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UCAR Update

MAY 2019


A workshop honoring the life and work of Michael Thompson, “Dynamics of the Sun & Stars,” has been announced. It will convene in Boulder, September 24-26, to celebrate and build upon the scientific legacy of this influential and dearly missed leader of NCAR and UCAR. The organizers have put out the call for abstracts as well as student travel support requests. Please see details in the Opportunities section, below.

The UCAR Board of Trustees will meet in Washington, DC, June 4-5. Concurrently, five outstanding students will learn about the policymaking process and gain experience illustrating why Earth system science is important to society as part of UCAR’s Capitol Hill Scholars Program. Congratulations to the 2019 cohort: Hannah Baranes (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), Tara Illgner (University of Virginia), Arthur Moses (University of Arizona), Amy Polen, (Louisiana State University), and Shadya Sanders (Howard University). I look forward to meeting with them in DC next month. You can view the scholars’ winning video essays here.

Video of the April 2019 UCAR Congressional Briefing, Forecasting the Road Ahead, which highlighted advances in weather research benefiting the transportation sector, is now available here.

UCAR Next Generation Fellow Aara’L Yarber (Pennsylvania State University) has won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This NSF program “recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.” Learn more about the Next Generation Fellowships here.

Michael Mann and Warren WashingtonThe ceremony presenting this year’s Tyler Prize to Michael Mann (Pennsylvania State University and Warren Washington (NCAR) took place on May 3 in San Francisco. The evening included presentations by Mann and Washington (left to right, with their medals in this official photo ). In addition to the live ceremony, the organization issued a video profile of this year’s laureates featuring remarks by several distinguished colleagues and community leaders (6:30), as well as a brief congratulatory video by Tyler Laureate Al Gore (1:47).

An important reminder: Anyone in the broad community, regardless of affiliation, may respond to the call for nominations to key UCAR leadership positions. UCAR depends on the Earth system science community to identify and nominate candidates to govern the organization, and your participation is much appreciated. The deadline is June 7; details below.

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President


▹ Call for Nominations to the UCAR Board & Key Committees

UCAR Governance

This is a reminder that 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 2019 Annual UCAR Members Meeting in October. Submit potential candidates to the Members Nominating Committee by June 7.


Tutorial for new Cheyenne and Casper Users

Computational & Information Systems Lab

The CISL User Services Section will present an in-person and online tutorial for new users of NCAR's Cheyenne high-performance computing (HPC) system and the Casper data analysis and visualization cluster. Attend in person or online: May 24, 9:30 - 11 a.m. MDT (11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. EDT)

Dynamics of the Sun & Stars: Honoring the Life & Work of Michael Thompson

High Altitude Observatory

This meeting celebrates Michael Thompson's seminal work on solar and stellar physics, as well as his major contributions to the development of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and marks his untimely death in October 2018. The deadline to apply for student travel support is June 1; abstracts and early registration should be submitted by July 15.

▹ Frontiers of Atmospheric Chemistry - FASCINATE Workshop

Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling LAB (ACOM)

The Frontiers of Atmospheric Science and Chemistry: Integration of Novel Applications and Technological Endeavors' (FASCINATE) workshop goal is to aid in the bi-directional transfer of information among those that are pushing the boundaries of how we think about atmospheric composition and its impacts. Workshop Dates: September 9-11.


Coupling, Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR) 2019 Conference


This is a focused program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), that aims to understand changes in the atmosphere over short and long time scales. A primary goal of CEDAR is to explain how energy is transferred between atmospheric regions by combining a comprehensive observational program with theoretical and empirical model efforts. Poster abstracts are due May 10; the registration deadline is May 24.

Read the International Virtual Science Symposium Reports by Students!

The GLOBE Program

The International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS) is a way for primary through undergraduate students from all GLOBE countries to showcase their hard work. With GLOBE, students learn the practices of science through hands-on investigations in their own communities, sparking their curiosity and interest in science. Feedback and virtual badges will be shared May 17.

2019 EarthCube Annual Meeting - Science in Action


The 2019 EarthCube Annual Meeting - "Science in Action" - focuses on how the program's projects and developing infrastructure can benefit end users in the EarthCube and larger scientific communities. The hotel booking deadline is May 17 for the meeting on June 12-14.

Workshop on Building an Interannual to Decadal (2 to 30 year) Prediction/Projection Capability for Decision Support


This exploratory workshop will discuss the need for coordinated updating of physical Earth system predictions to support a wide range of long-term decisions; the effort may draw on multi-agency expertise and existing or emerging capabilities. The workshop will focus on the challenges of providing and maintaining an updating but non-operational capability, including the potential dual use of ongoing research efforts for decision support. Meeting: June 5-6.

▹ National Drought and Public Health Summit


Save the date for this summit in Atlanta, Georgia. It will build on 2008 summit work with CDC, NOAA, AWWA, and the EPA to engage the drought public health community and set up a communication network, share the state of the science, update the 2008 gaps and needs list, and outline a drought and public health strategy of joint, collaborative, multi-agency activities to meet needs and build upon current activities. The summit dates are June 17-19. Website to come; for more information, contact Christina Bargas.

▹ GLOBE Annual Meeting Welcomes You in Detroit

The GLOBE Program

"Intersections of Diverse Environments" in Detroit, Michigan, is positioned at the intersection of multiple types of diverse environments culturally, geographically, and economically. At the annual meeting, July 14-18, the theme will be explored further in multiple strands. These strands are:

  • Finding Nature in Urban Landscapes
  • Exploring Changing Environments
  • GLOBE and Technology
  • GLOBE Gives Back



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

This video provides a brief overview of COSMIC, the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate.

What's New in NBM v3.2

The U.S. national Weather Service National Blend of Models (NBM) is scheduled to be upgraded to version 3.2 in November 2019.

Lessons & Resources


Communicating Risk: The Impact-based Forecast and Warning Services Approach

This lesson introduces this approach to managing risk from weather events.

Convection-allowing Models (CAMs): Winter Applications

In this lesson, forecasters will practice using guidance from different CAMs over the short term.

The Sun, the Earth, and Near-Earth Space

This resource by Jack Eddy was published posthumously in 2009 and is now available from COMET. It assembles concise explanations and descriptions — easily read and understood — of the chain of events and processes that connect the Sun to Earth, with emphases on space weather and on the Sun and climate.



SatFC-G: Bandas do Infravermelho Próximo

SatFC-G: Near-IR Bands (also available in Spanish)


Características de funcionamiento de los instrumentos meteorológicos

Meteorological Instrument Performance Characteristics

Meteorología básica: introducción a los océanos terrestres

Met 101: Introduction to the World's Oceans

Los instrumentos y la medición de la humedad atmosférica

Instrumentation and Measurement of Atmospheric Humidity


Interprétation de base de l’imagerie satellitaire

Basic Satellite Imagery Interpretation
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17th JCSDA Technical Review Meeting & Science Workshop
Registration Deadline: May 29

UCAR Next Generation Fellowships
Application Deadline: June 3

Summer 2019 WRF Tutorials
Registration Deadline: June 17

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

Colleagues we will miss


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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