Business of Weather Episode 10: UCAR – pushing the boundaries of academic collaboration in atmospheric research

Business of Weather speaks to Dr. Tony Busalacchi, President of the the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), about atmospheric research, public health, and how we might extend the benefits of the Covid-19 lockdown

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research – or UCAR for short – is a US non profit consortium of more than 115 North American colleges and universities focused on research and training in the atmospheric and related sciences.

Since it’s formation in 1958, it’s aim has been to exchange ideas, discuss challenges, and share knowledge. Through co-operation with the private sector it takes research out of the lab and into the real world for the benefit of society.

UCAR has a major presence in the community which embraces numerous areas ranging from encouraging diverse students to pursue science careers, to providing online professional training, data delivery, and other services.

UCAR also manages the National Centre for Atmospheric Research – or NCAR – which it set up in partnership with the US National Science Foundation to address pressing scientific and societal needs involving the atmosphere and its interactions with the oceans, land, and the Sun – what is now called ‘Earth system science’.

To get an inside view on UCAR, and how it is responding to the growing challenges of extreme weather & climate change, Business if Weather spoke to the UCAR President, Dr. Tony Busalacchi.

Dr Busalacchi also gave his thoughts on the relationship between atmospheric research and public health, and how we might extend the benefits gained during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Produced by Ian Harper

Theme music by John Cockram