UCAR is a nonprofit corporation formed in 1959 by research institutions with doctoral programs in the atmospheric and related sciences. UCAR was formed to enhance the computing and observational capabilities of the universities, and to focus on scientific problems that are beyond the scale of a single university.
Representatives from UCAR's 70 Member and 20 Academic Affiliate institutions govern UCAR research and service activities through the Board of Trustees, Member committees and a number of advisory committees.
UCAR carries out its mission through two organizations: The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the UCAR Office of Programs (UOP).
The UCAR Office of Programs supplies real-time weather data to colleges and universities for use in the classroom, trains weather forecasters in the latest research results and technologies, and helps organize international experiments in remote areas of the world, among other services. NCAR maintains resources such as state-of-the-art computer models of weather and climate, radars, and aircraft that are used by scientists around the world.