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Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Modeling Snow Water Equivalent in the Rocky Mountain Region

Colette Smirniotis
San Diego State University

Accurately modeling and predicting snow cover presents a scientific challenge, in part because it is difficult to measure this quantity directly. Thus, indirect measurements are also used to infer snow cover. Given the choice of different indirect measurements and also different algorithms to retrieve snow cover from these data, there is no single, standard gridded snow data set that can be used for climate model evaluation. The goal of this project is to use a Bayesian statistical model to create a blended product of snow water equivalent (SWE) from multiple data sets and in the process also quantify the uncertainty of this across different locations. To combine the data sets, a new version of the R package LatticeKrig is implemented that can handle the “change of support” problem common in spatial statistics and inherent in this project. LatticeKrig models the spatial process with a multiresolution basis function representation in a computationally efficient manner. Monthly snow predictions from the blended product are calculated along with the standard errors of the predictors.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mesa Lab, Chapman Room
(Bring your lunch)

For more information, contact Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431,

Thursday, June 30, 2016 to Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Jack Calvert, a preeminent researcher in photochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and air pollution, died earlier this month. (Read more.)


For more information, contact Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Thursday, June 30, 2016 to Wednesday, July 6, 2016

UCAR Center for Science Education and the NOAA Climate Stewards Program will be co-hosting the 2016 Climate Change workshop, June 30 - July 2. You are welcome to tune-in to the following discussions via UCARLive at

  • Thursday, June 30 at 10am Kevin Trenberth will give the keynote Weather and Climate Extremes: Attribution and Risk.
  • Thursday, June 30 at 2:15pm a panel discussion will be held entitled Attribution, Extremes, and Resilience. Presenters will be :
    • Jerry Meehl, NCAR Sr. Climate Scientst
    • Rod Moraga, Fire Management Consultant, Anchor Point Group
    • Janice Coen, NCAR Scientist, Fire Modeler
    • Mari Tye, Engineering & Climate Extremes Partnership, NCAR Scientist
    • Brett KenCairn, City of Boulder Sr. Environmental Planner
  • Friday, July 1st at 3:30pm COMET hydrologist Matt Kelsch will discuss The Boulder 2013 Flood, Climate, and Resiliency Planning. 

We hope that you will join us via UCARLive.


For more information, contact Karen Herman at ext. 2590,

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 to Sunday, July 3, 2016

As in the past several years, the Mesa Lab will close to the public on Monday, July 4 as follows:

  • The NCAR road will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at 4 p.m.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists may continue to use the road until 7 p.m. 
  • Security will patrol the parking lot at 7 p.m. and ask remaining visitors to leave the premises.
  • Employees requiring access to work at the Mesa Lab will be allowed up the road after 4 p.m. with their UCAR identification. 
  • Security will have increased patrols during the day. An officer will be at the bottom of the NCAR road starting at noon to make sure everyone is aware of the 4 p.m. closure. 
  • There is signage at the bottom of the road announcing the closure.
  • The road will re-open for normal use on Tuesday, July 5 at 6 a.m.

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

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 to Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Former HAO Senior Scientist Tim Brown has received a prestigious award from the National Academy of Sciences for landmark research that he conducted while at NCAR. (Read more.)

For more information, contact David Hosansky at ext. 8611,

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 to Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Effective Monday, June 27th, the Contracts point of contact for cell phones is Adam Mayfield.  He can be reached by phone at extension or via email at  The backup point of contact is Justin Lee (ext. 2069,  

If you have questions about this, please contract Alison Propes at or via phone at 303-497-8877.

For more information, contact Alison Propes at ext. 8877,

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 to Friday, July 8, 2016

Marc Genty serves in multiple roles, and each is a passion. By day, he is a software engineer in the Mass Storage Systems Group of NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. Also by day and often by night, for several years he has been the coordinator of the UCAR Delphi Question and Answer Service, a volunteer position. But his volunteer spirit doesn't end there. (Story by Jeff Smith, Science Writer and Public Information Officer, read more here.)

For more information, contact Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Monday, June 27, 2016 to Monday, July 4, 2016

In June 2015, Contracts held presentations open to all staff about key changes that impact UCAR resulting from the Uniform Guidance that was effective on December 26, 2014.  At that time it was mentioned that UCAR had chosen to take advantage of the grace period that the government granted for entities that wish to delay the implementation of the new procurement standards.  The Government has since granted an extension to the grace period that UCAR is taking advantage of, which means that UCAR will be required to be in compliance with the procurement standards of the Uniform Guidance by October 1, 2017. 

The significant changes to the procurement standards in the Uniform Guidance include publicizing solicitations for procurements > $150,000, independent cost estimates for procurements >  $150,000 before receiving bids or proposals, taking all necessary affirmative steps to assure that small, disadvantaged/women owned businesses are used when possible, more restrictive criteria for sole sources, and lowering the competitive threshold to $3,500.

Within the next year, Contracts will be working on meeting these updated procurement standards and will be providing further information and training.  The new sourcing and procurement system will also assist with meeting these standards.

If you have questions about this, please contract Alison Propes at or via phone at 303-497-8877.

For more information, contact Alison Propes at ext. 8877,

Friday, June 24, 2016 to Friday, July 1, 2016

A new open-access book by NCAR scientist Andrew Gettelman and Richard Rood of the University of Michigan aims to demystify climate modeling without using a single equation. The book, which can be downloaded for free, is aimed at grad students, researchers outside the climate field, and anyone else who is curious about how climate models work. (Story by Laura Snider, Senior Science Writer. Read more here.)

For more information, contact Laura Snider at ext. 8605,

Thursday, June 23, 2016 to Thursday, June 30, 2016

REGISTER for JULY Courses! 

Don't let July pass by without taking advantage of the opportunity to particpate in some incredible courses! We have a fantastic July planned!

All UCAR/NCAR/UCP employees can register for FREE educational courses. There are a variety of options and the training schedules are updated regularly to help provide the most current and up to date information.


View the 2016 training schedule to date & REGISTER by logging into Connect:

Select “EOD Training Catalog” to view and register for current offerings.

For more information, contact:

Toni Wallace,, 303-497-8716 

  • Class sizes vary and space is limited. Reserve your attendance as soon as possible.
  • Courses may be offered more than once, depending on the demand and participation.
  • Note: Course times & dates can change, please view the calendar via the EOD Training Catalog for the most up-to-date information!

JULY - 2016 Courses: 

(log into Connect and view the "EOD Training Catalog" for locations and descriptions per course)

7/12/16: Elevations CU: The Culture of Can
Complimentary lunch. RSVP by 7/5 for lunch.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM /  CG1 2126
Open to all employees

7/21/16: MSEC: Interviewing and Hiring
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM /  FLA-2111.
Open to all employees
Please RSVP by: 7/6 

7/27/16: MSEC: Workplace Respect
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM / CG1-2503
Open to all employees
Please RSVP by: 7/12

7/28/16: MSEC: Performance Management,
Setting the Stage for Success
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM / CG1-2126.
Open to all employees
Please RSVP by: 7/13

CEB Manager Success Workshop Series:
Open to all managers & aspiring managers
Times & Registration per Virtual Courses are listed on the
EOD website:
(Select the Leadership Development tab for more information)

Managing Virtual Teams
July Dates Offered: 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st

For more information, contact Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Thursday, June 23, 2016 to Sunday, July 31, 2016