UCAR Update - April 2012

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

April 2012 - In this issue

WRF Tutorial and Users’ Workshop
GSI Community Tutorial coming in August
Interdisciplinary workshop on climate change applications
Get social with the GLOBE Program
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: weather radar, thermal wind, atmospheric rivers, 100th Spanish module
Reminders from previous issues

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WRF Tutorial and Users’ Workshop

The next tutorial for users of the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF) will take place at NCAR on July 16–27. The tutorial will be divided into 3 sessions: Basic WRF (16-20 July), WRF Data Assimilation (23-25 July), and WRF-Chem (25-27 July). Basic knowledge of atmospheric science and numerical modeling, as well as Fortran and Unix, is required. All participants are strongly encouraged to work through one or more of the online tutorials for WRF-ARW, WRF-NMM, WRFDA, and MET, depending on interest, in advance. Register early, as registration always exceeds capacity.

The WRF Users' Workshop will take place at NCAR on June 25–29. Papers focusing on development and testing in all areas of model applications are especially encouraged. Authors may request either a poster or oral presentation, although posters are encouraged due to to time constraints for oral sessions. The workshop will open on June 25 with a half-day session on convective parameterization for WRF and will close on June 29 with five tutorials:

  • Regional Climate Downscaling
  • Visualization and Analysis Platform for Ocean, Atmosphere, and Solar Researchers (VAPOR)
  • Integrated Data Viewer (IDV)
  • NCAR Command Language (NCL)
  • Introduction to Verification Methods

Contact:
Kris Marwitz, NCAR/NESL/MMM, 303-497-8198

WRF Tutorial
Tutorial payment due: May 28

WRF Users' Workshop
Early registration deadline for workshop: June 1
Deadline for submitting short abstracts: April 30
Deadline for submitting extended abstracts: June 8

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GSI Community Tutorial coming in August

The Third Gridpoint Statistical Interpolation (GSI) Data Assimilation System Community Tutorial will be offered at NCAR on August 21-23. The tutorial will include lectures presented by members of various GSI development/support teams at NOAA, NASA, NCAR and the Developmental Testbed Center (DTC). Practical hands-on sessions will provide essential skills to run GSI system with basic and advanced implementations.

Basic knowledge of atmospheric science and numerical modeling, as well as Fortran and Unix, is required. The tutorial will focus on running GSI in regional applications coupled with the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF-NMM or WRF-ARW). Some input data generated from the WRF model will be used. The hands-on tutorial will not provide basic WRF training; therefore, all participants are encouraged to have knowledge of the WRF model. Space is limited for the hands-on tutorial.

Contacts:
Hui ShaoNCAR/DTC, 303-497-2702
Pam JohnsonNCAR/DTC, 303-497-8197
2012 GSI Community Tutorial

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Interdisciplinary workshop on climate change applications

From 30 July to August 2, NCAR will host will host an interdisciplinary training workshop on climate change science, societal vulnerability, and adaptation. The workshop will engage student and faculty teams from historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges and universities, and Hispanic-serving institutions.

Presentations, hands-on training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and small group discussions will be conducted. Participants will be familiarized with concepts related to climate change science, modeling, and scientific uncertainty. They will learn about climate impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation and be introduced to social science methods, spatial analysis techniques, GIS technology, and data requirements necessary to conduct vulnerability assessments at a local level. They will also gain knowledge of a broader framework for research, as well as several research tools and data sources that they can incorporate into specific projects at their home institutions. In addition, the workshop will identify opportunities for research collaborations among participating institutions and NCAR/UCAR scientists.

Application deadline: June 1
Contacts:
Mary HaydenNCAR/RAL, 303-497-8116
Olga WilhelmiNCAR/RAL, 303-497-8126
Enhancing Diversity in Climate Change Science and Applications: From Models to Adaptation

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Get social with the GLOBE Program

On April 1, UCP’s GLOBE Program launched its new-look social media pages. The program’s revamped Facebook and Twitter feeds include interesting facts about climate every day, along with GLOBE news, important announcements, and other information related to Earth science. Comments and retweets are appreciated.

Contact:
Jan HeidererUCP/GLOBE, 303-497-2761
GLOBE | What's New? | Get social with the GLOBE Program

For a one-stop portal to social media at UCAR, NCAR, and UCP, head to the page below, which links to more than 40 Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube sites, along with blogs for and about the institution’s science and education programs.

Contact:
Zhenya GallonUCAR Communications Office, 303-497-8607
Social Media at NCAR & UCAR

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Current job openings at UCAR

Below are the titles of scientific positions now open at UCAR/NCAR/UCP, along with the relevant tracking codes. All jobs are based in Boulder unless otherwise indicated.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow (12114), NCAR/NESL/CGD

Applicants can view the full descriptions for these and other positions online.

Contact: UCAR Human Resources
Careers at UCAR

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Opportunities beyond UCAR

Below is a summary of faculty positions, postgraduate fellowships, and other career opportunities now available at UCAR members and affiliates and other institutions in the atmospheric and related sciences.

  • Carleton College: Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences Workshop, July 24–26
  • University College Dublin: Professor of Meteorology & Climate Science

These listings have been posted within the last month at the “Opportunities Beyond UCAR” website (see below), which includes links to more detail on these positions, previously posted positions, and ongoing opportunities.

Contact: Michelle Flores, UCAR Governance, 303-497-2115
Opportunities beyond UCAR

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New from COMET: weather radar, thermal wind, atmospheric rivers, 100th Spanish module

Below are details on three new online publications available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

In addition, COMET is celebrating the addition of its 100th Spanish language module. All of the modules in Spanish can be accessed at a dedicated MetEd portal.

Weather Radar Fundamentals
This two-hour module presents the fundamental principles of Doppler weather radar operation and how to interpret common weather phenomena using radar imagery. This is accomplished via conceptual animations and many interactive examples in which the user can practice interpreting both reflectivity and velocity imagery.

Topics in Dynamic Meteorology: Thermal Wind
This module explores the dynamic links between temperature, pressure, and wind in the atmosphere. The qualitative description of the relationships is augmented with "Math Sidebars" that provide a quantitative treatment. Numerous applications to climatology and forecasting conclude the module.

Satellite Feature Identification: Atmospheric Rivers
This module presents the global moisture transport phenomenon known as the atmospheric river (AR). It demonstrates the usefulness of various satellite-based products in forecasting the impacts of ARs, especially when they are combined with numerical weather prediction products.

Contact: Hildy Kane, UCP/COMET, 303-497-8470
COMET MetEd site

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Reminders from previous issues

Coming this fall: Conference on Intelligent Data Understanding
Paper submissions due: 18 May
Poster abstracts due: 10 August

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