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UCAR Update

JUNE 2017


Following the Trump administration’s announcement this week that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris climate agreement, UCAR issued a statement emphasizing the importance of climate research in a changing policy environment and the nonpartisan nature of science. You can read the statement here.

On May 22, UCAR issued a response to the Trump administration’s detailed budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. This formal proposal to Congress, which is just the beginning of the budget process, contains more detail than the budget blueprint that the administration released in March. As expected, the budget contains cuts to federal research agencies, including a reduction of about 11 percent to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and deep cuts to certain research functions of other agencies, including NOAA, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency. We still have many months to go before the federal budget process is finalized. In coordination with our partners in the Earth system science community, we are working with members of Congress to stress the importance of continued investment in crucial research and scientific infrastructure. As you may recall, lawmakers in both parties last month voted to maintain science funding in this current budget year (FY17). They know that our research is critical for protecting lives and property, helping the U.S. economy, and strengthening our national security.

UCAR’s Board of Trustees has just held its spring meeting in Washington, DC. It was an opportunity for 13 members of the board, six members of the UCAR President’s Advisory Committee on University Relations, the six winners of the student essay competition announced in the May UCAR Update, and I to fan out on Capitol Hill to visit the offices of 29 Senators. During their visits, the UCAR delegation emphasized the contributions that the atmospheric sciences have made to public safety, economic strength, and national security. The experience helped the student scientists gain a better understanding of how budgets and policies are generated and how the decisions made in Washington affect the atmospheric sciences community. My thanks to all the participants.

Also in May we announced the formation of a local partnership called the Colorado Innovation Corridor, a new platform to connect the state’s federally funded labs with private industry. Designed to foster economic development and job creation, the partnership is co-anchored by UCAR and the National Renewable Energy Lab, whose headquarters are 30 miles down the road in Golden, Colorado. Details are in this news release.

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President


▹ Foundations of Meteorological Instrumentation & Measurements

New Online Training for Undergrads & Grad Students

The first in a series of 10 online training modules designed for undergraduate and early graduate-level students on meteorological instrumentation and measurements is now available online. The module was developed by experts in NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory and Millersville University in collaboration with UCAR's COMET Program. The module can be effectively integrated into courses on instrumentation, measurement, and observing systems to supplement traditional pedagogies and enhance blended instruction. Check the "New from COMET" section below for all the latest online offerings.

Details: Foundations of Meteorological Instrumentation and Measurements
Contact: Alison Rockwell, NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory,


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

  • Roscoe Braham, Jr. (National Science Foundation)
  • Margaret Davidson (NOAA Coastal Inundation & Resilience)
  • Griffith Mon Morgan, Jr. (National Hail Research Experiment)
  • Theodore "Ted" Ware Hildebrandt (NCAR Scientific Computing Division [now Computational & Information Systems Laboratory])
  • Nelder "Med" Medrud, Jr. (NCAR Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling Laboratory)
On the web: Colleagues We Will Miss



▹ RISA 2017 Annual Meeting

NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments program (RISA) supports research teams that help expand and build the nation's capacity to prepare for and adapt to climate variability and change. This year's themes:
  • Process-based planning tools for decision-making
  • Links to public health
  • Strengthening national security
  • Risk across timescales
  • Communicating regional impact
Event: June 8
Details: RISA 2017 Annual Meeting
Contact: Brian Jackson, Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science,

▹ CEDAR Workshop 2017

Coupling, Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR) is a focused Global Change program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enhance the capability of ground-based instruments to measure the upper atmosphere and to coordinate instrument and model data for the benefit of the scientific community.

Event: June 18-23
Details: CEDAR Workshop 2017
Contact: Kendra Greb, Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science,

▹ The Great North American Eclipse of 2017 - Classroom Resources

From UCARConnect

The new feature package on The 2017 Great North American Eclipse highlights the Eclipse Megamovie and other public events. The career interview features engineering student Allyson Boll from the Colorado School of Mines and her role in NCAR research projects planned for the August 21 event. Explanatory videos and a host of educational resources round out the package.

Details: The Great N. American Eclipse of 2017
Contact: Teri Eastburn, UCAR Center for Science Education,

▹ Research Collaboration Opportunities at NCEP


Request for proposals

NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction is seeking research project proposals from scientists in academia, government laboratories, and the nonprofit and private sectors 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.

Date: Applications accepted any time and reviewed on a rolling basis
Details: Research Collaboration Opportunities
Contact: Meg Austin, UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science,

▹ New from the COMET Program


New Distance Learning Course

Forecast Uncertainty: EPS Products, Interpretation, and Communication
is designed for operational forecasters, although meteorology students and other interested users can benefit from it as well. The course aims to improve learners' understanding of common ensemble prediction system (EPS) products so they can use probabilistic information in the forecast process and provide uncertainty information to end users.

New Module

Foundations of Meteorological Instrumentation and Measurements
introduces the instrumentation used for meteorological measurements. Aimed at undergraduate and graduate students in the atmospheric sciences, it examines the observing systems that measure temperature, pressure, humidity, trace gases, clouds and aerosols, winds, precipitation, and radiation. Learners will explore the main components of an instrument and become acquainted with performance characteristics.

Translations - Spanish

Identificación satelital de estructuras: los ríos atmosféricos
(Satellite Feature Identification: Atmospheric Rivers)

ASMET 7: Detección de turbulencia en aire claro sobre Sudáfrica
(ASMET 7: Detecting Clear Air Turbulence Over Southern Africa) Also available in French


Details: All MetEd lessons, courses & translations
Follow COMET on: Facebook | YouTube | Flickr
Contact: UCAR COMET Program,


▹ Professional, Technical, Postdoctoral Careers, Student Internships

Visiting Scientist Software Engineer/Programmer II

This position will focus on the development of an experimental service for disseminating observational and short-range oceanographic forecast guidance in a format usable by electronic navigation systems for testing by commercial partners. The position will be the sole developer of the software and dissemination service, with guidance on criteria from a team lead and technical expert.

Details: Visiting Scientist Software Engineer/Programmer II

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▹ Reminders

From our previous issue

EarthCube All-Hands Meeting
: June 7-9
Location: Seattle, WA
Details: EarthCube 2017 All Hands Meeting
Contact: Loretta Quinn, UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science,

Weather Research & Forecasting Model Users Workshop
Event: June 12-16
Location: NCAR in Boulder
Details: WRF Users Workshop
Contact: Kris Marwitz, NCAR Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Lab,

Submit Nominees for Key UCAR Roles
Deadline: June 16
Details & to Nominate: Nominations Form
Reference: UCAR Member Universities & Representatives
Contact: Aneka Finley, UCAR Governance,

FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop
Deadline for abstract submission: July 1
Event: September 21-27
Location: Seattle, WA
Details: COSMIC & IROWG meeting
Contact: Becky Cotter, UCAR COSMIC Program,


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