LASP Centers & Affiliates

LASP frequently collaborates with partners to establish research-specific centers that facilitate partnership and ongoing ties with others in atmospheric and space science. Below is a list of centers at LASP.


Space Weather Technology, Research, and Education Center

The CU Boulder Space Weather Technology, Research, and Education Center (SWx-TREC) is a national center of excellence in cross-disciplinary research, technological innovation and education. SWx-TREC enables federal agencies, academia, commercial partners, and industry to collaboratively address the nation’s evolving space weather forecasting, mitigation, and response requirements.

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Center for Astrobilogy at CU

Center for Astrobiology at CU

Housed at CU-Boulder with leadership from LASP scientists, the Center for Astrobiology builds on institutional commitments across the field, assembling a team of scientists who together span the entire range of disciplines that comprise astrobiology.

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NSF Center for Integrated Space-Weather Modeling (CISM)-Knowledge Transfer Group and Empiricle Modeling

NSF Center for Integrated Space-Weather Modeling (CISM)—Knowledge Transfer Group and Empirical Modeling

CISM is a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center; because of LASP’s strong links with users of space weather research, LASP Director Dan Baker leads CISM’s knowledge transfer effort.

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Sun-Climate Research Center (SCRC)

Sun-Climate Research Center (SCRC)

SCRC is a collaboration between the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and LASP. The center focuses on research areas such as how solar variations shape Earth’s atmosphere and climate.

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The Institute for Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres, and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT)

IMPACT is a member of Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) housed at CU-Boulder. The team includes LASP research faculty. IMPACT studies the dusty plasma environments around airless bodies within the interplanetary medium with a combination of modeling, theoretical and laboratory experiments.

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