CISL Visitor Program

Poster session discussion
A lively discussion during the poster and reception for the 2014 SAMSI/IMAGe Summer Program: The International Surface Temperature Initiative. Here (from left to right), Elisabeth Lloyd (University of Indiana), Bo Li (University of Illinois), Doug Nychka (CISL), and Kimberly Brumble (University of Indiana) discuss how past climate before the existence of instrument records is inferred from proxy data. This workshop is typical of many sponsored by CISL that bring a broad group of scientists and researchers to NCAR with a common interest in the scientific programs at NCAR.

The program will accept applications between January 2, 2017 and March 3, 2017 for visits between summer 2017 and spring 2018. To apply to the program, the visitor must be hosted by a CISL staff member. Out -of-cycle requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are dependent on availability of funds and space.

For more information, please contact the CISL Visitor Program at

The Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) regards collaboration with university faculty, practitioners in high-performance computing, new researchers, and students as central to its mission to support the atmospheric and related sciences. As a National Center we depend on a diverse and vigorous visitor program to engage the community and to contribute to our scientific mission. Scientific and professional visits play a key role in building collaborations among NCAR staff and other researchers, and are also an important component of training students and early career scientists. CISL invites applications for professional collaborations in areas related to CISL's mission in services, research, and education, including but not limited to:

  • Application optimization and development
  • Computational mathematics
  • Computer networking
  • Data assimilation and ensemble prediction
  • Data curation and archiving
  • Data science
  • High-end computing and storage environments
  • High-performance networking
  • Facilities engineering and management
  • Geostatistics
  • Numerical algorithms and performance optimization
  • Scientific visualization
  • Weather and Climate variability, impact and assessment


Details and how to apply

CISL receives numerous scientific, technical, and student visitors throughout the year, sometimes providing financial support if needed. Because CISL has active groups in computation, modeling and data analysis, our visitor program has been successful in introducing computer and mathematical scientists to some of the unique problems in understanding the Earth's climate system and the problems of weather forecasting. CISL has also accommodated visits for scientists in the geosciences to gain expertise in high performance computing and data analytics.  CISL and NCAR frequently offer workshops and seminars that foster rich scientific fabrics which encourage new ideas and collaborations.

  • Visits must be sponsored by a CISL staff member and have a clear plan for productive interaction. Please note that The CISL Visitor Program is not a "matchmaking" service. Applicants should already have established a relationship and collaborative project with a CISL staff member prior to applying for a visit.

  • The program does not support visits based on general interests 

  • Visits are expected to last anywhere from 2 weeks to a maximum of three months. Requests for shorter of longer time periods, such as sabbaticals, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Financial support is limited to travel costs and local living expenses.



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