NCAR-Hosted Community Events

Hosted Community Events

In FY18, a total of 119 events were hosted: 43 workshops, 17 tutorials, five symposia, six conferences, and 48 colloquia with an average audience of 53 colleagues per event and estimated total audience of 6,315. Event co-sponsors groups included .

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
FY18  119  43 17  6  48

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
FY18  7 40  42   34 72 

In FY18, NCAR participated in seven field campaigns ranging in duration from 60 to 1,318 operational field days. A total of 40 institutions, including 26 UCAR member institutions participated in these campaigns. The projects involved 42 investigators, 34 undergraduate students, and 72 graduate students.

Campaign Acronym Campaign Full Name
 SOCRATES Southern Ocean Clouds, Radiation, Aerosol Transport Experimental Study 
SAVANT  Stable Atmospheric Variabilitiy and Transport 
WE-CAN Test Flights  Western Wildfire Experiment for Cloud Chemistry, Aerosol, Absorption and Nitrogen
GRAINEX  The Great Plains Irrigation Experiment 
RELAMPAGO  Remote sensing of Electrification, Lightning, And Mesoscale/microscale Processes with Adaptive Ground Observations
HiWIND Relaunch  HiWIND Relaunch 
IDEAL Instabilities, Dynamics and Energetics accompanying Atmospheric Layering

One example is the Stable Atmospheric Variabilitiy and Transport (SAVANT) project, an NSF sponsored field campaign focused on quantifying, through a field measurement campaign, the effects of converging shallow cold air drainage and background flow on aerosols transport and dispersionThe novel aspect of this work was the ability to identify turbulent events and features with aerosol lidars to add the missing spatial component to our current understanding.

Facility Tours

NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputer

Each year, NCAR facilities host tours organized for a specific organization or group. This year, NCAR hosted a total of 96 tours, between the four locations.

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 FY18, the Center received 1840 walk-in public visitors, and averaged 153 visitors per month.

Date Range Hosted Tours K-12 Groups Science/Technical Tours College/University Groups Political/Sponsor Groups Peer Center
FY18 53 8 10 16 7 12 

NWSC hosted 53 tours in FY18, for groups ranging in size from 1 to 88 people. Eight tours were for K-12 groups, including Gilchrist Elementary School (Colorado) and various local school visits. Ten groups took science- or technical-related tours, including a group from the IBS Center for Climate Physics, South Korea. There were 16 college or university groups, ranging from Casper College (Colorado) to Mississippi State University. There were seven tours by political/sponsor groups, including the Department of Homeland Security and the National Science Foundation/House Appropriations Committee. Additionally, twelve peer centers visited, ranging from Greenhouse Data to HPE Samsung.

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
FY18  36 5 12  10   9

The Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport hosted a total of 36 tours in FY 2018. Ten tours were for college and university groups, including WE-CAN campaign team and a Colorado University Global Carbon Cycle Class. Nine tours were for political and sponsor groups, including Senator Cory Gardner’s office and Admiral Nancy Hann. There were also five tours provided to K-12 groups, including one from the Saint Vrain Valley School District (Colorado). This year there were twelve science/technical tours provided to groups ranging from the Meteo-France office to Harvard Medical School’s Department of Biological and Medical Systems.

The High Altitude Observatory

Date Range Total Hosted Tours K-12 Groups Science/Technical Tours College/University Group Political/Sponsor Groups
FY18  7 1 4 1

The High Altitude Observatory hosted a total of 7 tours in FY18. One tour was for the University of Hawai’i. There was one tour for the Ouray High School from the K-12 group. There were also four science and technical tours provided to NIST 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
FY18 210  27% 73%

Grad Students

In FY 2018, NCAR staff served as graduate advisors or committee members for 210 graduate students. Twenty-one of those are working on their M.S. degree and 189 are working on their Ph.D. Seventy-three percent of students attend U.S. universities, whereas 27% study at schools in 16 different countries world-wide  including a PhD student from the National Cheng Kung University who was advised by Nicholas Pedatella, a PhD student from the University of Sheffield advised by Louisa Emmons, and a Master’s student from the University of Alabama, Huntsville advised by Tammy Weckwerth.


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
FY18  92 107 

92 NCAR staff served in editorial roles for 107 different publications or journals. Hugh Morrison served the Editor for the Monthly Weather Review while Danica Lombardozzi served as a Review Editor for the Frontiers in Forest and Global Change. Publications included top-tier journals such as the Monthly Weather Review and the Journal of Climate.

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
FY18 36 

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Gordon Bonan (CGD) was named American Meteorology Society Fellow. 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.


Four scientists received awards from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) to include Linda Mearns, selected speaker for the 2017 Stephen H. Schneider Memorial Lecture, Mary Hudson received the John Adam Fleming Medal, Clara Deser received the Bjerknew Lecture and Kevin Trenberth was awarded the 2017 Roger Revelle Medal.


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

Date Range Total Fellowships

Eight UCAR staff received fellowships in 2018. 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
FY18 45  58 19 

Forty-five NCAR Staff worked with K-12 students from 58 schools or other school based organizations. Activities included judging at the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair, helping teachers, mentoring, and field trips reaching 19 different communities. Examples range from volunteering at the Louisville Elementary School in Louisville, Colorado to being a learning fair judge at Ryan Elementary School in Lafayette, Colorado.

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; Mark Miesch (HAO) was on the Board of Directors at the National Space Science and Technology Institute/Pikes Peak Observatory in Colorado Springs which serves approximately 300 students; and John Sobtzak conducted an elementary school presentation on the Colorado Earth Escape Explorer (CU-E3) cubesat  as part of CU's Aerospace Engineering department's Graduate Projects class at Hill City School in Hill City, Minnesota and and Northern Lights Community School in Warba, Minnesota. 

K-12 Global


NCAR staff participate in mentoring colleagues and students.

Date Range Total Mentoring
FY18 117 

During this year, 117 staff members mentored mentees both inside and outside of NCAR. Rebecca Buchholz (ACOM) was a mentor to students from the Colorado School of Mines, University of Oklahoma and the University of Colorado. Wojciech Grabowski (MMM) was a science mentor for a PhD student from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, India.; Julie Harris (CISL) was a co-mentor of the ISGB for the CISL Student Assistant ship program during 2017-2018 school year while Gang Lu (HAO) worked with a student from Clemson University over the summer to teach him to process and analyze various data sets and to use the AMIE codes.

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 NCAR Staff - Talk/Poster Presentations
FY18 1000+ 1100+

Many thousands of people were in the audience when 212 NCAR staff presented over 900 talks globally, from Argonne, Illinois to Paris, France. Examples range from Susan Bates' (CGD)) talk on “Blue Waters Enabled Advances in the Fields of Atmospheric Science, Climate, and Weather?” at the Blue Waters Users Symposium in Sunriver, Oregon, to Sean Burns’ (MMM) talk “Using Measured Latent Heat Flux from a Colorado Subalpine Forest to Assess Modeled CLM4.5 Latent Heat Flux” at the 33rd Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology in Boise, Idaho.

Talks Map

Ninety-six NCAR staff made more than 140 poster presentations globally, from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Ede, Netherlands. Examples include Cathy Kissinger’s (RAL) poster "An Update on the Global Weather Hazards Project and Next Steps” in Austin Texas at the Sixth Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meterology Special Symposium and Hugh Morrison’s (MMM) poster “Theoretical expressions for the ascent rate of moist deep convective thermals” in Lorne, Australia at the 2nd GASS Conference.

Teaching in University/College Classroom

Date Range Total Teaching Appointments Countries U.S. States
FY18 41 12%   88%

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 41. Twelve percent of these appointments occur in 5 international countries; 88% took place in 11 U.S. states. The longest term is 33 years, by Grant Branstator (CGD) who is an Adjunct Professor at Iowa State University. The class sizes range from 4 to 80 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 # of Classes # of Participants Countries U.S. States
FY18  79  134 493  5900+ 10 9

Workshop map

During this year, 79 staff members taught at a total of 134 workshops, tutorials, and colloquia. In all, 493 individual classes were taught, with class sizes ranging from three to 1,000 people. Sixteen percent of these events occurred in the following 10 international countries: Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea Sweden and the U.K.; 85% took place in nine U.S. states, including Idaho and Florida. Examples range from Jeff Anderson's (CISL) appointment as Lecturer to the Model Coupling and Data Driven Simulations of Solar Eruptions course in Boulder, Colorado to Bill Lipscomb (CGD) instructing at a CESM Tutorial session in Boulder, CO.

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
FY18  535  181 60%

This year, 181 NCAR staff served in a multitude of roles on 535 external committees (an average of 3.0 committees per participating staff member) for national and international scientific, education, and governmental organizations, including entities such as the American Geophysical Union, the National Academy of Sciences and the Study of Environmental Arctic Change. More than 60% 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
FY18  5  5

This year, 5 NCAR staff members took leaves at 5 different institutions, ranging from the University of Hawai’i to the University of Leeds.  Among the highlights: Frank Bryan (CGD) participated in a program on Planetary Boundary Layers at Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Naoki Mizukami (RAL) visited the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research to work on the development of hydrologic model parameter estimation tools, and research papers in Leipsig, Germany

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, 46 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. Dale Barker  United Kingdom Meteorological Office 
Dr. Alan Blyth University of Leeds
Prof. Lance Bosart State University of New York Albany 
Dr. James Brasseur University of Colorado
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 
James Doyle U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
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 
Dr. Mary Hayden University of Colorado
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 
Jakob Mann Technical University of Denmark
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.*deceased

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
FY18 780 167 77 210 169 157

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 780 times and hailed from 336 institutions, located in 44 different U.S. states and 38 different countries.