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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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ASP celebrates its 50th anniversary

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:

Minghui Diao
Atmospheric Science, from Research to the Real World

Mingui Diao

Clouds are a unique subject in atmospheric research. They are observable, seen almost every day by everyone, and people can feel the difference that clouds can make to daily weather. One moment it is sunny, the next cloudy, then the next minute there might be a heavy rain. Clouds can transport water, change water from gas to liquid phase and back again, and they play other important roles in the hydrological cycle. To me, working on clouds is tangible, and sometimes also artistic. It is interesting to learn how many things we still don't understand about clouds, though they are around us every day. When working on the HIPPO campaign, it was an amazing experience to see vast differences of shapes and components of clouds as we traveled from the deep tropics to the midlatitudes and polar regions, as well as from the lower troposphere to the upper troposphere.

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