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NCAR developed and Vaisala commercialized the dropsonde, a meteorological instrument that is deployed from an aircraft into hurricanes to improve both track and intensity forecasts

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he National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the U.S. Commerce Department’s (DOC) 2016 Annual Report on Technology Transfer. The document provides an extensive view of the technology transfer activities of DOC’s three bureaus with research laboratories—NIST, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (link is external) (NOAA) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which includes the Institute for Telecommunications Sciences (link is external) (ITS).


DOC laboratories work to ensure innovations developed in federal labs make their way to U.S. businesses to bolster their competitiveness in the international marketplace.

CO-LABS Announces Chasing Ice Photographer James Balog to Keynote 2017 Governor's Awards for High-Impact Research

Ninth Annual Event Honors Colorado’s Top Scientists and Engineers
for Projects Having a Significant Impact on Society

September 6, 2017: From the quantum realm of bioscience to the vanguard of atmospheric physics, from the technology advancing new possibilities in manufacturing to crucial new assessments of severe weather – CO-LABS invites fellow champions of science to join the premier scientific research recognition event in Colorado with over 200 researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials as we celebrate the exceptional and groundbreaking work of scientists and engineers from Colorado’s federally-funded research labs: the 2017 Governor’s Awards for High Impact Research event on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

NCAR's iconic Mesa Lab, designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, was first dedicated in May 1967. Fifty years later, on Aug. 17, 2017, the lab was rededicated at this ceremony. Watch the remarks from speakers including NCAR Director Dr. Jim Hurrell, Dr. Sarah Ruth from the National Science Foundation (NSF),  Sandy Pei, son of I.M. Pei the Mesa Lab's visionary architect, Scott McCarthy, grandson of NCAR's visonary creator and first Director Walter Orr Roberts, U.S. Representative Jared Polis, Boulder City Mayor Pro-Tem Andrew Shoemaker, T.J. Mattimore, President of CO-LABS member Vaisala, Dr. Cliff Jacobs (former NSF) and former NCAR Director Dr. Robert Serafin.  

Hoping to view the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse? Although the availability of hotel rooms and camping spots along the path of totality may dictate the viewing location for many eclipse chasers, there is another factor to consider: the weather. With that in mind, researchers from NREL's National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB), working with experts from Solar Resources Solutions, LLC, have created maps showing the probability of clear skies across the entire path of the eclipse.

Find more detail on this in the recent Energy Systems Integration News.

The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 will be the first to cross the country from coast to coast in nearly a century, giving scientists in the United States a unique opportunity to observe the Sun's corona with an array of technologies and methodologies. The findings of the various eclipse experiments could advance our knowledge of the Sun's complex and mysterious magnetic field as well as its effect on Earth's atmosphere.

NCAR - The National Center for Atmospheric Research hosted a press conference on July 21, one month before the eclipse. Speakers from NCAR, the National Science Foundation (NSF) , and NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration highlighted how networks of ground-based telescopes, GPS sensors, and radio receivers, as well as specialized instruments on aircraft, satellites, and space-based observatories, will be used to observe the Sun during the eclipse.