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University of Colorado, Boulder
1665 Central Campus Mall, 216 UCB
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0216
(303) 492-1143  

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Research Themes

  • Future Atmosphere – Research under this theme will focus on observations and modeling of the atmosphere from the surface through the stratosphere not only to advance understanding of the processes that drive changes in atmospheric composition, but also to improve predictions of the future atmosphere.
  • Climate Science and Prediction – Research under this theme advances understanding of physical processes that produce variability, change, and extreme events in the climate system, including the interactions among the atmosphere, ocean, land surface and cryosphere. 
  • Earth System Data Science, Stewardship, and Application – Research under this theme supports properly managed data obtained from NOAA and non- NOAA observing systems, including geophysical data, coastal bathymetry, tsunami and hazards data, precise geodetic measurements, paleoclimate data, biological data, and world-wide geomagnetic, solar and ionospheric measurements.  
  • Regional Science and Applications – Research under this theme observes and reports on the impacts by:
    • 1) enhancing measurement, analysis, and providing understanding of physical processes of the coupled atmosphere-ocean-land-ice- snow system that modulate extreme events on regional, national, and global scales
    • 2) advancing observations, analysis, and providing understanding of local changes in the tropics and polar regions and assessing the role of these regions in the global climate system
    • 3) advancing observing system science, demonstration, and transition of research advances to operations through regional testbeds that could lead to improved forecasts and warnings of extreme precipitation events and flooding
    • 4) identifying the role of key phenomena and processes in the weather-climate system producing extreme precipitation events, severe and prolonged droughts, and both marine and terrestrial heatwaves
    • 5) promoting the development of decision support tools for water resource management and validation data for weather and climate models
    • 6) developing the ability to explain the origins of weather and climate extremes that typically occur at regional scales.
  • Scientific Outreach, Education and Diversity – Research under this theme identifies opportunities for improving environmental literacy and new technologies for learning. 
  • Space Weather Science and Prediction – Research under this theme includes harnessing cutting-edge science and technology to provide actionable space weather information that safeguards society by planning, researching, and developing improvements to the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) mission.
  • Weather Research and Forecasting – Research under this theme provides improvement on weather research through a focused program of investment in affordable and attainable advances in observational, computing, and modeling capabilities to support substantial improvement in weather forecasting and prediction of high impact weather events.
  • Ecosystem Science and Prediction – Research under this theme focuses on high resolution, multi-decadal climate and Earth system model projections for assessing climate impacts, and informing adaptation planning for Large Marine Ecosystem regions, terrestrial ecosystems, and the coastal interface.

Consortium Members

  • None

Award Details

  First 5-Year Award
Award Number NA22OAR4320151-T1-01
Award Period September 1, 2022 –
August 31, 2027  
Award Amount $565,800,000
Research Performance
Progress Reports
CI Review by
Science Advisory Board
Scheduled for 2026