UCAR hosts visit from the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Yesterday we were honored to host a visit from four members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: (Pictured from left) Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), and Joe Neguse (D-CO).
Our scientists talked with the committee members about urgent research directions in wildfire science, including better understanding the future risks of wildland fires burning through the urban landscape and the effects of such fires on local air quality.
We also discussed the need for investment in solar research so that we can improve our ability to predict potentially damaging space weather events, and the resources needed to continue pushing the boundaries of Earth system prediction.
Finally, we discussed the strain that inflation puts on our ability to maintain world-class facilities, retain the best and brightest staff, and make those resources available to the broader Earth system research community.
“It was wonderful to visit with the leaders and incredible staff of NCAR and UCAR to learn more about the cutting edge atmospheric research taking place here,” said Representatives Perlmutter and Neguse. “These efforts are absolutely critical as we work to address the climate crisis and mitigate its impacts. From wildfire research to space weather, the knowledge and solutions we stand to gain by strongly supporting research facilities like NCAR are vast.”
We were grateful for the opportunity to discuss these important topics and for the thoughtful questions from the representatives.