Presented on March 27, 2024, by

Dr. Everette Joseph, Director
National Center for Atmospheric Research


The National Science Foundation National Center for Atmospheric Research (NSF NCAR) was established by the NSF in 1960 to provide the university community with world-class facilities and capabilities that were beyond the reach of any individual institution. More than a half-century later, NSF NCAR is still delivering on that mission. NSF NCAR develops and applies state-of-the-art resources, including supercomputers, research aircraft, sophisticated computer models, and extensive data sets to empower the university community to solve complex scientific problems related to Earth systems science. Our staff of preeminent researchers and engineers work with a wide range of collaborators to take on the current global-scale environmental challenges that are unprecedented in modern history, including weather extremes, wildfires, air pollution, and solar storms. This work is focused on advancing fundamental understanding of the Earth as a coupled system — the atmosphere, oceans, land, cryosphere, geospace, and the Sun — and how they interact and are influenced by human systems. Actionable solutions for societal challenges is a result of this work. NCAR also provides rich education and outreach opportunities, from fellowships for early career scientists to free public lectures to scientific workshops. Specifically, NSF NCAR hosts faculty and student visitors from across the US and the international community to collaborate with our scientists. Dr. Joseph in his seminar will provide an overview of NCAR, review some of the latest research and how NSF NCAR is positioning itself for success in the future, and will provide his vision on where NSF NCAR is headed. He will also talk about ways students and faculty can collaborate with NSF NCAR to advance their research.


Everette Joseph joined NCAR as director in 2019 from the University at Albany, State University of New York, where he was director of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center.

While at Albany, Joseph co-led the $30.5 million New York State Mesonet for advanced weather detection and the New York State Center of Excellence for the Weather Enterprise. He has served as principal or co-principal investigator on over $90 million in research grants from NSF, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, the Army High Performance Computing Research Center, and other agencies. He joined the UCAR Board of Trustees in 2011, where his colleagues elected him vice chair in 2015 and chair in 2017.

Joseph has been a member of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine since 2014. Other roles have included membership on the Steering Committee of the NASEM Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from space; the NOAA Science Advisory Board; and the American Meteorological Society Commission on the Weather, Water and Climate Enterprise. He also is principal investigator for the NSF-sponsored US-Taiwan Program for International Research and Education and co-PI on the NOAA Aerosol and Ocean Science Expeditions, a series of trans-Atlantic intensive observation campaigns to gain an understanding of the impacts of long-range transport of aerosols over the tropical ocean.

Prior to his position at the University at Albany, Joseph was director of Howard University’s Program in Atmospheric Sciences, where he dedicated himself to teaching, mentoring, and inspiring the next generation. He also served as director of the Beltsville Center for Climate System Observation, a NASA University Research Center. In that position, he brought together colleagues at Howard, NASA, NOAA, Penn State, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and other institutions to develop an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional, multi-agency center studying key atmospheric processes with particular relevance to predictive capability in weather, climate, and air quality.

Joseph earned his Ph.D. in physics with an emphasis on atmospheric science from the University at Albany.