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National Science Foundation

Sky | Major Projects

NSF funds multiple major efforts in atmospheric science, including a number of cross-disciplinary programs drawing on the expertise of researchers outside of atmospheric science.

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
NSF's premier "sky" research facility is the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), located in Boulder, Colo. The NCAR Web site hosts a wealth of information on global climate change, including materials suitable for teachers and students. NCAR hosts several major programs devoted to climate change research including, the satellite-based observational COSMIC (Constellation Observing System for Meteorology Ionosphere and Climate).

National Solar Observatory (NSO)
The Sun is the predominant source of heat and energy in the climate system, and therefore, is an important factor in modeling Earth's past, present and future climate. The mission of the National Solar Observatory (NSO) is to advance knowledge of the Sun, both as an astronomical object and as the dominant external influence on Earth, by providing forefront observational opportunities to the research community.

Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes
Colorado State University's Center for Multiscale Mapping of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP), a recently established NSF Science and Technology Center, focuses on atmospheric phenomena that are as familiar to us as they are elusive to climate modelers--clouds.

Information about "sky" research funding opportunities can be found at: