UCAR COMMUNITY PROGRAMS (UCP)
Jack D. Fellows, Director, (303) 497-8655
The UCAR Community Programs (UCP) provides leadership, services, and innovation in support of UCAR community education and research goals.
UCP's primary focus areas are:
• Building and hosting community projects.
• Providing innovative next-generation education and training services.
• Develop and transfer technologies to meet critical societal and community needs.
• Providing effective, state-of-the-art data services.
• Delivering reliable and cost-effective support to meet diverse community needs.
COOPERATIVE PROGRAM FOR OPERATIONAL METEOROLOGY,
EDUCATION AND TRAINING (COMET®)
Timothy C. Spangler, Director, (303) 497-8473
The COMET Program provides and fosters intensive education
and training for operational meteorologists, increased collaboration
between the operational and research communities, and improved
formal university education. COMET provides classroom based
education and training through courses, symposiums and workshops
and develops computer based learning materials. Its Outreach
program creates partnerships between the academic research
community and operational weather forecasters. COMET is
involved in activities to enhance meteorology education
in universities and meteorological services throughout the
world and finds innovative ways to enhance the performance
of weather forecasters and improve the utilization of weather
products to the public. COMET produces and delivers online, interactive professional development materials that also serve as readily available reference resources. The majority of these are available at no cost on their MetEd Website.
CONSTELLATION OBSERVING SYSTEM FOR METEOROLOGY, IONOSPHERE, AND CLIMATE (COSMIC)
Dr. Bill Kuo, Director, (303) 497-8658
COSMIC is a collaborative science project between the United
States and Taiwan to collect meteorological data for research using the Global Positioning System network of satellites. The data from FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC will contribute significantly to a wide range of scientific investigation. The data set promises to lead to improved global weather forecasting, especially in data sparse regions including the oceans and near the poles. It will establish a global climate change "thermometer" which has unprecedented long-term stability. FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC data will probe data poor regions of the ionsophere, promising advances in Space Weather research that may eventually lead to Space Weather forecasting capabilities. Highly accurate satellite positioning data from the FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC constellation will lead to advances in the description of Earth's gravitational field and benefit the solid Earth Sciences.
DIGITAL LEARNING SYSTEMS (DLS)
Karon Kelly, Director, 303-497-2652
Digital Learning Sciences is a mission-centered, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving learning through the use of digital content and tools. We develop systems and services that enable science and educational organizations – universities, school districts, libraries, and publishers – to organize, manage, comprehend, and enrich online resources to improve learning outcomes and learner engagement.
DLS is a joint center of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Office of Programs and the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Drawing on the strengths of these institutions, the research and development team combines expertise in computer science, cognitive science, science education, user-centered design and evaluation, digital content management, and machine learning/natural language processing.
GLOBAL LEARNING AND OBSERVATIONS TO BENEFIT THE ENVIRONMENT (GLOBE)
Edward Geary, Director, 303-497-8696
GLOBE is a worldwide community of students, teachers, scientists, and citizens working together to better understand, sustain, and improve Earth's environment at local, regional, and global scales. The GLOBE mission is to promote the teaching and learning of science, enhance environmental literacy and stewardship, and promote scientific discovery. Its goals are to improve student achievement across the curriculum with a focus on student research in environmental and Earth system science; enhance awareness and support activities of individuals throughout the world to benefit the environment; contribute to scientific understanding of Earth as a system; inspire the next generation of global scientists.
JOINT OFFICE FOR SCIENCE SUPPORT (JOSS)
Gene Martin, Director, (303) 497-8682
JOSS assists the national and international research community in the organization and implementation of research programs in the atmospheric and related sciences. JOSS staff provide specialized logistical and project management support required for implementing large, complex international field projects and for deploying equipment and personnel in the field. They provide support in field experiment, operations control, communications, and data management - including all facets of data collection, processing, archival, and distribution. JOSS also fosters and supports interagency cooperation and international protocols and agreements, and assists the community in planning and conducting meetings, workshops, and conferences of all sizes and at all levels.
NATIONAL SCIENCE DIGITAL LIBRARY (NSDL)
Kaye Howe, Director, (303) 497-2941
NSDL is a digital library of exemplary resource collections and services, organized in support of science education at all levels. Starting with a partnership of NSDL-funded projects, NSDL is emerging as a center of innovation in digital libraries as applied to education, and a community center for groups focused on digital-library-enabled science education.
UNIDATA PROGRAM CENTER (UPC)
Mohan Ramamurthy, Director, (303) 497-8661
The Unidata program enables universities to acquire and
use atmospheric and related data. Nearly 200 departments
nationwide have become participants, thereby gaining, at
no cost: 1) Real-time flows of weather data, including surface
and upper-air observations, satellite images, radar data
and computer forecasts; 2) Comprehensive data sets from
interesting past weather events; 3) Software to manage,
analyze, and display these data, supported with documentation,
consultation, training, and troubleshooting; 4) Membership
in a virtual community of academicians, sharing information
and common practices.
UCAR VISITING SCIENTIST PROGRAMS (VSP)
Meg Austin, Director, (303) 497-8630
The UCAR Visiting Scientist programs support and expand
education and research opportunities in the atmospheric,
oceanic, environmental and related sciences. The programs
provide postdoctoral fellowships and visiting scientist
appointments to sponsoring government laboratories and host
universities. VSP also provides support in establishing
and maintaining steering and selection committees, scientific
workshops, advisory panels and working groups.