UCAR Strategic Plan 2015 - 2018

February 2015

Cover of UCAR Strategic Plan 2015-2018It is my pleasure to present the UCAR Strategic Plan, 2015–2018.

The UCAR President's Council extends thanks to everyone from across our community who provided input, led and participated in our goal teams, and helped shape this document into a vibrant plan for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

The aggregate of everyday weather events on our changing planet, from routine to extreme, shapes our society in ways we do not yet fully understand. Decision makers from all walks of life increasingly depend on the knowledge developed through the power of UCAR—our consortium, our National Center, and our Community Programs—to understand the atmosphere, Earth, and Sun that together sustain and shape our lives.

Many aspects of the strategic plan are being woven into the fabric of activity and interaction here at UCAR. The next step is developing our annual Performance Plan for fiscal year 2016, including milestones and metrics. I welcome your continued participation as we move forward.

Thomas J. Bogdan, Ph.D.
UCAR President

UCAR President’s Council
Emily CoBabe-Ammann, UCP Director
James Hurrell, NCAR Director
Maria Isquierdo, Human Resources Director
Kathryn Schmoll, Vice-President, Finance & Administration
Michael Thompson, NCAR Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer

Our Vision & Mission

The nonprofit University Corporation for Atmospheric Research—UCAR—was created in 1960. Our founding mission was simple: to operate the National Center for Atmospheric
Research on behalf of NCAR’s sponsor, the National Science Foundation, for the benefit of the atmospheric and related sciences community.

Although much has changed since 1960, and our activities have expanded and diversified, our core purpose continues to guide us, as expressed in our vision:

Understanding tomorrow’s weather and climate through partnership, research, discovery, and innovation.

As the needs of our community and the problems facing our society and our planet have evolved, UCAR’s mission has broadened:

To empower our Member Institutions, our National Center, and our Community Programs by

  • Promoting research excellence

  • Developing fruitful collaborations

  • Managing unique resources

  • Creating novel capabilities

  • Building critical applications

  • Expanding educational opportunities

  • Engaging in effective advocacy










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