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Transferring Knowledge & Technology

Decision makers confront an increasingly complex world as the human population continues to grow and the impacts of that growth on the environment continue to escalate. They need better information, tools, and systems to understand the effects of weather and climate today, as well as in the future. They face difficult problems across time and space scales, from addressing the impacts of a sudden, extreme event on a specific city to planning a nation’s response to subtle changes over time. NCAR is committed to assisting decision makers by developing the weather- and climate-related information and products they need and helping them apply this expertise to improve societal resilience to weather and climate. This is a goal well suited to a national center, as it requires a long-term commitment by an institution skilled in conducting interdisciplinary research and development. We see improved interaction with the private sector as a key objective in this regard. Demand for specialized weather information has been increasing steadily, as have services by a growing set of commercial businesses; cooperating with and transferring NCAR’s knowledge and systems to this growing economic sector is an important part of our strategy.

The transfer of weather-related technology and knowledge has a long and successful history at NCAR. We plan to continue and increase our work in this area, and we also expect that our efforts in providing similar climate-related services will grow in the future. NCAR also has a long history of performing research on the societal and environmental impacts of climate change and variability. We are seeing an increasing demand for climate information, and we are beginning to work with government agencies and industries that are being affected by climate change to develop and transfer decision support tools that address their information needs. Successful programs in these areas require a strong base and effective integration of engineering, physical science, economics and other social sciences, mathematics, and statistics. NCAR efforts in this area include: