The GARP Atlantic Tropical Experiment (GATE) was a large and complex international scientific experiment designed to gain an increased understanding of the atmosphere and causes of climatic variation and change. GATE sought to learn how cloud clusters in the tropic transformed and redistributed energy within the atmosphere, knowledge that was needed for the development of numerical models for long-range weather prediction and for assessing the long-term effects of pollutants on the atmosphere.
These materials focus primarily on NCAR's role in GATE, specifically aircraft flights and data management, but also include information about other aspects of the project. Materials include flight logs and debriefing forms, satellite imagery, correspondence, newsletters, workshop proceedings, mission reports, and photographs.
Selections from the GATE Records have been digitized and are available in the NCAR Library's digital repository, OpenSky.
The project webpage for GATE is also available: http://www.eol.ucar.edu/projects/gate/
Arrangement is by original order. This collection consists of 11 series in 50 boxes:
Series 1: Research and Data, 1972-1978
Series 2: Administrative, 1974-1979
Series 3: Committees and Advisory Panels, 1971-1976
Series 4: Correspondence, 1974-1977
Series 5: Publications, 1973-1978
Series 6: Reports, 1974
Series 7: Student Participation, 1973-1974
Series 8: Workshops, 1976-1977
Series 9: Films, 1974
Series 10: Photographs and Slides, 1974
Series 11: Videotapes, 1974
Physical Access Requirements
The collection must be viewed in the Archives during normal business hours.
Source of Acquisition
Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology (MMM) Division
Method of Acquisition
This is a legacy collection; original box labels indicate the records came to the Archives from individuals in the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology (MMM) Division at NCAR.
Accruals and Additions
Additions are expected.
The following publications were removed from the collection as they are available in the NCAR Library:
- A Survey of Difference Methods for Non-Steady Fluid Dynamics, by Robert D. Richtmyer
- Project Springfield Report, by E.F. Danielsen
- Outline of a Technique for Precise Rectification of Satellite Cloud Photographs, by Tetsuya Fujita
- On the Weather of Venezuela: A Summary Report of the Venezuela Experiments of 1969 and 1972, by Herbert Riehl
- Digitized Global Monthly Mean Ocean Surface Temperatures, by W.M. Washington and L.G. Thiel
- Report of the U.S. GATE Central Program Workshop held at NCAR, July 25-August 12 177, by Richard Greenfield
- GARP GATE Experiment Design Proposal, November 1971, by J.P. Kuettner, N.E. Rider, and I.G. Sitnikov
This collection was processed in fall 2010. Original order of materials in folders and folder titles were kept. The Archivist created Series and Sub-series to aid access to the materials. Preservation measures included removing sticky labels from folders and re-writing folder titles in pencil, buffering acidic sheets, removing some metal fasteners, flattening oversize documents, and re-housing the collection in acid-free folders and boxes. Records containing personal data and sensitive information, such as social security numbers and medical records, were shredded. Publications available in the NCAR Library were removed from the collection.
finding aid revision date not supplied: The finding aid was updated in March 2014 to reflect additional information about Series 9: Films provided by a summer 2013 DCERC intern working with EOL on data curation of GATE data.
Global Atmospheric Research Programme Atlantic Tropical Experiment (GATE) Records. National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Archives. https://aspace.archives.ucar.edu/repositories/2/resources/20 Accessed January 22, 2020.