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NCAR Science

The NCAR science enterprise encompasses a wide range of research activities. Atmospheric chemistry research focuses on regional-scale and global-scale air quality and atmospheric composition/climate system interactions. Climate research focuses on community climate system modeling and climate system analysis. We maintain significant efforts in solar physics, solar-terrestrial interactions, and upper atmosphere studies to understand the sun and the sources and manifestations of solar activity and solar influences on the Earth system. Meteorology research emphasizes the development and use of community weather models and improved understanding of atmospheric processes across scales. Inter- and multidisciplinary research on biogeochemical cycles and the water cycle is focused on investigating biosphere-hydrosphere-atmosphere coupling, lower atmosphere–upper atmosphere coupling, and the interactions of weather and climate. Highlights of NCAR’s science plans and activities include the following: