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Welcome to the advanced Study Program

ASP thumbnailThe 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.
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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, and enables NCAR Scientists to spend a period of time in residence at US universities.

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.

ASP Spotlight:

Stuart Bishop
Weather systems of the ocean

Stuart Bishop

The ocean is a turbulent environment full of eddies that are ubiquitous features of the oceanic circulation.  Oceanic eddies are any perturbation from a mean state, which includes vortices and waves of various sizes and structures.  Eddies play a vital role in ocean circulation as the facilitators of heat transport, energy conversion, and mixing and stirring of tracers (e.g. temperature and salinity).  The most energetic eddy scale is known as the mesoscale, which has length scales of 100 kilometers or more and time scales that vary on the order of months.  Mesoscale eddies are synonymous with the atmospheric synoptic scale, which are for example the large scale cold fronts we experience here in Colorado.  Mesoscale eddies can be thought of then as the weather systems of the ocean.

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