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UCAR congressional briefing highlights flood, drought prediction

WASHINGTON — The nation is poised to make major advances in "water intelligence" with more detailed forecasts of floods, streamflow, and potential drought conditions, a panel of experts said at a congressional briefing today.The briefing, sponsored by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), highlighted the new National Water Model, a comprehensive system for forecasting water resources from coast to coast. The technology underpinning the model, launched last month by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), was developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and its collaborators at universities, the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies, and the private sector."The new forecast model is really a quantum leap forward and will help safeguard Americans from major floods and other precipitation events," said UCAR President Antonio J. Busalacchi, who introduced the panel. "It bridges the gap between research and operations, generating real-time forecasts to help vulnerable communities and protect lives and property."UCAR manages NCAR on behalf of the National Science Foundation."Through a series of partnerships, it's possible to provide consistent, high-resolution, integrated water analyses, predictions, and data to address critical unmet information and service gaps," said Edward Clark, director of the Geo-Intelligence Office of Water Prediction at the NOAA National Water Center.Scientists generated this inundation forecast during Houston-area flooding earlier this year in a demonstration of  advanced computer modeling technology. (©UCAR. Image by David Gochis, NCAR. This image is freely available for media & nonprofit use.)Unlike past streamflow models, which provided forecasts every few hours and only for specific points along major river systems, the new system continuously simulates conditions at 2.7 million locations along rivers, streams, and their tributaries across the contiguous United States. It paves the way for the biggest improvement in flood forecasting in the nation's history."The National Water Model provides a different way of thinking about continental hydrology by providing a view of a connected plumbing network from the mountains to the ocean," said panelist Richard Hooper, executive director of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI). "Previously, hydrologists had considered river basins as discrete units rather than this river-continuum approach. This change in view opens up new areas of research that will improve our ability to predict not just floods but other aspects of water resources, including water quality and the impacts of droughts."Thanks to ongoing research, the National Water Model is expected to provide increasingly detailed street-level forecasts, inundation maps, and additional features such as water quality forecasts. Scientists are working on incorporating more processes, such as soil saturation and the amount of water drawn up by vegetation."By dramatically increasing the geographic coverage as well as the lead times for forecasts, the National Water Model is ushering in a new era in flood and flash flood forecasting," said John McHenry, chief scientist of advanced meteorological systems for Baron Services. "Business, industry, and the general public will benefit through reduction in lost lives and property."The panelists emphasized the importance of water resources to the major sectors of the U.S. economy. They warned that the nation is facing myriad water-related challenges ranging from growing demand to increasingly costly floods and droughts. Meeting those challenges will require continued coordination among research organizations, universities, the private sector, and federal, state, and local agencies."Beyond developing a new computer model, we're building a community by sharing resources, tools, and ideas," said NCAR scientist David Gochis. "The scientists are engaging with practitioners and decision makers to make the system as usable as possible."The development team at NCAR worked with scientists at NOAA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and universities to adapt WRF-Hydro to serve as the first version of the National Water Model.The panelists also discussed the need for better water intelligence among diverse communities across the country. For example, Ryan Emanuel, associate professor at North Carolina State University's Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, noted that indigenous tribes across the nation are particularly vulnerable to drought and flooding for a range of cultural, historical, and economic reasons."Indigenous peoples across the United States are diverse, but one common theme is that water is sacred," said Emanuel, a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. "It's not only critical for life, but it is life itself. Beyond the tools, the models, and the management lies the knowledge of the original inhabitants of this nation that water binds us all to a common fate."The event is the latest in a series of UCAR congressional briefings about critical topics in the Earth system sciences. Past briefings have focused on predicting space weather, aviation weather safety, the state of the Arctic, hurricane prediction, and potential impacts of El Niño.

Today! Intellectual Property Protection for the Lab

Intellectual Property Protection for the Lab - a presentation by the UCAR Office of General Counsel.

Learn the difference between copyrights, trademarks and patents.  Understand how to protect your intellectual property and where to get help.

TODAY!  Tuesday, August 30, 2016 1:30 - 2:30pm.  Center Green 1, South Auditorium-1210 (CG1-1210-South).

UCAR Community Art Program Opening Art Reception

The UCAR Community Art Program cordially invites you to an opening art reception for Photographer Norman Koren in Gallery ll. The reception is Saturday August 13th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the NCAR Mesa Lab cafeteria 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO. Enjoy music, small appetizers and non-alcohol drinks. Come meet the artist and be inspired by his beautiful artwork! Hope to see you there!

UCAR maintains A+ long-term credit rating

BOULDER — The A+ long-term bond rating for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) has been affirmed by the credit rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P).The A+ rating reflects UCAR's role as a leading organization supporting atmospheric and earth-system science, and its ability to increase its financial strength, S&P stated in the report last month.UCAR, a consortium of more than 100 colleges and universities, manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The organization has an annual budget of more than $200 million.The Anthes Building in Boulder houses UCAR's administrative staff. (©UCAR. Photo by Carlye Calvin. This image is freely available for media & nonprofit use.)In its report, S&P cited a number of UCAR's strengths: financial flexibility, stable membership, longstanding relationship with NSF, manageable debt, and solid operating performance.Melissa Miller, UCAR vice president of finance and administration, said the organization works hard to maintain a high credit rating, which translates into lower costs for its funders.Bonds have been issued over the years to procure and equip facilities."UCAR is vigilant in taking the necessary steps to ensure continued sound fiscal management amid a frequently changing financial landscape," Miller said.

July UCAR Drupal Users Group (UDUG) Meeting

The UCAR Drupal User's Group (UDUG) is a community of web developers and contributors who meet once a month to explore various Drupal topics and discuss best practices.

The next meeting will be held:

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: FL3, Room 2072

Agenda items will include:

Proposal Writing Training - June 15th

The Write Source: Proposal Writing Training

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM / Location: FL2-1022-Large Auditorium

Open to employees new to proposal writing & those needing to refresh skills

Course Description: The session outlines the foundation for increasing your success rate for obtaining funding. 

Topics for discussion include:

Time Management: Creating Balance in Today's Workplace

Creating balance for yourself in the workplace is essential if you want to remain energized and productive.

Learn skills and practices to help keep you on track that you can apply at work and everyday life! We have the perfect course for you.....

Time Management: Creating Balance in Today's Workplace

6/22/16 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Location: CG1-North Auditorium

Drupal 8 Video Training/UCAR Drupal Users Group (UDUG) Brown Bag

There will be a Drupal 8 (D8) video training brown bag session at 12:00pm, in FL3-2072.  Please feel free to bring your lunch.

This week we will be watching:

UCAR Community Art Program Opening Art Reception

The UCAR Community Art Program cordially invites you to an opening art reception for Photographer Robert Castellino in Gallery I and Sewing Thread artist Jeff Richards in Gallery II. The reception is Saturday June 4th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in the NCAR Mesa Lab cafeteria 1850 Table Mesa Dr. Boulder, CO. Enjoy live music, small appetizers and non-alcohol drinks. Come meet the artists and be inspired by their beautiful artwork! Hope to see you there!

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