Staff Notes Daily Announcements

The Bonfils Blood Center mobile bus will visit CG1 on Monday, January 23.  The bus will be located on the north side of CG1.  Appointments are available between: 9:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.; between 12:30 p.m. and 1:20 p.m.; and between 1:50 p.m. and 2:30 p.m..

If you would like to donate, please contact Laurie Carr to make an appointment.  Please review the blood donation guidelines:  Bonfils Blood Center Donation Eligibility Guidelines


Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 to Friday, January 20, 2017


SUBJECT: CPM Scheduled Outage including FAB User Interface, TM1 and Cognos BI Reports
DATE/TIME: Friday, January 20th at 7:00am through Monday, January 23rd at 7:00am
SERVICES AFFECTED: All CPM services including Cognos BI Reports and FAB User Interface
REASON: Scheduled maintenance

START: Fri Jan 20 2017 7:00 AM MST
END: Mon Jan 23 2017 7:00 AM MST

Cognos BI

If questions, contact

Reta Kubler


Kelly Box

Posted by Kelly Box at ext. 8558,

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 to Thursday, January 19, 2017


Wednesday, January 18

FL2 Main Seminar Room 9-10 am


ML Main Seminar Room 11-12 pm

Learn more about:

  • how Concur Travel & Expense will support you as a traveler, supervisor, or budget manager,
  • options for managing your travel on any device anywhere,
  • the new Travel Credit Card and how it works,
  • Concur and P-Card reconcilation,
  • what user support and training will look like,
  • answers to your questions and what you can do next!

Sessions will be webcast and recorded. Go to UCAR Live @

Check out the Concur Travel & Expense Project web site @ for the latest news!


Posted by Helen Moshak at ext. 1112,

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 to Wednesday, January 18, 2017

News clips at a glance: Jan. 7 – 13

Total: ~40

Summary: NCAR experts were cited in stories ranging from solar cycles to cloud seeding and sea level rise.

Notable clips:

Solar Cycles (Scott McIntosh and Mausumi Dikpati, HAO)
As the Earth Warms Up, the Sun is Remarkably Quiet
(Category 6/WunderBlog - Weather Underground)

Cloud Seeding (NCAR and NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center)
Atmospheric Scientists Take to the Skies to Test Cloud Seeding for Snow
(National Science Foundation news release and NSF Science 360 News)

Sea Level Rise/Methane Emissions (Kevin Trenberth, CGD)
'Short-Lived Methane' Could Raise Sea Levels for Another 800 Years
(The Atlantic, Kevin Trenberth quoted)

Social media highlights:

The National Science Foundation tweeted to its 951,000 Twitter followers a story about a multi-agency cloud-seeding experiment supported by NCAR scientists and our Wyoming supercomputing facility.

Weather Underground tweeted its story about solar cycles (see above) to its 348,000 followers.

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 to Friday, January 20, 2017

Posted by Annette Lampert at ext. 8719,

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 to Friday, January 27, 2017

As the country transitions to a new administration and Congress, this is an opportune time to learn about how the federal budget process works and the challenges facing the White House, Congress, and the federal agencies in shaping funding decisions. If you receive federal funding, this seminar will be of particular interest.

The UCAR President’s Office and the NCAR Directorate invite all interested staff to attend this seminar. It will be an opportunity to learn more about the the numerous forces that shape the federal budget and appropriations cycle and possible implications for the weather, water, and climate enterprise. The seminar will also examine how UCAR demonstrates the importance of our research on Capitol Hill.

Much of the time will be allocated for Q&A so we encourage you to submit questions ahead of time so we can make sure these are covered during the course of the session. Please submit questions to:

Wednesday, February 8
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room

11:30 a.m.
Presentation by Scott Rayder, Senior Advisor for Government Relations & Partnerships

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Q&A and discussion with Tony Busalacchi, UCAR President; Jim Hurrell, NCAR Director; and Scott Rayder

Posted by Peggy Stevens at ext. 8601,

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 to Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Policies for managing the global commons:
The case of marine protected areas in Antarctica

Cassandra Brooks, Stanford

On October 28, 2016, after more than a decade of international negotiations, the Commission responsible for managing Antarctic marine living resources, CCAMLR, adopted the world’s largest marine protected area (MPA) in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. To evaluate the barriers and facilitators of the CCAMLR MPA process, I completed an in depth case study that included participant observations of six CCAMLR meetings from 2012-2016, interviews with CCAMLR diplomats and scientists from the 24 Member States, and compiling a diverse suite of other documents and secondary sources from 1982-2016. Results indicate that economic interests, geopolitics, and lack of a defined policy process created institutional inertia within CCAMLR and thus stalled CCAMLR’s ability to establish MPAs. Worldwide, the Antarctic harbors some of the last regions of unexploited marine living resources, including krill and lucrative toothfish. The MPAs proposed would displace some fishing access, limit potential future access to Southern Ocean resources and set a major precedent for global management in the Antarctic and high seas. Tense international relations (e.g., Crimea) can stall the entire process, as occurred during the 2014 CCAMLR meeting. However, between 2015 and 2016, CCAMLR achieved a political window of opportunity and reached consensus on adopting an MPA in the Ross Sea spanning 1.55 million km2. Despite the vast size of this MPA, the boundaries were drawn to largely accommodate fishing interests and the MPA contained multiple political concessions, including a sunset clause. Future research will explore the efficacy of the Ross Sea MPA and the potential policy impacts of CCAMLR’s MPA process on other ocean commons.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017
11:00 AM, refreshments at 10:45
NCAR Mesa Lab, 1850 Table Mesa Dr.
Main Seminar Room


Posted by Gaylynn Potemkin at ext. 1618,

Monday, January 16, 2017 to Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Boundary-layer induced frontogenesis in the ocean surface layer

Peter Sullivan, NCAR/MMM

The spatial and temporal state of the upper ocean boundary layer is determined by a set of complex interactions between submesoscale and small-scale boundary-layer turbulence. Of particular interest here is the life-cycle of a cold dense filament undergoing frontogenesis in the presence of wind and wave generated turbulence. Cold filaments generate secondary circulations in the boundary layer that are frontogenetic with super-exponential sharpening of the cross-filament buoyancy and horizontal velocity gradients.  Within less than a day, the frontogenesis is arrested at a very small width, < 100 m, primarily by a barotropic instability associated with anisotropic turbulence and cross-front horizontal shear. The barotropic instability grows in scale and decays slowly over many hours.  This phenomenon is examined in Large-Eddy Simulations (LESs) with resolved turbulent motions in large-horizontal domains using 10^9 gridpoints. Winds and waves are oriented in directions both perpendicular and parallel to the cold filaments in the LES. The LES solutions show that the boundary layer turbulence is strikingly inhomogeneous in relation to the submesoscale filamentary currents and density stratification.  The spatial and temporal evolution of frontogenesis is dependent on the orientation of the winds and waves.

Tuesday, January 24

Mesa Lab Main Seminar room

11 AM  Refreshments at 10:45

Posted by Gaylynn Potemkin at ext. 1618,

Monday, January 16, 2017 to Tuesday, January 24, 2017
On Monday, January 16 we encourage everyone to join the nation in remembering and celebrating the life of a great American leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through this holiday, we remember the hope and ideals of justice Dr. King brought to our country; we honor the values he exemplified and remember his teachings of courage, truth, respect, integrity, humility, and service. As we observe Martin Luther King Day, let us remember to share in his vision for equality, dignity, and respect to all human beings. 
In 1994, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was designated as a National Day of Service to encourage our country to take this as a "day on" rather than a day off. If you are interested in learning more about Day of Service events happening locally please look at the links below: 

Posted by Kristen Luna Aponte at ext. 1657,

Friday, January 13, 2017 to Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Are you interested in working with talented young scientists? Join us as a SOARS mentor for the 2017 Summer Program: May 21 - August 5.

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric and Related Sciences (SOARS) is dedicated to broadening participation in the atmospheric and related sciences.  Each year, approximately 20 students spend their summers at UCAR, NOAA and our partner labs collaborating with their mentors to conduct original research. SOARS protégés are partnered with a team of mentors that includes a research mentor (or mentors), writing and computing mentors, and a coach (see more detailed descriptions below). We invite any interested UCAR/NCAR staff to get involved – no experience necessary!

For more information about mentoring, please see To sign up to be a mentor, fill out an application online at or contact Bec Batchelor at

The following is a brief overview of the mentor types and their roles.

Research Mentor

The research mentor works with the protégé on a research topic of mutual interest. On average, a project mentor spends about ten hours per week with a protégé discussing the project, guiding research, teaching scientific methods, and helping the protégé with their research paper and presentations. Research mentoring teams are welcome, especially if you have travel plans during the summer period.

Writing Mentor

A writing mentor offers one-on-one feedback to their protégé on writing and presentations. The writing mentor supplements the instruction protégés receive in their weekly scientific communications workshop and spends about two hours per week with the protégé.

Computing Mentor

The computing mentor helps the protégé learn the computing skills necessary to complete their project. Mentoring includes providing one-on-one tutoring, recommending resources and helping debug or troubleshoot code.

Coach (aka Community Mentor)

Each first-year SOARS protégé is assigned a coach. The coach meets approximately once a week to help their protégé develop solutions to troubling situations by helping them define the problem, envision the way they would like things to be, and develop and implement steps to get there.

Posted by Laura Allen at ext. 2408,

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 to Friday, March 31, 2017