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UCAR Update

APRIL 2018


As the academic year heads toward finals and graduation ceremonies, my thoughts turn to UVisit, a UCAR program with unique potential to support teaching and research on your campus. We created the program to build upon and expand the reach of our visitor and exchange programs. UVisit provides financial support for visits to North American colleges and universities by NCAR and UCAR Community Program scientists, engineers, and other professionals for collaborative research, teaching, workshops and tutorials, technical support, and similar activities. Visits can range from a few days to a few weeks to an academic year. You will find more information about the program and the application process here.

The UMatch service helps identify and connect you to NCAR and Community Program scientists, engineers, and other staff who are interested in UVisit activities as well as participation on thesis committees, hosting visits to our facilities by you and your students, and similar activities. Get started here.

This is also the time of year when we call upon members of the community to participate in the important work of UCAR governance. Please see the call for nominations for the UCAR Board of Trustees and key governance and advisory committees in the Opportunities section, below.

Next week the 34th annual Space Symposium, a major international meeting, takes place in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The speakers list draws on expertise from NASA, the European Space Agency, and the space agencies of several other nations; NOAA and other relevant agencies; several branches of the military; and a range of private industries. To help spread the word about advances in space-based observing, space weather research, and other relevant activities in our community, UCAR will be staffing Booth 1137 in the Exhibit Center Pavilion, so if you are attending, please take a moment to stop by.

The Oceans and Long-Range Weather Forecasting is the topic of the next UCAR Congressional Briefing, which takes place in Washington, DC, on April 24. The briefing presenters are Gokhan Danabasoglu (Chief Scientist, Community Earth System Model, NCAR), Ben Kirtman (Director, Cooperative Institute for Marine & Atmospheric Studies, Rosentiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami), Chad McNutt (Principal and Co-founder, Livestock Wx), and Alicia Karspeck (Staff Climate Scientist and Associate Director of Research Partnerships, Jupiter Technology Systems, Inc.). A video recording and presentation slides from the November briefing,  From Earth System Research to Industry, is available online.

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President


▹ 2018 AMS Washington Forum 

Connecting Science and Technology with Business & Public Policy

This year's American Meteorological Society Washington Forum provides a platform for examining public policy issues across the weather, water, and climate sciences and provides an ideal setting for agencies and companies whose operations and planning rely on environmental factors.

Speakers include: Mark Abbott, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; 
Antonio J. Busalacchi, UCAR; Michael H. Freilich, Earth Science Division, NASA; Conrad Lautenbacher, GeoOptics; Margaret Leinen, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Yaitza Luna-Cruz, Defense Threat Reduction Agency/Applied Research Associates; and Rick Spinrad, Marine Technology Society

The Washington Forum broadens and fosters the AMS mission to advance atmospheric and related sciences, technologies, applications, and services for the benefit of society.

Forum: April 24-26
Location: Washington, D.C.


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:
  • Stephen Piotrowicz (NOAA)
  • Phillip Merilees (NCAR Global Research Program, Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Lab, and Climate & Global Dynamics Lab; Atmospheric Environment Service of Canada; U.S. Naval Research Lab, Marine Meteorology Division)
  • Robert Bushnell (NCAR dropsonde program [now part of EOL])
On the web: Colleagues We Will Miss



▹ Call for US CLIVAR-sponsored Workshops

Climate Variability and Predictability Program

Requests are now being accepted for US CLIVAR-sponsored workshops for 2018 and beyond. Submissions are encouraged from members of the U.S. climate science community and their collaborators. The next call for workshops will be in fall 2018.

Deadline: April 20
Details: Call for US CLIVAR-supported workshops
Contact: Kristan Uhlenbrock, UCAR CPAESS/US CLIVAR


▹ Systems Administration Workshop on High Performance Clustered Computing

Introductory workshop by the Linux Cluster Institute

Participants will learn HPC system administration concepts and technologies and how to apply them, get hands-on skills building a small test cluster in lab sessions, and participate in panel discussions with experts.

Early bird registration deadline: April 22
Conference: May 14-18
Location: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Details: LCI Workshop on high performance clustered computing
Contact: Shilo Hall, NCAR Computational and Information Systems


▹ Call for Nominations for the UCAR Board and Key Committees

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 for election at the 2018 Annual UCAR Members Meeting in October. Please submit potential candidates to the Members Nominating Committee via this form.

Nomination deadline: June 18
Details: UCAR Governance Nomination Form
Contact: Kelly Plummer-Sherrard, UCAR Governance

▹ Climate & Weather Extremes Tutorial - Registration Now Open

NCAR Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes

Designed for students, researchers, and professionals, the tutorial will cover approaches to analyzing and modeling extremes, as well as methods to understand and characterize uncertainty. The three-day event includes both lectures and hands-on laboratory exercises, as well as a clinic focused on workflows for accelerating science discoveries and overcoming barriers to understanding and predicting weather and climate extremes. Register early, as registration always exceeds capacity.

Registration: Open until filled
Workshop: August 1-3
Location: NCAR
DetailsClimate and Weather Extremes Tutorial
ContactErin Towler, NCAR Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Lab

▹ Geoscience Digital Data Resource & Repository Service Workshop

Seeking expressions of interest

The workshop will focus on developing requirements and expectations for a Geoscience Digital Data Resource and Repository Service. The vision for GeoDaRRS is to complement existing NSF-funded data facilities by providing: (1) data management planning support resources for the general community, and (2) repository services for researchers who have data that do not fit in any existing repository. Functionally, GeoDaRRS would support NSF-funded researchers in meeting data archiving requirements set by NSF and geoscience publishers, thereby ensuring the availability of digital data for use and reuse in scientific research going forward.

Express interest now to participate: please fill out brief interest form (see Details, below)
Workshop: Tentatively scheduled for August 7-9
Location: NCAR
Details: Geoscience Digital Data Resource and Repository Service Workshop
Contact: Doug Schuster, NCAR Computational & Information Systems Lab

▹ Upcoming Community Events - CPAESS

UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

Details: UCAR CPAESS - Upcoming Events

▹ New from the COMET Program


Interpreting and Communicating EPS Guidance: British Columbia Winter Storm
describes how to use ensemble prediction system products to evaluate uncertainty in the forecast and communicate that information effectively to the public.

Interpreting and Communicating EPS Guidance: Iberian Heat Wave
introduces learners to the benefits of using probabilistic forecast information to assess the weather and communicate forecast uncertainties through exploring a heat wave event in Spain.

National Water Model, Part 1: Science and Products
introduces the benefits, important input, and key products of the National Water Model. Both official and evolving products are presented. 

Mesoscale Model Components of the National Blend of Models Version 3.0
provides information on the National Weather Service National Blend of Models (NBM), which was updated to version 3.0 on 27 July 2017. Coupled with a new "time-of-day" initial time paradigm and new weather elements, the NBM v3.0 results in big changes to forecast operations.

SatFC-J: The VIIRS Imager
introduces the VIIRS imager on board the Suomi NPP and JPSS satellites. It describes the capabilities, improvements, and benefits that VIIRS brings to operational meteorology.

Spanish Translations

SatFC-G: impacto de las observaciones satelitales en la PNT
(SatFC-G: Impact of Satellite Observations on NWP)

SatFC-G: impactos del GOES-R en la asimilación de datos satelitales
(SatFC-G: GOES-R Impacts on Satellite Data Assimilation)

Teledetección por microondas: aplicación a las superficies terrestres y oceánicas, 2a ed.
(Microwave Remote Sending: Land and Ocean Surface Applications, 2nd Edition)

Chinese Translations

Mei-Yu Front, Part 1: Ingredients for Heavy Precipitation and the Forecast Process in Taiwan
(not available in English)


Details: All MetEd lessons, courses & translations
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▹ Professional, Technical, and Student Career Opportunities


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▹ Reminders

From our previous issue

UCAR Next Generation Fellowships - Call for Applications
Submission Deadline: June 1

NOAA/NCEP Research Collaboration Opportunities - Request for Proposals
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


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