CISL Director's Office

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The Director's Office of the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) works to ensure that geoscientists have a balanced mix of computational resources to study the complex processes that make up the Earth system, from the ocean floor and atmosphere to the Sun's core.

These computational resources include high-performance computers, high-speed networks, a world-class data archiving and storage facility, research data sets, state-of-the-art knowledge environments and visualization technologies, advanced mathematical tools, and a staff of professionals dedicated to advancing Earth systems science across broad fronts.

CISL is composed of two divisions and one NCAR-wide institute:

  • Operations and Services Division (OSD) includes most of the computing-center functions familiar to external users.
  • Technology Development Division (TDD) incorporates scientific visualization, computer science, and the Earth System Modeling Infrastructure.
  • Institute for Mathematics Applied to the Geosciences (IMAGe) facilitates connections between the mathematical and geophysical communities across all NCAR labs and divisions as well as the external university community. IMAGe also conducts research and supports tools and algorithms that use mathematics to strengthen geosciences research.


Al Kellie
Al Kellie, director of CISL      

Rich Loft
Rich Loft, director of Technology Development   Anke Kamrath Anke Kamrath, director of
Operations & Services
  Dough Nychka Doug Nychka, director of IMAGe
Amy Bauer Amy Moore, administrator   Tom Engel

Tom Engel,
computing specialist

  Liz Rothney Liz Aikin,
IMAGe administrator




  Marcia Killingsworth Marcia Killingsworth, executive assistant

CISL Director's Office
(303) 497-1272
National Center for Atmospheric Research
1850 Table Mesa Drive
Boulder, Colorado 80305