Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Announcement will run from Tue, 09/16/2014 to Friday, September 26, 2014

In a finding that could alter how scientists quantify emissions of certain pollutants, a new study in Nature concludes that the self-cleaning power of the atmosphere does not differ substantially between the northern and southern hemispheres. The finding was surprising, as model simulations generally show that the hydroxyl molecule (OH)—the dominant “detergent” of the atmosphere that removes many pollutants by oxidizing them—is more common in the Northern Hemisphere. more>

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

Announcement will run from Tue, 09/16/2014 to Monday, September 22, 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.

Perspectives of Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
Author: E. Atlee (Edwin Atlee) Jackson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Call Number: QA845 .J28 1989 V.1 & V.2 
Location: ML Library

Atmospheric Dynamics
Author: John (John Sydney Adcock) Green
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Call Number: QC880 .G66 2004
Location: ML and FL Library

Paleoclimatology : Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary, 2nd ed.
Author: R. S. (Raymond S.) Bradley
Publisher: Academic Press, Inc.
Call Number: QC884 .B614 1999
Location: ML & FL Libraries

Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Microphysics of Clouds
Author: Vitaly I. Khvorostyanov, Judith A. Curry
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Call Number: QC925 .K47 2014
Location: FL Library

Operational Weather Forecasting
Authors: Peter (Peter M.) Inness, Steve (Stephen R.) Dorling
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Call Number: QC995 .I44 2013
Location: ML and FL Library

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

Announcement will run from Tue, 09/16/2014 to Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September 25-26, 2014

NCAR Main Seminar Room

The format of the workshop seeks to overcome cross-disciplinary language barriers and to emphasize communication between participants by featuring tutorials, invited talks, panel discussions, posters and break-out sessions.

We invite all researchers interested in learning about critical issues and opportunities in the field of climate informatics to join us, whether established in the field or just starting out.

For more information and to register visit the workshop webpage

For more information, contact Doug Nychka at ext. 1711,

Announcement will run from Mon, 09/15/2014 to Monday, October 6, 2014

Unidata's 2014 Training Workshop will be held October 21 - November 6, 2014. 

 Unidata's training workshops are created and presented by the software developers and support staff for each package, so you'll be sure to get your questions answered.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn more about your favorite Unidata software program(s) and interact with our developers. 

Workshop Sessions & Dates:

Using Unidata Technologies with Python - October 21 – 22

THREDDS Data Server (TDS) - October 23 – 24

GEMPAK with an Introduction to AWIPS-II - October 27 – 29

LDM - October 30 - 31 (1½ days)

IDV with RAMADDA - November 3 – 6  

Please see the following link to register and for more information:

For more information, contact Sheri Ruscetta at ext. 8639,

Announcement will run from Mon, 09/15/2014 to Friday, September 26, 2014

The CG1, FL and ML front desk banks will close at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 for year-end processing. All transactions must be completed by 12:00 pm. No exceptions will be made. The front desk banks will re-open at 8:30 am on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

For more information, contact Christy Fletcher at ext. 8557,

Announcement will run from Mon, 09/15/2014 to Thursday, September 18, 2014

The HAO Director Search Committee invites NCAR and UCAR staff to attend a series of presentations given by three candidates for the position. The candidates will each give a 45 minute presentation, and will conduct a 30 minute Q&A session with the audience afterward. The events will be webcast live from the FL2 Small Seminar Room (Room 1001) starting at 1:30 PM MDT ( on the following days and will also be recorded for later viewing:

September 16 - 1:30 PM MDT: Dr. Stanley Solomon (HAO)

Solar Variability and Anthropogenic Change in the Upper Atmosphere

September 17 - 1:30 PM MDT: Dr. Sarah Gibson (HAO)

Magnetism across Time and Space: Seeking the Spheres to Connect Them

September 18 - 1:30 PM MDT: Dr. Scott McIntosh (HAO)

The Sun-Earth Connection: New Pathways To Bridging the Ninety-Three Million Mile Gap

For more information, contact Whitney Robinson at ext. 8713,

Announcement will run from Mon, 09/15/2014 to Friday, October 10, 2014

In four weeks - Friday, October 17th - before the close of business, nominations for the annual UCAR awards are due. Please submit them electronically to Rachel Hauser via Google Drive, on a flash drive (send to FLA), or to the UCAR/CIT (U) drive. When submitting nominations, please also send an email to Rachel that includes the director submitting the nomination(s), the person(s) being nominated, and the award category.

More information can be found at the Request for 2014 Nominations on the Employee Recognition Awards Procedures.

In order to submit nominations that will be favorably considered, please use the appropriate checklists (previous Awards Jury members have compiled these checklists to make the process more consistent and streamlined):

Distinguished Achievement Award
Outstanding Accomplishments Awards

Although any employee may initiate a nomination, only NCAR Associate Directors, UCAR or UCP Program Directors, or their designates can submit nominations. Award categories include the Distinguished Achievement Award, as well as six Outstanding Accomplishment Awards (Publication, Scientific and/or Technical Advancement, Administrative Achievement, Education and Outreach, Mentoring, and Diversity).  

For more information, contact Rachel Hauser at ext. 1117,

Announcement will run from Mon, 09/15/2014 to Tuesday, September 30, 2014

We are cleaning out the lost and found. Please check the lost and found locations for any items you may be missing. All items not claimed by close of business on September 30, 2014, will be donated. The lost and found locations are: The CG, FLA, FL2 and ML reception desks.

For more information, contact Christy Fletcher at ext. 8557,

Announcement will run from Mon, 09/15/2014 to Monday, October 6, 2014

Construction will begin Monday, September 22 on the Mesa Lab roofs. Most of the B-Tower and portions of the A-tower roof will be removed and replaced. You will notice a crane, dumpsters, and construction vehicles in the front drive circle and rear dock areas. Please remember to obey all construction signs and barriers for safety.

Adhesive odors may be present during some phases of the project. It is advised to keep all windows in the upper levels of both towers closed during construction. The roof replacement will provide a better seal to the building. We understand this can be an inconvenience and will make every effort to complete the work without interruptions. If you find that the construction severely interferes with your work environment please discuss alternative work options with your direct manager.

The roof replacement will have to be completed in three separate phases. 

Phase 1 is scheduled to begin Monday, September 22. It is projected that this phase will take approximately 3 weeks to be completed with weather permitting. Phase 2 updates will be provided as Phase 1 finishes.

For a diagram of construction access points, please see

For additional information, please contact project manager Brad Pattison at ext. 2403 or email

For more information, contact Brad Pattison at ext. 2403,

Announcement will run from Mon, 09/15/2014 to Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Click on the link below to view the new hires and departures as of Friday, September 12, 2014.

For more information, contact Betty Singleton at ext. 2005,

Announcement will run from Mon, 09/15/2014 to Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The NCAR Data Assimilation Inventory Workshop will be held on Monday 6 October 2014 at Foothills Lab Main Seminar Room

The goal of this workshop is to identify all data assimilation research activities at NCAR and provide an opportunity for scientists engaged in these activities to learn more about the work being done by their colleagues. The final product will be a written report summarizing data assimilation activities at NCAR along with recorded presentations from the workshop.

If you are an NCAR or UCAR scientist involved in research on data assimilation methodology or applications, please contact the member of the organizing committee from your division or lab to be sure that your work will be included in the workshop. Members of the organizing committee can also answer questions you might have about the workshop.

Organizing committee:

ACD: Helen Worden
CGD: Alicia Karspeck
CISL: Jeff Anderson
EOL: Wen-Chau Lee
HAO: Mike Wiltberger
MMM: Chris Snyder
RAL: Josh Hacker
UCP: Xinan Yue

To register to attend the workshop please visit the workshop Registration Page

For more information, contact Jeff Anderson at ext. 8991,

Announcement will run from Fri, 09/12/2014 to Friday, September 19, 2014

Progress on decadal climate prediction
If today’s tools for multiyear climate forecasting had been available in the 1990s, they would have revealed that a slowdown in global warming was likely on the way, according to new work by scientists from NCAR and the Center for Australian Weather and Climate Research. more>

Ground-level ozone's toll in India
Ozone pollution in India is damaging millions of tons of the country’s major crops, according to a new study involving NCAR and several partners. The pollution caused losses of more than $1 billion in a single year, destroying enough food to feed tens of millions of people. more>

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

Announcement will run from Thu, 09/11/2014 to Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CISL is offering a one-hour class and webinar at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, to help users get the most from their High Performance Storage System (HPSS) allocations. The class will be in the VisLab at the NCAR Mesa Lab in Boulder as well as online.

Erich Thanhardt of CISL’s Mass Storage Systems Group will give participants a look “under the hood” of HPSS and review best practices and procedures for using the system.

Topics will include deciding when data should (and should not) be archived to HPSS; how to archive large data sets most efficiently; and how best to retrieve files from the system.

Register to attend in person or via webcast by selecting a link below:

For more information, contact B.J. Smith at ext. 1273,

Announcement will run from Thu, 09/11/2014 to Friday, September 19, 2014

Date:    September 18, 2014
Time:    10:30am
Place:    FL2 Room 1001

Peter M. Blasco, Jose Palacios, and Sven Schmitz
Department of Aerospace Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University

Wind energy is the fastest growing form of renewable energy. One of the many challenges wind energy faces in today’s competitive energy market is due to performance losses associated with atmospheric icing events that are commonly experienced by wind turbines in the Northern United States. It is therefore imperative to develop accurate prediction methods that determine the power losses due to atmospheric icing events. Representative icing conditions can be generated at the Penn State Adverse Environment Rotor Test Stand (AERTS). A technique has been developed where the actual ice shapes can be molded and preserved for subsequent wind-tunnel testing. In collaboration with NCAR and Xcel Energy, the Penn State team has performed scaled ice accretion experiments in the AERTS facility representative of spanwise flow conditions along a notional 1.5-MW wind turbine blade. Wind-tunnel measurements of lift and drag of various iced airfoil shapes were performed and used to estimate the total power losses due to turbine icing for selected atmospheric icing conditions. This seminar highlights the ice accretion experiments and wind-tunnel tests performed at Penn State and discusses some of the implications that the results suggest for predicting performance losses due to icing as well as alleviating the former by means of advanced turbine controls.

Peter M. Blasco  -  Peter is a 2nd-year M.S. student in Aerospace Engineering at Penn State where he also completed his B.S. in 2013. Peter’s thesis research focuses on wind turbine icing where he is conducting scaled ice accretion experiments and wind-tunnel tests. Furthermore, Peter is thinking of novel ways for advanced turbine controls that can mitigate the adverse effects associated with turbine icing. In his spare time, he likes to hike, camp, rock climb, snowboard, and do plenty of other outdoor activities. He also enjoys to design, build, and fly radio-controlled aircraft and rotorcraft.

Dr. Jose Palacios  -  Dr. Jose Palacios joined the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State University in August 2013. Jose received his bachelor, MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the same department and school. He spent 5 years as a post-doctoral researcher at the Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE). During that time, his main research focus has been aircraft and wind turbine icing. Jose has developed testing capabilities to investigate icing physics and methods to prevent ice accretion. The construction of an Adverse Environment Rotor Test Stand (AERTS) and an upcoming Ice Crystal Wind Tunnel have helped secure funds for on-going research in the field of rotorcraft icing physics, engine icing, de-icing systems, and ice protective coatings.

Dr. Sven Schmitz  -  Dr. Sven Schmitz joined the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State University in 2010. He received a diploma degree in Aerospace Engineering from RWTH Aachen (Germany) in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California Davis in 2006. Sven spent four years as a post-doctoral researcher and project scientist at Davis before coming to Penn State. He is an expert in rotary wing aerodynamics with an emphasis on vortical flows. His growing research program embraces the areas of wind turbine aerodynamics and rotorcraft aeromechanics. Current activities include wind farm wake modeling, icing on wind turbines, rotor hub flows, and rotor active control.

This seminar will be Webcast - Webcast link

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

Announcement will run from Wed, 09/10/2014 to Monday, September 29, 2014

Introduction to IDL is a three-day course that provides scientists, engineers and developers with a working knowledge of the IDL programming language. Through a mixture of lectures, instructor-led exercises and challenge problems, this course significantly shortens the startup time for learning IDL, increasing efficiency. The course is focused on using IDL for data exploration, visualization and analysis, with examples from astronomy, atmospheric science, remote sensing and medical imaging. This course is intended for new users of IDL; however, experienced users will also benefit from interacting with our veteran instructors. No knowledge of IDL is required.

Monday, September 29, 2014 - Wednesday, October 1, 2014
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

4990 Pearl East Circle
Boulder, Colorado 80301

Limited seats available...

Please let me know directly ( -- x1471) if you are interested in attending so that I can assist in the registration process.

For more information, contact Garth D'Attilo at ext. 1471,

Announcement will run from Tue, 09/09/2014 to Tuesday, September 16, 2014

As a reminder, it is important that all signatures be dated even if the specific form does not have a field next to the signature field.  In addition, all 'acting' signatures should be dated and please include the name of the person you are 'acting' for, e.g., Melissa Miller, 9/8/14, Acting for Katy Schmoll.  Dating signatures is a best business practice as well as an internal control which is audited by UCAR's auditors as part of UCAR's annual independent external audit.  Questions?  Please contact Melissa Miller, Director, Budget and Finance at (303) 497-8575 or melissa  We appreciate your cooperation.

For more information, contact Melissa Miller at ext. 8575,

Announcement will run from Tue, 09/09/2014 to Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Please join us at Ignite VI

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FL2 Main Seminar

3:00 - 4:15pm

Ignite VI Presenters:

Eileen Carpenter & Marc Mueller, UCAR Center for Science Education
Rebecca Centeno Elliott, High Altitude Observatory
Sheldon Drobot, Research Applications Laboratory
Frank Flocke, Atmospheric Chemistry Division
John Hubbert, Earth Observing Laboratory
Paul Kushner, University of Toronto
Marla Meehl, Computational & Information Systems Laboratory, 
 Network Engineering & Telecommunications Section
Karyn Sawyer, Joint Office for Science Support

20 slides x 15 seconds per slide

Five-minute presentations that will enlighten, inspire, or make us think a little differently.

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

Announcement will run from Thu, 09/04/2014 to Friday, September 26, 2014

You are invited to join the Google UCAR Forum for staff to exchange questions, answers, and helpful tips about Google Apps.  Here you can post questions and answers, rate the answers, and search for topics.   

To join, follow this link:!forum/google-ucar-forum

1. Click on the blue “Join Group” button

2. Check out the quick reference guide for help on how to participate in the forum, manage your    membership, notification options, and unsubscribe.

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

Announcement will run from Wed, 09/03/2014 to Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Did you know that NCAR/UCAR staff have borrowing privileges at the University of Colorado Libraries? The NCAR Library is affiliated with CU through their University Libraries Research Partners (ULRP) program. You can apply for borrowing privileges at the Main Norlin Circulation desk with your NCAR ID. More information about the program can be found on CU's ULRP program page.

Please note that these privileges DO NOT include remote access to databases. In order to access CU databases, you must be at one of their libraries or use the NCAR Library InterLibrary Loan service to acquire electronic materials not held by the NCAR Library.

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

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

Announcement will run from Fri, 08/29/2014 to Wednesday, December 31, 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,

Announcement will run from Thu, 08/28/2014 to Wednesday, December 10, 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,

Announcement will run from Thu, 08/14/2014 to Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Logistics Operations would like to remind everyone of UCAR receiving policies.

ALL receiving MUST come through 3090 Center Green Drive (CG3).

Tacitly, there may be exceptions required for different scenarios that may arise. 

These are available by prior approval only.

Such requests for exclusion to the receiving policy must be obtained in writing through Kerry Slaven ( or Joseph Lujan (

There are also preexistent exceptions that have blanket approval for deliveries not coming into CG3 (i.e. bulk and raw materials for DFS (EOL Machine Shop), AOG (Aircraft On Ground) articles and extremely large or sensitive items for RAF, and all receiving for NWSC). These validations remain in effect with no further action required. However, all related packing slips MUST be sent to Logistics Operations. 

For all receiving, please make sure that your vendor includes the end-user name and telephone number, an association to the purchase order/blanket order number or credit card reference, in addition to the vendor’s order numbers. Packages received into Logistics Operations without this information will be held from delivery until the necessary data has been acquired. Logistics personnel will email the end-user for this, case by case. 

All personal packages coming in MUST be clearly denoted as “Personal/Confidential”, or they will be opened and received as a normal business item.

For more information, contact Kerry Slaven at ext. 1151,

Announcement will run from Mon, 08/04/2014 to Saturday, September 27, 2014

NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents: 

The Fresh A.I.R. Show: Artists In Recovery Group Art Show

Show Theme: “Through Art, Visions and Dreams the Light Comes Through.”

"Recovery” is a way of life – sobriety a model for living.

An estimated 23 million people grapple with severe alcohol or drug abuse—more than twice the number of Americans afflicted with cancer. Today, 1.2 million people belong to one of the major addiction-recovery programs, listing 55,000 meeting groups in the U.S.

Each of us is in this alone together.The most successful addiction-recovery programs focus on a Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, in order to solve their common problems and help others to recover from their addictions—alcohol, narcotics, eating, gambling, etc. The healing power of a support group with a common condition was never shown to be more powerful than in sponsorship-oriented 12-Step Programs. Staying active, attending meetings and “being there” for the new comers is how our 20 Fresh A.I.R. artists all met.

For an artist, faith without works is dead. Through fellowship and service, I have come to know many talented artists, jewelers, photographers, metal & woodworkers, musicians, and more – who daily make the conscious choice of Life, Art, Joy and Freedom from addiction. Some have done so for decades… some only for months… but each of us regained our freedom one-day-at-a-time. As a group of independent artists, acting in the spirit of fellowship to build bridges of understanding, we wish to share our stories and our vision of hope through our artwork. We celebrate dignity, wellness and community.

The Fresh A.I.R. Show series is an unaffiliated grassroots project started by Michael Hamers, who lives in Niwot, CO. Its purpose is to promote, share and celebrate with other creative individuals in the process of recovery and openly with the Boulder County community, the daily joy of being in recovery. This has as its basis the fresh perspective of adopting healthier attitudes and practices taken toward life: our art and work, our community, a sense of freedom, spirituality, and the acceptance of a Higher-Power actively influencing our lives.

"Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

The Fresh A.I.R. Show will be on exhibit in Gallery I & Gallery II of the NCAR Mesa Lab August 4, 2014 to September 27, 2014. 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,

Announcement will run from Thu, 04/03/2014 to Thursday, September 25, 2014

For more information, contact D Nychka at ext. 1711,