December 10, 2008 | In a forest outside Colorado Springs, a group of researchers is investigating how forests impact weather and air quality. The team even suspects that the pine beetles eating their way through the West’s forests are altering local weather patterns.
October 14, 2008 | More than 200 solar scientists met at NCAR during the week of September 29 to discuss how recent observations and leading-edge computer models are producing breakthroughs in understanding the Sun. The Second Hinode Science Meeting focused on findings emerging from the Hinode satellite-borne solar observatory, which was launched by Japan in 2006 with U.S. and European involvement. NCAR contributed to Hinode’s Solar Optical Telescope.
September 24, 2008 | While many Americans gazed anxiously toward the Atlantic Ocean in recent weeks, watching hurricanes stream our way, several dozen staff from EOL and ESSL/MMM kept their eyes on the Pacific. Stationed from Guam to Boulder, they’re part of a vast project called T-PARC (THORPEX Pacific Asian Regional Campaign).
September 24, 2008 | In August, the UK’s University of Manchester opened a brand new facility named after ESSL/MMM scientist John Latham. Latham Laboratories, located in the Simon Engineering Building at the university’s Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, pay tribute to John’s contributions to atmospheric sciences, particularly in the field of cloud microphysics. The facilities include aerosol and ice chambers, aerosol and UV labs, and more.
November 12, 2008 | In November, CISL announced the arrival of AMSTAR (Augmentation of the Mass Storage Tape Archive Resources). This new digital storage library gives NCAR five times its current storage capacity and enables scientists to conduct increasingly sophisticated computer studies of Earth’s climate.
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October 28, 2008 | The American Meteorological Society is honoring Warren Washington and Jerry Meehl (ESSL/CGD) with the 2009 Jule G. Charney Award for their “outstanding collaborative contributions to modeling climate and its response to anthropogenic and natural forcings.” The award will be presented in Phoenix next January at the AMS Annual Meeting.
September 24, 2008 | In late August, Meeting Maker and Room Reservations were combined by IT into a new system called Room and Resource Scheduler (RRS). The new system offers one-stop shopping for booking conference rooms and is especially efficient for large events. Users who log into RRS can order catering, multimedia services, and other setup options in addition to booking rooms. Rooms can still be booked through Meeting Maker; reservations made through Meeting Maker show up in RRS and vice versa.
September 24, 2008 | More than a dozen UCAR/NCAR staff volunteered at the Green Frontier Fest, a celebration of sustainability sponsored by the City of Denver and other supporters on August 24 at Sculpture Park. A booth organized by OGA and EO featured hands-on science demos, items from the Science Store, information about NCAR and our research, and handouts on Sustainable UCAR’s environmental initiatives.
September 24, 2008 | Center Green will play host to more than 100 university faculty during the week of October 13–17 for the 2008 UCAR Annual Meetings. Attendees include representatives from UCAR members and affiliates, members of the UCAR Board of Trustees and the President’s Advisory Committee on University Relations (PACUR), early career faculty guests, and UCAR/NCAR management.
September 24, 2008 | On September 5, NCAR director Eric Barron reported that NSF has given a green light to proceed with the initial design phase of the NCAR Supercomputing Center, to be located outside Cheyenne. NCAR’s next step is to issue a request for architecture and engineering services, followed by a request for design proposals. NSF will draw up a formal process for review and approval of the development during its major phases.
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