NCAR/UCAR Education Programs

This list describes the educational programs within UCAR.

NCAR's Advanced Study Program

Advanced Study Program (ASP)

The ASP mission is to help NCAR and the scientific communities it serves prepare for the future, and encourage the development of early career scientists.

Computational and Information Systems Lab

CISL - Outreach

Teaching, inspiring, and helping future generations of scientists, CISL is active in several outreach, mentoring, and professional development programs in addition to managing the NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center.


The COMET® Program is a world-wide leader in support of education and training for the environmental sciences, delivering scientifically relevant and instructionally progressive products and services.




The Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS) is a newly reconfigured program that manages and delivers services for Earth science programs such as logistics and travel expertise for multiple events, conferences, and meetings; and professional development via postdoctoral fellowships and visiting scientist appointments.

Earth Observing Laboratory Outreach

NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory develops and deploys NSF Lower Atmospheric Observing Facilities (LAOF) and provides field project support and data services. Its educational programs primarily serve the higher education community.


NCAR Education and Outreach

Education and Outreach

Our programs support the advancement of careers in the atmospheric and related sciences, complement university and K-12 teaching, entrain future generations of diverse scientists and engineers into our research, and inspire and engage the public.

GIS Program

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program

The GIS program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) fosters interdisciplinary science, spatial data interoperability, and knowledge sharing using GIS.

SOARS Program

SOARS Program

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is an undergraduate to graduate program built around a summer research internship, mentoring by top scientists, and a supportive learning community. It is dedicated to broadening participation in the atmospheric and related sciences. 

The GLOBE Program

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program designed to engage students in the process of science.  

UCAR Center for Science Education

UCAR Center for Science Education

The UCAR Center for Science Education helps to connect NCAR and UCAR science advances and innovations to the needs and priorities of diverse people by helping them to learn, understand, value, and apply science in their daily lives.

Unidata Program


Unidata's mission is to transform the geosciences community, research, and education by providing innovative data services and tools to enhance Earth-system education and research in an era of increasing data complexity and multidisciplinary integration.