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JANUARY 2020

NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES

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The Artificial Intelligence for Earth System Science (AI4ESS) Summer School will be held June 22-26 at NCAR's Mesa Lab in Boulder, Colorado.

The training is an interactive course covering essential and cutting-edge topics in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning that are relevant for Earth system science problems. Applications are due Jan. 31. (Image: Mike MacKenzie/vpnsrus.com)
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Drop by booth 309 at the AMS Annual Meeting next week in Boston. Come chat with an expert, catch an update talk, or just grab a fun weather sticker.
NCAR is hiring for a number of critical leadership positions, including three associate directors who will head the Atmospheric Chemistry, Observations & Modeling Laboratory (ACOM); the High Altitude Observatory (HAO); and the Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Laboratory (MMM). 
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. 
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. 
The Okeanos vessel
Undergraduates, grad students, and recent higher ed grads are encouraged to apply to the NOAA Explorer-In-Training Program on the nation’s only federal vessel solely dedicated to ocean exploration. Applications are due January 31.
Applications for the SOARS (Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science) 2020 program are due February 1. SOARS is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program designed to broaden participation the atmospheric and related sciences. 
Applications for the Spring WRF-Hydro Training are due by February 28. The workshop provides instruction on the structure and application of the WRF-Hydo system and will offer hands-on experience in setting up and running the system.
Registration has now opened for the Linux Clusters Institute (LCI) 2020 Intermediate Workshop, hosted at NCAR from March 23 -27, 2020. If you have some experience as an HPC system administrator and want to expand your skills, this is the workshop for you.

SCIENCE POLICY INSIDER

FY20 Appropriations Process Concludes


Just prior to Christmas, Congress passed and the president signed two appropriations packages to fund all federal agencies for the current fiscal year. The deal included modest increases above the FY19 funded level for the National Science Foundation ($203 million, or 2.5%) and NASA ($1.13 billion, or 5.3%). While the budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration overall budget is slightly down from FY19 (due to a planned ramp down in large weather satellite acquisition programs), NOAA's Oceanic and Atmospheric Research budget will increase 4% to $590 million, with most of that increase directed toward climate and oceans research programs. The office’s budget for weather and air chemistry research will decrease marginally; however the bill strongly supported the proposed Earth Prediction Innovation Center, directing NOAA to allocate at least $8 million for the effort. 
Neil Jacobs

NOAA Administrator Update


During December – less than a month after Barry Myers, the administration’s pick to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, withdrew from consideration – President Trump nominated acting administrator Neil Jacobs to lead the agency. One of Jacobs’s key priorities is improving the accuracy of weather modeling within NOAA.

House Committee to Revisit Space Weather Bill


The House Science Committee is scheduled to meet today, January 9, to consider bipartisan legislation that would delineate the roles of different federal agencies in space weather research, forecasting, and preparedness. Reintroduced by Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Mo Brooks (R-AL), the bill resembles a Senate counterpart and is substantially different from the version the committee advanced in 2018. Among provisions the bill no longer contains are ones directing the government to launch a pilot program for collecting space weather data from private companies and to more generally obtain commercial space weather data where practicable and cost effective.
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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

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
Registration deadline is February 22 or until capacity is reached. 

Michael Knoelker Symposium: From Solar Physics to Exoplanets
February 26-28
Boulder, CO
Early registration ends January 31

Workshop on Societally Relevant Multi-Year Climate Predictions
March 31-April 2
Boulder, CO
Abstracts due January 10

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

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

DID YOU KNOW?

WACCM fire forecasts in Worldview

NCAR provides daily wildfire emissions forecasts

Daily chemical forecasts are provided using the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM) configuration of the Community Earth System Model (CESM2). Fire emissions are updated daily with near real-time FINNv1 emissions. WACCM forecasts, including carbon monoxide from fires, can be visualized (as in the above image) using Worldview
 

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