NCAR, French In Joint Doppler Project
Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., have been saving their research pennies in hopes of building an airborne Doppler radar system to monitor large-scale storms and global atmospheric processes that would be several times more powerful than their current system. But the $11 million price tag was too high for the 29-year-old, NSF-funded center to afford by itself. So last month NCAR officials announced an agreement with two French science agencies to develop and operate the system. The collaboration is the first such joint international sponsorship of a scientific facility for NCAR, whose meteorologists and atmospheric scientists have been working informally with the French since the early 1980s. And the new system, to be flown beginning in the fall of 1992 on a four-engine Lockheed turboprop plane that NCAR acquired in the 1970s, will ensure that those ties remain...

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