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UCAR Update

JUNE 2019


Summer workshops are underway across the organization and this year’s cohort of student interns and fellows is energizing the labs and programs with their talent and curiosity. If you are not yet familiar with all the opportunities at NCAR and UCAR for faculty, undergraduates, and grad students, see and

The June meeting of the UCAR Board of Trustees in Washington, DC, included discussions and planning sessions with the President’s Advisory Committee on University Relations, including an update from NCAR Director Everette Joseph on the progress being made in developing the NCAR Strategic Plan 2020-2024. PACUR also met to develop the agenda for the Annual Members Meeting in October, which will include a feedback session on the strategic plan before it is finalized in December. On June 5, 10 PACUR members joined this year’s five UCAR Capitol Hill Scholars as they fanned out to make seven group visits to their congressional members’ offices. At each stop, they discussed their research and its benefits to the members’ constituencies and the nation. Thanks to all who participated, and to UCAR’s Washington Office (Jillian Farkas, Ari Gerstman, and UCAR Next Generation Policy Fellows Linh Anh Cát and Johnny Quispe) for organizing and escorting the visits.

UCAR visitors outside Congress member's office
One of three groups making Hill visits on June 4 pauses for a photo opportunity outside Mass. Rep. Ayanna Pressley's office (left to right): Johnny Quispe (UCAR Policy Fellow, Rutgers), Dan Cziczo (PACUR Chair, Purdue), Paul Markowski (PACUR, Penn State), Tara Illgner (Hill Scholar, U.Va), Dennis Barrett (staffer for Rep. Pressley), Hannah Baranes (Hill Scholar, UMass), and Kelly Lombardo (PACUR, UConn).

In May, NCAR Director Everette Joseph, Head of Cheyenne Operations Gary New, UCAR Senior Advisor Scott Rayder, and I met with Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon to discuss the valued relationship between the state, the University of Wyoming, and the NSF-sponsored NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC). We discussed how high-performance computing advances weather and water research – important topics to the vast agriculture sector in Wyoming – as well as ways to collaborate on STEM education and training. These links provide more information about the NWSC’s Cheyenne system and how to apply for computational resources available to the university community.

On May 16 we announced the first cohort of researchers in the Early Career Faculty Innovator Program (see news release). This NSF-sponsored effort is bringing together university faculty, graduate students, and NCAR scientists and engineers to co-develop interdisciplinary projects focused on coastal regions and human settlements. Congratulations to the nine faculty researchers and their students as they begin their first summer in the program.

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President


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 this recent addition:

  • Sigvard "Sig" Stenlund (NCAR Atmospheric Technology Division, now the Earth Observing Lab)
  • Paul Smith Jr. (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, longtime NSF Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities collaborator)

On the web: Colleagues We Will Miss


MPAS Tutorial

NCAR Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Laboratory (MMM)

This MMM tutorial in Boulder on the Model for Prediction Across Scales-Atmosphere (MPAS-A) will cover the basics of how to set up, run, and post-process stand-alone MPAS-A simulations. Registration is first come, first served. A limited number of free slots are available to full-time U.S. university students. Tutorial dates: September 9-11.

Unidata Committees - Call for Nominations

To support community goals for sharing geoscience data and the tools to access and visualize that data, Unidata seeks nominations to serve on its two governing committees (Users and Strategic Advisory) to help guide the UCAR Unidata Program Center. We seek members from across the atmospheric and related sciences and encourage self-nominations. Submit nominations by July 7.


The Large Ensembles Workshop: Fostering Use of Large Initial-Condition Ensembles with Earth System Models

US Climate Variability & Predictability Program - US CLIVAR

Meeting capacity has been reached, but waitlist registrations are being taken. Workshop themes will include:

  • modeling challenges—assessment of critical processes, scales and parameterizations that impact Large Ensemble studies
  • observational challenges—assessment of uncertainties due tot he brevity of the instrumental record for evaluating internal variability in models; and
  • risk assessment strategies—development of methodologies such as regionally downscaled Large Ensembles and observationally-based Large Ensembles—that can be applied to resource management.
Workshop dates: July 24-26. Facilitated by UCAR CPAESS, the Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science.



FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 Satellite System: Next Gen Weather & Climate Observations

In this video, scientists and mission planners introduce the instrumentation used and describe the collaborations that are making the COSMIC-2 mission possible.


MetEd: WebFacebook Page | Facebook Group | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube


National Drought and Public Health Summit
Summit Dates: June 17-19

GLOBE Annual Meeting Welcomes You in Detroit
Annual Meeting Dates: July 14-18

Frontiers of Atmospheric Chemistry-FASCINATE Workshop
Workshop Dates: September 9-11


Our Opportunities website connects you to jobs and opportunities for scientific visits, fellowships, and internships with NCAR and with UCAR's community programs. You can also sign up there to participate in UCAR OppsList, the community opportunities exchange of and by more than 750 subscribers in the broad Earth system science community.


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