Integrated Science Program (ISP)
Agriculture and Climate: Connecting the Science
With U.S. agriculture taking a massive hit from the widespread drought of 2012, farmers and other stakeholders are hungry for guidance on how crops may fare as the nation’s climate evolves over the coming decades. This year’s National Climate Assessment (NCA) includes new findings on agriculture and climate change—key science that draws from a longstanding collaboration between NCAR and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Evaluating the Effects of Future Sea Level Rise and Storm Surges Along U.S. Coastlines
Many find the worry about exceeding a 2° Celsius (3.6°F) increase in global average temperature at best an abstract idea. Such a temperature increase seems minor – some might argue that a 2°C change may not even be noticeable on any given day. However, the impacts of a ...
A Systematic Technique for Developing Future-Climate Scenarios
Predicting the future is never easy, which is why future-oriented climate research considers multiple alternative scenarios. Since human activities have been influencing the climate, this means that scenarios must estimate how human behavior and societal dynamics might influence future climate change.
Climate Science Day Sees UCAR Community Scientists Visiting Capitol Hill
Scientists spent a day talking to Congressional staffers in late February about the impacts of climate change on the United States. Among these were National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) scientists,...
NCAR Postdoctoral Fellow Gets a Taste of Teaching at University of New Mexico
Studies show that a diversity of opinions, backgrounds, and experiences stimulates ideas and innovation in business, science, and technology. Broadening the variety of perspectives on a problem diminishes the tendency of “group think” and increases the potential for advancing technology and industry or addressing societal issues in new ways.
Climate change in cities: Vulnerabilities and strengthsStudy highlights research shortcomings and points way forward
Although urban areas are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, research often fails to provide officials and urban dwellers with information they need to prepare for hazards, according to a new meta-analysis (a review of multiple studies) published in Global Environmental Change.
The NCAR Integrated Science Program (ISP) is focused on interdisciplinary research that cuts across the NCAR Laboratories and other research institutions.
ISP’s overarching goal is to develop the scientific understanding needed to manage and adapt to climate change, weather, and chemical weather through research that integrates the atmospheric sciences with social, ecological, health, hydrological, and other relevant sciences.
Development of scientific projects. ISP has 3 ongoing projects and 2 new projects that are just getting started. 3 mature projects have been transferred to NCAR laboratories for ongoing implementation.
Sponsorship and organization of colloquia and workshops. ISP helped sponsor several workshops and a colloquium in FY10, and is sponsoring a large colloquium and several more workshops in FY11.
Support of scientific visitors, graduate and postgraduate researchers, and postdoctoral fellows. In FY11, ISP is supporting 3 graduate assistant researchers and 2 postgraduate research scientists, and is working with lab partners, sponsors, and ASP to support 4 postdoctoral fellows.