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 to investigate how changes in human systems are coupled with the Earth’s climate system.
  • The NCAR Vulnerability, Impacts, and Adaptation (NVIA) project is focused on interdisciplinary basic research that integrates climate, weather, social, ecological and heath sciences to investigate the effects of climate change and extreme events on human populations at local, regional and global scales.

One ISP project is focused on the NCAR Imperative to Develop and transfer scientific applications, technology, and information products that address societal needs.

  •  The Weather Communication and Warning (WCW) project is conducting research intended to improve understanding of how people react to weather information and enhance communication of weather, climate, and hydrological forecast information to the public and decision makers.

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

  • Climate Change and Marine Ecosystems is focused on modeling, understanding and projecting the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems.

  • Carbon Cycle Observations and Modeling is focused on comparison of carbon cycle observations to simulation results from Community Earth System Model (CESM) and other biogeochemical modeling systems.

In its first two years of operations, ISP has provided full or partial support to thirteen different postdoctoral researchers and fellows.  In some cases, postdocs are being shared with other institutions, including the areas of climate and health (in collaboration with RAL, ASP, and the Centers for Disease Control), climate and terrestrial ecosystems (in collaboration with the National Ecological Observatory Network), and climate and marine ecosystems (in collaboration with Rutgers University).  In other cases, ISP is collaborating with the NCAR Advanced Study Program to support interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellows who have proposed research projects on topics of interest to ISP.

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