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UCAR Update

MAY 2018


Congratulations to the 2018 winners of UCAR’s Capitol Hill Visits Essay Contest. The six finalists chosen from this year’s strong pool of applicants will accompany UCAR leadership to Washington, D.C., June 12–13, where together we will meet members of Congress and their staffs.

Congratulations to:

  • Joshua Alland - University at Albany, SUNY 

  • William Cassell - University of Arizona 

  • Shaowen Amy Chen - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Lauren Dennis - Pennsylvania State University 

  • Jacob Vos - Iowa State University 

Emily Yang - University of Michigan 

The application period for 2019 visits will be announced this fall, so please be thinking about undergraduate and graduate students you would like to encourage to apply.

It is not too late to encourage graduate students to apply for the fall 2018 UCAR Next Generation Fellowships. The deadline for submissions is June 1. These fellowships, intended for graduate students from underrepresented communities, provide support for two years of graduate school and two summer internships with NCAR and UCAR. Three positions, on three distinct tracks, are available: Earth System Science, Diversity and Inclusion in the Earth System Sciences, and Public Policy. Selections for the fall 2018 cohort will be announced August 1. 

UCAR staff attended the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs in mid-April. It was an opportunity to interact with the aerospace community at one of the world’s largest space conferences and promote the work of NCAR’s High Altitude Observatory and university efforts to improve space weather forecasting as well as the use of GPS radio occultation to improve numerical weather prediction. 

UCAR was a “destination booth” for area high school classes, which proved to be a highlight of the meeting as staff introduced many students to NCAR and UCAR for the first time. 

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President




▹ 2018 EarthCube All Hands Meeting

Platform for Integration

EarthCube invites project participants, new PIs, early career researchers and scientists, and all other interested parties to the 2018 All Hands Meeting (AHM) this June in Washington, D.C.

The meeting is a critical opportunity to make connections, communicate advances, and help plan the future of EarthCube. The 2018 AHM, "Platform for Integration," focuses on the exciting developments achieved so far by the EarthCube Community. Highlights include a demonstration of the pilot registry (Project 418), technology integration, how EarthCube defines its own success, and ways to enhance engagement in the scientific community and with external partners.

Early registration/hotel booking cutoff: May 11
Event: June 6–8, Washington, DC
Details: EarthCube All Hands Meeting
Contact: Heidi Allen, UCAR CPAESS


▹ Solar Spectropolarimetry & Diagnostic Techniques School

NCAR High Altitude Observatory/Advanced Study Program/National Solar Observatory 

The inaugural two-week school will present a comprehensive overview of this vital method for studying the Sun, space weather, and the near-Earth environment. Topics will include basic principles, theory, and the various tools and methods necessary for decoding the polarization of the solar spectrum. An opportunity to dive into a specialized craft, the school will also enable participants to develop a network of connections with fellow students, experts, and mentors. Everyone is welcome to apply, however, applications from graduate students and early career scientists at U.S. universities working in the field of solar physics will be given priority.

Application deadline: May 31
Conference: September 24 - October 5, Estes Park, CO
Details: First School on Solar Spectropolarimetry & Diagnostic Techniques
Contact: Scott Briggs, NCAR Advanced Study Program


▹ Satellite Data Assimilation - Technical Review Meeting & Science Workshop

Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA)

The annual meeting provides a forum to review the recent and planned scientific development sponsored by the NASA-NOAA-DOD joint center. It also enhances coordination of these efforts, both internally and with the broader research community. The agenda includes formal presentations as well as extensive time to conduct informal discussions among scientists from all JCSDA partners and managers. Recommendations and ideas put forth during the meeting are of great value to JCSDA management, and serve as one of the inputs when developing technical directions of future activities.

Meeting & Workshop: May 30 - June 1, NOAA David Skaggs Center, Boulder
Details: JCSDA Technical Review Meeting & Science Workshop
Contact: Heidi Allen, UCAR CPAESS

▹ Bring an NCAR/UCAR Colleague to Campus with UVisit

Accepting UVisit applications year-round

Are you interested in bringing an NCAR or UCAR scientist, engineer, or other professional to your college or university to teach a class, give a lecture, provide training, or host a workshop — but you need support to make the visit possible?

UVisit was created to get NCAR and UCAR professionals out to the universities for visits lasting anywhere from a few days to a full semester, primarily by providing travel support. Applications from faculty or NCAR/UCAR staff are accepted year round. 

Details: UVisit
Contact: Aneka Finley, UCAR Governance & University Relations

▹ Upcoming Community Events - CPAESS

UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

Details: UCAR CPAESS - Events

▹ New from the COMET Program


YouTube Video

What's New in the National Blend of Models, Version 3?
The NBM was updated to version 3.0 on 27 July 2017. This video summarizes the changes, including new components, expanded forecast domains, new time scales, and many other updates.


Operational Environmental Monitoring Applications Using the Community Satellite Processing Package (CSPP)
This lesson demonstrates the variety of satellite imagery and products accessible through the CSPP. It provides information for obtaining the CSPP software, which is distributed by the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin.

Interpreting and Communicating EPS Guidance: Iberian Heat Wave
This lesson introduces learners to the benefits of using probabilistic forecast information to assess the weather and communicate forecast uncertainties through exploring a heat wave event in Spain.

SatFC-J: The CrIS and ATMS Sounders
This lesson introduces NOAA's next-generation infrared and microwave sounders, the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) and the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) on board the Suomi NPP satellite. These instruments provide environmental products essential to weather monitoring and forecasting.

Spanish Translations

Fundamentos de instrumental meteorológico y mediciones atmosféricas
(Foundations of Meteorological Instrumentation and Measurements)


Details: All MetEd lessons, courses & translations
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▹ Professional, Technical, and Student Career Opportunities


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▹ Reminders

From our previous issue

Systems Administration Workshop on High Performance Clustered Computing
Conference: May 14-18

UCAR Next Generation Fellowships - Call for Applications
Submission Deadline: June 1

Call for Nominations for the UCAR Board and Key Committees
Nomination Deadline: June 18

Climate & Weather Extremes Tutorial Registration
Workshop: August 1-3

Geoscience Digital Data Resource & Repository Service Workshop
Workshop: Tentatively scheduled for August 7-9

NOAA/NCEP Research Collaboration Opportunities - Request for Proposals
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


Research and education news from NCAR & UCAR
NEXRAD data visualization
Satellite image of nitrogen dioxide levels
An infographic of the atmosphere
A tornado in Oklahoma

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