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This week, Everette Joseph took the helm as the new Director of NCAR. It is a pleasure to welcome him and the vision and leadership he brings to the national center. 

Everette comes onboard when NCAR's sponsor, the National Science Foundation, is recovering from the partial federal government shutdown, which saw the foundation close from December 22 - January 25. During that time voices from across our community provided vital information about the multiple and seriously detrimental impacts of science agency furloughs on our observing, research, teaching, and technology transfer efforts. Many of us highlighted the risks to the nation’s forecasting and hazard readiness while colleagues at the National Weather Service and across the rest of NOAA and the other federal agencies did their best to minimize the damage. NCAR science and the UCAR consortium were also represented in numerous interviews, including with Nature, Wired, Scientific American, and Eos.
NCAR’s strategic planning process looking ahead to 2020-2024 is underway and some of you may have attended the town halls at AGU and AMS focused on that. Everette, who attended the AMS town hall as part of his participation at that meeting, is now leading the planning process. To review the slides from the town halls and provide your feedback, please visit the NCAR Strategic Plan website.

NCAR recently announced a new program for early career faculty in the social sciences or in STEM fields outside NCAR's core expertise. The Early Career Faculty Innovator Program seeks applicants to co-develop interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with scientists and engineers at NCAR. Please see the Opportunities section, below, for details.

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:
  • Donald Veal (NCAR National Hail Research Experiment, UCAR Board of Trustees, University of Wyoming)
  • Albert "Bert" J. Semtner (NCAR Climate & Global Dynamics, Naval Postgraduate School)


University requests for large-scale allocations on Cheyenne

NCAR Computational & Information Systems Lab (CISL)

CISL is now accepting large-scale requests (for more than 400,000 core-hours) from university-based researchers for the 5.34-petaflops Cheyenne supercomputer and the Casper data analysis and visualization cluster. Please review the allocation instructions before preparing requests, which are due by March 5.

Early Career Faculty Innovator Program

NCAR Advanced Study Program (ASP)

This new program invites early career faculty in the social sciences or in STEM fields outside NCAR's core expertise to co-develop interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with scientists and engineers at NCAR. The 2019-2020 research theme is Coastal Regions and Human Settlements. Apply by March 1.

Capitol Hill Scholars Program

UCAR undergrad & grad student opportunity

Each year UCAR selects up to six undergraduate or graduate students to accompany UCAR leadership to Washington, D.C., for two days in June. Members of the UCAR Board of Trustees and the UCAR President's Advisory Committee on University Relations are the hosts and guides for this unique opportunity. Students visit the Hill, meet members of Congress and their staffs, and attend other special events. The application deadline is March 29. Please post and share this flier widely.

▹ New from the COMET Program



VR 360 Ocean Explorer
Simulated views above and below an ocean surface

VR 360 Hurricane Florence 2018
GOES Ch13 data captured on September 9-18, 2018, using the RAMMB SLIDER site

Using Multi-hazard, Impacts-based Forecast and Warning Services
Demonstrates use of these services for a heavy rain situation in Barbados

AR (augmented reality) Examples as seen at AMS 2019
AR examples as seen at the 2019 AMS Annual Meeting


New Lessons

Instrumentation and Measurement of Atmospheric Humidity
Part of the Instrumentation and Measurement of Atmospheric Parameters course series.

GOES-R Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) North America Examples
Introduces learners to the benefits of using GLM gridded products and offers helpful hints for using GLM gridded products.

Scenario-Based Planning for Sea Level Change in the U.S. Using the USACE Sea Level Change Curve Calculator and Guidance
Introduces essential tools and concepts while also introducing the NOAA Sea Level Rise Viewer and NOAA's Sea Level Trends website.

Spanish Translations

Cómo interpretar y comunicar la información de guía de los sistemas EPS: ola de calor en la península ibérica
Interpreting and Communicating EPS Guidance: Iberian Heat Wave

Recursos de formación multilingües para los satélites de la serie GOES-R
GOES-R Series Multilingual Training Resources

El viento en la capa límite marina: guía de pronóstico
Winds in the Marine Boundary Layer: A Forecaster's Guide, 2018 Update
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Career Opportunities

Find paid positions and opportunities for scientific visits, fellowships and internships with NCAR and with UCAR's community programs. You can also sign up on our opportunities website to participate in UCAR OppsList, the community information exchange of and by more than 750 subscribers in the broad Earth system science community.

▹ Reminders from Our Previous Issue

Heliophysics Summer School 2019
Event: February 22

Building Interannual to Decadal Capability for Decision Support
Workshop: February 27-28

2019 Unidata Community Equipment Awards
Application Deadline: March 8

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


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