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2014-01-23 23:01:52

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) has signed an agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to renew its management of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) for five years. Boulder, CO (PRWEB) January 23, 2014 The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) has signed an agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to renew its management of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) for five years. The award was...

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2010-08-27 06:50:00

Large changes in the sun's energy output may drive unexpectedly dramatic fluctuations in Earth's outer atmosphere. Results of a study published August 26th link a recent, temporary shrinking of a high atmospheric layer with a sharp drop in the sun's ultraviolet radiation levels. The research, led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., and the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU), indicates that the sun's magnetic cycle, which produces...

2009-08-08 09:30:00

Turbines on the Cedar Creek wind farm are silhouetted against a dramatic sunset. Completed in 2007, the Cedar Creek wind farm east of Grover, Colo., includes more than 250 turbines and generates roughly 300 megawatts of energy. As wind energy grows in importance, scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are studying how wind turbines and farms interact with the atmosphere and how their output can be better predicted and managed.NCAR is supported by the National...

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2007-10-29 13:16:09

Groundwork laid for next generation of space flights NSF -- In a landmark test flight, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., and a team of research partners this month successfully launched a solar telescope to an altitude of 120,000 feet, borne by a balloon larger than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The test clears the way for long-duration polar balloon flights beginning in 2009 that will capture unprecedented details of the Sun's surface. "This unique research...

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2006-12-12 14:10:00

BOULDER -- Carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels will produce a 3 percent reduction in the density of Earth's outermost atmosphere by 2017, according to a team of scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and The Pennsylvania State University (PSU). The research, which appears in the latest issue of Geophysical Research Letters, will be presented today at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. "We're seeing climate change manifest...

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2006-03-06 11:30:00

NSF -- The next sunspot cycle will be 30 to 50 percent stronger than the last one, and begin as much as a year late, according to a breakthrough forecast using a computer model of solar dynamics developed by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo. The research results, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA, were published on-line on March 3 in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research Letters. Scientists now...

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2005-05-26 17:45:00

BOULDER -- New research from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) links a particular magnetic structure on the Sun with the genesis of powerful solar storms that can buffet Earth's atmosphere. The research may enable scientists to create more accurate computer models of the solar storms, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), and could eventually point the way to forecasting the storms days before they occur. Sarah Gibson, a scientist at NCAR's High Altitude Observatory (HAO),...