Magazine article Sunset

Studying Sea to Sun in Boulder

Magazine article Sunset

Studying Sea to Sun in Boulder

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WE STUDY EVERYTHING FROM the core of the sun to the bottom of the sea," the guide at the National Center for Atmospheric Research announces. The statement sounds like an example of scientific hubris. In factm it's the simple truth. High in the Rocky Mountain foothills, NCAR pursues the work that makes it one of the world's preeminent institutions for the study of Earth's atmosphere and the multitudinous forces that influence it--from solar magnetic storms to ocean currents to Kuwaiti oil field fires.

On page 124, we explain what centers like NCAR are learning about weather and climate. If your travels take you to Colorado, a visit here will teach you more.

A PEI PUEBLO

ON TABLE MESA

NCAR'S settling testifies to the power of nature: the center sits on Table Mesa above Boulder, with the Flatirons rising to the west and the Great Plains spreading east beneath a broad Colorado sky. The I.M. Pei-designed buildings live up to the site's drama, with geometrical forms that derive from the mountains and Pueblo Indian dwelling of Mesa Verde.

NCAR was founded in 1960. Its goal is to unite previously separate scientific disciplines in study of the Earth's atmosphere. …

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