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Following President Donald Trump’s signing on January 27 of an executive order temporarily banning most citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, I issued an open letter to the UCAR Community, grounded in our organization’s mission and values. In the letter I strongly reaffirm our commitment to and support for members of our community who may be affected by this executive order. I also call upon all of us at UCAR’s 110 member institutions and beyond to support each other during this difficult and uncertain time. You will find the full open letter here.

Earlier in January, I had the pleasure of participating in a number of events at the AMS 2017 annual meeting in Seattle. These included a host of community meetings and town halls, ranging from the steering committee for the AMS Commission on the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise to the Colour of Weather reception.

A particular highlight for me was the chance to meet with the 2016 AMS fellows and scholarship recipients at the UCAR-hosted lunch in honor of these current and future community leaders. Thanks to keynote speakers Louis Uccellini (NWS) and Neil Jacobs (Panasonic Avionics Corp) for sharing their insights with the honorees.

I appreciated serving as moderator for the panel on The Coming Revolution in Satellite Data, with panelists Eric Webster (Harris), Conrad Lautenbacher (GeoOptics), and Sandy MacDonald (SPIRE) and the opportunity to give a presentation on “What is our approach to determining the observations needed in support of Earth System Prediction?”

I hope those of you who attended the meeting returned home as energized as I was by the science as well as the formal and informal interactions that contribute so much to our work as a community.

Finally, let me call your attention to a UCAR student essay contest and urge you to encourage promising students to enter. Six successful applicants will win a trip to Washington, DC, hosted by members of the UCAR Board of Trustee and PACUR, to learn more about the relationship between policy and science, and accompany us on Capitol Hill to visit with our elected representatives. Details are in the Opportunities section, below.

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President


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 the most recent additions:

  • Laura Kriho (NCAR Climate & Global Dynamics Division) - January 30, 2017- Boulder Daily Camera

  • Julian Pike (NCAR Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Laboratory) - January 13, 2017 - Boulder Daily Camera

  • Tom Horst (NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory) - January 12, 2017 - obituary pending

  • Piers Sellers (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) - December 23, 2016 - Washington Post

  • William "Buck" Frye (NCAR Computational and Information Systems Laboratory) - December 21, 2016 - Boulder Daily Camera

  • Cleon Biter (NCAR Research Applications Laboratory) - December 9, 2016 - Boulder Daily Camera

  • Raisa Leifer (NCAR Computational and Information Systems Laboratory) - December 4, 2016 - NCAR|UCAR

  • Joseph Henry Choy (NCAR Scientific Computing Division [now the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory]) - November 29, 2016 - Boulder Daily Camera

On the web: Colleagues We Will Miss


▹ 8th International Conference on Wind & Trees - Call for Abstracts

The triennial IUFRO conference on the effect of wind on trees will take place at NCAR's Mesa Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, from July 17-21. IUFRO is the International Union of Forest Research Organizations.

This conference encourages scientists from all backgrounds with an interested in the interaction between wind and trees to present a paper. The broad theme of the conference targets understanding the interaction of the wind on trees at scales ranging from the leaf to entire forests and forested landscapes. We are interested in how trees adapt to wind, how they acclimate during their lives, and the physical mechanisms of wind damage. Presentations discussing the atmospheric processes producing damaging near-surface winds and climatological controls on their likelihood are also encouraged. We are keenly interested in the impact of forest disturbance on carbon budgets and ecosystem functioning in forests and management strategies to mitigate the impact of damage in all types of forestry.

Abstracts due: February 17, 2017
Details and registration: IUFRO Wind and Trees Conference
Contact: Kris Marwitz, NCAR Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Lab,

▹ Interaction of Precipitation with Orography - ASP Colloquium

   for Graduate Students - NCAR Advanced Study Program

Participants in the ASP Summer Colloquium will learn from international speakers with observational and modeling expertise across the range of the orographic precipitation environment. Practical exercises using both the Community Earth System Model (CESM) and the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF) will form the foundation for understanding the orographic precipitation processes in models.
Tutorials and computer-based exercises will provide experience with a broad range of material, extending across the sub-disciplines of theoretical flow over orography, observational case studies, simple models, moist physical processes, the representation of precipitation-orography interactions in forecast and climate models, and smaller-scale applications.
Application deadline: February 28
Colloquium: June 5–16
Details: ASP Summer Colloquium
Contact: Diana Zucco, NCAR Advanced Study Program,

▹ Computational & Information Systems Science - CISL News

Software Engineering Conference and Tutorials - Call for Abstracts

The NCAR Software Engineering Assembly (SEA) conference will take place in Boulder at the NCAR|UCAR Center Green Campus from April 10-14. The theme for this year is the future of software engineering in academic and research-based organizations.

We are soliciting 30-minute talks, from all engineering disciplines, with a focus on all aspects of contemporary software engineering. We particularly welcome talks from speakers who are underrepresented in the computational sciences.

Conference topics:
  • Data Analysis and Visualization
  • Security and Compliance
  • Agile Software Development
  • Emerging Technology and Trends
  • Tutorials

Abstracts deadline: February 28
Event: April 10–14
Details & registration: SEA Conference & Tutorials 2017
Contact: Nathan Wilhelmi, NCAR Computational & Information Systems Lab,

CISL Visitor Program

The NCAR Computational and Information Systems Lab invites applications for professional collaborations in areas related to CISL's mission in services, research, and education. See the visitor program website for our broad range of interests, from application optimization to data assimilation, scientific visualization, and weather and climate assessment, to name just a few examples. A visitor must be sponsored by a CISL staff member and have a plan for interaction lasting from two weeks to three months.

Application deadline: March 3
Details: CISL Visitor Program

Climate Simulation Laboratory & Large Allocations on Cheyenne

Seeking university-based researchers

CISL is now accepting requests from university-based researchers for large-scale allocation requests for the new 5.34-petaflops Cheyenne cluster; submissions are due March 20. The spring opportunity encompasses both Climate Simulation Laboratory and large allocation requests:

The Climate Simulation Laboratory (CSL) ensures that computing time is available for researchers with extremely demanding, high-profile climate simulations. Typically these require 10 million core-hours or more per year, perhaps for several years, and may produce many terabytes of model output that must be stored for analysis and comparison with other simulations and with observations.

Large allocations on Cheyenne are those requesting more than 40,000 core-hours. The CISL HPC Allocations Panel (CHAP) accepts requests from university researchers for these large-scale allocations every six months. See the CHAP page for submission instructions and information regarding available resources.

Please contact if you have questions about these two opportunities or for help determining which may be a better fit for your computational work.

Deadline: March 20
Details: CSL and CHAP
Contact: CISL Help Desk,

▹ Student Essay Contest - Win a UCAR-hosted trip to DC

   please encourage your undergrads/grad students to apply

UCAR is looking for up to six undergrads or graduate students to accompany UCAR leadership to Washington, DC, May 9–1. Members of the UCAR Board of Trustees and the UCAR President's Advisory Committee on University Relations (PACUR) will be the hosts and guides for this unique opportunity.

In Washington, students will have the chance to visit Capitol Hill and meet members of Congress and their staffs and attend a special briefing by Hill staffers on how Congress works. They will also sit in on briefings from senior leadership in the areas of weather, water, and climate.

UCAR will cover round-trip travel expenses from the student's location to Washington (flight, three nights hotel, and per diem for meals and incidental expenses).

Contest deadline: March 24, midnight MT
Details: Capitol Hill Visits Essay Contest 2017
Contact: Aneka Finley, UCAR University Relations,, with the subject line: Capitol Hill Essay Contest

▹ Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo - Cash Prizes!

The Bureau of Reclamation is sponsoring this federal prize competition to encourage forecast improvement on this important timescale. Improved sub-seasonal forecasts of temperature and precipitation (lead-times ranging from 15 to 45 days and beyond) would allow water managers to better prepare for shifts in hydrologic regimes, such as the onset of drought or extreme wet weather events.

Solvers (competitors) will submit forecasts of temperature and precipitation for one year, competing in real-time against forecasts by other teams as well as by NOAA. A variety of cash prizes may be awarded as part of this competition, the total of which is $800,000. Prize categories are based on skill at two outlook timescales (weeks 3&4 and weeks 5&6).
Registration deadline: May 13
Details and to register: Forecast Rodeo
Contact: Ken Nowak, Bureau of Reclamation,

▹ Cooperative Programs - CPAESS News

Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

Host a PACE Fellow - Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise Fellowships

PACE Fellows help decision makers develop new tools & applications. CPAESS seeks interested potential host partners to submit a Joint Statement of Intent to host a PACE Fellow. The goal of this program is to train climate researchers to transform their knowledge into solutions and tools for the decision/risk management community. Support for this program is provided by NOAA.
Deadline: February 24
Details: Apply to be a host
Contact: Susanne Demaree,

Space Weather Workshop

An annual conference that brings industry, academia, and government agencies together in a lively dialog about space weather. Begun in 1996 as a conference for the space weather user community, the workshop has evolved into the nation's leading conference on all issues relating to space weather. Support for this program is provided by NOAA, NASA, and NRL.

Student abstract deadline: March 10
Professionals abstract deadline: April 14
Event: May 1–5
Details and registration: Space Weather Workshop
Contact: Susanne Demaree,

All Current CPAESS Opportunities: Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

▹ NCAR Explorer Series Webcasts

Front Range Air Quality - Video Now Online

The January presentation on Front Range Air Quality is now available on the UCARConnect YouTube channel. In this public talk, NCAR scientists Frank Flocke and Gabi Pfister explain some of the findings from the Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Experiment (FRAPPÉ), which examined the atmosphere where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains.

Upcoming Webcasts

Details: NCAR Explorer Series 2017
Contact: Yaga Richter, NCAR Climate and Global Dynamics Lab,


▹ New Feature: Cheyenne Supercomputer - UCARConnect

The January/February UCARConnect feature package highlights the new Cheyenne supercomputer at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center; how the Cray-1, installed at NCAR 40 years ago, compares to Cheyenne; and where to find training resources for using the new system. 

Educational resource tie-ins on supercomputing and computational science for secondary and higher education are also provided.

The career profile features Gary New, Operations Manager for the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center, who shares insights for students wondering what a career in his field might be like.
Details: Cheyenne Supercomputer Makes Its Debut
Contact: Teri Eastburn, UCAR Center for Science Education,

▹ New Online Training - COMET Program

High-Frequency Radar: Supporting Critical Coastal Operations with Real-time Surface Current Data 
is a new video produced in collaboration between NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS) US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Program Office and The COMET Program that explains how high-frequency radar (known as HF radar) is used to provide detailed information in real-time on coastal ocean surface currents.  

GOES-R Launch Workshop for Broadcast Meteorologists, November 2016
consists of presentations by nine professionals from NOAA and NASA recorded at the GOES-R Workshop for Broadcast Meteorologists at Kennedy Space Center in conjunction with the November 2016 GOES-R launch. The workshop was offered by StormCenter Communications, Inc. in partnership with the COMET Program.

Forecasting Mountain Wave Turbulence for Aviation
covers turbulent flow that impacts aviation, which can be caused by several different factors and can occur at both low and high-levels in the atmosphere. Methodology introduced relies on the spatial and temporal distribution of winds, stability, and clouds to forecast and verify mountain wave turbulence.

Typhoon QPF in Taiwan
(also available in Chinese) introduces the typhoon QPF forecasting methodology used by the Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan, including the role played by the analogue method and the typhoon rainfall climatology model in Taiwan. 

Translation – French

La convection sévère : les systèmes convectifs de mésoéchelle
(Severe Convection: Mesoscale Convective Systems)

Comprendre le rôle des PNT déterministes par rapport à celui des PNT probabilistes
(Understanding the Role of Deterministic versus Probabilistic NWP Information)

Identification des caractéristiques satellitaires : La cyclogenèse
(Satellite Feature Identification: Cyclogenesis)

La mise à l’échelle inférieure des données de PNT
(Downscaling of NWP Data)

Estimation des précipitations (1re partie) : la mesure
(Precipitation Estimates, Part 1: Measurement)

Les vents de couloir
(Gap Winds)

Produits climatologiques satellitaires pour la surveillance de la convection au-dessus de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre
(Satellite-Derived Climatology Products for Monitoring Convection Over West and Central Africa)

Prévision des fortes pluies et des glissements de terrain en Afrique de l’Est
(Forecasting Heavy Rains and Landslides in Eastern Africa)

Translation – German

Einflüsse durch das Weltraumwetter auf die Luftfahrt
(Space Weather Impacts on Aviation)

Translation – Portuguese

GOES-R ABI: A Nova Geração das Imagens de Satélite
(GOES-R ABI: Next Generation Satellite Imaging)

GOES-R: Benefícios da Próxima Geração de Monitoramento Ambiental
(GOES-R: Benefits of Next-Generation Environmental Monitoring)

GOES-R GLM: Introdução ao Mapeador Geoestacionário de Raios
(GOES-R GLM: Introduction to the Geostationary Lightning Mapper)

Translation – Spanish

Elementos de cartografía meteorológica
(Introduction to Meteorological Charting)

La marejada ciclónica y los datums
(Storm Surge and Datums)


Details: All MetEd lessons, modules & translations
Contact:, The COMET Program, UCAR


▹ Professional & Student Job Openings at NCAR|UCAR

Scientific and other professional positions now open at NCAR, UCP, and UCAR. Some postdoctoral openings not listed here may appear above. Subscribe to UCAR OppsList to receive biweekly updates of current openings at NCAR|UCAR and timely announcements of opportunities in the UCAR community. 


Software Engineer/Programmer II (17013) 
various, Maryland, United States

HPC Software Engineer/Programmer II (17066) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Land Ice Modeling Scientist I/II/III/IV (17004) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

Ocean Modeling Project Scientist I/II (17021) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

Postdoctoral Researcher (17042) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States
2017 High Altitude Observatory BOLD Internship (17083) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

2017 Unidata Summer Internship (17065) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

Data Management Student Assistant II (17061) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

Data Management Student Assistant II or III (17078) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

Systems Administrator - Student Assistant II (17015) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

Student Assistant III- Systems Administrator (17075) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

Systems Administrator II-Student Assistant (16388) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

All Current Openings: UCAR Career Portal

▹ Opportunities in the UCAR Community & Beyond

Faculty positions, postgraduate fellowships, and other opportunities available at UCAR member institutions and the Earth system science community. Subscribe to UCAR OppsList to receive timely announcements of opportunities in the UCAR community as well as biweekly updates of professional openings at NCAR|UCAR. 

Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
expires: 03/31/2017
posted: 01/23/2017

Deputy Director for Humanitarian and International Development
International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
Columbia University
expires: when filled
posted: 12/27/2016

Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo
Water Prize Competition Center
U.S. Bureau pf Reclamation R&D Office
expires: 05/03/2017
posted: 12/23/2016

Science Policy Analyst
American Institute of Physics
expires: when filled
posted: 12/14/2016

Support Scientist (NOA 1651)
Utilization of Remotely Sensed Winds and Seas for Verification of Warnings and Forecasts and Probabilistic Guidance
Ocean Prediction Center
NOAA, National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)

Support Scientist (NOA 1652)
Capitalizing on NWS Investment in AWIPS2 Graphical Forecast Editor (GFE) to improve Efficiency and Utilization for Ocean Weather Warnings and Forecasts
Ocean Prediction Center 
NOAA,National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)

Science Writer (NOA 1653)
I.M. Systems Group, Inc. (IMSG) 
NOAA, Satellite and Information Service

expire: when filled
posted: 12/14/2016

Ongoing listings: Opportunities beyond UCAR
To list a position: Michelle Flores, NCAR|UCAR Communications

▹ Reminders

from previous issue

NCEP Visiting Scientist Program - Call for Participants
Deadline: Open
Details: NCEP/CPAESS Visiting Scientist Program
Contact: Genene Fisher, NCEP, or Meg Austin, CPAESS,

Conference on Regional Sea Level Changes & Coastal Impacts
Abstract submission deadline: February 15
Details: Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts Conference, July 10–14
Contact: Lei Han, CLIVAR,

Okeanos Explorer-in-Training Program for undergrads, recent graduates, and graduate students
Deadline: February 17 for June–September program
Details: Okeanos Explorer-in-Training Program

Heliophysics Summer School for grad students & postdocs
Deadline: February 24
Details: Heliophysics Summer School, August 1–8, 2017
Contact: CPAESS/VSP,


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