Strategic Initiatives & Programs

One of ISSE's goals is to act as integrative force across NCAR. While contributing to ISSE's main research themes, these larger multi-year research programs and initiatives, lead by ISSE scientists, cross divisional boundaries at NCAR and present examples of integrative research.

Geographic Information System (GIS) Initiative

NCAR Geographic Information System (GIS) Initiative The NCAR Geographic Information System (GIS) Initiative recognizes systematic methods for organizing and sharing geospatial information are essential to advancing earth system science and other aspects of the geosciences. This initiative explores crucial issues related to integrating weather and climate data with complementary information from the physical sciences, social sciences, and related areas of the geosciences.

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North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program

North American Regional Climate Change Assessment ProgramNARCCAP is an international program that will serve the high resolution climate scenario needs of both the United States and Canada, using regional climate model, coupled global climate model, and time-slice experiments.

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RISA-NCAR Collaboration

NCAR RISA CollaborationISSE is building collaborative ties with NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) Program. After two brainstorming and planning meetings, researchers at NCAR and various RISA Centers around the country will focus their initial collaboration on three topics: (1) downscaled climate change projections through the  North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP); (2) Water-weather-climate interactions; and (3) Capturing and assessing the RISA science-stakeholder interaction.

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Societal Impacts Program

Societal Impacts Program With funding from the U.S. Weather Research Program, NCAR established the Collaborative Program on the Societal Impacts and Economic Benefits of Weather Information (SIP). This program is a focal point for assembling, coordinating, developing, and synthesizing research and information on the societal impacts and economic benefits of weather information.

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Weather and Climate Impacts Assessment Science Program

NCAR Weather and Climate Impacts Assessment Science Initiative The NCAR Climate and Weather Impact Assessment Science Program focuses on critical scientific gaps in the weather and climate arenas that have proved particularly challenging for decision-makers and scientists alike: 1) characterizing uncertainty; 2) extreme weather and climate events; and 3) the role of climate in human health.

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NRC, Our Common Journey (1999)