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UCAR Update

MAY 2017


The summer workshop season is approaching, bringing a wide variety of opportunities for faculty and students to engage with NCAR and UCAR scientists, engineers, and educators. Examples range from the annual WRF tutorials and workshops to remote sensing via radio occultation, using NCAR Command Language for data analysis, and much, much more. You’ll find a roundup of workshops & colloquia here

Summer is also high season for undergraduate internships — and a new “externship.” NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Lab has been using a small, low-cost computer called Raspberry Pi to teach key concepts of high-performance computing to summer interns in Boulder. Recently, CISL staff and University of Wyoming students brought this program to Miami Dade College, equipping faculty there to provide the hands-on training to many more students. Details are described in a recent Atmos News story. At UCAR we are exploring externships and other activities with the university and college community to help amplify the reach and impact of our training and support to the next generation of STEM professionals. The NCAR|UCAR GEO REU Resource Center, for example, offers tips, tools, strategies, and resources for effectively managing research internships, including NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs in the geosciences.

Now that Congress has reached agreement on federal spending through the rest of this fiscal year, attention is turning to funding levels in FY 2018, which begins October 1. Please consider signing up for UCAR Washington Updates for the latest on budget negotiations and other federal issues.

This is also the time of year when we reach out to the broad research and education community as we seek nominees for key positions on UCAR’s Board of Trustees and governance committees. Please consider nominating a colleague or yourself for these important guiding roles. You will find requirements and a link to the nominating submission form below.

I close with hearty congratulations to the winners of the UCAR Capitol Hill Visit essay contest: Abigail Ahlert, University of Colorado Boulder; Rebecca Anderson, University of North Dakota; Lauren Deanes, Pennsylvania  State University; Susan Elias, University of Maine; Molly Haugen, University of Denver; and Adria Schwarber, University of Maryland, College Park. I look forward to meeting these outstanding young people in Washington later this month.

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President


Editorial Note

With this issue we've given UCAR Update a format refresh, including
  • a new section, Featured Community Resource, highlighting services or facilities available to the community, and 
  • streamlined listings in the Opportunities section to get you to the information you need faster. 
We hope you find these changes useful. Please let us know what you think.

— NCAR|UCAR Communications



▹ The Large Ensemble Community Project (LENS)

The CESM Large Ensemble Project is a publicly available set of climate model simulations intended for advancing understanding of internal climate variability and climate change. All simulations are performed with the nominal 1-degree latitude/longitude version of the Community Earth System Model version 1 (CESM1) with CAM5.2 as its atmospheric component. The Large Ensemble Project includes a 40-member ensemble of fully-coupled CESM1 simulations for the period 1920-2100. Each member is subject to the same radiative forcing scenario (historical up to 2005 and RCP8.5 thereafter), but begins from a slightly different initial atmospheric state (created by randomly perturbing temperatures at the level of round-off error). The Large Ensemble Project also includes a set of multi-century control simulations with the atmosphere, slab-ocean, and fully-coupled versions of CESM1 under pre-industrial (1850) radiative forcing conditions (2600 years, 900 years and 1800 years in length, respectively).
For non-technical background on the development and uses of LENS, see 40 Earths: NCAR's Large Ensemble reveals staggering climate variability (AtmosNews).

Access the Large Ensemble data sets from the LENS project website.



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:

  • Chester Newton (NCAR Climate and Global Dynamics Division [now Laboratory])
  • Robert (Bob) Snow (NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory)
On the web: Colleagues We Will Miss


▹ Submit Nominees for Key UCAR Roles by June 16  

UCAR invites the broad research and education community, regardless of affiliation, to submit nominees for positions on the UCAR Board of Trustees, the President's Advisory Committee on University Relations (PACUR), the Membership Committee, and the Members Nominating Committee. Voting to fill these positions takes place at the Annual Members Meeting in October.

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

▹ On to Washington: Winners of Student Essay Contest Announced

UCAR University Relations received an overwhelming number of essays in response to our February call for undergrad and grad students to submit an essay for a chance to win a trip to Washington D.C. The winners will join the UCAR Board of Trustees and the UCAR President's Advisory Committee for University Relations (PACUR) this month to visit Capitol Hill and meet with members of Congress and their staffs. We were impressed with the level of passion and interest from all the entrants and are pleased to announce that the following students will be going to Washington with UCAR:
  • Adria Schwarber, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Lauren Deanes, Penn State
  • Rebecca Anderson, University of North Dakota
  • Abigail Ahlert, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Molly Haugen, University of Denver  
  • Susan Elias, University of Maine
Contact: Aneka Finley, UCAR Governance,

▹ GLOBE Video Highlights STEM Experiences 

Video from GLOBE teachers and students around the world was recently gathered in celebration of Earth Day, the anniversary of GLOBE's founding. Please share this grassroots view of GLOBE with schools of education on your campus and teachers/school districts in your community. All six GLOBE regions are represented: Africa, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and Caribbean, Near East and North Africa, and North America.

Video: GLOBE Earth Day 2017
Background: The GLOBE Program
Contact: Jan Heiderer, UCAR GLOBE Implementation Office,

▹ New from the COMET Program

Short Introductions to COSMIC on YouTube

COSMIC: Atmospheric Remote Sensing for Weather, Climate, and the Ionosphere (4:43)

COSMIC-2: New Generation Atmospheric Sounding Capabilities (1:34)

New Lessons

Using Climatology in Forecasting Convection in West and Central Africa
demonstrates how to integrate climatology information with satellite, global instability indices (GII) and NWP data when convection is forecast

Limitations of High-Resolution NWP Models
scenario-based lesson examines how limitations affect model analyses and forecasts of winter and severe weather, and how best to use the output in light of the limitations

Translation - Spanish

Introducción a la marejada ciclónica
(Introduction to Tropical Cyclone Storm Surge)

Incertidumbre en los pronósticos de ciclón tropical
(Tropical Cyclone Forecast Uncertainty)

Details: All MetEd lessons, courses & translations
Contact: Becky CotterUCAR COMET Program,


▹ Professional, Technical, Postdoctoral Careers, Student Internships

On the web

Via email - OppsList, for the UCAR community & beyond

Subscribe to UCAR OppsList to receive timely announcements in your inbox of professional and student opportunities at NCAR|UCAR, at UCAR member colleges and universities, and in the broader atmospheric and Earth system science community.

▹ Reminders

From our previous issue

Visiting Scientist Software Engineer/Programmer II
Deadline: Prior to May 15 for initial consideration; open until filled
Location: Silver Spring, MD
DetailsNOS Visiting Scientist Software Engineer/Programmer II
Contact: UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science,

Workshop for Systems Administrators: High Performance Clustered Computing
Workshop: May 22-26
Location: University of Wyoming, Laramie
Details: LCI 2017 Introductory Workshop
Contact: Shilo Hall, NCAR Computational and Information Systems Lab,

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
Workshop: June 12-16
Location: NCAR in Boulder
Details: WRF Users Workshop
Contact: Kris Marwitz, NCAR Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Lab,

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


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