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The 2017 Annual Members Meeting just wrapped up Wednesday. Thanks to all the Member Representatives, early-career scientists, and representatives from the National Science Foundation and our other key federal, private sector, and university partners for a stimulating and productive meeting. You will find the results of voting by the Members for governance and committee positions, as well as for the induction of seven new institutions into the UCAR community, in Community News, below.

The breakout sessions this year focused on the next NCAR strategic plan and on diversity and inclusion efforts in the UCAR community and beyond. Bill Easterling, the new Assistant Director for Geosciences, provided an NSF update, and leaders from the Department of Energy, NOAA, and NASA provided their assessments in a panel on “Federal Funding Going Forward and What it Means for the University Community.”

A follow-up webpage with slides from some of the updates presented at the meeting is in preparation; we will share that when it is available. 

The close of official business at mid-day Wednesday did not mean the end of activity at UCAR’s Center Green conference facility, as it was followed by two special side events. Wednesday afternoon was devoted to talks celebrating the UCAR Community Programs on their 25th anniversary, and on Thursday the facility was buzzing again, with a community meeting focused on demystifying federal regulations and guidelines for cybersecurity

I am pleased to announce the first cohort of UCAR’s Next Generation Fellowship recipients, three graduate students selected from an impressive field of applicants. These fellowships provide financial support to graduate students from underrepresented communities for two years of graduate school and the opportunity to spend two summer internships with NCAR and UCAR. Congratulations to:
  • Linh Anh Cat (Public Policy Fellow), University of California, Irvine, 

  • Tania Lopez (Earth System Science Fellow), Carnegie Mellon University, and 

  • Aara'L Yarber (Diversity & Inclusion Fellow), Pennsylvania State University.

We look forward to the mutual benefits that interaction with the new fellows will bring. Please join me in welcoming them to our organization, and watch for more information about their goals and activities on

On October 4-5, several Weather Research and Forecasting model experts from NCAR and UCAR visited the Center for Western Water and Weather Extremes (CW3E) at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, to discuss development and implementation of West-WRF, the regional forecast model the CW3E group is developing to focus on extreme precipitation. UCAR Community Programs Director Bill Kuo, who helped lead the development of WRF, NCAR Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Lab Director Chris Davis, and three WRF experts in computation (David Gill), data assimilation (Jake Liu), and modeling (Wei Wang) met with the Scripps group. CW3E Director Marty Ralph described the meeting as “a very productive initial collaboration between CW3E and UCAR/NCAR and we are looking forward to many more. The engagement of UCAR and NCAR in supporting one of its member institutions’ technical development efforts is greatly appreciated.” I encourage other community members interested in potential collaborations to explore the expertise and interests of NCAR and UCAR staff via the UMatch website, which is designed to facilitate this type of partnership.

The one-two punch in mid-September of hurricanes Harvey and Irma prompted a response from UCAR in the form of an Op-Ed in the Washington Post urging investments in better prediction. “With millions of lives and trillions of dollars of coastal assets at risk,” it concludes, “hurricanes are a threat to our economic development and national security. It is time that we treat them as such.” You will find the full op-ed here.

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President


Election Results: UCAR Annual Members Meeting 2017

Institutional Trustees
Christopher Bretherton, University of Washington
Rana Fine, University of Miami
Petra Klein, University of Oklahoma
Gudrun Magnusdottir, University of California, Irvine
David Randall, Colorado State University

Charlette Geffen, Pacific Northwestern National Lab
Al Diaz, Marymount University

Members Nominating Committee
Teresa Bals-Elsholz, Valparaiso University
Everette Joseph, SUNY Albany
Yvette Richardson, Pennsylvania State University

PACUR - President's Advisory Committee on University Relations
Richard Clark, Millersville University
Kelly Lombardo, University of Connecticut
Michael Bell, Colorado State University

Membership Committee
Mary Hudson, Dartmouth College
Karen Shell, Oregon State University
Kris Karnauskas, University of Colorado

Member Institutions
All of the renewals were approved, and we welcome seven new UCAR Members
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Duke University
Louisiana State University
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
University of Saskatchewan

Questions: Aneka Finley, UCAR Governance


▹ Events Management - CPAESS

UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

CPAESS Events Management provides the framework to organize conferences and gatherings of all sizes, from large-scale sessions for 1,500 attendees to tightly-focused committee meetings for less than 10. The range of services includes comprehensive event planning and management; venue acquisition; website services; event registration; surveys; financial management; logistics, and virtual and broadcasting capabilities. Our motto: You handle the science - CPAESS handles all the rest.

Details: CPAESS Events Management
Contact: Melanie Russ, UCAR CPAESS


In recognition of the passing of organizational colleagues and leaders in our community, we provide links on our website to obituaries as we learn of their deaths. We are sad to report a recent addition:

  • John Clark (NCAR Computational & Information Systems Laboratory)
On the web: Colleagues We Will Miss



▹ Workshop - From Research to Weather Operations

Building a Weather-Ready Nation by Transitioning Academic Research to NOAA Operations

UCAR and NOAA are convening this workshop in support of the activities described in the 2017 Weather Research and Forecasting Improvement Act (Public Law 115-25), which directs NOAA to work with the U.S. weather industry and academic partners, to ensure continuous development and transition of the latest scientific and technological advances into operations of the National Weather Service.

Registration Deadline: October 25
Event Dates: November 1-2
Details: Building a Weather-Ready Nation
Contact: Michelle McCambridge, UCAR CPAESS

▹ Seeking Graduate Student Fellowship Applications - ASP

NCAR Advanced Study Program

The Graduate Student Visitor Program is an excellent way for students to spend time at NCAR and work on parts of their thesis, or final-project equivalent, with guidance from NCAR scientists and engineers. Student applicants work with their thesis or project advisor to identify an appropriate NCAR host.

Application Deadline: October 31
Details: ASP Graduate Visitor Program
Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR Education & Outreach

▹ Educational Deployment Program - NSF Observing Facilities

A subset of NSF's Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF) is available for classroom instruction and experiential learning, including deployment to a university for a specified time. These deployments offer unprecedented opportunities for project-based learning, real-time research, and teamwork in the field of observational meteorology.

Facilities include surface and sounding systems, ground-based remote sensing facilities, and research aircraft. The NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory, the Center for Severe Weather Research, and the University of Wyoming provide hands-on training opportunities at no cost to the educator.

Deadline: Four to six months in advance, ongoing
Details: Educational Deployments
Contact: Alison Rockwell, NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory

▹ Research Collaboration Opportunities at NCEP - Call for Proposals

Short-term opportunities at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction

We are seeking research project proposals from scientists in academia, government laboratories, nonprofits, and the private sector to interact with colleagues at NCEP. This program offers an opportunity for the research community to be fully integrated within a national-scale operational environment for discrete periods of time. Researchers integrated within operations provide great benefit to NOAA's research-to-operations transition activities, bringing new concepts, tools, processes, and innovation to the process.

Deadline: Applications accepted any time, reviewed on a rolling basis
Details: NCEP Research Collaboration Opportunities
Contact: Meg Austin, Senior Advisor, CPAESS or Genene Fisher, NCEP Executive Officer

▹ Upcoming Community Events - CPAESS

UCAR Cooperative Program for the Advancement of Earth System Science

  • Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting 2017 — Oct. 23-27
  • Fall 2017 NIDIS Executive Council Meeting — Oct. 24
  • PNW Water & Climate Fall Outlook Meeting (West Side) — Oct. 30
  • Building a Weather-Ready Nation by Transitioning Academic Research to NOAA Operations Workshop — Nov. 1-2, 2017
  • PNW Water & Climate Fall Outlook Meeting (East Side) — Nov. 2
  • GeoDES Workshop — Nov. 13-15
Details: CPAESS - Upcoming Events

▹ New from the COMET Program



Impacts TAF Board (Aviation Weather Center)
Produced in collaboration with NOAA and the FAA, two videos provide an introduction to the new Impacts TAF Board tactical decision aid. The first, "Introducing the Impacts TAF Board," describes the history, purpose, and benefits of the Aviation Weather Center (AWC) Impacts TAF Board. The second, "Using the Impacts TAF Board," explores the board website, and explains its key elements and how to use them.


GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course: Advanced Baseline Imager
This webinar recording demonstrates the improved attributes of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on the GOES-R series. The main uses for each of the sixteen spectral bands is covered, using examples from the recently launched GOES-16 ABI.

Gravity for Geodesy II: Applications
This module explores equipotential surfaces and relates them to gravity, and describes applications that rely on accurate gravity measurements, including leveling surveys and floodplain mapping. It also shows how to measure Earth's gravity and introduces the National Geodetic Survey's GRAV-D project.

Training Tutorials and Datasets for GOES-R/JPSS New Generation Satellite Aerosol Products
With an emphasis on operational applications for air quality, these resources introduce the new generation of aerosol products available from the JPSS series of polar-orbiting satellites (SNPP/VIIRS) and the GOES-R series (GOES-16/ABI). Users will learn about the types of satellite aerosol products available, as well as complementary satellite products.

Communicating Winter Weather Surface Impacts
This lesson introduces National Weather Service forecasters to the benefits of pre-season coordination in understanding the needs of decision-makers, particularly state and local Departments of Transportation. Learners will gain insight into collaboration methods between the NWS and DOT to mitigate road impacts during the winter, and practice communicating winter weather forecast information that supports DOT concerns.


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


Visiting Support/Project Scientist Opportunity - NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

This Princeton, New Jersey, position will focus on the continued development of the GFDL AM4 and fvGFS models at convection-resolving (<4km) scales for nowcast to S2S scales and beyond.

Deadline: November 17, 2017
Details: GFDL Visiting Support/Project Scientist

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▹ Reminders

From our previous issue

NASA Living With a Star Institute - Call for Proposals
Deadline: November 1, 2017


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