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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 - CIF: Community Instruments and Facilities: Mobile and Quickly Deployable Radars
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus - CIF: Mobile Rapid Scanning Radar for Enhancing Weather Radar Research and Education
SUNY at Stony Brook - CIF: Millimeter-wavelength Radar Facility for Cloud and Precipitation Research
Colorado State University - AGS-CIF: A Sea-Going and Land Deployable Polarimetric (SEA-POL) Radar for the Science Community

Remote Sensing Suites

University of Wisconsin-Madison - CIF: Supporting the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) Portable Atmospheric Research Center (SPARC)
University of Alabama in Huntsville - CIF: Mobile Atmospheric Profiling Network (MAPNet) Facility for Boundary Layer and Precipitation Investigations

Laboratory Facilities

Clemson University - CIF: Single-Particle Measurements of Soot and Incandescing Aerosol
Michigan Technological University - CIF: Making the Pi Convection-Cloud Chamber Available to the Community for Aerosol-Cloud-Turbulence Research
North Carolina State University - CIF: An Ice Nucleation Cold-Stage for Research and Teaching
University of Utah - CIF: Storm Peak Laboratory – Facility for Research and Research Training in Atmospheric Sciences