Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
10am - 11am
FL 2 - Room 1001

Doug Olsen and Mark Askelson - University of North Dakota

Unmanned Aerial Systems at UND:

Center of Excellens, FAA Test Site and Atmospheric Research

The University of North Dakota (UND), home to the pre-eminent collegiate aviation program in the country, is a national leading institution for research, education, and training in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).  UND’s UAS Center of Excellence has been on the forefront of UAS research for both integration into the National Airspace System (NAS) and for scientific and commercial applications of UAS.  Integration into the NAS research is focused on Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) topics, and has included Ground Based Sense and Avoid (GBSAA), Airborne Sense and Avoid (ABSAA), and Command/Control (C2) systems.  UND is a core member of the FAA’s designated research UAS Center of Excellence, the ASSURE program (Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence).  UND is also a key partner in one of the six national test sites designated by the Federal Aviation Administration for UAS flight testing, the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NP UAS TS), and is the host organization for NP UAS TS flight operations.  In addition, research applications of UAS at UND range from atmospheric research and other science investigations to UAS training systems to powerline and infrastructure inspections, as well as collaborative initiatives in agriculture and ecosystem remote sensing.

Posted by Marybeth Zarlingo at ext. 2751,

Thursday, July 28, 2016 to Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Register for this course today: Assertiveness Training for Support Staff

Date: 8/16/16

Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Location: FL2-1003


Would you like to increase your professional effectiveness? Would you personally benefit from increased cooperation within your team or department? Do you ever struggle to get your ideas or concerns heard? Assertive communication skills can provide the tools you need to be able to say what you need to say in a way that it can be heard.

This powerful program will focus on examining three different styles of communication and the costs, benefits, and appropriate applications of those styles. You will leave with concrete tools to use when leading others and be on your way to confidently using these tools.


  • Identify roadblocks to your assertiveness so you can remove them.
  • Use three assessments to determine your own degree of assertiveness.
  • Build skills to boost self-confidence, achieve cooperation, provide effective feedback, and manage highly-charged situations.
  • Generate concrete assertive strategies to address a specific, real-life situation you are struggling with in a more assertive.

You can enroll for this course through Connect:

Select "EOD Training Catalog" to view and register.

If you require assistance or have questions, please contact Toni Wallace, twallace@ucar.edu303-497-8716.

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 to Friday, August 19, 2016

A Tribute Concert Honoring climate scientist Charles Keeling by his daughter Emily Keeling Takahashi

Emily will be performing solo piano works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Chopin.

Introductory remarks will be made by Lead scientist of NOAA's Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network Pieter Tans

Charles David Keeling’s recording of global carbon dioxide levels, known as the Keeling Curve, first alerted the world to the possibilityof anthropogenic contribution to climate change.
Emily says: Since my father played a key role in shaping the world's understanding of climate change through his continuous measurements of carbon dioxide, known as the Keeling Curve, and he was a brilliant pianist, it felt appropriate to me to offer this short evening of music to honor his legacy. If you are interested in learning more about the work and life of my father here is a short video about him. The music you hear in the background is him playing the piano.
Saturday, August 13, 7 pm
First United Methodist Church
1421 Spruce Street, Boulder
This public concert is being offered free of charge as part of the symposium “Living Beyond Hope and Fear: Social Confidence and Climate Change” hosted by the Boulder Shambhala Center

Posted by Davide DelVento at ext. 1233,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 to Saturday, August 13, 2016

Data Quality and the Polarimetric WSR-88D

Richard Ice
NOAA Affiliate

The NEXRAD Doppler weather radar (WSR-88D) was fully operational by 1995.  For the past twenty years or more, the NEXRAD project has engaged in continuous product improvement, most recently adding polarimetric capability.  This seminar reviews some of the projects resulting in major improvements in signal processing.  The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has played a key role in several of the most significant improvement projects, and this talk will describe some of this work.  These project included improvements to spectrum width estimators, automatic identification of clutter, and range velocity ambiguity mitigation. Current NCAR research focuses on Differential Reflectivity calibration and this complex topic is reviewed, including current NEXRAD program efforts to monitor the calibration state of network radars by use of external targets.

The seminar concludes with a forecast of on-going and future efforts to ensure the WSR-88D maintains its world class leadership role.

Seminar will be webcast at:

Thursday, 4 August 2016, 10:00 AM
Refreshments 9:45 AM
NCAR-Foothills Laboratory
3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg 2 Main Auditorium (Rm1022)

Posted by Meghan Stell at ext. 2043,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 to Thursday, August 4, 2016

Ice cloud formation from in-situ airborne observations to a hierarchy of models

Minghui Diao
San Jose State University
Department of Meteorology

Radiative forcings of water vapor and ice crystals are significantly different, and the conditions of ice supersaturation (ISS, where relative humidity with respect to ice is greater than 100%) hold a crucial pathway for ice crystal formation. Recent observations reported that ISS can frequently occur in both tropical and extratropical UT/LS, under clear-sky and in-cloud conditions. However, it is challenging to represent the microphysical and macrophysical characteristics of ISS in model simulations.

 Our analysis will use in-situ airborne observations from eight NSF flight campaigns (2008-2016). Comparisons on ice clouds and ISS characteristics will be shown between in-situ observations and a hierarchy of models: the NCAR CM1 cloud-resolving model, WRF and CAM5.

 We found that misrepresenting the in-situ observed ISS as artificial ice crystals leads to the TOA net radiation impacts of 54 (4.24) W/m2 at maximum (average) based on five flight campaigns. Comparisons among in-situ observations, WRF and CM1 simulations will be shown, focusing on the sensitivities to horizontal grid spacings and microphysical parameters. Recent observations from ORCAS campaign (2016) will be compared with CAM5 simulations, to examine the coexistence of supersaturation, ice crystals and liquid droplets. The most recent laboratory calibrations on the NCAR Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) hygrometer using two EOL environmental chambers will also be shown.

Seminar will be webcast at:

Tuesday, 2 August 2016, 3:30 PM
Refreshments 3:15 PM
NCAR-Foothills Laboratory
3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg 2 Small Seminar Room (Rm1001)

Posted by Meghan Stell at ext. 2043,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 to Tuesday, August 2, 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 or ext. 8505.

Water Policy and Planning
Editor: Kathleen A. Miller
Publisher: CRC Press
Location: FL Library
Call Number: TD 390 .W36 2016 

Atmospheric Boundary Layer
Authors: Jordi Vila-Guerau de Arellano and others
Publisher: Cambridge
Location: FL Library
Call Number: QC 880.4 .B65 V55 2015

Using OpenMP
Author: Barbara Chapman
Publisher: MIT Press
Location: FL Library
Call Number: QA 76.642 .C49 2008

Editors: Lynda Kellam and Kristi Thompson
Publisher: ACRL
LocationL ML Library
Call Number: Z 675 .U5 D34 2016

Introductory Time Series With R
Authors: Paul S.P. Cowpertwait and Andrew V. Metcalf
Publisher: Springer
LocationL ML Library
Call Number: QA 280 .C69 2009

Statistical Methods in the Atmospheric Sciences, 3rd Ed.
Author: Daniel S. Wilks
Publisher: Elsevier
LocationL FL Library
Call Number: QC 874.5 .W55 2011

Posted by NCAR Library at ext. 8505,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 to Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Volunteers are needed for the annual Up The Hill Race on Aug. 5th! PLEASE sign up today by clicking here!

The duration for volunteering will be from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Beyond that, all volunteers are invited to participate in the after-party and festivities for food, refreshments, and music until 6:00 PM. Thank you for your willingness to volunteer and make a positive contribution as we build community within our organization. *All volunteers will receive an informational email regarding the agenda for the event.

Once you register to volunteer, you will be included in the upcoming agenda so you know what to anticipate.

Thank You!!!

If you require assistance or have questions, please contact Toni Wallace, twallace@ucar.edu303-497-8716.

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 to Monday, August 8, 2016

Construction is scheduled to begin this week in the FL3 parking lot and CG1 parking garage.  The contractor will be installing one electric vehicle charging station at each location.  The construction area will be closed off with cones and will have no major impacts on availability to parking.  Completion of the construction phase for these two sites is scheduled for August 5th, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Chelsea Castellano, ext. 8549.

Posted by Chelsea Castellano at ext. 8549,

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 to Friday, August 5, 2016

Contracts (both Direct Awards and Procurement) will be hosting a Meet and Greet on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, from 9:00 – 10:00 am in the area outside between FL1 and FL2.  Please plan to stop by even if you only have a few minutes.  This will be a great opportunity for you and the Contracts staff to meet each other face-to-face and get to know each other better.  We will also be happy to answer any questions you may have about what we do, Contracts-related processes, etc.   Light refreshments will be provided.  Please spread the word to anyone in your labs/programs that may be interested.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Please contact Michelle Stringham at x8879 or if you have any questions.

Posted by Michelle stringham at ext. 8879,

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 to Tuesday, August 9, 2016

EOL is investigating the needs of the observational atmospheric science community that is using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).  We are collecting information that will be used to make informed decisions about how EOL can help meet these needs.  We are targeting those who are either actively using UAS in their research or may have an interest in using these platforms.

The link below takes you to a survey that allows you to provide information on your current UAS-based research, planned UAS research, and ideas for EOL to support your UAS-based research.  The results of this survey will be used to guide EOL in developing a strategic plan to support the atmospheric and related geosciences community in utilizing this technology for research.  The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete and will be open until August 12, 2016.

Follow this link to the survey: EOL UAS Survey

Or, copy and paste the following URL into your browser:

We would like to obtain responses from a broad share of the atmospheric and related science communities.  Therefore, please forward this survey to others that you think would be interested outside of UCAR.  All individual responses will be kept strictly confidential.

Posted by Cory Wolff at ext. 2845,

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 to Friday, August 12, 2016