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More than two dozen scientists drawn from across our broad community recently detailed the importance of investing in a well-designed climate observing system. The effort, led by Betsy Weatherhead of the University of Colorado Boulder, is described in a new paper in Earth's Future. The paper outlines seven grand challenges in climate science that require skillful monitoring to better understand processes and improve prediction: clouds, circulation, and their role in regulating climate; the consequences of melting ice; regional sea level change and coastal impacts; carbon cycling, water availability, and predicting extreme weather and climate shifts. Also described are the advantages: investing in a modern, comprehensive observing system can deliver trillions of dollars in benefits by providing decision makers with information they need to protect public health and the economy in the coming decades. I was pleased to participate in this effort, along with four NOAA laboratory directors and so many prominent climate researchers, including Kevin Trenberth of NCAR. The paper, "Designing the Climate Observing System of the Future," received coverage such as this article in the Washington Post.
The final UCAR Congressional Briefing of the year will focus on the path “From Research to Industry” and delineate how Earth system science enables private sector innovation. Our panel of experts, drawn from NCAR and the UCAR community, will offer brief presentations and take questions from congressional staff and agency representatives on Tuesday, November 14, on Capitol Hill. You will find video and/or slides from previous briefings on our Government Relations website.

Many community organizations and individuals have banded together to respond to the devastating impacts of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria on our research and education community. Please see details, below, about a small grant program that has come to our attention, from the National Academies Gulf Research Program, and consider sharing it widely with colleagues.

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President


▹ Hurricane Disaster Recovery Grants

National Academies Gulf Research Program

In response to the impacts of Gulf Coast hurricanes Harvey and Irma on scientific research, this program will fund small grants to help with repair, replacement, or recovery of equipment, data, and/or other research materials damaged or lost due to the hurricanes and their aftermaths. These awards are intended to help scientists recover from their losses and minimize downtime for their research efforts.

Applications will be accepted from organizations on behalf of scientists who
  • conduct research relevant to at least one of these GRP Initiatives: Healthy Ecosystems, Thriving Communities, and/or Safer Offshore Energy Systems.
  • need relatively fast support to help recover from impacts on their work from the 2017 Gulf Coast hurricane season.
Details: Scientific Research Disaster Recovery Grants - Gulf Research Program


▹ Open Access to NCAR & UCAR Scholarship - OpenSky

Online collections include journal articles, technical notes, and more

The NCAR|UCAR Library's Research Collection within the OpenSky service provides open access to a trove of peer-reviewed articles and other scientific, intellectual and educational contributions. Continually updated, the scholarship in this collection represents the efforts of individuals at NCAR and UCAR and of research teams drawn from across the atmospheric and Earth system science community. OpenSky also provides online access to more than 500 NCAR scientific and technical notes, the collected publications of CLIVAR, the U.S. Climate Variability and Predictability research program, and many of the holdings within the NCAR|UCAR Archives, including interviews with key community members recorded for the AMS Oral History Project. 




▹ Call for Talks/Tutorials: Software Engineering Conference  2018

Frontiers in Scientific Software - 

The 2018 annual NCAR Software Engineering Assembly conference will take place in Boulder, April 2-6, 2018. The theme for this year is Frontiers in Scientific Software.

We are now soliciting talks and tutorials on all aspects of state-of-the-art scientific software. Details, including an extensive list of potential topics, are at the link below.

Deadline for talk/tutorial submissions: early January 2018
Event: April 2–6, 2018
Details: Call for Talks & Tutorials
Contact: Michelle Patton, NCAR Computational and Information Systems Lab

▹ Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships in Heliophysics

Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

The program matches early career Ph.D.s with experienced scientists at U.S. research institutions. Hosting scientists mentor the postdoctoral fellows during two-year fellowships. The goal of the program is to train the next generation of researchers needed for the emerging field of Heliophysics.

Application Deadline: January 12, 2018
Details: Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships
Contact: Kendra Greb, UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

▹ Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science - SIParCS

NCAR Computational and Information Systems Laboratory

Applications to the SiParCS Program for 2018 are now being accepted. This 11-week internship seeks graduate and undergraduate students interested in careers involving application optimization, computer security, data science, numerical methods, software engineering, high-performance systems operations, visualization, and more.

The goal of the SiParCS program is to make a long-term, positive impact on the quality and diversity of the workforce needed to use and operate 21st-century supercomputers. Interns gain significant hands-on experience in high-performance computing and related fields that use HPC for scientific discovery and modeling. Please encourage your students to apply.

Deadline: January 20, 2018
Details: SIParCS Internships
Contact: AJ Lauer, NCAR Computational and Information Systems Lab

▹ Upcoming Community Events - CPAESS

UCAR Cooperative Program for the Advancement of Earth System Science

Details: CPAESS - Upcoming Events

▹ New from the COMET Program



Dam Failure Concepts and Modeling
Dams have have one basic function--to impound water. The failure of large dams poses a great risk to life and property. In this lesson, we explore impacts based on both the size of a breach and the time it takes for it to fully develop.

GOES-R Series - Faculty Virtual Course: RapidScan Imaging
In this webinar recording, Dan Lindsey presents GOES-16/GOES-R 30-second and 1-minute rapid scan imagery to demonstrate unprecedented views of convection, wildfire, storm intensification, and other quickly-evolving features. The webinar includes examples of how rapid scan sectors may be prioritized and selected by the National Weather Service. Instructions about how to obtain and use archived data are also provided.

GOES-R Series - Faculty Virtual Course: Geostationary Lightning Mapper
In this webinar recording, Scott Rudlosky and Geoffrey Stano discuss and demonstrate the capabilities of the GOES-R/16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper in both operational and research applications. The presenters summarize important processes known as lightning events, groups, flashes, and lightning jumps and show products that illustrate the location and areal extent of lightning and its evolution in cloud systems.

Instrumentation and Measurement of Atmospheric Temperature
This lesson offers a comprehensive overview of temperature measurement as related to the atmosphere, bodies of water, soils, and other parts of Earth's surface. The lesson defines temperature and why it is an important property, provides details about the properties of sensors used for temperature measurements, and outlines the methods used for measuring different types of temperature, from soil to the free atmosphere.

Local Tropical Cyclone Precipitation Forecasting and Communication
This lesson introduces the challenges in predicting and communicating localized tropical cyclone (TC) rainfall threats. it discusses the key ingredients for heavy TC rainfall and the tools used by the National Weather Service to forecast it. Learners work through a TC case to practice interpreting precipitation guidance correctly and communicating the threat and impacts. The lesson also highlights the issuance of flash flood emergencies and areal flood warnings during TC events, and how to best communicate TC rainfall impacts for a local area.


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▹ Reminders

From our previous issue

Visiting Support/Project Scientist Opportunity - NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Deadline: November 17, 2017


Research and education news from NCAR|UCAR
Simulated cooling from geoengineering
Visualization of ozone on the Front Range
Mount Tambora's caldera
The browning of Rupert Bay, NASA

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