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.
December 10, 2008 | It’s an insecure world out there, with financial meltdowns and rising fuel and food prices—not to mention a warming climate. If there’s a bike in the back of your garage collecting dust, this might be the time to dust it off and burn calories instead of crude. Never used your Eco Pass? Hint: it’s that little sticker on your employee ID card. Just show it to the bus driver when you board.
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.
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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October 30, 2008 | The NCAR Library is working to develop an online institutional repository for collecting, preserving, and disseminating UCAR/NCAR’s research in digital form. Library director Mary Marlino says that the proposed repository has two critical functions: access and preservation. It will make the organization’s scholarship and data more widely available, and ensure a new level of digital preservation.
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November 11, 2008 | Schoolchildren, families, and citizen scientists around the world gazed skyward after dark from October 20 to November 3 as part of the second Great World Wide Star Count. Their objective was to find specific constellations and then share their observations online. The data they collect helps scientists map light pollution globally, while educating participants about the stars. Approximately 12,471 individuals participated in the count this year, submitting 3,378 observations from all 50 U.S. states and 60 different countries.
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.


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