Acronym List


Acronym Full name Comments
t.p. tropical platform
T1   a term for a digital carrier facility used to transmit a DS-1 formatted digital signal at 1.544 megabits per second.
T3   a term for a digital carrier facility used to transmit a DS-3 formatted digital signal at 44.746 megabits per second.
T42 triangular 42
TA technology applications
Ta# Taylor number
TACAN tactical air navigation system
TAGS text and animation graphics server
TAMEX Taiwan Mesoscale Experiment
TAO Tropical Atmosphere Ocean
TAO Thermal Array in the Ocean
TAP Transportation Alternatives Program UCAR, NCAR
TAP diffusion transport models
TAP IR reactive gases
TAP BL non-reactive gases
TAP LS liquid and solid particles
TAR Third Assessment Report
TAS true air speed
TASI Time-assingment speech interpolation
TASU time-alternating space-uncentered
TB Terabytes
Tb Terabits
TBD to be determined
TBM Terabit Memory System the former storage system at NCAR
TBO tropospheric biennial oscillation
TCAS-II Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System
TCCR Technical Committee for Computing Resources ERL
TCI Tropical Cyclone Initiation
TCIPO TOGA/COARE International Project Office
TCMRS Tropical Climate Monitoring and Research Station Australia
TCP Technology Commercialization Program
TCP transport control protocol
TCP/IP Transmission Control Program/Internet Protocol A file transfer standard for networks developed by DOD; IP defines the format of the packets passing through the Internet; TCP defines how computers cooperate to ensure that data are passed correctly and reliably
TCS thermal control system
TCSM Tropospheric Chemistry Systems Models
TCZ Tropical Cloud Zone
TCZ Tropical Convergence Zone
TD Thermal Dissociation  
TDCIMS Thermal Desorption Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer  
TDF Technology Development Facility NCAR, EOL
TDL Techniques Development Lab NWS
TDL tunable diode laser
TDLAS tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy
TDM three-dimensional time-varying mesoscale model
TDM time division multiplex
TDMC TAMEX Data Management Center TAMEX is Taiwan Area Mesoscale Experiment
TDR tracking and data relay TWERLE
TDWR terminal Doppler weather radar
TEA transversely excited atmospheric (pressure) high-power, short-pulse laser
TEB Tropical Experiment Board WMO/ICSU
TEC Tropical Experiment Council WMO/ICSU
TECAMS Technical Conference on Automated Meteorological Systems
TECC Tropospheric Effects of Cloud Chemistry program
TECOM Test and Evaluation Command
Telemail   a self-contained commercial network, supplying e-mail and bulletin board services to its subscribers
Telenet   a public packet-switching network operated by US Sprint
TELNET TCP/IP Network a TCP/IP protocol that allows interactive access to computers on a TCP/IP network
temperate climate   the climate zone of the middle latitudes
temperature   The quantity measured by a thermometer.
TeraFLOPS trillions of arithmetic operations per second
Term?etro   thermometer
TES transequatorial scatter
TES Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer
TEXEX Texas Frontal Experiment
TEXMEX Tropical Experiment over Mexico summer of 1991
TGB Trace Gas Biogeochemistry section
TGCM thermospheric general circulation model
TGS Text and Graphics System
THC total hydrocarbons
THEMIS   DOD project
thermal belt   Any one of several possible horizontal belts of vegetation type found in mountainous terrain.
THERMEX Thermal Wave Experiment experiment to study Colorado thermals using a Stemme S-10VT motorglider
theta the eighth letter of the Greek alphabet
thickness   In synoptic meteorology, the vertical depth, measured in geometric or geopotential units, of a layer in the atmosphere bounded by surfaces of two different values of the same physical quantity, usually constant-pressure surfaces.
THIR temperature and humidity infrared radiometer GARP, Nimbus F
THORPEX The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment  
THREDDS Thematic Real-time Environmental Distributed Data Services
TIAA Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association
TIBEX Tidewater Bermuda Experiment
TID traveling ionospheric disturbance
TIDI TIMED Doppler Interferometer
TIE The Institute of Ecology St. Louis, Missouri
TIE-GCM Thermosphere/Ionosphere/Electrodynamics General Circulation Model
TIFF tag image file format
TIGCM thermosphere-ionosphere general circulation model
TIIMES The Institute for Integrative and Multidisciplinary Earth Studies No longer exists.  Program ended April 1, 2010.
TIME thermosphere-ionosphere-mesosphere-electrodynamics
TIME-GCM thermosphere-ionosphere-mesosphere-electrodynamic general circulation model
TIMED Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Mesosphere Energetics & Dynamics
TIME-GCM Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Mesosphere-Electrodynamic General Circulation Model
TIMS Thermal Infrared Multispectral Scanner
TING Thermosphere-Ionosphere Nested Grid Model
TIP Terminal Interface Processor CF, ARPANET-point
TIP TIROS Information Processor
TIPIC Transformation d'Idees en Produits Industrialisables et Commercialisables
TIPMEX Tibetan Plateau Meteorological Experiment
TIROS Television and Infrared Operational Satellite NOAA, first one launched 1960
TIROS Thermal Infrared Observational Satellite
TIROS I Television Infrared Observation Satellite
TIPMEX Tibetan Plateau Meteorological Experiment
TIWEX Tropical Institute (or Instability) Wave Experiment
TKE Turbulent Kinetic Energy
TKW Turbulence Kinematic Energy
T-LAPS Terminal LAPS
TLS Tunable Laser Spectroscopy
TM Thermatic Mapper LANDSAT
TM team member
TMD Thailand Meteorological Department
TMS Thermatic Mapper Simulator
TOA Top of the atmosphere
TOGA Tropical Ocean and Global Atmosphere Program(me)
TOGA COARE The Tropical Ocean and Global Atmosphere Program's Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Response Experiment
tokamak   method of heating fusion fuel
TOM Trunk Operations Monitor
TOMS Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer NASA
TOPCAT a clear air turbulence measurement program CSIRO, Australia, and Royal Aircraft & Weapons Research Establishments, UK
TOPEX Topographic Ocean Experiment using precision radar altimeter, proposed in mid-1980's to study ocean dynamics
TOPEX/Poseidon Ocean Topography Experiment U.S., France
TOPS Transcendental Operating System a network file system for Apple Macintosh, IBM PC, and UNIX-based machines
TOPSE Tropospheric Ozone Production about the Spring Equinox
tornado   A violently rotating column of air, in contact with the ground, either pendant from a cumuliform cloud or underneath a cumuliform cloud, and often visible as a funnel cloud.
TOS Tiros operational satellite
TOSS Tiros operational satellite system
TOTO Totable Tornado Observatory
TOVS TIROS Operational Vertical Sounder TIROS is Television Infrared Operation Satellite
t.p. tropical platform
TPF&C Towers, Perrin, Forster and Crosby UCAR benefits consultants, 3/89
TRACE Transport and Atmospheric Chemistry near the Equator
TRACE Trace Remote Atmospheric Chemical Evaluation system for global monitoring designed at NCAR, our program ended in 7/75 but NOAA continued TRACE
TRACE Transition Region and Coronal Explorer
TRACE-P Transport and Atmospheric Chemistry near the Equator
TRACON terminal radar control
TRACS Trends in Atmospheric Constituents Study
TRANET Tracking Network
TREC tracking radar echoes by correlation CSD, 3/80
TREM Tropical Rainfall Explorer Mission U.S.
TRIP Thunderstorm Research International Program NASA
TRMM Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission NASA
TROMEX Tropical Meteorology Experiment
TROPAL Tropical Alert Group
TROPEX tropical experiment
TROPOZ Tropospheric Ozone experiment
TRW Thundershowers "meteorological symbol"
TRW Systems, Inc. Thompson-Ramo-Woolridge
TSAO tropical semiannual oscillation
TSC Technical Steering Committee FSL
TSM theoretical studies and modeling
tsunami   Sea waves generated by seismic activity.
TTO transient tracers in the ocean
TTO/NAS transient tracers in the ocean (TTO)/North Atlantic Study
TUC Traingle Universities Consortium Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Division of Meteorology, and National Environmental Research Center of EPA
TUTT tropical upper-tropospheric trough
TUV Tropospheric Ultraviolet and Visible radiation model
TVU Television unit one TVU = 6 MHz band width
TWC The Weather Channel  
TWERLE Tropical Wind, Energy conversion, and Reference Level Experiment GARP, NASA, Nimbus F
twister   in the United States, a colloquial term for tornado
Tymnet   a public packet-switching network operated by McDonnell Douglas Network Systems Company