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UCAR Update

JUNE 2018


In mid-May NCAR Director James Hurrell announced his appointment as the inaugural Walter Scott Presidential Chair in Environmental Science and Engineering at Colorado State University, effective September 2018. As many of you know, presidential chairs constitute only a small cadre of exceptionally gifted professors whose names evoke deep respect in their field of expertise. This is a prestigious honor for Jim, and CSU could not have chosen a better leader to fill this role. This is also a wonderful opportunity for Jim to interact with students at one of UCAR’s Member Institutions on a daily basis and develop his own class curricula in climate variability and change. 

My sincere thanks to Jim for his steady leadership of NCAR since 2013 and for all he has done for the organization during his 28-year tenure. He has countless scientific and managerial accomplishments to his credit. Jim leaves NCAR well positioned with NSF’s geosciences priorities in the domains of weather, water, climate, air quality, space weather, and education and has established strong connections with groups at NSF that will enable further integration of Earth system science. Please see the CSU announcement for more about Jim and the new presidential chair.

As Jim has noted, he will be maintaining close ties with our organization. He and I are working with the National Science Foundation and the UCAR Board of Trustees on a transition plan to ensure a smooth handover. We will conduct an expansive and open international search. The composition of the search committee and executive search firm assisting us will be announced shortly. I encourage you to reach out to me via Joanna Schmitz ( with suggestions for exceptional candidates to fill this important position serving the National Center and the community. A full job description will be posted soon.  

Please join me in congratulating Jim and wishing him every success in the new CSU position.

In late April, after an international search, NCAR Senior Scientist Jean-François Lamarque was named the new Director of NCAR’s Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory (CGD), effective May 6. Jean-François previously held a joint appointment between CGD and NCAR’s  Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling Laboratory (ACOM). He is the modeling Section Head in ACOM and, until recently, he served as the Chief Scientist of the Community Earth System Model (CESM). His research focuses on the use of models to understand the long-term changes of short-lived climate forcers (i.e., ozone, aerosols and methane), and he developed the original implementation of interactive tropospheric chemistry in CESM, a feature that is widely used in the community. He has a strong external focus, with extensive ties to the international scientific community. Thanks go to the search committee, and to Senior Scientist Bette Otto-Bliesner for her leadership as Interim Director of CGD during the search.
At NCAR and UCAR’s labs and programs, the summer workshop season is well underway and many of you are traveling here or elsewhere for work or leisure. I wish you all safe travels and full enjoyment of all that summer has to offer.

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President


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▹ CEDAR Workshop - June 2018

Coupling, Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions

Coupling, Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR) is a focused global change program sponsored by the National Science Foundation 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.

Workshop: June 25-29, Santa Fe, NM
Details: CEDAR Workshop 2018
Contact: Michelle McCambridge, UCAR CPAESS

▹ Unidata Software Training Workshops - Fall 2018

These trainings are developed and presented by the software developers and support staff for each package, so bring questions and they will get answered. Workshop Dates: Workshop: October 15 - 30, UCAR, Boulder
Details: Unidata Software Training Workshop
Contact: Workshop Coordinator, UCAR Unidata

▹ High Performance Computing in Earth System Modeling Workshop

2018 MultiCore 8

MultiCore 8, the eighth annual workshop on high-performance computing for Earth system modeling, will focus on application of new high performance computing technologies to the next generation of weather, climate, and Earth system models. There will be a limited number of presentations from invited speakers, a series of 30-minute presentations selected from attendee submissions, as well as a poster session.

Abstract submission deadline: July 15 
Workshop: September 18-19, NCAR, Boulder
Details: MultiCore 8 Workshop
Contact: John Michalakes, UCAR CPAESS

▹ More Upcoming Community Events - CPAESS

UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

Details: UCAR CPAESS - Events

▹ New from the COMET Program



Radio Wave Propagation
This lesson examines the factors that control long-distance radio communications, with an emphasis on refraction in the ionosphere, frequency selection, and the effects of solar radiation.

Forecasters' Overview of Middle East
This lesson provides an introduction to this topic for Navy meteorologists. It focuses on the major aspects of synoptic and mesoscale weather patterns, hazards to aviation and maritime operations, geography, oceanography, and climatology.

National Water Model, Part 2: Early Performance
This lesson reviews data regarding the early performance of model version 1.0-1.2 and discusses some of the issues in model performance through early 2018, including some retrospective verification back to 2011.

Details: All MetEd lessons, courses & translations
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▹ Reminders

From our previous issue

UVisit applications
Applications accepted: Year-round

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.

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