Frontiers and Imperatives

The work of ISP addresses frontiers and supports the imperatives of the NCAR Strategic Plan:


Two ISP projects are focused on NCAR Frontier 1:  To advance modeling and analysis focused on informing climate change adaptation and mitigation.

  • The Integrated Assessment Modeling (IAM) project is focused on developing and applying integrated socio-economic and biophysical models of the climate system.

One ISP project is focused on NCAR Frontier 2:  To conduct and enable studies of water resource availability, vulnerability, and adaptation planning.

  • The Water System project focuses on improved understanding and parameterization of the water cycle in climate models and examination of the impact of a changing water system on water management and policy.

Three of the ISP projects are focused on elements of NCAR's imperatives, "prediction and attribution" and "model development":

  • The Biogeosciences (BGS) Project is focused on modeling the biogeochemical cycles within the Earth system consistent with analyses of observations.
  • The Upper Troposphere/Lower Stratosphere (UT/LS) project is focused on planning and conducting field campaigns, using the NCAR-NSF Gulfstream V aircraft, to investigate the coupled dynamical, chemical and microphysical processes in the UTLS and to complement the aircraft studies with satellite observations and multiscale NCAR models.

ISP is also supporting exploratory efforts in climate and marine ecosystems and weather communications and warnings.  In its first full year of operations, ISP has also implemented new initiatives bringing postdoctoral research to NCAR in climate and health (in collaboration with RAL, ASP, and the Ceters for Disease Control) and climate and terrestrial ecosystems (in collaboration with the National Ecological Observatory Network).

All ISP activities are defined and undertaken in cooperation with other NCAR organizatons and collaborators in the university community and other research institutions.