NCAR/UCAR Image and Multimedia Gallery

The NCAR|UCAR Image and Multimedia Gallery includes photos and illustrations of weather, water, climate, and solar phenomena. GET STARTED: In the SEARCH OPENSKY box above, enter words such as air pollution, clouds, floods, lightning, rainbows, tornadoes, or storms - to name just a few possibilities. The gallery also includes photos of scientists and engineers at work, research instruments and aircraft, field projects, landscapes, educational settings, supercomputers, NCAR|UCAR facilities, and more. Use this CREDIT for all images: Copyright University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). By [insert name of photographer when listed], licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) License, via OpenSky. (For commercial use contact copyright@ucar.edu.)


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Aerial showing pollution over Mexico City (DI01475)
Aerial showing pollution over Mexico City (DI01475)
Aerial photo taken near Mexico City showing biomass burning and pollution. During the project, dubbed MIRAGE (Megacity Impacts on Regional and Global Environments), scientists investigate the chemical transformation of air pollution as it flows from Mexico City to surrounding regions and the globe as a whole, with an eye toward applying what they learn to megacities around the world.
Aerial showing pollution over Mexico City (DI01476)
Aerial showing pollution over Mexico City (DI01476)
Aerial photo taken near Mexico City showing biomass burning and pollution. During the project, dubbed MIRAGE (Megacity Impacts on Regional and Global Environments), scientists investigate the chemical transformation of air pollution as it flows from Mexico City to surrounding regions and the globe as a whole, with an eye toward applying what they learn to megacities around the world.
Aerial view near Anchorage, Alaska (DI01969)
Aerial view near Anchorage, Alaska (DI01969)
Aerial view of snow covered mountains near Anchorage, Alaska.
Aerial view near Anchorage, Alaska (DI01970)
Aerial view near Anchorage, Alaska (DI01970)
Aerial view of snow covered mountains near Anchorage, Alaska.
Aerial view near Anchorage, Alaska (DI01971)
Aerial view near Anchorage, Alaska (DI01971)
Aerial view of snow covered mountains near Anchorage, Alaska.
Aerial view of Antarctic sea ice (DI02553) Photo by Andrew Watt
Aerial view of Antarctic sea ice (DI02553) Photo by Andrew Watt
Antarctic sea ice as seen from the porthole of the Gulfstream V research aircraft during the HIPPO field project. HIPPO is a three-year field project that undertakes the most extensive airborne sampling of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to date, from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Study results will help scientists understand in greater detail the behavior of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and eventually lead to improved predictions about climate change.
Aerial view of Mauna Loa Observatory site, 1978 (DI02084)
Aerial view of Mauna Loa Observatory site, 1978 (DI02084)
The Mauna Loa Solar Observatory, which opened in 1965, sits in lava fields on the volcano's northern flank at 11,250 feet (3,440 meters). Over time instruments from the Climax, Colorado site were moved here to take advantage of the superior viewing conditions. The station provides solar researchers around the world with data from an increasingly sophisticated series of coronameters and sensors. This view is a 1978 aerial shot of the site.
Aerial view of collar cloud on the in-flow shelf cloud (DI00138), Photo by Lester Zinser
Aerial view of collar cloud on the in-flow shelf cloud (DI00138), Photo by Lester Zinser
Shelf (arcus) clouds are created along the edges of thunderstorms by the outflow of rain-filled air. Shown here is an arcus cloud developing to the left of a heavy rain shaft. Shelf clouds with their edges of rain are seen more distinctly in the western United States because of the drier air and higher cloud bases.
Aerial view of cumulonimbus with rainshaft (DI00136), Photo by Lester Zinser
Aerial view of cumulonimbus with rainshaft (DI00136), Photo by Lester Zinser
This aerial photo captures two aspects of a thunderstorm: a rain-free cloud base (left) and a curtain of rainfall (right). A rain-free base often indicates strong upward motions that can result in large hail and tornadoes.
Aerial view of sea ice near Anchorage, Alaska (DI01972)
Aerial view of sea ice near Anchorage, Alaska (DI01972)
Aerial view of sea ice near Anchorage, Alaska.
Aerial view of the Andes (DI01830)
Aerial view of the Andes (DI01830)
This aerial photo shows the Andes Mountains in Chile. NCAR scientists traveled to Chile as part of the VOCALS (VAMOS Ocean-Cloud Atmosphere-Land Study) field project in October 2008. VOCALS is an international field experiment designed to better understand physical and chemical processes central to the climate system of the Southeast Pacific region.
Aerial view of the Andes (DI01831)
Aerial view of the Andes (DI01831)
This aerial photo shows the Andes Mountains in Chile. NCAR scientists traveled to Chile as part of the VOCALS (VAMOS Ocean-Cloud Atmosphere-Land Study) field project in October 2008. VOCALS is an international field experiment designed to better understand physical and chemical processes central to the climate system of the Southeast Pacific region.

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