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With the 2017 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in New Orleans right around the corner, members of our research community will be heavily engaged in a multitude of activities, and there is only space here to highlight a few. There will be at least four sessions on the 2017 hurricane season. These sessions will be of interest to a broad swath of our community, whether you study some aspect of tropical cyclones or your interest comes from a sense of connection to the places and people affected. On Wednesday morning, I will be kicking off one of the sessions — U32B: An Examination of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season from a Varied Perspective — with a talk on The Importance of Hurricane Research to Life, Property, the Economy, and National Security

Also on Wednesday, the 2017 class of 61 newly elected AGU Fellows will be celebrated during an Honors Tribute. Of those 61, nearly half are from UCAR Member Institutions. Since 1962, the Fellows program has recognized the accomplishments and expertise of “AGU members who have made exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences as valued by their peers and vetted by a committee of Fellows.” You will find the full list here.

During the honors ceremonies, NCAR Distinguished Senior Scientist Kevin Trenberth will be awarded the Roger Revelle Medal. Named after the renowned oceanographer, this honor is given annually to recognize “outstanding contributions in atmospheric sciences, atmosphere-ocean coupling, atmosphere-land coupling, biogeochemical cycles, climate or related aspects of the Earth system.”

Named lectures are another highlight of our community’s annual meetings. On Tuesday, NCAR Senior Scientist Clara Deser will deliver the Jacob Bjerknes Lecture, given in honor of the pioneering atmospheric scientist and his work “developing the basic theory of fronts and cyclogenesis and weather prediction and the development of quantitative models for that purpose.” Deser will speak on New Perspectives on the Role of Internal Variability in Regional Climate Change and Climate Model Evaluation. On Thursday, NCAR Senior Scientist Linda Mearns will give the Stephen Schneider Memorial Lecture, on Uncertainty in Climate Change Research: An Integrated Approach. The Schneider Lecturer is selected “in recognition of outstanding scientific accomplishments in global environmental change and in communicating scientific results to the public.”

The New Orleans meeting also marks the launch of the AGU Narratives Project in celebration of the Union’s centennial. Community members are invited to nominate colleagues or themselves to be interviewed at the meeting by StoryCorps, a non-profit dedicated to “preserving and sharing humanity’s stories” via audio interviews. The organizers of this oral history project are seeking nominees with involvement in a significant scientific event, professional accomplishment or challenge, or contribution to “Earth and space science as we know it today.” The organizers are also arranging to have any individual who wishes to share personal stories do so through the StoryCorps App. More information and a link to the nomination form are here.

In early January, the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society will take place in Austin. On Tuesday, January 9, a panel has been assembled for the AMS Town Hall on The Weather Value Chain of the Future. Moderated by meteorologist and journalist Andrew Freedman, the panel will include Tom Pirrone of World View, Conrad Lautenbacher of GeoOptics, Rei Goffer of ClimaCell, Karen St. Germain of NOAA/NESDIS and myself. We will be examining the activities deployed by commercial enterprises as they seek to convert the raw materials of weather research and data output into marketable products. This process is rapidly transforming, as the session synopsis notes, in an environment characterized by “new commercial data sources, advances in cloud computing and machine learning, the emergence of private-sector weather modeling, and an insatiable desire for more granular forecasts at longer lead times.”

Also in Austin, NCAR Senior Scientist Gordon Bonan will be inducted as a Fellow of the AMS. The 2018 Walter Orr Roberts Lecture will be given by NCAR Senior Scientist Clara Deser on January 11. Named for the founding UCAR president and NCAR director, this honor is conferred in "recognition of significant contributions to the understanding of atmospheric processes derived from multidisciplinary research activities." Deser's lecture will be on New Perspectives on the Role of Internal Variability in Regional Climate Change and Climate Model Evaluation.

I am pleased to call your attention to a new community effort launching in January, the AMS Early Career Leadership Academy. This professional development program seeks “to build and sustain a diverse network of early career leaders in weather, water, and climate science.” You will find details in the Community News section, below.

As 2017 draws to a close, I wish you all the best for the holiday season. I look forward to seeing many of you at upcoming meetings, and to working with all of you on the challenges and opportunities 2018 will bring for our research, education, and community efforts to advance Earth system science.

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President


▹ AMS Early Career Leadership Academy

American Meteorological Society

The Early Career Leadership Academy aims to build and sustain a diverse network of early career leaders in weather, water, and climate science. ECLA will bring together a select group of early career individuals, in particular, women and underrepresented minorities, for an immersion experience in leadership, including creative problem-solving, conflict resolution, building trust, and enhancing communication skills. We seek early career individuals from a wide range of professions, interests, perspectives, cultures, and experiences.

Application deadline: January 12
Program begins: February 23
Details: Early Career Leadership Academy


▹ State of the Carbon Cycle & 4th National Climate Assessment Drafts

Call for Public Comments

Reports available for download via
  • The fourth-order draft of the 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR-2)
  • The third-order draft of the 4th National Climate Assessment (NCA4), Vol II
Please help publicize this request for public comments to improve the drafts. Submit comments via the same website:

Also available now: The final Climate Science Special Report (CSSR, or NCA4 Vol I). Download via

Details: United States Carbon Cycle Science Program



▹ US CLIVAR Seeks New Panel Members

Climate Variability & Predictability Program 

The Scientific Steering Committee of US CLIVAR seeks qualified individuals to serve on its three subsidiary panels on

These panels formulate science goals and implementation strategies, catalyze and coordinate activities, and work with agencies and international partners to advance the progress of the climate research community. Nominations of colleagues and self-nominations are encouraged and welcomed.

Nomination deadline: January 3, 2018
Details: 2018 US CLIVAR Panel Member Nominations 
Contact: Kristan Uhlenbrock, US CLIVAR

▹ Faculty Fellowship Program - NCAR ASP

Collaborative visits to NCAR for university faculty and their students

The Faculty Fellowship Program of NCAR's Advanced Study Program provides opportunities and resources for faculty employed at universities, along with up to two students, to work in residence at NCAR for 1-2 months. This is a chance for you and your students to collaborate with NCAR scientists and engineers while taking advantage of the facilities and resources of the National Center.

Application deadline: January 5, 2018
Details: Faculty Fellowship Program
Contact: Scott Briggs, NCAR Advanced Study Program

▹ Postdoctoral Fellowship Program  - NCAR ASP

NCAR Advanced Study Program

Applicants are provided with considerable freedom to pursue their own research interests. Most fellows develop research projects in collaboration with NCAR scientists and engineers, but all are expected to choose their own research directions and are responsible for the design and conduct of their own projects. Besides research in core geosciences, NCAR has a strong interdisciplinary mission to bring other fields to bear on substantial problems in climate, weather and related disciplines. Thus there is also significant opportunity for projects in computational science, data science, social science, or engineering.

Application deadline: January 6, 2018
Details: Prospective Applicants - ASP Postdocs
Contact: Scott Briggs, NCAR Advanced Study Program

▹ UCAR SOARS Research Internships - Applicants Sought

Undergrad-to-grad program includes research, mentoring, and community building

UCAR's SOARS program is a multi-year research internship and mentoring program aimed at increasing diversity in the atmospheric and related sciences. SOARS is based at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. The program includes real research opportunities, extensive mentoring, co-building a strong community, conference travel in the fall/winter season, and funding for undergraduate and graduate tuition. SOARS has a 20-year track record of successfully partnering with the university community to prepare students from underrepresented backgrounds for graduate school and careers in STEM. Please encourage your students to apply: help us find and support the next leaders in our community.

Application deadline: February 1
Summer Program dates: May 20 - August 4
Details: SOARS Program
Contact: Laura Allen, SOARS

▹ Heliophysics Summer School

UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

The 2018 Summer School will focus on the foundations of heliophysics while exploring connections to adjacent disciplines from the perspective of our local cosmos. That environment includes stars like the Sun, planets like those in the solar system, and formation histories not too dissimilar from those that are relevant to understanding the formation, evolution, and present state of our immediate space environment.

Deadline: February 23
Details: Heliophysics Summer School
Contact: Karen Greb, CPAESS

▹ AMOC and Its Influences - Call for Abstracts - US CLIVAR

Climate Variability and Predictability Program

In July 2018, scientists will gather in Coconut Grove, Florida, to exchange ideas and develop a better understanding of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and its influence on weather, climate, and ecosystems. Co-sponsored by the UK RAPID Program, the meeting will bring together international members of the climate and ocean science communities. Ranging from paleo perspectives to future outlooks, the meeting will focus on a few anticipated themes, but the agenda is open to all topics related to the AMOC.

Abstract deadline: February 28
Details: AMOC International Meeting
Contact: Kristan Uhlenbrock, US CLIVAR

▹ NASA Living With a Star Institute - Call for Proposals

UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

The goal of the NASA Living With a Star program is to develop the scientific understanding necessary to enable the U.S. to effectively address those aspects of the connected Sun-Earth system that directly affect life and society. We are seeking proposals that develop these principles in relation to one or the other of the following topics:

  • TEC and ionospheric scintillation for GPS applications
  • Prediction and specification of >10 MeV proton flux
Proposal deadline: March 1
Details: Apply - LWS Institute
Contact: Meg Austin, CPAESS

▹ NCEP Research Collaboration Opportunities - Call for Proposals

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction

NOAA's NCEP program offers an opportunity for the research community to be fully integrated within a national scale operational environment for discrete periods of time. Researchers integrated within operations will provide great benefit to NOAA R20 (research-to-operations) transition activities, bringing new concepts, tools, processes, and innovation to conduct operations more efficiently.

Deadline: Reviewed on a rolling basis
Details: Request for Proposals
Contact: Genene Fisher, NOAA NCEP or Meg Austin, 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



What's Coming in Hydrologic Impacts Studies?
In this recorded webinar from the Hydrologic Impacts Under Climate Change course, Dr. Julie Vano covers four topics: ongoing research; sharing of hydro-climate information; planning, executing, and evaluating a climate impacts study; and concluding thoughts, questions and answers from participants. Recorded June 2017.

GOES-16 Case Exercise: 8 May 2017 Colorado Hail Event
This lesson harnesses GOES-16's increased temporal and spatial resolutions to identify convective development and intensity signatures in longwave IR and visible band imagery, and compares it to legacy GOES products. The lesson is geared toward early-career forecasters, forecasters wanting more experience using high-resolution satellite data to forecast convection, aviation forecasters, meteorology students and instructions, and weather enthusiasts.

GOES-R Series - Faculty Virtual Course: Multispectral RGB Composites
In this webinar recording, Dr. Emily Berndt and Dr. Michael Folmer discuss the capabilities of the GOES-R/16 Red-Green-Blue composites: qualitative, false color images designed to enhance specific features important to forecasters, aviators, mariners, and emergency response officials. This presentation details the development of RGB composites and provides examples of their use for atmospheric dust, volcanic ash, cyclogenesis, air mass characteristics, fog, and low clouds.

Spanish Translations

Teoría básica de sistemas de predicción por conjuntos (EPS)
(Introduction to Ensemble Prediction System Theory)

Guía de referencia para los productos de los sistemas de predicción por conjuntos (EPS)
(Ensemble Prediction System Products Reference Guide)

Meteorología básica: introducción a la atmósfera
(Met 101: Introduction to the Atmosphere)


Details: All MetEd lessons, courses & translations
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▹ Reminders

From our previous issue

Call for Talks/Tutorials: Software Engineering Conference 2018
Deadline for talk/tutorial submissions: early January 2018

Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships in Heliophysics
Deadline: January 12, 2018

Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science - SIParCS
Deadline: January 20, 2018


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