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Welcome to the advanced Study Program
The Advanced Study Program (ASP) is unique in its encompassing support of NCAR goals and objectives. The ASP mission, broadly defined, is to help NCAR and the scientific communities it serves prepare for the future. We work across scientific disciplines in support of other NCAR units with these objectives:
- to encourage the development of early career scientists in fields related to atmospheric science;
- to direct attention to timely scientific areas needing special emphasis;
- to help organize new science initiatives;
- to support interactions with universities;
- to promote continuing education at NCAR.
Our Programs... at a glance
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The postdoctoral program provides an opportunity for recent-Ph.D. scientists to continue to pursue their research interests in atmospheric and related science. The program also invites postdoctorates from a variety of disciplines to apply their training to research in the atmospheric sciences.
Faculty Fellowship Program
The Faculty Fellowship Program provides opportunities and resources for faculty employed at universities to work in residence at NCAR.
Graduate Student Visitor Program
The Graduate Student Visitor Program is designed to provide NCAR staff opportunities to bring graduate students to NCAR for 3 to 12-month collaborative visits with the endorsement of their thesis advisors and in pursuit of their thesis research. These visits have the goal of enhancing NCAR partnerships with other public and private institutions.
High-res model captures explosive increase in hurricane strength
Last fall, Hurricane Patricia exploded from a Category 1 to a record-breaking Category 5 storm in just 24 hours catching forecasters off guard. New research using a sophisticated weather model based at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) offers some clues about how these forecasts can be improved.
Falko Judt, an NCAR ASP postdoctoral researcher and Ryder Fox, an undergraduate researcher at the New Mexico Institute for Mining and Technology, found that an advanced version of the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF-ARW) could accurately forecast Hurricane Patricia's rapid intensification when run at a high enough resolution.