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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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How will weather change in the future? It's been remarkably difficult to say, but researchers are now making important headway, thanks in part to a groundbreaking new data set at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Scientists know that a warmer and wetter atmosphere will lead to major changes in our weather. But pinning down exactly how weather — such as thunderstorms, midwinter cold snaps, hurricanes, and mountain snowstorms — will evolve in the coming decades has proven a difficult challenge, constrained by the sophistication of models and the capacity of computers.

A multimillion dollar CU Boulder instrument package expected to help scientists better understand potentially damaging space weather is now slated to launch aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite on Saturday, Nov. 19.

Designed and built by CU Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), the instrument suite known as the Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) is the first of four identical packages that will fly on four NOAA weather satellites in the coming decade. EXIS will measure energy output from the sun that can affect satellite operations, telecommunications, GPS navigation and power grids on Earth as part of NOAA’s next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites-R Series (GOES-R).

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.