National Security Applications Program

About NSAP

Multi-scale Hazard Modeling for Improved Public Safety

Providing accurate guidance and life-saving capabilities

The National Security Applications Program at RAL has grown to include a combination of DOD, foreign, and private–industry projects. RAL’s objective is to improve meteorological support of homeland security needs through the use of new capabilities in high–resolution mesoscale modeling, short–term thunderstorm prediction, multi–dimensional integrated displays, numerical weather prediction and fine–scale regional and global climatology prediction. New technologies are in operational use at Army ranges (ATEC) and are being implemented in Washington, DC at the Pentagon, originally sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and later adopted by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA).

While protecting the nation from deliberate acts is the goal of this work, an added benefit is improved ability to protect citizens from a toxic release caused by a natural disaster or an industrial or transportation accident. Lessons learned on these projects will also increase both our understanding and our ability to predict fine–scale urban weather.

The First Sunlight of Planet Earth

A GPU-Accelerated Microscale Model

Mary Hayden, NCAR scientist and co-author of Colorado Climate Change Vulnerability Study

Co-Author of Colorado Climate Change Vulnerability Study

RAL Scientist Lead Editor on New Water Book

Visualization developed by the NCAR GIS program at RAL

Visualization developed by the NCAR GIS program at RAL

A Recognized Expert on Air Quality Topics

A Recognized Expert on Air Quality Topics

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NSAP Solutions

Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion of Hazardous Materials Research and Developmen
Atmospheric releases of hazardous materials, either accidental or intentional, continue to pose a viable threat
VIRSA test results when minimizing: (a) source location, mass, and time (Version 1.0) and (b) source location, mass, and time, plus wind... more
NCAR's custom outlooks provide guidance to large-scale immunization program

As health officials in Africa determine how best to distribute vaccine supplies to immunize tens of millions of residents against... more

Benefits + Impacts

Read how we have met meteorological challenges with creative, practical solutions, and measurable benefits.