UCAR Update - August 2012

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

August 2012 - In this issue

Seeking postdoctoral mentors in climate research
AtmosNews: The futures of water
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: Climate change — regional impacts, sea level rise, extreme weather
Reminders from previous issues

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Seeking postdoctoral mentors in climate research

UCAR’s Visiting Scientist Programs seeks decision makers and climate researchers to partner in hosting and mentoring early career scientists in the Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise Fellowship Program (PACE). The goal of this unique program is to grow the body of scientists that are skilled in both climate research and its application.

An important aspect of the program is to immerse the postdoctorate in the decision-making culture. The decision-making institution commits to support one-half of the appointment costs, with the NOAA Climate Programs Office supporting the other half. Decision makers may participate from the public, nonprofit, or for-profit sectors. Climate research mentors should be from an institution able to provide expert guidance.

Contact: Meg Austin, UCP/VSP, 303-497-8649
Program and application details

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AtmosNews: The futures of water

Has this summer’s U.S. drought got you thinking about water? Our in-depth report “The futures of water” surveys water availability and the science that's under way at NCAR, UCAR member universities, and a variety of other partners to help predict its course. It includes coverage of the global status of reservoirs and glaciers and examines water issues in three states (Colorado, Oklahoma, and Louisiana). There’s also an interview with California water manager David Behar.

Contact: Bob Henson, UCAR Communications, 303-497-8605
AtmosNews: The futures of water

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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.

  • COMET Program Director (12181), UCP/COMET
  • Implementation Coordinator & SGCR Executive Secretary (Prog Specialist II) (12187), UCP/JOSS (Washington, D.C.)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (12174), UCP/VSP (Princeton, NJ)


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.

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Energy Water Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory: Chair, Environmental Sciences Department
  • University of Auckland: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor
  • University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee: Postdoctoral Research Associateship - High-Resolution Climate Model Development


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: Climate change – regional impacts, sea level rise, extreme weather

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

Climate Change and Regional Impacts
This short module is an overview of the different effects climate change produces in different regions of the United States. In addition to discussing impacts already being experienced, the module presents information on how climate scientists use specialized models and statistical techniques to estimate how regional climates are likely to change in the future.

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
This module looks at how increasing temperatures due to climate change have affected sea level rise and what effects scientist expect in the future, given rising greenhouse gas emissions. The various mechanisms of sea level rise are discussed, as well as the tools and research used to study this topic. The module also discusses how countries and communities are preparing for future increases in sea levels.

Climate Change and Extreme Weather
This module discusses how a changing climate can also lead to changes in extreme weather events on the local scale and how climate change can have both positive and negative effects, depending on the situation, location, and the vulnerability of the population. While research on climate change and extreme events is still relatively new, the module discusses what changes scientists think are likely if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.

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

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Reminders from previous issues

Large university requests for NCAR computing resources
Deadline: 17 September
University allocations | System details

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