Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Have you discovered Ideation, yet? Join the forum and see what folks are discussing. We are using this platform to get employee ideas to solve problems. Ideas come in every day, and they are getting more and more creative. Your vote is important in this forum. Read the ideas and vote on your favorites. If you have an idea, please post it. We are currently looking for ideas on employee recognition and cost savings. These campaigns will be closing in a couple weeks.

To view a slideshow on the activity in Ideation, please visit the link: Ideation 10-30-2014. The speaker notes can be activated by clicking on the cog in the bottom left-hand corner of the slideshow.

Each idea is reviewed by a moderator, who will respond to your suggestion. Please keep in mind that your ideas and comments can be viewed by any member. This forum is for UCAR employees only.

To join Ideation follow these steps:

  1. Use this link to access Ideation:

  2. You will be prompted to login using your Google account. Click on the Google link.

  3. You will then be prompted to Accept the standard Google/Third Party Terms that have been checked out by IT Security in advance and are safe to accept. After clicking Accept, you will be automatically registered on the Ideation site.

For more information about how to use the site, please see the quick reference guide and tips and tricks on Google Drive. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661. Questions regarding the BPEX initiative may be directed towards Anthony Mariani at ext. 8566.

For more information, contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 6048,

Fri, 10/31/2014

Ever wish you could teleport into a meeting down the hall or across the galaxy?  Come to a Google roadshow or drop in on a demonstration to learn how to beam folks into your next meeting using Google Hangouts from your computer, tablet or phone.   

Want to learn more?

Hangouts & Google+  Roadshows:

Drop-in Hangouts and Google+ Demonstrations:

  • Wednesday, November 5, 11:30-1:00 pm FL Cafeteria Atrium

  • Wednesday, November 12, 12:00-1:30 ML Cafeteria


Need some help getting started with Hangouts or Google+? We all do!  Videos, Quick Start Guides and Help resources are available on the UCAR Google Support Site  and then check in with your Hangouts/Google+ Coach.   

Explore this new Google frontier!  Beam me up Scotty!

For more information, contact Cindy Worster at ext. 1101,

Thu, 10/30/2014

Open to everyone, VSP, JOSS, GLOBE and Unidata are hosting the next UCP Open House on Thursday, November 6th from 1pm - 3pm, located on the 1st and 2nd floors of FL4.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about what these programs are working on and where they're headed.

For more information, contact Carey Reynolds at ext. 2604,

Thu, 10/30/2014

Boulder team wins international water prize
Groundbreaking work by a group of scientists from CU-Boulder and UCP/COSMIC has been recognized this month with one of the world’s most prestigious awards for innovations related to water resources. more>

Digital tools for customized science education
A software platform enabling on-demand creation of customizable curricula using curated open education resources will get a development boost from a new agreement between EdTrex, the University of Colorado, and UCAR. more>

For more information, contact Bob Henson at ext. 8605,

Wed, 10/29/2014

The UCAR 2015 Benefits Open Enrollment period begins Monday, November 3 and ends on Monday, December 1, 2014, 5:00 p.m. MST. This is the annual opportunity for employees to review and make health insurance, Flexible Spending Account (Health Care and Dependent Care) and Health Savings Account selections for 2015.

We are introducing a new format this year to reduce paper and mailing costs. Within the next few days, all benefit-eligible employees will receive a one-page flyer at their home address. Along with general information about the Open Enrollment process, the flyer will provide instructions to access a new, online Highlights Guide which replaces the multi-page "bulletin" we've mailed in previous years.

The new, online Highlights Guide provides employees with an interactive overview of what's new and what's changing in 2015. The Guide provides the 2015 premium contributions, dates and times of Open Enrollment meetings in addition to various tools and resources. There is a direct link to the Connect Open Enrollment site where you will make your annual elections or changes to your health insurance plan and/or your dependent coverage. Once you're in the Connect Open Enrollment site (access using your UCAS/timecard login and password), click on "Enter 2015 Open Enrollment Site".

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Cyd Perrone, x8710,, Irena Haimsky, x8706,, or Laurie Carr, x8702,

For more information, contact Cyd Perrone at ext. 8710,

Wed, 10/29/2014

Stratospheric Water Vapor Processes and Trends from In Situ Observations

In-situ observations of water vapor in the stratosphere and in the tropopause region are an important tool to study trends and processes of stratospheric water vapor.

Balloon-borne in-situ observations of stratospheric and tropospheric water vapor, ozone, and temperature are currently launched at a number of operational and campaign-based sites. At Lindenberg, Germany, these soundings are launched twice per month, with one sounding during daytime and one during nighttime. The nighttime soundings carry an additional backscatter instrument to provide cloud and aerosol information at two wavelengths. These observations allow studies of cloud microphysics and provide an in-situ consistency check of the water vapor observations.

At Boulder, CO (which has by far the longest record of stratospheric water vapor), at Hilo, HI, and at Costa Rica, water vapor soundings are launched at a roughly monthly schedule. The data set at Costa Rica is currently the most extensive data set of in-situ water vapor in the tropical upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. These soundings provide relative humidity over ice at the cold point tropopause and constitute the only long term data set for water vapor entering the stratosphere. Costa Rica has a pronounced rainy season with widespread deep convection, as well as a distinct dry season with nearly complete absence of deep convection. On average, high relative-humidity values, which are observed at the tropopause, are a strong indication that dehydration may occur throughout the year.

Studying data from different sites provides indications about the consistency of the observations and emphasizes that routine in-situ observations are needed at multiple locations to understand the details of water vapor processes and trends in the stratosphere.

Thursday, 6 November 2014, 10:30AM
NCAR-Foothills Laboratory
3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg. 2 Large Auditorium (Rm 1022)

For more information, contact Steve Oncley at ext. 8757,

Tue, 10/28/2014

Eric Wolf, CU Boulder
Tuesday, 11 November 2014, 11 a.m.
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room
NCAR, 1850 Table Mesa Drive


Problems concerning the evolution planetary atmospheres on geologic timescales were once reserved for conceptual models.  However, three-dimensional climate models are now commonly used to simulate extremes of planetary climate for Earth, other solar system objects, and most recently extrasolar planets.  In this study, I use a modified version of the Community Earth System Model to examine two fundamental problems concerning the evolution of Earth’s atmosphere: the faint young Sun paradox and the runaway greenhouse.  Both problems are motivated by the long-term evolution of the solar constant.  All stars gradually brighten over their main sequence lifetimes.  Thus, if we wind the clock backwards, the early Earth was irradiated by up to ~25% less solar energy than the present day, yet geologic evidence indisputably points toward a warm planet that teemed with life.  Conversely, as time marches into the future the Sun will continue to brighten, inevitably pushing the Earth into a thermal runaway and thus permanently ceasing habitability.  While this study remains geocentric in nature, results are considered within the broader context of planetary atmospheres.

For more information, contact Gaylynn Potemkin at ext. 1618,

Tue, 10/28/2014

On Oct. 16, the full IT Assessment reports were shared with all staff.  To give you a chance to hear more about the reports from Deloitte, ask questions, and participate in a discussion with members of the President’s Council, two open houses have been scheduled:

Tuesday, November 4 - 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room

Tuesday, November 4 - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. - FL2 Room 1022

All staff are welcome to attend. The Open Houses will also be webcast and archived on the OPEX website.
Please keep in mind that these reports are proprietary and must not be shared outside of UCAR.

While reviewing Deloitte’s reports, please be aware that the reports provide us with the necessary data to make informed decisions and not all of the recommendations will be implemented.
A few outcomes of the IT Assessment and next steps:

  1. UCAR has begun a Business Process Reengineering initiative to upgrade and modernize our business operations. This will help inform our investments in new information technology.
  2. Later this month, we will begin to gather requirements for an end-to-end Sourcing & Procurement System.
  3. We are investigating how a Chief Information Officer (CIO) role for business and administrative systems might look. We'll be asking the Information Technology Council (ITC) to provide us with some recommendations.
  4. To begin realizing Operational Excellence in our organization we are investing $1.5M from the General Fund in FY 2015 and will make ongoing investments over the next several years.

Thanks to those who took the time many to complete the IT Assessment survey and provide assistance with the data collection.

For more information, contact Rebecca Swisher at ext. 8609,

Tue, 10/28/2014

These new acquisitions will be displayed at each NCAR Library location for one week, first at FL Library and then at ML Library. If you have questions regarding the items or want to suggest additions to the library collection, please contact the NCAR Library at or ext. 8505.

Taming Text: How to Find, Organize, and Manipulate It
Authors: Grant S. Ingersoll, Thomas S. Morton, Andrew L. Farris
Publisher: Manning
Call Number: QA76.9.T48 I544 2013
Location: FL Library

Nonlinear Diffusive Waves
Author: P.L. Sachdev
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Call Number: QA927 .S214 1987
Location: ML and FL Library

Climatology, 3rd Edition
Authors: Robert V. Rohli, Anthony J. Vega
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
Call Number: QC981 .R649 2015
Location: ML Library

Annual Energy Outlook 2014 With Projections to 2040
Publisher: Energy Information Administration. Office of Integrated and International Energy Analysis
Online Access
Call Number: TJ163.25 .U6 A55 2014
Location: ML Library

For more information, contact NCAR Library at ext. 8505,

Tue, 10/28/2014

Quick Quiz: Which one is most important to you?

  1. Spending less time in traffic
  2. Saving money on fuel
  3. Reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions
  4. Improving communication and collaboration
  5. All of the Above

If your answer is any of the above, start using Hangouts and Google+ on Monday, November 3 and join the telepresence revolution.

Need some help getting started? We all do! Videos, Quick Start Guides and Help resources are available on the UCAR Google Support Site

According to the Carbon Disclosure Project’s report, The Telepresence Revolution, video and teleconferencing technology has the potential to avoid millions of  metric tons of CO2 and achieve financial benefits running into billions of dollars.  You can use Hangouts to video or teleconference or chat with your colleagues next door or around the world from your computer, tablet or phone and connect with your professional network and organize your collaborations with Google+.  Check out Hangouts and Google+ and reduce your carbon footprint!

With Hangouts you can:

  • Give 15  colleagues the option to join you via video conference when you schedule in Calendar
  • Add up to 100 more folks via phone to your video conference using Hangouts and ReadyTalk together
  • Chat (text) with up to 9 people
  • Invite your teammate down the hall or across the country to video or teleconference at a moment’s notice
  • Share your video conference with others on the web in real time
  • Record your video conference and post it for later viewing
  • Share your screen in a video conference hangout
  • Video conference between meetings rooms
  • Give control of your screen to a video conference member
  • Use Hangouts to work together on a document in Drive

Check out the UCAR Google Support Site to find your coach, access training and learn about the Hangouts and Google+ demonstrations scheduled throughout November.

For more information, contact Cindy Worster at ext. 1101,

Tue, 10/28/2014

The TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Session for November 2014 has been scheduled. The TIAA-CREF representative will be at:

Mesa Lab, Chapman Room 245. Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 9:00am – 3:00pm


To schedule a counseling session, please call their Scheduling and Service Group phone reservation center at 1-800-732-8353.

These sessions are in high demand, so if you have to miss your appointment, be sure to contact TIAA-CREF as soon as possible so they can fill your time slot.

For more information, contact Irena Haimsky at ext. 8706,

Tue, 10/28/2014

Don’t just shop the the extraordinary!  Visit the EAC Annual Holiday Market November 14, 2014 from 10:00am - 2:00 pm at our CG1-Auditorium.  We will be hosting more than 40 vendors carrying a broad array of items including accessories, jewelry, home décor, and art. Gift wrapping will be provided for free, so take advantage of this service.  We hope you will join us for this exciting event!

This event is for UCAR/NCAR employees, friends, and family as a benefit of the Employee Activities Committee. (EAC)

For more information, contact Alexis Baile at ext. 8553,

Mon, 10/27/2014

Tuesday, 04 November 2014
11 a.m.
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room
NCAR, 1850 Table Mesa Drive

Katinka Bellomo, Univ of Miami

Observations indicate that cloud feedbacks over the southern hemisphere stratocumulus regions (i.e., Peruvian and Namibian) co-vary with the respective equatorial modes of variability: El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and Atlantic Niño. However, from observations alone it is not possible to quantify the influence of regional cloud feedbacks on large-scale climate variability. To address this question, a set of sensitivity experiments are conducted using an atmospheric general circulation model (ECHAM6) coupled to a slab-ocean in which the strength of positive cloud feedback is enhanced over the Peruvian and Namibian regions. Enhanced positive cloud feedback increases the variance and the persistence of local as well as equatorial SST anomalies, enhancing ENSO and Atlantic Niño variability. We explore the role of cloud feedbacks over other regions in the tropical Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and find that they increase local SST variability but exhibit negligible responses at the equator. Our results indicate that the subtropical stratocumulus regions play a central role in enhancing equatorial SST variability because they are located where the SST anomalies have the largest growth rates, that is, where the variance of SST is largest and the damping rate of SST is weakest.

For more information, contact Gaylynn Potemkin at ext. 1618,

Mon, 10/27/2014

The Computer Administration Services Group (CASG) at NWSC in Cheyenne is staffed 24/7 in order to monitor environmental conditions in the computer and network rooms on all UCAR/NCAR campuses.  We are also monitoring most of the hosts and services which are located at these sites. 

We would like to invite you to take advantage of this service which includes monitoring of FTP connections, DHCP and HTTP service availability, memory and disk usage, SNMP temperature and power values, and others. 

Please visit to fill out a request form or call us at 307-996-4300 or toll free at 1-855-307-6972. For more information, visit

For more information, contact Computer Administration Services Group at ext. 4300,

Wed, 10/22/2014

January 20-23, 2015
June 9-12, 2015
Corporate Technical Training Center
Center Green campus, 3085 Center Green Drive (CG-2)

These 3.5 day workshops are geared towards new users of NCL, and will be taught by both an associate scientist and a software engineer. The workshops include a combination of introductory lectures and hands-on labs.

During the labs, the instructors work with students to help them write NCL programs for analyzing their own data.

Limited travel funds are available for eligible students or faculty members at minority serving institutions in the United States, or from universities in EPSCoR states.

Registration is free and limited to 16 students per class, so be sure to register as soon as possible.

See the link below for information on registering for the workshop and/or applying for travel funds.

For more information, contact Mary Haley at ext. 1254,

Fri, 10/10/2014


Speaker:  David Gochis  
Date:       November 11, 2014
Time:      10:30am
Place:      FL 2 – Room 1022
Title:       Recent developments and applications of the WRF-Hydro modeling system for continental scale water cycle predictions


The translation of weather and climate forcing through complex landscapes to drive terrestrial hydrologic processes is a true multi-scale problem.  Model architectures that attempt to capture these processes and feedbacks in a physically realistic way must be able to bridge spatial scales from meters to kilometers.  To represent these processes across continental domains modeling systems must fully embrace high performance computing.  Also, because there are both scientific and computational trade-offs in modeling many terrestrial hydrologic and land-atmosphere exchange processes, it is often highly advantageous to support multiple physics options in order to test competing hypotheses and apply scale-appropriate parameterizations for different prediction problems.  In this talk we provide an update of new developments to the WRF-Hydro system in meeting these needs from both a process representation and high performance computing perspective.  A key feature of these developments centers on new multi-scale modeling capabilities recently added to WRF-Hydro.  We will discuss prediction and computational performance metrics for several recent large river basin and continental scale applications of the WRF-Hydro system over the coterminous U.S. and over Mexico in modes both coupled and uncoupled to the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model.  We will also provide updates on new developments to the WRF-Hydro system in the areas of water management applications and hydrologic data assimilation.

This seminar will be webcast
FL2_1022 (Large Auditorium) Webcast link or

For more information, contact Marybeth Zarlingo at ext. 2751,

Wed, 10/08/2014

The NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents two artists:

Fernando Boza is an award-winning photographer who resides in Boulder, Colorado –just a few blocks from NCAR.  He believes in ancient knowledge that “a deep connection with the environment is not only embedded in the human psyche, but is fundamental to experience a greater sense of peace and one’s own true nature.”  This exhibit includes photographs of nature from 2013 and 2014, from different parts of the world, but mostly from Colorado and surrounding areas. Boza's work will be on exhibit in Gallery I of the NCAR Mesa Lab October 2014 through November 2014.

A graduate of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Steven Homsher paints landscapes, animals, and figures. Painting both in the studio and “plein aire”, Steven’s aim is to convey the transient nature of light and atmosphere. Steven is represented by Mary Williams Fine Arts, and is a yearly presenter in Boulder Open Studios, and other juried shows in Colorado. As a participant of the NCAR Community Art Program, Steven looks forward to sharing his work with people who appreciate the interpretation of light as it reveals the beauty and sanctity of nature. Homsher's work will be on exhibit in Gallery II of the NCAR Mesa Lab October 2014 through Novenber 2014.

Both artists work can be viewed Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Saturday/Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

For more information, contact Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Tue, 09/30/2014

Super Science Saturday is coming soon!

November 8, 2014 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Mesa Lab.

Please join us for our "SUPER" annual event where both kids and adults explore hands-on activities, think about new ideas and learn how we study the weather.

We are looking for volunteers. If you have any interest in volunteering for this fun filled day, there are three ways to sign up. 

Please feel free to contact:

Natalie Ponsford



Eileen Carpenter


We also now have available a Volunteer Online Form at:

For more information, contact Natalie Ponsford at ext. 2585,

Thu, 09/18/2014

A Google Calendar showing UCAR Payroll Holidays through the end of 2016 has been built.  You may view it or even use it to add Holidays to your personal Calendar.  The Calendar is called "UCAR Payroll Holidays" and instructions for accessing and copying it are posted on the Google Apps Support Site.

For more information, contact Alex Eschenbaum at ext. 8886,

Fri, 08/29/2014

Ever wonder what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says?  Learn more Tuesday and Thursday afternoons this fall during a seminar series by IPCC authors and contributors. This fall’s focus is on Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis (Working Group I’s contribution to the IPCC 5th Assessment Report).

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:15 • CIRES Auditorium (room 338 CIRES)

Th Aug 28 Policymakers/Technical summaries | Jerry Meehl
Tu Sept. 2 Ch. 1: Introduction | Linda Mearns
Tu Sept 9 Ch. 2: Observations: Atmosphere & Surface | Owen Cooper
Tu Sept 16 Ch. 3: Observations: Ocean | Mike Alexander
Tu Sept 23 Ch. 5: Information from Paleoclimate Archives | Bette Otto-Bliesner
Tu Sept 30 Ch. 11: Near Term Climate Change | Marika Holland
Th Oct 9 Ch. 6: Carbon and other Biogeochemical Cycles | Pieter Tans
Tu Oct 14 Ch. 7: Clouds and Aerosols | Dave Randall
Tu Oct 21 Ch. 8: Anthropogenic and Natural Forcing | J. F. Lamarque
Tu Oct 28 Ch. 12: Long Term Climate Change | John Fasullo
Tu Nov 4 Ch. 10: Detection and Attribution of Climate Change:
From Global to Regional | Judith Pearlwitz
Tu Nov. 11 Ch. 4: Observations: Cryosphere | Tad Pfeffer
Tu Nov 18 Ch. 9: Evaluation of Climate Models | Clara Deser
Tu Dec. 2 Ch. 13: Sea Level Change | Steve Nerem
Tu Dec 9 Ch. 14: Climate Phenomena and their Relevance
for Future Regional Climate Change | Kevin Trenberth

For more information, contact Gaylynn Potemkin at ext. 1618,

Thu, 08/28/2014