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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, 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.
Observations of Snow Generating Cells
For those of us living in Boulder, snow is a part of our lives. However, forecasting snowfall events and quantifying how much is falling is still a difficult endeavor, as anyone who pays attention to local forecasts knows!
Some of the most basic problems in understanding snowfall can be clumped into what we call "microphysics", or the physical processes that govern the initiation of ice crystals, growth of snowflakes, and their interactions as they descend to the ground. For example, if we can quantify the efficiency at which snow crystals aggregate into those big, fluffy snowflakes, we will have a better idea of the rate at which snow is falling from the cloud (big aggregates fall faster than small, pristine ice crystals).