National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Tour
12 SEPTEMBER 2019 | 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
You may have seen the “stacked boxes” at the foot of the Flatirons and not realized this is a key international research center for the study of our atmosphere and thereby weather and climate. At a time when few went into meteorology, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) was established in Boulder in 1960 to enable interdisciplinary research on a scale commensurate with the scale of the subject. Dedicated in 1967, its iconic building complex known as Mesa Labs was designed by I.M.Pei, inspired by the Anasazi cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde with the intention of “joining” with nature. Now in the 21st-century, NCAR figures prominently in gathering and interpreting data through ever more sophisticated tools, which is adding to our understanding of global phenomenon.
Science that pushes humans’ understanding of the world they live in, and the ever-changing dynamics of the atmosphere that influences the way they live — and will continue to survive on the planet — is what has been happening there.
On Thursday, September 12th, Colorado Yalies are scheduled for a private tour of the facilities starting at 3:30 pm. The event is free, but you must RSVP to Stephanie Grilli, because there is a cap: firstname.lastname@example.org. Even though this is during regular working hours, there should be a lot of interest among both specialists and generally curious alums. The tour marks CYA’s lead-up to Yale Explores, with the focus on data on October 18th. Thanks to Jennifer Phillips ’95 MA ’01 PhD for facilitating.
The tour is full. Email Stephanie to get on the wait list.