NCAR Overview NSF Review of ACD October 24-26, 2001 Tim Killeen NCAR Director
Presentation Outline • NCAR Overview • Some Metrics • NCAR Strategic Plan • Budgets • ACD within NCAR
NCAR at a Glance • 41 years; 850 Staff – 135 Scientists • $128M budget for FY2001 • 9 divisions and programs • Research tools, facilities, and visitor programs for the NSF and university communities
Productivity and Citations NCAR ranks 3rd (behind NASA and NOAA) in total number of published papers in the Geosciences NCAR ranks 4th out of 764 institutions in citations per paper in the field of Engineering NCAR ranks 9th in overall number of average citations per “high impact” geosciences papers (127.4)* * Figures based on ISI reports
Atmospheric and Earth System Sciences Information Technologies Integration of Research and Education NCAR at the Nexus
Priorities for the Institution • Developing the human capital • Expanding the intellectual envelope and building new capacities • Expanding partnerships and creating new collaborations • Priority Areas • Fundamental Research • Understanding and Predicting the Earth System • Advanced Scientific Facilities • Human Dimensions and Societal Impacts • Education and Training • Applications and Technology Transfer
2001 Strategic Plan “NCAR as an Integrator” The integration of disciplinary knowledge to create interdisciplinary synthesis and develop new knowledge; The integration of research and education; The integration of different tools and methods to attack new problems; The integration of different points of view and personal experiences to create teams.
Strategic Planning • Values and First Principles • Creativity and excellence • Valuing our People • Addressing Societal Needs • Broadening the Intellectual Envelope • Supporting the Community • Contributing to Education • Innovation and Renewal
Strategic Planning Process • 1 year, grass roots process • Bob Harriss Associate Director for Strategic Planning • Scientific staff, management, NSF and UCAR Board of Trustees reviewed • Approved by UCAR Trustees October 8 • Web site with draft plan, initiative abstracts and working groups
UNIVERSITIES, RESEARCH COMMUNITY AT LARGE UCAR/NCAR CONTEXT Mission Vision Values Goals Solar Chemistry Climate Weather DISCIPLINARY STRENGTHS Computing Society Observations Education TOOLS Models Theory Instruments Computing Diverse Workforce Interdisciplinary Research Synthesis of Ideas Integrating Research and Education INTEGRATING ACTIVITIES Integrated Research for Applications Focus for Community Research Programs Integration of Tools and Methods DISCIPLINARY RESEARCH INTEGRATIVE RESEARCH ONGOING PROGRAM New Integrative Initiatives INITIATIVES
Integrating Interdisciplinary Scientific Initiatives Integrating Chemistry Climate Connections A Biogeo-sciences Initiative Advancing the Science of Weather and Climate Impact Assessment Understanding Sun-Earth Connections and Planetary Atmospheres Water Cycle Across scales Advancing Weather and Climate Research and Prediction Strategic Plan Applying the Benefits of the IT Revolution Across Research and Education A Knowledge Environment for the Geosciences Enhanced Capabilities for Data Management and Sharing A Common Modeling Infrastructure for Earth System Science A “World-Class Web” Presence Funda-mental Issues in geo-physical Turbulence Advancing Tools and Methods Data Assimilation Initiative Remote Sensing Initiative A Geographic Information Systems Initiative Integrating Models A First-Generation Earth System Model A Whole-Atmosphere Community Climate Model Proposed New Facilities Initiatives Supercomputing for the ESM Era An Atmospheric Observing System Integrating Research and Education Please refer to the E&O Strategic Plan for a list of suggested programs and initiatives Themes Projects
UCAR Education & OutreachStrategic Plan • Mission Statement: “In partnership with the university community, UCAR promotes scientific literacy and advances all levels of education and training in subjects related to the Earth’s atmosphere” • Goals • Develop infrastructure to support an effective coordinated education program • Support students and professionals: from pre-K through post graduate • Foster an informed public through science literacy • Build diversity in the geosciences
Undergraduates at NCAR In 2001, NCAR hosted a total of 85 undergraduate students 35 Student Assistants 34 Student Visitors 16 SOARS Protégés
High Performance Simulation Plan Themes • Provide high performance computational capabilities. • Adopt software engineering practices that promote high performance and efficient development of models. • Provide data services and tools to manage and condense large data sets. • Structure the management of major software development projects to accommodate interdisciplinary team efforts. • Augment efforts in computer and computational science and software engineering in an end-to-end simulation environment. • Investigate, develop, adapt and implement the infrastructure • needed to support and facilitate collaborations across • distributed environments.
NCAR Facilities C130 newly refurbished High altitude jet Radars, lidars, etc. 1 teraflop peak (#20) x2 this fiscal year x8 over next three years Two-thirds peta byte
The Climate – Chemistry Connection Tropospheric carbon monoxide NASA-TERRA-MOPITT University of Toronto And NCAR 15,000 ft Red: 450 ppb Blue: 50 ppb
Earth System Models CCSM June, 2001 Workshop in Breckenridge: 260 participants, 34 universities, 51 institutions
Components Of Terrestrial Biogeoscience Chemistry CO2, CH4, N2O ozone, aerosols Climate Temperature, Precipitation, Radiation, Humidity, Wind CO2 CH4 N2O VOCs Dust Heat Moisture Momentum Minutes-To-Hours Biogeophysics Biogeochemistry Carbon Assimilation Aero- dynamics Decomposition Energy Water Mineralization Microclimate Canopy Physiology Hydrology Phenology Inter- cepted Water Bud Break Soil Water Snow Days-To-Weeks Leaf Senescence Species Composition Ecosystem Structure Nutrient Availability Water Gross Primary Production Plant Respiration Microbial Respiration Nutrient Availability Evaporation Transpiration Snow Melt Infiltration Runoff Years-To-Centuries WatershedsSurface Water Subsurface Water Geomorphology Ecosystems Species Composition Ecosystem Structure Disturbance Fires Hurricanes Ice Storms Windthrows Vegetation Dynamics Hydrologic Cycle Gordon Bonan
GoverningBoard NWCG National Wildland Fire Research Program • Provides for a national integrated wildfire R&D program • Builds bridges between operational and research organizations with focus on the National Fire Plan • Combines modeling,observations, theory, and decisionsupport systems Industry & Environmental - Nature Conservancy-Paper/wood mfr- Insurance companies Universities - DRI - U of Mont -U of Arizona - Colorado - SDSM&T - CSU - UCSB Federal EPA NOAA - NWS - NESDIS - OAR OFCM NSF NASA NCAR LANL LLNL State County Municipal - policyplanning - Air quality-Fire mitigation-Western Governors’ Assoc International Collaboration - Canada- Australia - France Land Management Agencies- Fire Labs - GACC’s - NIFC
Snowmelt Water Cycle Across Scales Cloud Systems Water Vapor and Convective Initiation Diurnal Cycle of Precipitation To understand how water vapor, precipitation and land surface hydrology interact across scales to define the hydrological cycle, and to use this information to improve weather prediction models and climate models International H2O Project (IHOP) May – June 2002 GOAL Surface Hydrology
Biogeoscience Initiative Regional Climate Modeling Initiative Water Cycle Initiative Extremes Uncertainty SCD Data Initiative Climate / Health Cities and Air Quality Initiative Weather and Climate Assessment
NCAR Scientist I Hires 9 new early career scientist hires through special funding 4 women, 5 men Interdisciplinary Focus of planned research, mapping into NCAR strategic plan: solar magnetism climate assessment, biogeosciences, advanced data assimilation, solar coronal magnetic fields atmospheric observing systems, weather and society, chemistry and climate.
Relates sources and uses of funds to sectional, divisional, center-wide and agency priorities Program and budget review of each division’s NSF and non-NSF projects. Is done on an annual basis early in the fiscal year prior to receiving NCAR’s final operating budget from NSF Determines divisional annual targets Annual Budget Review
Balanced program covering lower and upper atmosphere chemistry, laboratory kinetics, instrumentation, theory, modeling and field campaigns. Community models Partnership with other NCAR/UCAR divisions and programs Central role in NCAR strategic plan Important scientific areas: biogeosciences, water cycles, urban metabolism, etc. Long heritage of leadership and service Future Role of ACD within NCAR