About Us

About Us

The Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS—pronounced: see-pass) is a UCAR Community Programs (UCP) division at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Our administrative office is located in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

CPAESS was created in February 2016, from the merger of two long-established and successful programs: the Joint Office for Science Support (JOSS) and the Visiting Scientists Programs (VSP). CPAESS is providing an extensive portfolio of organization and management services for the broad Earth system science community.

Our vision and mission complement and mirror the vision and mission of UCAR, including UCP and NCAR. We are collectively working towards the advancement of scientific research for the benefit of society.


To advance innovative scientific research and collaboration efforts for the benefit of society. 


To develop customizable solutions to complex scientific challenges by advancing research capacity, building community collaborations, and fostering scientific leadership and workforce.

The CPAESS team of professionals provides experience, value and expert management tailored to meet specific needs of the community.

We are diverse

We work with the university community, federal agencies and research labs, state and municipal level agencies and the private sector.  We work nationally and internationally.

We are versatile

Our team’s extensive and varied background in providing a broad range of management and support ensures creative and flexible solutions in a collaborative environment.

We are reliable

Our experience helps us to understand community needs, and our long-standing track record demonstrates that we have provided the needed support and partnerships for these important science initiatives.

We have staff located throughout the U.S.

  • Boulder, CO administrative office:  15 CPAESS employees
  • CPAESS staff hosted at universities, labs and science offices across the United States: 100+ employees