UCAR Update – December 2012

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

December 2012 - In this issue

SOARS now accepting applications for summer 2013
PASI short course on atmospheric processes in Latin America/Caribbean
ASP Summer Colloquium: Carbon-climate connections in the earth system
Deadline extended on input for U.S. Weather Commission proposal
Yellowstone now available to all users
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: AMS booth, African waves, mesoscale circulations, jet streams, MJO and cyclogenesis
Reminders from previous issues

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SOARS now accepting applications for summer 2013

UCAR’s Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program for students interested in the atmospheric and related sciences. It provides up to four years of paid summer research experience, strong mentoring, community support, and funding for conferences, undergraduate and graduate education. SOARS participants spend the summer in Boulder at NCAR and partnering laboratories on projects matched to their interests and skills.

SOARS invites students from many disciplines, including meteorology, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, ecology, and the social sciences. In particular, SOARS seeks to involve students from groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences, including those who are black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students; students who have experienced, and worked to overcome, educational or economic disadvantage; and students who have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their continued progress in research careers.

Application deadline: 1 February 2013
Contact: Karen Smith-Herman, UCAR/SOARS, 303-497-8622
SOARS application

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PASI short course on atmospheric processes in Latin America/Caribbean

Applications are invited from early career scientists to participate in a two-week short course on atmospheric processes of Latin America and the Caribbean, to be held in Cartagena, Colombia, from 27 May to 7 June 2013. This course will provide a comprehensive summary of the state of knowledge of the key processes that are important to the region. Topics will include global teleconnections, regional monsoon systems, regional sources of moisture and its transport, hurricanes, ocean-air interactions, hurricanes, and small-scale convection. The course will have five distinct elements: lectures, computer labs, both group and small-group discussions, a group writing project, and a research colloquium.

We are expecting to accept up to 30 participants, half from the United States and half from the other countries in the Americas and the Caribbean, chosen in a manner that ensures a highly qualified and diverse set of attendees. NSF-sponsored stipends are available for participants to help cover partial travel and subsistence. Support from a participant’s home institution is welcome and encouraged.

Application deadline: 1 February 2013
Administrative contact: Dawn Williams, UCP/COSMIC, 303-497-1607
Scientific contact: John Braun, UCP/COSMIC, 303-497-8018
PASI 2013 Workshop

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ASP Summer Colloquium: Carbon-climate connections in the earth system

Graduate students involved in carbon cycle science, biogeochemistry, biogeochemical/ecological modeling, or related fields are invited to apply for the NCAR Advanced Study Program's 2013 Summer Colloquium. The colloquium, Carbon-climate connections in the earth system, will take place from 29 July to 16 August 2013 in Boulder. It will provide unique hands-on learning components and significant opportunities to discuss the state of the science and future directions of the field with colleagues and a select group of keynote speakers. More details can be found at the Web site below.

Contact: Scott Briggs, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1607
ASP Summer Colloquium 2013

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Deadline extended for input on U.S. Weather Commission proposal

AAs part of their proposal for a U.S. Weather Commission, UCAR and collaborators continue to seek input on the potential goals, design, and powers of such a commission. Organizers are eager to hear from all interested members of the public, private, and academic sectors of the weather enterprise. A Web forum has been established to facilitate dialogue and the open sharing of ideas and views to be taken into account should Congress and the executive branch decide to support the concept.

Forum on Establishing a Weather Commission
Deadline for comments: 16 January 2013

To gather further input, UCAR is sponsoring a town hall event at the upcoming annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society. The town hall will take place on Monday, 7 January, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Box lunches will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

AMS Town Hall
Monday, 7 January, 12:15–1:15 p.m.

Contact: Scott Rayder, Office of the UCAR President, 303-497-1673

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Yellowstone now available to all users

NCAR’s Computational & Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) is pleased to announce that the new 1.5-petaflop Yellowstone system has been made available to all users. We are making the system available to all users for porting, testing, and preparing for the transition from Bluefire during the Accelerated Scientific Discovery (ASD) period and while we continue to improve the Yellowstone user experience.

During Yellowstone's first two months, most of the system is being dedicated to supporting the 11 ASD projects as they tackle major challenges in the geosciences. However, approximately 4 percent of the system—roughly equivalent to the computational capacity of Bluefire—will be available for other users to begin working.

For Bluefire users, CISL has provided a transition guide that highlights some key differences you will encounter on Yellowstone and a quick-start guide as part of the system documentation. Users are strongly encouraged to consult the Yellowstone documentation prior to submitting help requests.

Contact: Dave Hart, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1103
CISL Allocations

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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.

  • Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellow (12196), UCP/VSP, various U.S. locations
  • NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow (12198), UCP/VSP, various U.S. locations
  • PACE Postdoctoral Fellow (12197), UCP/VSP, various U.S. locations
  • Postgraduate Scientist (13017), NCAR/EOL, Broomfield, CO
  • Project Scientist I (13027), NCAR/EOL, Broomfield, CO
  • UCAR Community Programs Director (13020), UCP


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.

  • University of Washington: Assistant Professor in Climate Dynamics
  • University of Oxford: University Lecturer in Physical Climate Science
  • University of Auckland: Glavish-Buckley Position in Theoretical Climate Physics
  • University of Wyoming: Professor (Wyoming Excellence Chair in 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: AMS booth, African waves, mesoscale circulations, jet streams, MJO and cyclogenesis

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

If you are at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Austin in January, please visit the COMET booth! Whether you're an experienced meteorologist honing existing skills or a student looking for new topics of interest, we have something for you.

  • Explore: interactive distance learning materials and classroom training opportunities on a wide range of geoscience topics
  • Meet: Members of the COMET staff for informal Q & A and a tour of COMET's MetEd Website
  • Grab: COMET handouts on a wide variety of topics

Booth locations:

AMS conference: 521
WeatherFest: W1308

African Easterly Waves
This module describes characteristics of African easterly waves, including horizontal and vertical structure, evolution, speed, frequency, methods of tracking, and downstream transformation over the Atlantic, Caribbean, and East Pacific. Mechanisms for wave formation are also presented.

Tropical Mesoscale and Local Circulations
This interactive module is part of an online university-level tropical synoptic meteorology course, which helps international meteorologists meet basic instructional requirements.

Jet Streams
This module describes the general characteristics of upper-level jet streams (Polar Jet, Subtropical Jet, and Tropical Easterly Jet) and two major tropical low-level wind maxima (Somali Jet, African Easterly Jet). Included are discussions of their formation, maintenance, influence on synoptic weather, and role in the general circulation.

MJO, Equatorial Waves, and Tropical Cyclogenesis
This case study focuses on monitoring of the Madden-Julian Oscillation and equatorial waves and their role in tropical cyclogenesis. The case study is similar to a synoptic meteorology laboratory exercise but is designed for use in an online course.

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

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Reminders from previous issues


AMS workshop on training and entraining new LAOF users

AMS town hall: NCAR seeks input on strategic plan

AMS workshop and town hall on heliophysics

ASP begins 2013 postdoc recruitment
Application deadline: 5 January 2013

WRF tutorial in January

VSP postdoctoral fellowships now open
NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Deadline: 18 January 2013 
Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellows
Deadline: 11 January 2013 
Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Deadline: 4 January 2013

NOAA seeks public comment on mitigating potential gaps in polar satellite coverage
Deadline: 11 January 2013

SiParCS applications now being accepted for 2013 summer program
Deadline: 2 February 2013

Heliophysics Summer School for physics teachers & students
Deadline: 1 March 2013

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