If you have any questions that aren't answered
here, please e-mail us.
1. Are UCAR/NCAR images in
the public domain?
2. How can I get
permission to use photos for a non-commercial
3. Is there a cost for non-commercial use of the images?
4. Can I use an image for a commercial purposes?
5. What are Favorites?
6. What file formats does the digital image library include?
7. What are the best uses for GIF, JPEG, and TIFF file
8. Are there more images available than what is represented
in the Digital Image Library?
1. Are UCAR/NCAR images
in the public domain?
No. All University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and National
Center for Atmospheric Research images remain
the property of UCAR. Access to the images included in the UCAR Digital
Image Library is restricted and protected by U.S. copyright laws.
2. How can I get permission to use photos for non-commercial
You have permission to use all images for non-commercial use. These are available
at no cost for all non-commercial users. However, they may not be used to infer
or imply UCAR/NCAR endorsement of any product or position or be used for religious
or political purposes. Neither should they be used to distort the reality of
the image they portray. If you have questions
regarding use of any UCAR material please e-mail
3. Is there a cost for non-commercial use of the
No. Non-commercial research, educational, and private use of materials on this
website is permitted at no cost. For these purposes, you may reproduce (print,
photocopy, or download) materials from this website without prior permission,
on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies
and comply with the Terms
of Use. Although we don't require you to contact us in advance for these
purposes, we do appreciate hearing from teachers, students, and researchers who
are using our resources in interesting ways. Please e-mail
4. Can I use an image for a commercial purpose?
Images in this library may not be used for commercial purposes without UCAR’s consent and may not be used to infer or imply UCAR/NCAR endorsement of any product. They may be used for educational and nonprofit purposes only. Contact
us for further interpretation of this policy.
5. What are Favorites?
The Favorites page is a place where you can store images that you like as you
explore the Digital Image Library. To place an image in Favorites, just open
it and click on “Save.” Even if you shut down your computer and then restart
it, the images will remain in Favorites until you remove them.
6. What file formats does the Digital
Image Library include?
Each image comes in two two file formats: JPEG and TIFF.The enlarged JPEGs
are about 500 x 800 pixels large and the high-resolution TIFFs are about
2400x3600 pixels. All JPEGS and TIFFs have embedded metadata with caption information.
7. What are the best uses for JPEG
and TIFF file formats?
The JPEG is lower resolution and can be used on the Web or in a presentation,
but it is too small for most print purposes. The TIFF can be used for higher-end
print publications (brochures, papers, books, etc).
8. Does UCAR have available
images in addition to those in the Digital Image Iibrary?
Yes. These online selections represent only a portion of the material in the
UCAR image archives. If you would like one of our photo researchers to investigate
a particular area, you may e-mail us. The
digitization project is ongoing. We will continue to scan new items, but we only
plan to scan the portions of the collection that are of the highest interest.