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An artist's rendering of a COSMIC-2 satellite
Detailed atmospheric data from the COSMIC-2 mission is now being released to the community! Information about temperature, pressure, and humidity – from near-Earth orbit down to the surface – is available from thousands of daily atmospheric soundings.

Learn more about the data and the second Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate mission. 

Leadership opportunities at NCAR

NCAR is hiring for two critical leadership positions:
  • NCAR Associate Director & Lab Director of the High Altitude Observatory (HAO) Apply
  • NCAR Associate Director & Lab Director of the Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Laboratory (MMM) Apply
For an overview of other leadership opportunities that will be open in the near future, visit the NCAR website
Undergrad Leadership students
The Undergraduate Leadership Workshop is a five-day immersion experience in Boulder, Colorado, that gives undergrads a chance to explore careers in the atmospheric sciences and develop their leadership potential. Applications are due March 16.
English-speaking and multi-lingual scientists are needed as judges for GLOBE's 2020 International Virtual Science Symposium. Scoring begins March 30, and it typically takes about 15-30 minutes to assess each project. Learn more about how to volunteer. 
The NASA-sponsored 2nd Eddy Cross-Disciplinary Symposium: Sun, Earth, Planet, Space, Atmosphere & Ocean will be held June 8-12 in Vail, Colorado.
Proposals from U.S. university researchers for large-scale supercomputing allocations are now being accepted by NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Lab. Researchers must be in the atmospheric or closely related sciences and must be supported by the National Science Foundation. Requests are due March 23.
A new version of WRF-Hydro is now available for download! Version 5.1.1 has a number of additions and fixes.
Applications for the Ralph Cicerone Fellowship in Earth System Science are due February 28. The fellowship is housed in NCAR's Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling Lab and is intended for graduate students with experience in, or working with, underrepresented communities. 


FY20 appropriations and FY21 budget requests

Federal science and mission agencies continue to work behind the scenes to develop their spending plans for the funding approved by Congress for the current fiscal year (FY20). These plans must be submitted to the House and Senate appropriations committees in the coming weeks to explain how the agencies intend to apply increases or decreases to programs based on congressional direction and to request congressional approval for any proposed major changes. In addition, the release of the FY21 budget requests is expected next week, on Feb. 10. Most agencies will see few if any proposed increases, given the small increase between the FY20 and FY21 budget caps (0.4%).

House bill would support federal space and technology research

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), the top Republican on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, recently introduced comprehensive legislation targeting what he views as “two fundamental challenges” to the nation’s strength and global competitiveness: climate change and the potential for other countries to outpace us in science and technology. 

globe with color gradientThe Securing American Leadership in Science and Technology Act mandates the development of a national science and technology strategy with improved coordination among federal agencies and enhanced investments in America’s research and facilities. Co-sponsored by 11 House Republicans, the 232-page bill would double basic research funding over the next decade at the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Institute of Standards and Technology. 

The proposed legislation also directs NOAA and DOE to collaboratively conduct climate and atmospheric science modeling and research, and it supports efforts to improve weather forecasting at NOAA, including an assessment of how the agency can work with other federal counterparts to tap into relevant supercomputing resources.

NASA authorization bill

The House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics marked up a draft NASA authorization bill last week that would move the target for human lunar exploration to 2028 (from 2024). The bill would impose some “significant constraints" on NASA's approach to lunar exploration, according to Administrator Jim Bridenstine, including a directive that the human lander system for the Artemis moon program be "fully government-owned and directed," as opposed to the commercial path NASA has chosen. The Senate passed their version of the bill in November, which has numerous differences with the new House bill.


Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020
February 16–21
San Diego, CA

Surface Currents in the Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere System Workshop
February 22-23
La Jolla, CA

Tropical Cyclone Operations and Research Forum/74th Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference
February 25-26
Lakeland, FL

Michael Knoelker Symposium: From Solar Physics to Exoplanets
February 26-28
Boulder, CO

7th North American Carbon Program Open Science Meeting
The Future is Here: North American Carbon Cycle Science for a Changing Climate
March 23-26
McLean, VA

Workshop on Societally Relevant Multi-Year Climate Predictions
March 31-April 2
Boulder, CO

2020 Space Weather Workshop
April 20-24
Boulder, CO

24th Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic /Tropical Atlantic Variability Meeting (PIRATA-24/TAV)
April 20-22
Miami, FL

NCAR SEA's Improving Scientific Software Conference 2020
April 27-May 1
Boulder, CO

Check out more upcoming events in the
NCAR/UCAR Earth System Science Community Calendar


An irrigated agricultural field
New research finds that irrigation can offset the increased risk of heat extremes associated with human-caused climate change in intensely irrigated regions.

In the study, scientists used observational data and global climate simulations to isolate the climatic effects of irrigation from the warming induced by other natural and human climatic drivers, predominantly greenhouse gas emissions.

The results consistently highlight a strong irrigation-induced cooling effect during warm extremes in intensely irrigated regions in Southern Europe, North Africa, South Asia, and the United States. 


The NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft

NCAR makes a treasure trove of field campaign data available to the community

The Earth Observing Laboratory's data archive contains atmospheric, meteorological, and other geophysical datasets from operational sources and the scientific research programs and projects for which EOL has provided data management support. The data, collected during campaigns that span the globe, can be sorted by project, platform, category, and more. Access the data yourself!

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