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Facilities for Atmospheric Research and Education

To facilitate fundamental research in the atmospheric sciences, the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) supports state-of-the-art instruments and facilities through the Facilities for Atmospheric Research and Education (FARE) Program. The FARE Program includes the Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF) and the Community Instruments and Facilities (CIF).

Current instrumentation and facilities available for request under the Facility and Instrumentation Request Process (FIRP) Solicitation:

Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities

University of Wyoming King Air -
NSF/NCAR C-130 -
NCAR Airborne Instrumentation -
NCAR Integrated Sounding System (ISS) -
NCAR Integrated Surface Flux System (ISFS) -
NCAR S-Pol Doppler Radar (S-POL) -

Community Instruments and Facilities (CIF)


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Flexible Array of Radars and Mesonets (FARM)
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus - Mobile Doppler Radar
SUNY at Stony Brook - Millimeter-wavelength Radar Facility for Cloud and Precipitation Research
Colorado State University - Sea-Going and Land Deployable Polarimetric (SEA-POL) Radar

Remote Sensing Suites

University of Wisconsin-Madison - SSEC Portable Atmospheric Research Center (SPARC)
University of Alabama in Huntsville - MAPNet

Laboratory Facilities

Clemson University - Clemson Soot Photometer
Michigan Technological University - PI Chamber
North Carolina State University - NC State Ice Nucleation Cold Stage
University of Utah - Storm Peak Laboratory