Currents: UCAR Community News
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Welcome to the new UCAR newsletter, Currents, featuring opportunities at NCAR and UCAR, events, and important news for the broader Earth system science community.

Currents represents a re-envisioning of our longstanding UCAR Update newsletter. We hope you find the new format and content even more useful than before.

Anyone can subscribe to Currents. In addition, we host OppsList, a Google Group that any subscriber can use for posting jobs, meetings, and other announcements to its 700+ subscribers. We encourage you to share this with your networks, departments, colleagues, and students.

Welcome back to school and to a refreshed newsletter!


NCAR's supercomputer, Cheyenne, is located in Wyoming
University research requests for large-scale allocations (more than 400,000 core-hours) on the Cheyenne system at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center are due September 10.
See a dust storm? You can submit your photos with the GLOBE Observer app, which help scientists verify satellite observations and models.

Have a workshop idea that needs funding? AGU is accepting proposals for Chapman Conferences until September 15, and the US CLIVAR program is accepting requests until September 27.

The National Academies Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate is seeking individuals to serve for three-year terms. Nominations are due September 20.

Congratulations to the 2019 UCAR Next Generation Fellows, who will spend two years focused on three different tracks: Earth System Science, Diversity & Inclusion, and Public Policy.

UCAR opportunities: Come grow with us
UCAR and NCAR offer a range of opportunities from professional visits, sabbaticals, and jobs to internships, fellowships, postdocs.

The new Geoengineering Modeling Research Consortium is dedicated to identifying and prioritizing critical research gaps in climate modeling. 

Nominations are due September 30 for two international prizes recognizing excellence in data and model development.

Researchers are flying through clouds off the coast of Costa Rica as part of a field campaign to look at convection in the eastern Pacific.

UCAR is hosting a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training at the AMS Annual Meeting, so be sure to add the short course to your registration before slots are filled up.  


Members of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis with UCAR President Tony Busalacchi and Tim Barnes

On July 31, members and staff of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis visited NCAR to meet with leading scientists and learn about the latest climate research as they develop recommendations for Congress.
The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships, along with other scientific societies, provide outstanding scientists and engineers the opportunity to learn first-hand about policymaking while contributing their knowledge and skills to the three federal branches of government. Applications are due November 1.

On July 23, federal budget caps for non-defense discretionary spending were increased by 4%, preventing across-the-board cuts to science agencies. Congress still needs to pass appropriations for FY20 by October 1 to prevent a shutdown. (Source: AIP)



Forecast-Informed Reservoir Operation (FIRO) Workshop
September 12–13
Arlington, TX
Ocean Obs ‘19
September 16–20
Honolulu, HI
2019 Biennial U.S. Drought Monitor Forum
September 17–19
Bowling Green, KY
Registration due Sept 15

Water Isotopes and Climate Workshop
October 1–3
Boulder, CO
Registration due Sept 27
Esri Ocean GIS Forum 2019
November 5–7
Redlands, CA

Annual NOAA Earth System Science and Modeling Community Workshop
November 18–19
Silver Spring, MD
Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020
February 16–21
San Diego, CA
Abstracts due Sept 11

Check out more upcoming events in the
NCAR/UCAR Community Events Calendar


Map shows the influence of human-caused climate change on wintertime precipitation in the Northern Hemisphere from 1921 to 2015
Climate change has altered winter precipitation in Northern Hemisphere
The shape of a storm supercell, such as this one, is an important factor in whether the storm produces hail and how large the hailstones are, but current hail-prediction techniques are typically not able to take the storm's entire structure into account.
Facial recognition technique could improve hail forecasts
A home on the coast is left standing after a storm
Communicating coastal storm risks through a sense of place
NCAR’s new climate model is running hot
visualization of a computer model simulation shows a solar tsunami
"Terminators" on the sun trigger plasma tsunamis and the start of new solar cycles


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COMET's MetEd website hosts almost 800 online training modules for students and professionals in several languages. All resources are free, and registered users can receive updates on new publications. 
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Header image: Visualization of present-day total water vapor as seen the Community Earth System Model (CESM), see NCAR VizLab animation for more information 

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