Staff Notes Daily Announcements

CHANGES IN EXTREME PRECIPITATION WITH WARMING: A PHYSICAL APPROACH

Angeline Pendergrass
CIRES Visiting Fellow, University of Colorado

Determining how precipitation, especially extreme precipitation, has and will change with warming is an important challenge in climate science. In order to accomplish this, we need to develop a robust understanding of how to quantify extreme precipitation, its change, and the associated uncertainty. But we must also address why these changes occur, and describe the physical drivers of how precipitation can change. I hope that this talk can help contribute to discussion about how to integrate physical and statistical approaches to studying precipitation extremes.

I will share some work which takes a physical approach to understanding changes in precipitation and its extremes. In the global mean, precipitation is in balance with radiative and sensible heat flux components of the atmosphere’s energy budget. Changes in global mean precipitation in climate model projections closely follow changes in clear-sky atmospheric radiative cooling, obeying an energetic constraint. Climate models vary in how heavy this rain is when it falls, but they generally agree on many aspects of how this distribution changes with warming. The changes in the distribution of rain can be described by “shift” and “increase” modes of change of the distribution. One aspect of precipitation change that models disagree about is the rate of change of extreme precipitation change with warming. These changes in extreme precipitation do not depend on the type of forcing that drives the warming (in contrast to mean precipitation). Convective organization could in principle contribute to the disagreement across models, and some methods of quantifying this relationship are in development.

Friday, May 6, 2016
12:00-1:00 pm
Mesa Lab, Damon Room
(Bring your lunch)

For more information, contact Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431, kathyp@ucar.edu

Tue, 05/03/2016

RAL Seminar

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | 2pm | FL2 - Room 3107

National Center for ATmospheric Research, Boulder

PRICES, PEERS AND PERCEPTIONS: FIELD EXPERIMENTS ON TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION IN THE CONTEXT OF IMPROVED COOKSTOVES (P3 project)

Maxwell Dalaba |  Health Economist

                         Navrongo Health Research Center in Ghana

Low adoption rates of seemingly efficient and utility-enhancing technologies have been observed in a number of cases across a variety of contexts; examples include bed nets, latrines, deworming drugs, and condoms, among many others. Explanations for this phenomenon tend to focus on three key factors: the prices of these technologies and the role of subsidies, the effect of peers and social learning, and the ways in which users’ perceptions of technologies are influenced by different factors and affect subsequent adoption decisions. The aim of this proposal is to investigate the interactions among these three factors in determining adoption of improved cookstoves, a technology with potential health, social, and environmental benefits. To investigate these interactions, we will take advantage of a unique research opportunity to leverage an ongoing NSF-funded study that randomly introduced improved cookstoves to 200 households in the Kassena-Nankana District in Northern Ghana. Briefly, our study design involves offering new stoves at different price levels to groups of households with and without social ties to the households that received stoves as part of this prior study. Through these experiments, we will be able to identify the interacting feedbacks between prices and peer effects on perceptions and beliefs about stoves, as well as adoption and use outcomes across different groups.

For more information, contact Marybeth Zarlingo at ext. 2751, zarlingo@ucar.edu

Fri, 04/29/2016

NCAR's Anke Kamrath recently played a key role in helping develop a national strategy to bolster seasonal weather forecasts. (Story by Jeff Smith, Science Writer and Public Information Officer, read more here.)

For more information, contact Jeff Smith at ext. 2679, jeffs@ucar.edu

Fri, 04/29/2016

The TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions for May 2016 have been scheduled. The TIAA-CREF representative will be at:

Center Green 1 - Room 2503

  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Foothills Lab 2 - Room 1002

  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 9:00am – 4:00pm

SIGN UP TODAY:

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 Alyssa Fronk at ext. 8710, afronk@ucar.edu

Fri, 04/29/2016

A reduction in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the oceans due to climate change is already discernible in some parts of the world and should be evident across large regions of the oceans between 2030 and 2040, according to a new study led by NCAR. Scientists know that a warming climate can be expected to gradually sap the ocean of oxygen, leaving fish, crabs, squid, sea stars, and other marine life struggling to breathe. But it's been difficult to determine whether this anticipated oxygen drain is already having a noticeable impact. (Story by Laura Snider, Senior Science Writer and Public Information Officer. Read more.)

For more information, contact Laura Snider at ext. 8605, lsnider@ucar.edu

Thu, 04/28/2016

RAL/JNT/DTC Seminar

Monday, May 9, 2016 | 11-12 Noon | FL2 - Room 1001

National Center for ATmospheric Research, Boulder

Freva – A Hybrid (Web and Shell) Software Infrastructure for Standardized Data and Tool Solutions in Earth System Science

Christopher Kadow | Research associate at the Institute of Meteorology, Freie University, Berlin


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Wouldn't it be nice ……

  • to connect a whole project or institute by a software and data sharing system?
  • to have a user friendly web environment and the power of a shell at the same time?
  • to support software developers in a framework which handles the translation into the web?
  • to find climate data easy and fast in a human readable database?
  • to aspire transparency and reproducibility via an automatic history system?
  • to have such a system at NCAR-RAL combined with the MET tools?
  • to listen to a talk about this?

This is Freva. The Free University Evaluation System Framework (freva.met.fu-berlin.de) for scientific infrastructures in Earth system modeling. Beta-Version at NCAR-RAL will be presented including first scientific shots of MET 5.1 as a web application in climate science.

 

 This seminar will be webcasted at http://ucarconnect.ucar.edu/live

For more information, contact Marybeth Zarlingo at ext. 2751, zarlingo@ucar.edu

Wed, 04/27/2016

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 ncarref@ucar.edu or ext. 8505.

Improving the Visibility and Use of Digital Repositories through SEO
Authors: Arlitsch and O'Brien
Publisher: American Library Association
Location: ML
Call Number: Z674.75 .W67A75 2013

Chemtrails, HAARP, and the Full Spectrum Dominance of Planet Earth
Author: Elana Freeland
Publisher: Feral House
Location: FL Library
Call Number: TL557 .C7F74 2014

Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users
Author: Cynthis A. Brewer
Publisher: ESRI Press
Location: FL Library
Call Number: GA105.3 .B74 2016

For more information, contact NCAR Library at ext. 8505, ncarref@ucar.edu

Tue, 04/26/2016

New Hires and Departures as of Friday, April 22, 2016

For more information, contact Annette Lampert at ext. 8719, annette@ucar.edu

Mon, 04/25/2016

Cigna Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Wellness Seminars

We all face challenges in the quest to balance productive work and a satisfying personal life. Managing relationships, family issues, and good work practices can be stressful. It can be a struggle to maintain health and make good lifestyle choices!


To assist with these challenges, Cigna’s EAP offers a variety of free online seminars for UCAR employees and family members.  Live webcast seminars are offered each month along with the option to view replays of previous seminars.


How do I view the upcoming seminars?

Visit the website: http://www.media-server.com/m/go/CignaEAPWellnessSeminars


If you are a first time visitor, simply fill in the required information under the “First Time User” section and then select Submit when complete. This will promote you to the homepage of the website and you can view the calendar of seminars.


If you are a returning visitor, simply log in with the credentials that you established previously and you will promote to the homepage of the website.


How do I register for a seminar?

Upcoming Live Seminars are listed for the 2016 calendar year and can be viewed from the homepage: http://www.media-server.com/m/go/CignaEAPWellnessSeminars


Scroll over a course of your choice and select the title. This will prompt you to the description of the course and provide you the option to Register/Attend the seminar. When you select “Attend”, you will receive a confirmation email with the seminar description, date, time, etc.


To view a seminar playback, simply click on the seminar you are interested in. On-demand replays will be available starting 2 hours after the live presentation initially began.


CIGNA EAP LIVE Wellness Seminars in May:

There are THREECigna EAP Webcast seminars forMAY 2016. EAP seminars are one hour in length including a Q&A at the close of each session. All webcasts take place on Wednesdays at 2pm EST.

 

Registration information, live seminars, and on-demand replays can be accessed directly at our seminar portal:

http://www.media-server.com/m/go/CignaEAPWellnessSeminars

 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016: How Stress Affects Our Eating

Wednesday, May 18, 2016: Working Together: Diversity in the Workplace- AVAILABLE IN SPANISH!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016: Manager’s Guide: Effective Leadership Communication


For more information, contact Toni Wallace at ext. 8716, twallace@ucar.edu

Wed, 04/20/2016

Aircraft Measurements of Saharan Dust and Fluorescent Biological Particles and Implications for Ice Nucleation

Cynthia Twohy
Senior Research Scientist, NorthWest Research Associates
Visiting Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Both mineral dust and some types of biological aerosol particles are known to nucleate ice in the atmosphere, with the potential to influence cloud microphysical properties and climate. Aircraft measurements of both types of particles were made in different meteorological regimes. The first half of the talk will focus on the interaction of Saharan dust with tropical convection over the Atlantic Ocean. In particular, we are investigating the impact of clouds on the Saharan Air Layer and how much dust is transported to the upper troposphere vs. how much is removed in precipitation. The removal and redistribution of dust by convection has important implications for direct and indirect radiative forcing, as well as for ocean biogeochemistry.


In the second half of the talk, vertical profiles of fluorescent biological aerosol particles using the Wideband Integrated Bioaerosol Sensor (WIBS-4A) will be presented. The WIBS-4A instrument was flown over the U.S. Great Plains region during the NSF IDEAS-2013 test campaign. Clear-air profiles showed a strong dependence of biological particles on altitude (or temperature), but much intra- and inter-flight variability. Some ice nuclei temperature spectra were also measured with offline analyses of filters. A preliminary assessment of the importance of biological aerosol particles for ice nucleation in mixed-phase clouds in the region will be discussed.

Seminar will be webcast at:  http://www.fin.ucar.edu/it/mms/fl-live.htm

 

Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 3:30 PM

Refreshments 3:15 PM

NCAR-Foothills Laboratory

3450 Mitchell Lane

Bldg 2 Main Auditorium (Rm1022)

For more information, contact Steve Oncley at ext. 8757, oncley@ucar.edu

Thu, 04/14/2016

Have a package to ship??

Before you drop your package off at your mailstop to be shipped, make sure you have completed the necessary steps to ship your package using UCAR/NCAR’s Logistics services…

Make sure you have filled out and submitted your shipping request here…

https://www2.fin.ucar.edu/forms/domestic-shipping-questionnaire  (If you plan on shipping..."favorite" this link for quick access in the future!)

All shipments must contain the following information.

  • Recipient Name
  • Complete address
  • Employee or Department account key
  • Recipient phone number
  • Approximate weight and dimensions of package
  • Location of mail stop pick up.
  • Level and type of service requested.  (E.G. FedEx overnight.)

This is for domestic and personal shipments only.   Your international packages must go through the export-approval process at:

 export-approval@ucar.edu

Please note that your shipment will be delayed until logistics receives a completed shipping request at the link above.

Here’s the fine print:  

https://www2.fin.ucar.edu/logistics/shipping-procedures


Reach out to the LOGISTICS department at logistics@ucar.edu if you have any questions regarding the proper method to ship your domestic packages. 

We look forward to taking care of your shipping needs!

UCAR Logistics Team.

For more information, contact North Rittner at ext. 1922, logistics@ucar.edu

Thu, 04/14/2016

The Bolder Boulder registration of the 2016 Memorial Day 10k race has now opened, and once again UCAR/NCAR is participating in the Bolder Business Challenge

The deadline for registering as part of the BBC is April 22nd. If you've already registered for the race on your own and wish to be part of our team, please contact Jimy soon.

If you want to participate for UCAR/NCAR, you can register online via the special Bolder Business Challenge pages where you can select "NCAR" from a drop-down menu. Also the packets will be delivered to NCAR for convenient pick-up, and you will receive an NCAR back-bib to proudly display your team affiliation. Open to all. The more the better.

For more information, contact Jimy Dudhia at ext. 8950, dudhia@ucar.edu

Thu, 04/07/2016

The UCAR Community Art Program proudly presents three new exhibits:

GLASS MOSAICS BY DELCIA LITT

Delcia Litt calls her fine art mosaics “an adventure in color and glass.” She takes her contemporary style to a new dimension not typically traveled to by other mosaic artists. Each piece is one of a kind. She is passionate about utilizing many design elements to provide extraordinary affects in her glowing panels. She delights in the visually engaging elements of glass and stone. Delcia Litt has been creating works for Mountain Top Stained Glass since 1985. 

STONE MOSAICS BY SUSAN JUDY

Stone mosaicist Susan Judy shares her love of stone in a multifaceted medium.  By inlaying semi-precious gems, crystals, fossils, and quarried stone into abstract and geologic images she draws attention to the extraordinary treasures that take form within the Earth. Her background in exploration geology gives her a deeper understanding of her materials. Susan is fascinated by how they form, where they form, and how they are discovered and mined. It makes even the acquisition of the materials an exciting part of the process.

ACRYLIC PAINTING BY LORI MATTINA

Lori Mattina expresses her passion for life by experimenting with acrylics and mixed media. Musicality is the undercurrent in her work, and vibrant color the driving force. Using her subconscious as a guide, Mattina freely embraces the chaos and unpredictability of dripping, squirting, and slathering colorful paint on canvas, layer upon layer, until a narrative unfolds. Stories of wonder, beauty, and gratitude emerge - inspired by nature, travels, dreams, and a fearless imagination.

All three artists' work will be on display in the UCAR Community Art Gallery at the NCAR Mesa Lab from April 3, 2016 – May 28, 2016.

For more information, contact Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570, alewis@ucar.edu

Thu, 04/07/2016

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Engineering for Climate Extremes Workshop (on July 14, 2016).

The attached flyer and website have more information, or you can register directly at the link below.

https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1827306

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Water-Energy-People” within a context of resilience within coupled natural and social systems.

Societal and climate change, and heterogeneous resource distribution are increasingly highlighting critical vulnerabilities within the WEP system. The interplay of economic and policy drivers with social and environmental changes and climate stresses is important but largely unexplored. The workshop will highlight knowledge gaps and focus discussion on ways that ECEP can help to improve WEP system resilience.

Abstracts are invited for “Ignite” (5-minute) and longer (15-minute) presentations. Participants are welcome from all areas involved in strengthening societal resilience to weather and climate extremes.
 
Participants include representatives from Indigenous Americans, Re/insurance, Local Government, Industry and Business, and National and International Universities.

WORKSHOP VENUE: Main Seminar Room, NCAR Foothills Laboratory, 3450 Mitchell Lane, Boulder 

WORKSHOP DATES: July 14, 2016
 
WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FEE: $100 (Early Bird Registration deadline is June 14, 2016)

Beginning June 15, 2016 Registration is $150.

On-site registration $200

For more information, contact Kris Marwitz at ext. 8198, kmarwitz@ucar.edu

Wed, 04/06/2016

Contracts invites all interested staff to attend its upcoming lunch and learn sessions.  Information is as follows:

Date

Time

Location

Topic(s)

April 6, 2016

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

FLA-2111

Roles and responsibilities (Direct Awards, Procurement)

May 3, 2016

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

FL1-2133

Pre-spending / over-spending considerations and contractual authority/committing the corporation

June 6, 2016

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

CG1-2126

Procurement process (PR through payment)

July 8, 2016

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

ML-Chapman Room

 

Various funding vehicle types from sponsors (e.g., financial assistance, contracts, etc.)

A Google hangout will be initiated for each of the sessions if you are unable to join in person; however, hangouts are limited to 14 participants so please email Michelle Stringham at mstringh@ucar.edu to reserve a spot if you wish to participant via a hangout.  Please note that the sessions will not be recorded. 

For more information, contact Michelle Stringham at ext. 8879, mstringh@ucar.edu

Fri, 03/18/2016

A contractor working for the City of Boulder has begun work on drainage and path improvements north of Center Green Building 3. The project includes installation of a new pedestrian/bicycle path that will pass under the railroad track and connect to the existing path east of CG1 and CG3. For more details on the project visit

 During construction, vehicles and equipment will be accessing the work site via the Center Green parking lot. Also, construction vehicles and equipment may be temporarily staged in the parking lot west of CG3.

 The work will continue intermittently through the spring and into the summer and should not cause significant disruption at Center Green. Intermittent vehicle and construction noise will be present.

 The path is to remain open through the project, but brief delays are possible during some phases of the project.

For more information, contact David Maddy at ext. 1134, maddy@ucar.edu

Fri, 02/12/2016

UCAR SciEd and the NCAR Office for DEO are looking for scientists to help out at two planned events coming up in May.

The first is the Girls Exploring STEM (GESTEM) event on Thursday, May 5th, 8am-2pm, at the Colorado Convention Center, in Denver (http://www.swe-rms.org/gestem.html). GESTEM is a free event for 6th and 7th grade girls in the Denver-metro area geared towards introducing girls to the career opportunities in STEM fields. Participants engage with local STEM professionals throughout three hands-on workshops designed to widen their horizons and introduce STEM careers in a fun and active environment. We have activities planned, but would love to have a few scientists on board to talk to the kids.

The second is a huge event being organised by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, called FutureFest, to be held on Saturday, May 7th, 9:00am-12:30pm. This event is the culmination of a semester-long science initiative funded by the NSF, targeting kids from underserved communities in the Denver area. The organisers are looking for scientists willing to talk to and enthuse the students about careers in STEM, to encourage them to persist in the sciences. You can find more information at https://www.urbanadvantagedenver.org/.

If you're interested in helping out at either of these events, for all or part of the time, please contact Eileen Carpenter (ecarpent@ucar.edu). 

For more information, contact Eileen Carpenter at ext. 2401, ecarpent@ucar.edu

Thu, 02/11/2016

Per the previous Heads Up announcement, Contracts issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit a vendor for the next office supply Non-Encumbered Blanket Purchase Order (NBPO).  This process is now complete.  Faison Office Products was the successful vendor in this RFP.  Thanks to all those who participated in the evaluation process!

If your lab/program wants to purchase office supplies through this NBPO, please submit a Purchase Requisition (PR) to Contracts at contract@ucar.edu.  The account key series for the lab/program should be used on the PR with the exception of account keys in 30xxxx, 31xxxx, or 32xxxx.  Also, the person(s) authorizing the PR must have at least $5,000 in signature authority for the account key series included on the PR.   Please utilize the NBPO Purchase Requisition form found on the Contracts webpage under Contract Forms.

Please submit the PRs for this NBPO to Contracts no later than Friday July 17, 2015. 

Please direct any questions regarding this NBPO or the ordering process to Justin Lee at justinl@ucar.edu or 303-497-2069

For more information, contact Justin Lee at ext. 2069, justinl@ucar.edu

Wed, 07/15/2015