The Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Response Experiment (COARE) was designed by an international group of scientists as an integral part of the Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere (TOGA) Study. TOGA-COARE brought together scientists and support staff from 20 nations. The experiment combined oceanography, meteorology, and computer climate modeling to better understand the effect of tropical warm weather regions on the tropical ocean-global atmosphere system.
UCAR managed TOGA-COARE, the second largest field program since GATE, with the establishment of the TOGA-COARE International Project Office in Boulder in 1990. Over 150 UCAR/NCAR staff were involved in the project.
The TOGA-COARE Records consist of budget information, correspondence, plans, reports, protocols, ship reports, meeting minutes, and handwritten notes. Meeting minutes and correspondence offer a window into the complexities of managing and executing a massive international field project.
Arrangement is mostly by original order. This collection consists of 7 series in 2 boxes:
Series 1: Administrative, 1987-1994, undated
Series 2: Correspondence, 1985-1994, undated
Series 3: Meetings and Workshops, 1988-1996, undated
Series 4: Plans and Reports, 1985-1994, undated
Series 5: Logistics, 1991-1992, undated
Series 6: Research, 1991-1996, undated
Series 7: Audio-Visual Materials, 1992-1993, undated
Physical Access Requirements
The collection must be viewed in the Archives during normal business hours.
Source of Acquisition
Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL), Joint Office for Science Support (JOSS), UCAR Communications, UCAR Office of Programs
Method of Acquisition
The TOGA-COARE Records were collected as part of an off-site storage inventory project. Records from four UCAR/NCAR divisions and labs were brought together to form this collection.
Accruals and Additions
No accruals or additions are expected.
This collection was processed in December 2010. Originally order was mostly adhered to with the exception of the correspondence series; these materials were collated together from various folders to provide a chronological view of the logistics of the project. Metal fasteners were removed and all materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. The majority of the materials sent to the Archives represented routine correspondence, travel vouchers and planning, tourist literature and maps, hotel arrangements, immunization information, invoices, purchase orders, check requests, logistics of obtaining staff visas, and equipment purchases. These materials were weeded from the collection.
Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere- Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Response Experiment (TOGA-COARE) Records. National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Archives. https://aspace.archives.ucar.edu/repositories/2/resources/22 Accessed July 12, 2020.