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The UCAR Community Programs (UCP) provide innovative resources, tools, and services in support of the research and education goals of the atmospheric and Earth system sciences community.

A major focus for UCP is making sure the science from NCAR and UCAR institutions is translated in novel ways to a variety of audiences and stakeholders.

UCAR Community Programs has been organized into four different centers based on the nature of the work that they perform for the community. They are:

  • Earth Observation and Data Services (EODS) which houses University Data Interactive Computing and Communications Systems (UNIDATA); as well as Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC)
  • Education and Training (ETC) which includes Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE); UCAR Center for Science Education (SciEd); and the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology Education and Training (COMET)
  • Research to Operations (R2O) containing the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA)
  • Scientific Partnerships and Services (SPS) with the Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS)


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UCAR Community Programs

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COMET is a world leader in training and education for environmental professionals.

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COSMIC develops innovative observational techniques and applications that use signals from Global Navigation Sarellite Systems (GNSS).

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The Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS) provides science program facilitation, scientific events management, and postdoctoral opportunities.

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The GLOBE program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program.

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The Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) is a multi-agency center to improve the use of satellite data for analyzing and predicting the weather, the ocean, the climate and the environment.

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UCAR Center for Science Education is the education and public outreach program, providing professional expertise and service to UCAR and NCAR scientists.

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Unidata's mission is to transform the geoscience research and education community by providing innovative data services and tools.