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At the 98th AMS Annual Meeting last month in Austin we unveiled a new conference booth focusing on UCAR’s role “harnessing the capabilities of NCAR and 100+ member colleges and universities to catalyze research, education, and advanced technology development in Earth system science.” Thanks to so many of you for visiting the booth and spending time with our technology transfer and partnerships team.

We have plans to continue providing coordinated service with NCAR and the UCAR programs along “NSF Street” at future events.

During the meeting I met with several DOE, NOAA, NSF, and private sector sponsors and stakeholders of our programs, including NOAA’s current and future senior appointees. The shared theme was the current budget situation and how to ensure our community’s critical research is well supported. The current situation in Washington presents ongoing uncertainty, but all expressed support for the importance of our community's work and its impact on economic and national security, from research to operations.
One of the meeting highlights for me is the UCAR Student Luncheon for AMS fellowship and scholarship recipients. This year, acting NOAA Administrator Tim Gallaudet gave the keynote presentation on his career path, including the challenges he faced prior to arriving at his current position. The students were impressed and encouraged. I am sure that in the future, one of our annual luncheon honorees will be back to give the keynote presentation.
The next opportunity to connect with us at the new UCAR conference booth will be at the 34th Space Symposium, April 16–19, in Colorado Springs. At this event we will highlight the activities of NCAR, the UCAR COSMIC Program, and community members that are advancing research into space weather to help mitigate its impact on communication, infrastructure, and national security. The symposium is the world's largest space event, bringing together leaders in the defense and nondefense realms, as well as entrepreneurs such as Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. The UCAR team will be at booth 1137, which has been designated a Destination Booth for organized local high school visits. If you plan to attend, please reach out to and let us know.

Video and slides from the November 14 UCAR Congressional Briefing, “From Research to Industry: How Earth system science enables private sector innovation,” are now available online. Our thanks to Mary Glackin (The Weather Company), Fuqing Zhang (Penn State), and Rebecca Morss (NCAR) for a lively and informative panel. The next briefing is slated for April, with a focus on the ocean's role in Earth system prediction and how our community takes advantage of this to advance subseasonal to seasonal forecasting.
Please note the call for submissions, below, to the annual UCAR Capitol Hill Visits Essay Contest. This is a unique opportunity for undergraduate or graduate students who are curious about the intersection of science and policy to get a close-up view of how that plays out in Washington. Please encourage your students to apply. Later this winter, we will send out the call for applications for the 2018 UCAR Next Generation Fellowships, so you may want to start talking this up in your classes as well. 

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President


▹ Design & Fabrication Services - Earth Observing Laboratory

EOL's Design and Fabrication Services facility (DFS) designs, analyzes, manufactures, and integrates a wide variety of instruments. Built on a strong engineering foundation, work by DFS is based upon extensive application of physics, mathematics, and core engineering principles. In collaboration with scientists and technical staff within and beyond EOL, DFS designs a comprehensive range of equipment and instruments, developing and improving new and existing instrumentation for use on every imaginable observing platform. While priority is given to NSF-funded projects, non-NSF funded projects will also be considered.

Details: EOL Design & Fabrication Services
Contact: Jim Ranson, NCAR Earth Observing Lab


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 these recent additions:
  • Tracy Vialpando (UCAR Event Services)
  • Susan Baltuch (UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs [now CPAESS])
On the web: Colleagues We Will Miss



▹ Tropical Pacific Observing System Workshop

Bridging Sustained Observations & Data Assimilation for TPOS 2020

The TPOS 2020 project is a broad community effort to rethink and redesign the next-generation sustained observing system in the tropical Pacific. The goal of the workshop is to foster communication and collaboration among the observational, modeling, and data assimilation communities. Expected results include identification of feasible and fundable recommendations to advance the project.

Application/Abstract Submission Deadline: February 23
Location: Boulder
Details: TPOS 2020 Workshop
Contact: Kristan Uhlenbrock, US CLIVAR

▹ ASP Summer Colloquium now accepting applications

Synthesis of observations and models in studies of shallow and deep clouds

Every year, the Advanced Study Program hosts a summer colloquium designed for graduate students on subjects that represent new or rapidly developing areas of research for which good course material may not yet be available. The colloquium brings lecturers and graduate students together at NCAR for 11 days of close interaction and exploration. This June 4–15 colloquium will introduce students to the frontiers of cloud process research by exposing them to examples of current state of the art models aimed at different scales of simulation, together with recent field research that is targeted at improving the representation of cloud processes in these models. 

Application deadline: February 28
Colloquium: June 4–15
Location: Boulder
Details: ASP Summer Colloquium
Contact: Scott Briggs, NCAR Advanced Study Program

▹ Training Workshop on the Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System

CUAHSI-NCAR training for graduate students and early career scientists

NCAR is pleased to partner with CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc.) to offer a 3.5-day training workshop on the use and applications of the Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System the week of June 5–8. This workshop will provide graduate students and early career scientists with formal instruction on the structure and application of the WRF-Hydro system and will offer hands-on experience in setting up and running the system for several different research and prediction applications.

Application deadline: February 28
Workshop: June 5–8
Location: Boulder
Details: Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System Training Workshop
Contact: Molly McAllister, NCAR Research Applications Lab

▹ Metrics, Post-processing & Subseasonal to Seasonal Products Workshop

National Earth System Prediction Capability

The interagency National Earth System Prediction Capability is convening a workshop in support of the recent 2017 Weather Research and Forecast Improvement Act (P.L. 115-25), which directs and authorizes NOAA to improve prediction of temperature and rainfall, as well as impacts such as drought, sea-ice extent, and more, at two weeks to two years (defined in the Act as sub-seasonal to seasonal prediction). This workshop is an initial meeting for broad discussion of user needs, agency capabilities and products, gaps between needs and capabilities, and potential operational and technological solutions to address those gaps, especially potential post-processing solutions, developer metrics, and reliability metrics.

Registration: Open (no cost)
Workshop: Feb 28 - Mar 2
Location: College Park, Maryland
Details: Metrics Post-processing Workshop
Contact: Heidi Allen, UCAR CPAESS

▹ Space Weather Workshop: Research, Applications, Operations & Users

Cooperative Program for the Advancement of Earth System Science

The Space Weather Workshop is an annual conference that brings industry, academia, and government agencies together in a lively dialog. The conference program will highlight space weather impacts in several areas of the environment, including ionospheric disturbances, satellite drag, auroral currents, geomagnetic storms and their solar drivers, radiation belts, and solar energetic particles. Representatives from industries affected by space weather are expected to attend, including those from electric power, commercial airlines, satellite operations, and navigation/communication.

Student abstract deadline: March 2
Speaker/poster abstract deadline: March 16
Workshop: April 16–20
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Details: Space Weather Workshop
Contact: Michelle McCambridge, UCAR CPAESS

▹ International Conferences on Subseasonal to Decadal Prediction

World Cimate Research Programme

Registration is open for this meeting, which includes the Second International Conference on Subseasonal to Seasonal Prediction (S2S), the Second Conference on Seasonal to Decadal Prediction (S2D), as well as a joint segment addressing coming issues. With growing interest in the scientific, operational, and applications communities in developing forecasts to improve our foreknowledge of events, this meeting is open to all scientists, producers, and users involved in subseasonal to decadal climate predictions and related topics, including graduate students and early career scientists.

Abstract deadline: March 16
Conferences: September 17–21
Location: Boulder
Details: International Conferences on Subseasonal to Decadal Prediction
Contact: Heidi Allen, UCAR CPAESS

▹ UCAR Capitol Hill Visits 2018 - Student Essay Contest

For undergraduate and graduate students in the atmospheric and related sciences

Faculty, please alert your students who may be curious about the intersection of science and policy to this unique opportunity. UCAR is looking for up to six undergrads or graduate students to accompany UCAR leadership to Washington D.C., June 11-13. For students whose essays are selected, UCAR will cover round-trip travel and lodging expenses.

Submission deadline: March 23
Event: June 11–13
Details: 2018 Capitol Hill Visits Essay Contest
Contact: Aneka Finley, UCAR President's Office

▹ Large-Scale University Allocation Requests for Supercomputing

CISL High-performance Computing Allocations Panel (CHAP)

CHAP's primary responsibility is to assess the merit of large computing requests for supercomputers and related resources operated by the NCAR Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. The panel accepts computing proposals from U.S. university researchers in the atmospheric and closely related sciences who are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). CHAP recommends action with respect to a prospective user's request on the basis of the computational experimental design, computational effectiveness, and availability of computing resources.

Request deadline: March 26
Details: CISL High-performance Computing Allocations Panel (CHAP)
Contact: Michelle Smart, NCAR Computational and Information Systems Lab

▹ NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

The NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship program has an outstanding reputation for attracting the best and brightest Ph.D.s in the sciences relevant to the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program. The objective of the program is to help create the next generation of leaders needed for climate research. Each appointed fellow is hosted by a mentoring scientist at a U.S. university or research institution to work in an area of mutual interest.

Application deadline: April 6
Details: C&GC Annual Recruitment Announcement
Contact: Kendra Greb, UCAR CPAESS

▹ Upcoming Community Events - CPAESS

UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

Details: CPAESS - Upcoming Events

▹ New from the COMET Program

Video (YouTube)

Geodetic Control in Surveying: Active vs. Passive
Aimed at surveyors and GIS professionals, this video explains the difference between active and passive control methods in surveying and the strengths and weaknesses of each.


GOES-R Series Multilingual Training Resources (English, Spanish, Portuguese)
This listing of multilingual training materials for the GOES-R series includes both foundational lessons and quick guides developed by various partners at the request of the U.S. National Weather Service and NESDIS. It includes materials translated to Spanish and Portuguese.

Basic Satellite Imagery Interpretation
This lesson, appropriate for forecasters, meteorology students, and other interested learners, describes visible, infrared, and water vapor channels, as well as RGBs and derived products. It describes how to interpret clouds and surface features and provides practice identifying features using assorted products. This lesson will also appeal to an international audience.

Meteorological Instrument Performance Characteristics
This is an advanced lesson. Static performance characteristics are examined in the context of calibration, which offers a means to determine an instrument's response. Dynamic performance characteristics are discussed, as well as information about the effects of representativeness and regional homogeneity on measurements, and how to obtain quantitative estimates of uncertainty.

Spanish Translations

Fundamentos de PNT: precipitación y nubes
(NWP Essentials: Precipitation and Clouds)

Fundamentos de PNT: la predicción numérica y el pronóstico
(NWP Essentials: NWP and Forecasting)

Olas en aguas someras (also available in French)
(Shallow Water Waves)

French Translations

Vagues en eau peu profonde (also available in Spanish)
(Shallow Water Waves)

Guide de référence des produits issus de SPE (also available in Spanish)
(Ensemble Prediction System [EPS] Products Guide)

Introduction au SPE (also available in Spanish)
(Introduction to Ensemble Prediction System [EPS] Theory)


Details: All MetEd lessons, courses & translations
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▹ Reminders

From our previous issue

Heliophysics Summer School
Application Deadline: February 23

AMOC and Its Influences - Call for Abstracts - US CLIVAR
Deadline: February 28

NASA Living With a Star Institute - Call for Proposals
Proposal Deadline: March 1


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