Acronym List


Acronym Full name Comments
3CPO Cloud Chemistry and Cloud Physics Organization
C A programming language used extensively in systems software, and scientific program applications UNIX is written in C
C++ An object-oriented programming language based on C
C Scale Mesoscale, =10 to 100 km; Meso-convective elements
C shell A UNIX command interpreter A shell interprets commands and executes programs
C2F3Cl3 CFC-113
C2FBr2 Halon 2402
(C3) Command, Control, & Communication
(C4) Center for Clouds, Chemistry, and Climate University of Chicago
CA Citizen Act
CAA Clean Air Act
CAA Concepts Analysis Agency US Army
CAAA Clean Air Act Amendments
CAAC Civil Aviation Administration of China
CAALS Consortium on Automated Standards
CAAP Composition and Acidity of SE Asian Precipitation
CAB CCSM Advisory Board
CABALS Carrier Balloon System
cable   A nautical unit of horizontal distance defined as 0.1 nautical mile = 185.2 m.
CAC Central Analysis Center (NMC)
CAC Climate Analysis Center NMC
CAC California Administrative Code
CACGP Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution IAMAP
CACM Communications of the ACM
CACR Commission on Air Chemistry and Radioactivity
CAD Computer-Aided Design
CAD Computer-Aided Dispatch
CAD Control Alternate Delete (PC keyboard reset sequence)
CAD Coronary Artery Disease
CAD/CAM computer-design/computer-aided manufacturing
CADD Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
CADRE Center for Analysis of Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions CSU
CADRE Center for Analysis of the Dynamics of Regional Ecosystems
CAE cooler, air evaporative
CAE Computer Aided Engineering
CAENEX Complex atmospheric energetics experiment Russia (Kondratiev) for GARP (WMO reference)
CAFE corporate average fuel economy
CAG carcinogen assessment group EPA, ORD
CAG Convective Airspace Guidance
CAG Computing Advisory Group
CAGE Continental Africa GATE Experiment replacing the original CAP in GARP, 1/73
CAGEX CERES/ARM/GEWEX Experiment radiation activity and database
CAI computer-aided instruction
CAI Controlled Air Incinerator
CAL computer-aided learning
CAL Cray Assembly Language
CAL Continental Air Lines
CALCOMP California Computer Products, Inc. GARP acronym
CALCRUST Consortium for Study of the California Crust
call   The action of bringing a computer program/function/subroutine into effect
CallK calcium
CALLS California Academia Libraries List of Serials
CALS computer-aided acquisition and logistics support
Caltech California Institute of Technology
CALUTRON California University Cyclotron
CAL/VAL Calibration/Validation
CAM Computer Aided Machining
CAM Cost Account Manager
CAM computer-aided manufacturing
CAM constant air monitor
CAM Cost Account Manager
CAMAC computer-automated measurement and control
CAMEX Coastal AMOS (Experiment) AMOS-Automatic Meteorological Observing Station, NWS
CAMP Committee on Aeronautical Meteorological Problems
Candis C-language for the analysis and display of gridded numerical data A software package developed by David Raymond, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
CAO Central Aerological Observatory Russia
CAOS Center for Atmosphere/Ocean Studies New York University
CAP Civil Air Patrol
CAP Corporate Affiliates Program UCAR
CAP Cost Account Plan
CAP CGD Advisory Panel
CaPE Convection and Precipitation/Electrification Experiment
CAPE Convective Available Potential Energy
CAPOS Chemistry and Production of Smoke
CAPP Center for Applied Parallel Processing
CAPPPI Citizen Ambassador Program of People to People International
CAPS Center for the Analysis and Prediction of Storms University of Oklahoma
CAPS Cassini plasma spectrometer
CAPTEX Cross-Appalachian Tracer Experiment
caption   The explanatory comment accompanying a pictorial illustration.
CAR Central African Republic
CARA Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica
CARB California Air Resources Board
CARD Citizens Against Radioactive Dumping
CARL Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries
CARP Carpenter Research Project Carpenter, Wyoming
CARP Colorado-Amudarya Rivers Project
CARS coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy
CARSS Center for Atmospheric and Remote Sounding Studies University of Utah
CART Cloud and Radiation Testbed a heavily instrumented site in Oklahoma
CAS Cooperative Application Satellite SAMS April 73
CAS Committee on Atmospheric Sciences GARP
CAS Commission for Atmospheric Science WMO
CAS Climate Analysis Section
CAS Center for Automotive Safety
CAS Chemical Abstract Service
CASAC Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee
CASC Coalition for Academic Supercomputer Centers
CASE computer aided software engineering
CASES Cooperative Atmosphere Surface Exchange Study
CASH Commercial Aviation Sensing Humidity program
CASH Commercial Aviation Sensing of Humidity
CASI Canadian Aerospace Institute
CASP Canadian Atlantic Storms Project (or Program)
CASS Computer-Assisted Surveillance System
CAST Council for Agricultural Science and Technology
CAST Chinese Academy of Space Technology
CASW Council for the Advancement of Science Writing
CAT clear air turbulence
CAT coordinated analysis of the thermosphere
CATI Colorado Advanced Technology Institute
Cb cumulonimbus
Cb Meteorological symbol
CBASSE Commission on Behavioral & Social Sciences and Education
CBB Contract Budget Baseline
CBERS China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite
CBL convective boundary Layer
CBL Computer-based Learning UCAR
CBLCBNM Central Bureau of Nuclear Measurements
CBO Carrier Balloon/Omegasonde GARP
CBO Congressional Budget Office
CBRS Coastal Barrier Resources System
CBSS change board support system
CBT Computer Based Training
C&C Consultation and Cooperation Agreement
CCAA Canadian Clean Air Act
CCAB CGD Computing Advisory Board NCAR
CCAR Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research
CCARS Computer Controlled Automatic Rain Sampler
CCAWG Climate Change and Assessment Working Group
CCB Center for Capacity Building
CCB change control board
CCB Configuration Control Board
CCC Cray Computer Corporation
CCC Canadian Climate Centre
CCCC Center for Clouds, Chemistry, and Climate University of Chicago
CCCMA Canadian Centre for Climate Modeling and Analysis
CCCO Committee for Climatic Change and the Ocean
CCCS change and configuration control system
CCCWG Chemistry and Climate Change Working Group
CCD Charge-Couple Device a light sensing element in electronic cameras
CCD Conference of the Committee on Disarmament
CCEA Center for Climatic and Environmental Assessment NOAA
CCF Central Computing Facility
CCHW Citizens Clearinghouse for Hazardous Wastes
CCID Confidential Chemicals Identification System
CCIG Cloud Climate Interactions Group NCAR
CCIT Comite Consultatife International de Telephonique et Telegraphique
CCL Convection Condensation Level
CCL convective condensation level
CCL Commerce Control List
CCM Community Climate Model NCAR, CGD
CCMs CCM0B, CCM0A, CCM1, CCM2, etc. are generation versions
CCM1 community climate model 1
CCM2 Community Climate Model Version 2
CCM3 Community Climate Model Version 3
CCM4 community climate model 4
CCM5 community climate model 5
CCN computer-to-computer network
CCN Cloud Condensation Nuclei
CCNS Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety
CCNY City College of New York
CCOL Coordinating Committee on the Ozone Layer UNEP
CCOPE Cooperative Convective Precipitation Experiment CSD joint field season in Montana, beginning 1981
CCP Clouds in Climate Program
CCPP Climate Change Prediction Program
CCPR Coherent Cloud Physics Radar
CCPR Clouds and Climate Program
CCR configuration change request
CCR Climate Change Research
CCR commitment, concurrency, and recovery protocol
CCR California Code of Regulations
CCR/IDA Center for Communications Research/Institute for Defense Analyses
CCRI Climate Change Research Initiative
CCRS Canada Centre for Remote Sensing
CCSDS Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems
CCSF Colorado Computational Science Fair
CCSM Community Climate System Model
CCSM-2 Community Climate System Model Ü 2nd generation
CCSP Coupled Climate Systems Program
CCSP U.S. Climate Change Science Program
CCT computer-compatible tape
CCTF Cylindrical Core Test Facility Japan
CCTM Community Chemistry Transport Model
CCTP Clean Coal Technology Program
CCU CRAY charging unit
CCU Cooler Control Unit
CD compact disk optical disk
C/D integrated Phase C and Phase D contract
CDA command and data acquisition Satellite ground station
CDC Climate Data Center
CDC Control Data Corporation
CDC Centers for Disease Control Public Health Service
CDCL Contract Document Control List
CDCR Concept Design and Cost Review
CDDF Central Data Distribution Facility
CDDIS Crustal Dynamics Data Information System
CDE Common Desktop Environment
CDED Core Dynamics and the Earth's Dynamo
CDF Common Data Format Software package for storing data sets; developed by NASA's Space Science Data Center; used in GEMPAK
CDFS II Cloud Depiction and Forecast System
CDH Colorado Department of Health
C&DH command and data handling
CDHF Central Data Handling Facility
CDIAC Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center Oak Ridge, Tennessee
CDIS command and data interface simulator unit
C&DM configuration and data management
CDMS Cryospheric Data Management System
CDOS Customer Data and Operations System
CDP Community Data Portal
CDR circular depolarization ratio
CDR critical design review
CDRL contract data requirements list
CD-ROM Compact disk-read only memory
CDS Computing, Data and Software Services
CDS Coronal Doppler Spectrometer
CDSF Customer Data Service Facility
CDT Conventional Defense Technology
CDW critical design walk-through
CE Combustion Engineering
CEA Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique The French way is AEC
CEAM Center for Exposure Assessment Modeling
CEARC Canadian Environmental Assessment Research Council
CEARP Comprehensive Environmental Assessment/Response Program
CEASE Citizens to End Animal Suffering and Exploitation
CEB chemical element balance
CEBAF Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility Newport News, VA
CEC California Energy Commission
CEC Commission for Environmental Cooperation
CED Criminal Enforcement Division EPA
CEDAR Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions ATM
CEDDA Center for Experiment Design and Data Analysis NOAA, Rockville, Maryland
CEDR Comprehensive Epidemiologic Data Resource
CEDRIC Custom Editing and Display of Reduced Information in Cartesian Space A software package containing a set of analysis tools for manipulating Doppler radar and surface- and aircraft-instrument network measurements that have been remapped to a Cartesian coordinate system
CEE Center for Environmental Education, Inc.
CEES Committee on Earth and Environmental Sciences U.S.
CEHIC Center for Environmental Health & Injury Control Centers for Disease Control
CEI compliance evaluation inspection CAA
CELRF Canadian Environmental Law Research Foundation
CELTIC Chemical Emission, Loss, Transformation and Interactions within Canopies
CEM Center for Electromagnetics
CEMSDS Central Environmental Satellite Data System NOAA
CEN Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires
CENEX Complex energetics experiment Russian experiment for GARP See CAENEX-the acronym used by WMO
CENTAR Code for Extended Nonlinear Transient Analysis of Extraterrestrial Reactors
CEO chief executive officer
CEOS Committee on Earth Observations Satellites
CEP circular error probability Also: cylindrical electrostatic probe (TWERLE) creeping environmental problems
CEP cylindrical electrostatic probe TWERLE
CEP creeping environmental problems
CEP Council on Economic Priorities
CEPEX Central Equatorial Pacific Experiment
CEPHAG Centre d' Etudes de Phenomenes Aleatoire et Geophysiques Domaine University
CEPP Chemical Emergency Preparedness Program
CEPRAG Center for the Study of Random Geophysical Phenomena
CEQ Council on Environmental Quality President's council
CERC Coastal Engineering Research Center Computing Facility collaborating on long-wave studies, 1973
CERCLA Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
CERES Clouds and Earth's Radiant Energy System Satellite experiment on NASA's Earth Observing System
CERFACS Centre Europeen de Recherche et de Formation Avancee en Calcul Scientifique European Center for Research and Advanced Training in Scientific Computation. Toulouse, France.
CERI Center for Environmental Research Information
CERN Conseil Europeen pour la Recherche Nucleaire the European Center for Nuclear Research, Geneva, Switzerland
CES Committee on Earth Science NAS
CESDIS Center for Excellence for Space Data and Information Sciences NASA
CESM Community Earth System Model
CETEC Center for Extraterrestrial Engineering & Construction
cf compare
CF Conservation Foundation
CF2Cl2 F-12
CF2ClBr Halon 1211
CF3Br Halon 1301
CfA Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
CFC13 F-11
CFC chlorofluorocarbon
CFCF Central Flow Control Facility
CFCs chlorofluorocarbons
CFD Computational Fluid Dynamics
CFE Conventional Forces in Europe
CFECFL Courant-Friedrichs-Lewy criterion
CFM Chlorofluoromethanes
CFM Community Forecast Model NCAR
CFO Act Chief Financial Officers Act
CFPAS Ceramic Filled Polymer Armor System
CFR Cray Fortran compiler
CFR Colorado Front Range
CFR Centre de Faibles Radioactivites France
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CFS Common File System
CFT Cray Fortran Compiler
CFT77 Cray FORTRAN 77 compiler
C&GS Coast and Geodatic Survey replaced by NOS
CGA Color Graphics Adapter An old IBM product for graphics capability
CGA Compressed Gas Association
CGC Committee on Global Change U.S.
CGC National Research Council Committee on Global Change
CGD Climate and Global Dynamics Division NCAR
CGI Computer Graphics Interface
CGI Common Gateway Interface
CGIAR Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
CGM computer graphics metafile
CGRO Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory
CGS Canadian Geologic Survey
C&GS Coast and Geodatic Survey Replaced by NOS
CGWIC China Great Wall Industry Corporation
CH Center for Clouds, Chemistry, and Climate
CHAMP Germany's Challenging Minisatellite Payload for Geophysical Research  
CHAMP Community Health Air Monitoring Program  
CHAMMP Computer Hardware, Advanced Mathematics, and Model Physics program DOE
CHAMMPions CHAMMP Interagency Organization for Numerical Simulations
CHAP Compton high-altitude pulse
CHEMRAWN Chemical Research Applied to World Needs IUPAC
CHEMTRIC Chemical Transportation Emergency Center
CHESS Community Health & Environmental Surveillance System
CHF critical heat flux
CHGS Center for Human Genome Studies
CHI computer human interface
CHILL University of Chicago/ Illinois State Water Survey Radar Dual Doppler radar currently known as CSU-CHILL
CHIP Chromospheric Helium I Imaging Photometer
CHOX Carbon Hydrogen Oxidant experiment Heides, 1987
CHP Continental Hydrologic Processes
CHRP configurable high rate processor
CHRPS configurable high rate processor system
CI catalog interoperability
Ci Curies
CIA Central Intelligence Agency
CIAM Central Institute of Aviation Motors
CIAP Climatic Impact Assessment Program LAS, see SMIC
CIAQ Council on Indoor Air Quality
CIC Computing Information Center
CIC Committee on International Cooperation
CICA Competition in Contracting Act
CICE sea-ice model developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory
CICIS Chemicals in Commerce Information System
CICS Cooperative Institute for Climate Studies
CIE Committee on Institutional Equity
CIESIN Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network 1992
CIF Consolidated Incineration Facility SRL
CIG International Geophysics Committee ICSU
CIGMA Cooperative Institute for Geodata Management and Applications Colorado School of Mines/NOAA
CIL common interface language
CIM Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
CIMATS Correlation Interferometry Measurement of Atmospheric Trace Species NCAR and NASA
CIMMS Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies Research Applications Program, UCAR and a NOAA group colocated at University of Oklahoma
CIMO Commission for Instrumentation and Methods of Observation WMO
CIMS Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer
CIMS Coalition for Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
CIMSS Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies UWI
CIMTAR Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Training and Applied Research
CINC Commander in Chief
CINDE Convective Initiation and Downburst Experiment
CIP Committee on Intellectual Property UCAR
CIP Consolidated Instrument Package
CIP Coronal and Interplanetary Section HAO, NCAR
CIP cold isostatic pressing
CIP current icing potential
CIPA California Information Practices Act
CIPASH Committee on International Programs in the Atmospheric Sciences and Hydrology
CIPP contexts, input, processes, and products
CIR Color Infrared Camera
CIRA Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere CSU
CIRAC Canadian Institute for Research in Atmospheric Chemistry North York, Ontario
CIRES Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Science University of Colorado and NOAA
CIS Cryogenic Interferometer Spectrometer
CIS Commenwealth of Independent States former USSR
CIS chemical injection system
CIS Computational and Information Sciences
CISC Complex Instruction Set Computer
CiSE Computing in Science and Engineering
CISE Computer Information Science and Engineering NSF
CISK conditional instability of the second kind
CISK convection instability of the second kind
CISL Computational & Information Systems Laboratory NCAR
CISM Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling  
CISR Committee on Intergovernmental Science Relations FCST
CISR Center for Iron and Steel Research
CIT California Institute of Technology Caltech
CIT Convection-Induced Turbulence
CITE Chemical Instrumentation Test and Evaluation Experiment NASA
CITF CDOS Integration and Test Facility
CITHK Conditional Instability of the Third Kind
CKVA complex Kohn Variation principle
CLAES Cryogenic Limb Array Etalon Spectrometer NASA/UARES
CLAMS Common Los Alamos Mathematical Software
CLARET II Cloud Lidar and Radar Exploratory Test
CLASS Cross-Chain Loran Atmospheric Sounding System
CLASS Climate Assistance Service ISWS
CLAWS Classify, Locate, and Avoid Wind Shear
CLCW command link control word
CLEO Classified Energy On-line database
CLF Conservation Law Foundation
client   A computer system or process that requests a service of another computer system or process
client/server The model of interaction in a distributed system in which a program at one site sends a request to a program at another site and awaits a response The requesting program is called the client, and the program satisfying the request is called the server
CLIMAP Climatic Long-Range Investigation, Mapping, and Prediction Project
CLIP Compressed Serial Line Internet Protocol
CLIVAR Climate Variability and Predictability program
CLM Common Land Model
CLS Cloud Lidar System
CLS Chemistry and Laser Sciences
CLSP Center for Law & Social Policy
CLTU command link transmission unit
CLV constant linear velocity
CM Chemical Modeling Project
CM Connection Machine
CM Configuration Management
CM crisis management
CM-2 Connection Machine 2 Thinking Machines Corporation
CM-5 Connection Machine 5
CMA Chemical Manufacturers Association
CMA China Meteorological Administration
C-MAN Coastal-Marine Automated Network
CMAP Climate Modeling, Analysis and Prediction program NSF
CMAPR Committee on Meteorological Analysis, Prediction, and Research NRC
CMB Core-mantle boundary
CMB chemical mass balance
CMB Configuration Management Branch
CMCA cruise missile carrier aircraft
CMDL Climate Modeling and Diagnostics Laboratory NOAA
CM Chemical Modeling Project
CM Connection Machine configuration management
CM-2 Connection Machine 2
CMA Chemical Manufacturers Association
C-MAN Coastal-Marine Automated Network
CMAP Climate Modeling, Analysis, and Prediction program NSF
CMAP Climate Modeling and Analysis Program
CMAPR Committee on Meteorological Analysis, Prediction, and Research NRC
CMB Core-mantle boundary
CME Community Modeling Effort
CME Climate Modeling Experiment
CME coronal mass ejection
CMEP critical mass energy project
CMF Common Mesonet Format
CMF compressed-magnetic field
CMIP Coupled Model Intercomparison Project
CMIP common management information protocol
CMIST Configuration Management Integrated Support Tool
CMM Commission for Marine Meteorology WMO
C-MOS complementary (symmetry) metal oxide semiconductors trade name
CMP central Meridian passage
CMR Chemistry and Metallurgy Research
CMS Climate Modeling Section NCAR
CMS Convective Meteorology Section MMM, NCAR
CMS Conversational Monitor System A component of IBM VM operating system
CMS Command Management System UARS
CMS Center for Materials Science
CMS corrective measures study RCRA
CMSC California Mine and Safety Code
CMSEML Center for Materials Science Electron Microscope Laboratory
CMSSL Connection Machine Scientific Software Library
CMU Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
CMWO chemical and mixed waste operations
CMYK cyan-magneta-yellow-black color model
CN construction notice
CN consultant
CNA Canadian Nuclear Association
CNC computerized numerical control
CNC condensation nucleus counter
CNEN Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear
CNES Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales Center for National Space Studies. France.
CNET Centre National d'Etudes des Telecommunications National Center for Telecommunication Studies. France.
CNIE Comision Nacional Investigatienes Espaciale Argentina
CNLS Center for Nonlinear Studies
CNN Cable News Network
CNNR conventional nonnuclear weapons
CNO Chief of Naval Operations
CNPS compact nuclear power source
CNR Chief of Naval Research
CNR conventional nuclear weapons
CNRI Corporation for National Research Initiatives
CNRM Centre National de Recherches Meteorologiques
CNRR containment radioactivity removal
CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique National Center for Scientific Research, Paris, France
CNSF Coalition for National Science Funding
CNSI confidential national security information
CNSS Center for National Security Studies
CNWDI critical nuclear weapon design information
CO Contracting Officer
CO carbon monoxide
CO chief operator
C/O carryover funds
(CO2) carbon dioxide
COADS Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set NOAA and NCAR
COAM Center for Ocean Atmospheric Modeling Stennis Space Flight Center
COAMPS U.S. Navy's regional weather model
COARE Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Response Experiment TOGA, 1993
COB close of business
COB PANART Committee of Bomex Participants Advising NOAA on aerosols and radiation in TROPEX
COBAE Brazilian Commission of Space Activities
cobol common business oriented language
COBRA Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act 1985
COBRA continuous beam research apparatus
CoBRA-TF Coolant Boiling in Rod Arrays code two-fluid
COC Computer Output Committee NCAR
COCA consent order and compliance agreement
COCOM Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Export Controls
COCORD Consortium for Continental Reflection Profiling
COD chemical oxygen demand
CODATA Committee on Data for Science and Technology ICSU
CODE Coastal Ocean Dynamics Experiment
CODIAC Cooperative Distributed Interactive Atmospheric Catalogue A Web-based data management system which offers scientists access to research and operational atmospheric data
CODMAC Committee on Data Management and Computation
CODMAP Committee on Data Management and Computing NAS
COE Corps of Engineers
COEDS common event database system
COESA Committee on Extension to the Standard Atmosphere NCAR, AFCR, EPA, GSFC, ADG, NASA
COFMEX Cooperative Florida Meteorological Experiment Includes FAME, FLOWS, KSC, STAMP, TRMM
COGS cost of goods sold
COHMAP Cooperative Holocane Mapping Project
COHMEX Cooperative Huntsville Meteorological Experiment
COI conflict of interest
COINS Computer and Information Science
COLAI Center for Ocean, Land, and Atmospheric Interactions University of Maryland
Cold Car Measurement of chemicals in the lower stratosphere stratospheric sampling studies
COMAP COMET Mesoscale Analysis and Prediction
COMET Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology Education and Training
COMFORT Committee on Forecaster Training
COMM Communications software A component of the McIDAS graphics software package
COMMAS Collaborative Model for Multiscale Atmospheric Simulation
COMPARE Comparison of Mesoscale Prediction and Research Experiment
Compaq A corporation manufacturing IBM PC clones
COMPASS Cooperative Observational and Modeling Project for the Analysis of Severe Storms
COMPASS Community Partnerships for the Advancement of Science in the Schools
compiler   A program that converts another program from its source code into machine code (object code)
COMS CDOS Operations Management Service
COMSAT Communications Satellites Corporation Clarksburg, Maryland
COMSAT communications satellite
CONDUIT Cooperative Opportunity for NCEP Data Using IDD Technology A project that makes high resolution model data sets available to the U.S. Weather Research Program (USWRP) and to universities using Unidata's IDD technology
CONICYT National Scientific and Technological Research Council Argentina
connection-oriented   The data communication method in which communication proceeds through three well-defined phases: connection establishment, data transfer, connection release. TCP is a connection-oriented protocol
connectionless   The data communication method in which communication occurs between hosts with no previous setup. Packets between two hosts may take different routes, as each is independent of the other. UDP is a connectionless protocol
CONS connection oriented network service
CONTRIBE convective transport by implicit bouyant elements GATE
CONUS contiguous United States
CoOP Coastal Ocean Processes
CO-OP class of property
COP command operation procedure
COPE Cooperative Observations of Polar Electrodynamics Greenland
COPEP Committee on Public Engineering Policy
Coplane common plane
CoPs Coaching Peers
COPS Cooperative Oklahoma P3 Studies
COPT81 Convection Profonde Tropicale 1981 French field program
COR-1   It is an internally occulted coronograph that will be launched by NASA in 2004 onboard the STEREO spacecraft. COR-1 is a fleet of instruments designed to study the solar origins, development and propagation of coronal mass ejections, as well as the acceleration of solar energetic particles and the structure and dynamics of the solar corona and heliosphere.
CORBA Common Object Request Broker Architecture
CORE Coastal Ocean Reponse Experiment
CORE Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education
CORM Council for Optical Radiation Measurements
COS Cray Operating System
COSE Color Orographic Seeding Experiment
COSEPUP Committee on Sciences, Engineering, and Public Policy NAS
COSL Chemistry Operations Support Laboratory Rocky Flats
COSMIC Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate Director, Bill Kuo, UCAR
COSMO unnamed graded person
COSPAR Committee on Space Research ICSU
COSPAS Cosmicheskaya Sistyema Poiska Avariynich Sudov Russian equivalent of SARSAT
COSPEC correlation spectrometer
COSTEM Convection Storms: evolution and modification
COSTIND commission of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense
COTR Contracting Officer's Technical Representative
COTS Commercial off-the-shelf hardware or software
COVE code verification
CoVis Collaboratory On-Line Resources, Visualization Tools, Instructional Materials, and Student and Teacher Forum A collaborative education effort involving the University of Illinois, Northwestern University, The Exploratorium in San Francisco, Bellcore, and a range of K-12 schools around the country
cp chemically pure
cp candle power
cp cloud physics
CP Control Program
CP cost plus contract
CP-2 Cloud Physics Radar
CPACE Central Pacific Air Chemistry Experiment
CPAF Cost Plus Award Fee contract
CPCWQCA California Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act
CPEE Comparative Planetology and the Early Earth
CPFF Cost Plus Fixed Fee
CPG Core Planning Group
CPI Cost Performance Index
CPI consumer price index
CPM Critical Path Method
Cpm Cycles per minute
CPO central post office
CPO Central Policy Office
CPP Compliance Policy & Planning EPA
CPR cloud physics radar
CPR Cost Performance Report
CPR Center for Public Resources
CPRA California Public Records Act
CPRF Confinement Physics Research Facility
cps cycles per second Converts to hertz
CPSA Consumer Product Safety Act 1972
CPSC Consumer Product Safety Commission
CPSI Cloud Physics Studies in Israel
CPSMR Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Resources
CPU central processing unit
CR Correlative Radiometer
CR change request
CR condition recognition
CR correlation recognition
CR Cray Research
CRAFT Collaborative Radar Acquisition Field Test A joint effort of the Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS) at the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Higher Education State Regents, the University of Washington, and Unidata to access and distribute NEXRAD Level II data in near real time
CRAY   A supercomputer manufactured by Cray Research, Inc.
CRAY, C1 NCAR's SCD CRAY-1A computer
CRAY, CX NCAR's SCD CRAY X-MP/48 computer
CRBR Clinch River Breeder Reactor
CRC Coordinating Research Council
CRC Climate Research Committee NRC
CRC cyclic redundancy code
CRCP cloud-resolving convection parameterization
CREEDP Changing Relief and Evolving Ecosystem Project
CREF College Retirement Equities Fund
CREN Corporation for Research and Educational Networking
CREN Merging of CSNET and BITNET
CRI Cray Research, Inc. founder, Seymour Cray
CRIEPI Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry Japan
CRISTA Cryogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the Atmosphere
CRL Communications Research Laboratory Japan
CRLB Cramer-Rao Lower Bound
CRM Cloud-Resolving Model
CRNL Chalk River Nuclear Laboratory
CROP consolidated rules of practice
CRPE Centre de Recherches en Physique de L'Environnement Terrestre et Planetaire CNET, Paris, France
CRPL Central Radio Propagation Laboratory NOAA, part of CRPL, became ERL's Space Environmental Laboratory
CRPO Crystalline Rock Project Office Chicago
CRR Churchill Research Range Manitoba, Canada
CRR capabilities and requirements review
CRR Center for Renewable Resources
CRR change request reply
CRREL Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory U.S. Army
CRRES combined release and radiation effects satellite
CRRS Comprehensive Records Retention Schedule
CRS Congressional Research Service
CRT cathode ray tube
CRU computer resource unit NCAR's computer facility terminal
CRYSTAL-FACE Cirrus Regional Study of Tropical Anvils and Cirrus Layers-Florida Area Cirrus Experiment
CRZ contamination reduction zone
CS Courant-Snyder
CSA Canada Space Agency
CSA Canadian Standards Association
CSAC Council on Superconductivity for American Competitiveness
CSAGI Committee Speciale, Anni Geophysique Ect France
CSAT Center for Space and Advanced Technology
CSC Communications Satellite Corporation
CSC Computer Sciences Corporation Greenbelt, MD
CSC computer software component
C Scale Mesoscale, =10 to 100 km "Meso-convective" elements GARP usage.
CSCC Central Scientific Computing Center
CSCI computer software configuration item
CSCORG Climate Sensitivity and CO2 Research Group
CSCPRC Committee on Scholarly Communications with the People's Republic of China NRC
CSCPRC Committee on Scholarly Comminications with the People's Republic of China NRC
CSCS Cost/Schedule Control System
C/SCSC Cost/Scheduling Control Systems Criteria
CSD Cloud Systems Division NCAR, MMM
CSDP Continental Scientific Drilling Project
CSEA California State Employees Association
CSENT climate of the 17th-18th-19th-20th centuries
CSG Council of State Governments
CSI configuration sub item
CSIN Chemical Substances Information Network TSCA
CSIR Council for Scientific and Industrial Research South Africa Not to be confused with CSIRO
CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Rsesarch Organization Australia
CSIS Centralized Storm Information System NWS
CSIS Center for Strategies and International Studies
CSL Climate System Laboratory
CSL Climate Simulation Laboratory
CSL Caspian Sea level
CSL computation structures language
CSLAP Climate Simulation Laboratory Allocation Panel
CSM Climate System Model
CSM Colorado School of Mines
CSMA Chemical Subspecialties Manufacturers Association
CSMA/CD carrier sense multiple access with collision detection
CSMAC Coordinating group for NCAR research
CSMCS Carbonacious Species Methods Comparison Study
CSMI Climate Systems Modeling Initiative
CCSMIG CCSM Investigators Group
CSMIP CClimate Systems Modeling and Information Program
CSMP Climate System Modeling Program UCAR, was CSMI, Climate System Modeling Initiative, changed 5/2/90.
CSMSC CSM Steering Committee
CSMT Computer System Management Team
CSN Colorado Supernet An Internet service provider
CSNET Computer Science Network Established in 1982, funded by NSF, operated by UCAR
CSPE California Society of Professional Engineers
CSPI Center for Science in the Public Interest
CSPP Computer Systems Policy Project
CSS Computational Support Section NCAR
CSSE CDOS Software Support Environment
CSSR contract summary status report
CS&R codes, standards, and regulations
CSRL Center for the Study of Responsive Law
CSRS coherent Stokes-Raman spectroscopy
CSSP Committee for Solar and Space Physics National Academy of Sciences
CSTAR Collaborative Science, Technology and Applied Research NWS
CSTC Consolidated Satellite Test Center
CSTD Center for Science and Technology Development UN
CSTI Civilian Space Technology Initiative
CSTR Committee for Solar-Terrestrial Research National Academy of Science
CSU Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colorado
CSU-CHILL Colorado State University Dual Doppler Radar formerly Illinois State Water Survey CHILL Radar
CSU-RAMS Colorado State University Regional Atmospheric Modeling System
CT Connecticut
C-T Cretaceous-Tertiary geologic boundary
C&T communications and tracking
CTARC Chemical Testing & Assessment Research Commission
CTAV CDOS Test and Verification
CTBT Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
CTC cost to complete
CTD conductivity, temperature, and depth Standard oceanographic measurement
CTD cost to date
CTFA Cosmetics, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association of America
CTI Computational Testbed for Industry
CTIO Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory
CTM Chemistry Transport Model
CTM Chemical Transport Models
CTR controlled thermonuclear reactor/research
CTSB Computer Science & Technology Board
CTSS Cray Time-Sharing System
CTV Contract Target Cost
CTZ Coastal Transition Zone
CU University of Colorado
CUA Common User Access
CUAHSI Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences Inc.
CUE Coastal Upwelling Experiment
CUG Cray User Group
CULTER Colorado University Long Term Ecological Research
Cumulonimbus cloud genus a principal cloud type, exceptionally dense and vertically developed, occurring either as isolated clouds or as a line or wall of clouds with separated upper portions.
CUSeeMe   A free videoconferencing program (under copyright of Cornell University and its collaborators) available to anyone with a Macintosh or Windows and a connection to the Internet
CUSP cyclotron up-scattering process
CUVE Califormia Upwelling Variability Experiment
CV covariance
CV compliance verification
CV cost variance
CV cataclysmic variable
CVA Climatic Variation Analysis GARP
CVCDU coded virtual channel data units
CVI counterflow virtual impactor
CVM chromospheric variability monitor
CVR cost variance report
CVTR Carolinas-Virginia tube reactor
CVWG Climate Variability Working Group
CW continuous wave
CW clockwise
CWA Conference on World Affairs
CWA Clean Water Act
CWAS Cryogenic Whole Air Sampler  
CWB Central Weather Bureau located in Taipei, Taiwan
CWBS contract work breakdown structure
CWC Chemical Weapons Convention
CWDR Chemical Waste Disposal Request
CWG Curriculum Working Group COMET
CWSU Center Weather Service Unit
CWSFPP Commercial Waste and Spent Fuel Packaging Program
CWT Chemical Warfare Treaty
CWTC Chemical Waste Transportation Council
CY calendar year
CYCLES Cyclonic Extratropical Storms Experiment University of Washington
CYGNUS air shower detector; array of scintillation counters, not an acronym
CYLTRAN CYLindrical (electron) TRANport Monte Carlo code
CYPRESS   Experimental networking technology tested at Purdue University to link a LAN with ARPANET and NSFNET
CZCS Coastal Zone Color Scanner NASA