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Summer workshops at NCAR and UCAR bring the community together to collaborate on projects focused on modeling and tool development, major research questions, and other large projects. Two of the largest of these took place in June. 

The 2019 Community Earth System Model Workshop, held June 17–19 in Boulder, brought together about 260 registrants who chose from a menu of half-day sessions organized by each of the CESM’s 14 working groups. The presentations from those sessions as well as several plenaries are available now from the 2019 CESM workshop website

The Joint WRF and MPAS Users Workshop 2019, held June 10–14 in Boulder, focused on the Weather Research and Forecasting Model and the Model for Prediction Across Scales–Atmosphere, which uses numerics and a subset of physics adapted from WRF. Ten oral sessions and about 70 posters provided updates on these two modeling systems, discussed model development and issues, and presented evaluations and applications. The last day of the workshop offered three mini-tutorials (see the workshop website for tutorial details). The presentations from the oral and poster sessions are available now from the 2019 WRF/MPAS agenda website.

To connect with other kinds of workshops and training to come throughout the summer, fall, and beyond, visit the “Workshops & Conferences” pages for NCAR and UCAR.

CPAESS, UCAR’s Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science, provides event management for a host of additional community conferences, meetings, and workshops throughout the year. Many of these also provide slides after the event. For example, the presentations from oral and poster sessions at last month’s 2019 CEDAR Workshop (Coupling, Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions) are available via the 2019 CEDAR agenda website

These links will connect you to additional past events as well as upcoming gatherings for the community managed by CPAESS.

This past week a group of summer interns with the Haskell Environmental Research Studies at NCAR program came to Boulder for field and classroom study. The HERS program students focused on severe weather, using the Boulder storm and flood of 2013 as their case study. Among their activities during a busy week, they sampled and measured water quality and stream discharge, built a weather station, and held a lively poster session at the NCAR Foothills Lab that drew participation of students and staff from across the organization.

This newsletter will take a hiatus in August and return in September with a new look and fresh news about the atmospheric and related Earth system science community.

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 these recent additions:

  • George Veronis (Yale Geology & Geophysics)
  • Michael James (UCAR Unidata Program)

On the web: Colleagues We Will Miss


WRF-Hydro Training - Apply NOW for Oct Workshop 

NCAR Research Applications Lab

Applications accepted until July 12 from current and incoming graduate students, postdocs, academics, and professionals working in hydrology and/or the atmospheric sciences. Workshop dates: October 15-18.


The following events are facilitated by UCAR CPAESS, the Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science.

Water Isotopes & Climate  - US CLIVAR Workshop

US Climate Variability and Predictability Program

Join us at the Water Isotopes and Climate Workshop in Boulder this October to develop new strategies for applying isotope ratios toward understanding and predicting the water cycle's role in climate variability and change. Abstract submissions accepted: June 17–July 19. Workshop: October 1-3.

Joint US & EU Carbon Observations Session at AGU

Call for abstracts

Forging Linkages in Carbon Cycle Science will be a joint session during the 2019 fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. Oganizers from the U.S. and European Union seek presentations using data from multiple networks or comparing and contrasting findings with different sets of data to improve carbon cycle understanding, including carbon cycle variability and uncertainties to inform policymaking processes and decisions. Abstracts due: July 31. AGU Fall Meeting: December 9-13.

Ocean Observations '19 - International Decadal Meeting

A community-driven conference

As part of the decadal conference series, OceanObs'19 will galvanize the ocean observing community, from scientists to end users. This Honolulu meeting seeks to improve response to scientific and societal needs of an integrated ocean observing system to support better understanding of the environment of the Earth, climate monitoring, and informing adaptation strategies as well as the sustainable use of ocean resources. Meeting dates: September 16-20.

2019 Biennial US Drought Monitor Forum

This biennial forum has new meeting dates in September. The hosts are the NOAA NWS Climate Prediction Center and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service's National Centers for Environmental Information, in partnership with the Kentucky Climate Center at Western Kentucky University (the meeting location) and the Kentucky Division of Water. People who registered for the previously scheduled date in mid-March must re-register for the new dates. Register by: September 15. Workshop: September 17-19.

NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments 2019 Annual Meeting

The RISA annual meeting in Honolulu will include these themes:

  • Develop shared understanding of RISA evolution and future mature network.
  • Articulate how we currently — and how we should — characterize and measure success as a network.
  • Encourage cross-region learning and community building across the RISA Network. Consider opportunities for transferability of knowledge, methods, and tools network-wide.
Meeting: September 18-20



Satellite Signals from Space: Smart Science for Understanding Weather and Climate

This video introduces learners to the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate, called COSMIC.


CESM Distance Learning Course
The Community Earth System Model is a community global climate model that provides computer simulations of Earth's past, present, and future climate states. This course consists of 12 lectures and 4 practical sessions on running CESM.

GOES-16/JPSS Case Exercise: Monitoring the Rhea, Oklahoma, Grassland Fire
This lesson provides learners with information on using GOES-R and JPSS satellite products during the onset of a large grassland fire event that affected western Oklahoma from April 12–18, 2018.

The Forecast Process: Using the Forecast Funnel
This lesson provides a broad-brush review of the overall forecast process, but with specific application as used by Australia's Bureau of Meteorology.
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GLOBE Annual Meeting Welcomes You in Detroit
Annual Meeting Dates: July 14-18

The Large Ensembles Workshop: Fostering Use of Large Initial-Condition Ensembles with Earth System Models
Workshop Dates: July 24-26

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

Model for Prediction Across Scales–Atmosphere (MPAS-A) Tutorial
Tutorial 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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