A new community laboratory for fostering collaborative research between the atmospheric and hydrologic sciences communities is described. This facility, located at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, allows scientists from both communities to more easily focus resources and attention on interdisciplinary problems in atmospheric, hydrologic, and other related sciences. Researchers can remotely access the computing tools to use them or to download them to their own facility, or they can visit NCAR and use the laboratory with other scientists in joint research projects. An application of this facility is described, where scientists from NCAR, the University of Colorado, and the United States Geological Survey used quantitative precipitation estimates from weather radar to simulate a flash flood in the Buffalo Creek watershed in the mountainous Front Range near Denver, Colorado.

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*National Center for Atmospheric Research, & Boulder, Colorado.

+Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.

#Department of Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.

@U.S. Geological Survey, Lakewood, Colorado.

&The National Center for Atmospheric Research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.