Summer Wasson

Empowering today's Earth system science

Welcome to the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) at NSF NCAR, where we are at the forefront of advancing Earth system science. 

Computing, data, and research excellence

CISL is an innovation hub! We offer state-of-the-art computing resources, comprehensive data solutions, and pioneering research services. 

Our mission is to empower scientists, researchers, and institutions across the globe with the tools and expertise needed to unlock the mysteries of our planet's complex interconnected systems. 

Join us in shaping the future of environmental 
understanding and discovery.

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SIParCS interns in 2022 near the NCAR Mesa Lab in Boulder, Colorado. Trees and the Flatirons in the background.


CISL provides students, educators, and the public with learning experiences and educational tools that teach about the importance of high-performance computing (HPC) in answering questions about our world. Learning opportunities for interns also help diversify our science community while making HPC accessible and fun. Learn more about internship opportunities.

Our Facilities

Mesa Lab

The Mesa Lab is open to the public and accepting reservations for K-12 field trips, private tours, and public tours. 

NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center

The NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) opened its doors in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 2012. Since then, more than 4,000 users from more than 575 universities and other institutions across the nation and overseas have used its advanced computing and data storage resources for research in the Earth system sciences.