About Our Technology Transfer

At NCAR and UCAR, technology transfer means sharing our science and making an impact in the following ways:

1. Training the scientific and engineering workforce

We provide programs and resources that advance the training of undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students in the atmospheric and affiliated Earth system sciences. For example, NCAR's Advanced Study Program is recognized as one of the most prestigious professional training opportunities in atmospheric research. UCAR’s SOARS internship program has received accolades for mentoring promising undergraduates from underrepresented groups as they continue their graduate education and move into science and engineering careers. Our internships, fellowships, and professional training support a key pipeline that helps meet the nation's need for skilled weather, water, climate, solar, and related science professionals throughout the private, public, and academic sectors.

2. Publishing research findings

Our scientists, engineers, educators, and skilled professional staff publish peer-reviewed journal articles, textbooks, datasets, and many other findings. Our OpenSky digital library, Community Data Portal, and other open access portals make this wealth of knowledge accessible to the public. NCAR is the home base for several widely used, community-developed computer models that are freely available online, including the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF) and the Community Earth System Model (CESM). 

3. Interacting with creators and users of new knowledge

NCAR and UCAR researchers devote considerable time to leadership and participation in conferences, seminars, guest lectureships, stakeholder meetings, congressional briefings, public talks, and other interactions within and beyond the scientific community. They make frequent presentations to peers at professional meetings across a broad range of scientific disciplines. Numerous staff have also been honored for their scientific and organizational leadership by the major national and international scientific societies representing their disciplines.

4. Conducting industry-sponsored research

NCAR performs sponsored research for the general public, funded by industry. One example is the wind energy forecasting system developed in NCAR's Research Applications Laboratory with funding from Xcel Energy to yield more detailed and accurate wind prediction at the hub height of wind turbines. More examples are available on the RAL website.

5. Collaborating with academia, the public sector, and industry

Researchers at NCAR and UCAR lead and participate on teams from public, private, and academic organizations to solve vexing research and development challenges. Examples range from development of new observing and measurement tools to decision support for water resource managers, designing in-vehicle warning systems for road weather hazards, developing digital curriculum customization tools, and more.

6. Commercial licensing of intellectual property

UCAR has a record of licensing success with established firms and startups and holds numerous patents available for licensing.

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