Using computers to produce images as visual aids in understanding complex data has played an important role in atmospheric research since the early 1960s. Under different organizational structures since 1964, software developed within a single project at NCAR has undergone an unbroken evolution in making significant contributions in the area of computer graphics tailored to research in the atmospheric sciences. This collection documents that evolution.
The materials not only document specific advances but reflect the development of a branch of computer graphics in general. The project continues to thrive, indicated by the fact that there were 4,000 unique downloads of the software in 2010. This collection offer unique documentation of a project that has had a cohesive history and record of achievement for almost fifty years. Materials include correspondence, manuals, proposals, reports, photographs, and other files documenting various aspects of computing history.
Series 1: Administration, 1975-1994
Series 2: Business Model, 1986-1998
Series 3: Conferences and Workshops, 1992-2000, undated
Series 4: Correspondence and Memos, 1964-2002
Series 5: History, 1967-2010
Series 6: Manuals, 1964-1999
Series 7: Proposals, 1986-1994, undated
Series 8: Reports, 1965-2001
Series 9: Student Projects, 1988-1993
Series 10: Photographs
Series 11: Artifacts