Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Effective February 25, 2018, Event Services (ES) will be reporting directly to Facilities, Management, Safety and Sustainability (FMSS). This move will take advantage of the combined skills in FMSS and ES and allow for direct interaction between both groups to create synergy between the two divisions. Mike Albright, Interim Event Services Manager, will be reporting directly to Rob Reid, Director of FMSS. Please contact Rob Reid at #2060 or Mike Albright at #1147 if you have any questions. 

Posted by Robert Reid at ext. 2060,

Friday, February 23, 2018

It's never too early to think about the Bolder Boulder. The Bolder Boulder registration of the 2018 Memorial Day 10k race has now opened, and once again UCAR/NCAR is participating in the Bolder Business Challenge. Early registration through the end of February saves you $5. If you want your participation to count for UCAR/NCAR, you can do it online via the Bolder Business Challenge version of the registration form where you can select "NCAR" from a drop-down menu.  For families, you can register others on this site too where it gives an option to select which are employees, or they can register on the regular site where they can choose a delivery location.  The Business Challenge entries' packets will be delivered together to NCAR for convenient  pick-up in May. Business Challenge registration is only open until May 1st. The Challenge has a team time competition with three divisions based on company size.  The five fastest times contribute to the team time. There is also a participation rate prize, so the more we have the better. Typically we have been getting 20-30 employees each year, about a 2% rate of participation, and I know we can improve on that. Whether you are running, jogging or walking, you are welcome to sign up for the team.

Bolder Business Challenge Registration site:

Posted by Jimy Dudhia at ext. 8950,

Friday, February 23, 2018 to Friday, March 2, 2018

All the cafeterias will be closing at 1 pm today, February 23, for an all department meeting.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Posted by Nancy Post van der Burg at ext. 1158,

Friday, February 23, 2018

Please join us to celebrate Melissa Miller’s retirement after 28 years of service to UCAR Finance and Administration. The reception will take place in FLA 2205 next Friday, March 2, 2018 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  We hope that you all will join us in extending our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Melissa for her leadership and dedication during her many years with UCAR.

Posted by Denise Moulton at ext. 8551,

Friday, February 23, 2018 to Thursday, March 1, 2018

Oceanography among the clouds and terrestrial ecology a thousand miles from land: The power of global-scale airborne observations 
Britton Stephens
National Center for Atmospheric Research

The total amounts of biological productivity in a given year in the world’s oceans and on land are fundamental properties of Earth system health that are poorly constrained by satellite and surface measurements. Likewise, our understanding of the distribution of anthropogenic carbon sinks among the Southern Ocean, tropical forests, and northern hemisphere temperate and boreal ecosystems—an important diagnostic of future carbon-climate feedbacks—is limited by sparse observations and uncertainties in atmospheric transport. Over the past decade, measurements of atmospheric CO2, O2, and related tracers on global-scale airborne research campaigns have enabled new insights into these carbon cycle questions. By measuring gradients and integrated signals from the surface to the lower stratosphere, nearly pole to pole, and in all seasons, we can overcome the data sparseness and transport limitations, because airborne measurements are representative of large zonal scales and column means less sensitive to model vertical mixing biases. The HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO, 2009-2011), O2/N2 Ratio and Airborne Southern Ocean (ORCAS, 2016), and Atmospheric Tomography (ATom, 2016-2018) campaigns are enabling new estimates of 1) the growing season net flux (GSNF) of CO2 with the Northern Hemisphere land biome, 2) the partitioning between northern extratropical and tropical forest carbon sinks, 3) the seasonal net outgassing (SNO) of O2 by the ocean in both hemispheres, and 4) the Southern Ocean CO2 sink. These estimates show that GSNF has increased by > 50% over the past 60 years, that intact tropical forests are a major sink for anthropogenic carbon, that SNO is surprisingly balanced between the hemispheres, and that the seasonal variability in Southern Ocean CO2 exchange is much greater than previously thought. I will present these results and discuss new opportunities for making global-scale aircraft observations a more routine part of the future climate observing system.  

Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 3:30 PM
Refreshments 3:15 PM
NCAR-Foothills Laboratory  3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg 2 Large Auditorium (Rm1022)

Posted by Erin Fundalinski at ext. 8713,

Thursday, February 22, 2018 to Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Jim Hurrell, the NCAR Director, will be holding NCAR Town Halls at two Boulder locations today, Thursday 22 February. (Jim will also hold NCAR Town Halls at NWSC on 8 March and at RAF on 9 March.)

Updates will be given on recent accomplishments across the Center, the NSF budget outlook for NCAR, some recent strategic investments to accelerate progress and enhance excellence, and the process for developing the 2019-2024 NCAR strategic plan, among other topics.

NCAR Town Hall Schedule: Foothills, Mesa, NWSC & RAF:

22 February:  FL-2 Auditorium - 10:30-11:30 a.m.

22 February: ML Seminar Room - 1:30-2:30 p.m.

8 March:  NWSC - 1:30-2:30 p.m.

9 March:  RAF - 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

**Please note the MMS technicians will be monitoring the chat feature in the webcast for any technical issues, but the chat feature will not be used for the Q&A part of the town hall.

Posted by Susan Chavez at ext. 1102,

Thursday, February 22, 2018 to Friday, February 23, 2018

The 2018 annual SEA conference will take place in Boulder, CO at the NCAR Center Green Campus from April 2nd to April 6th. The theme for this year is Frontiers in Scientific Software.

The program is being finalized and is continuously updated.

Register here (price includes lunches and coffee breaks)

Register byRegistration typePrice
March 4thEarly BirdONLY $300 - excellent value
March 18thRegular Rate$350
April 2ndLate Registration$400 - maximum flexibility

All registrations include conference, tutorials and symposia (we can NOT offer separate registrations at a lower cost)


  • All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at UCAR/NCAR-run events are required to agree with the UCAR/NCAR code of conduct.
  • Gender specific restrooms are located on the first floor. All-gender/gender neutral, single-stall restrooms are located on the third floor of the conference venue, next to conference room CG-3150.
  • Lactation rooms are available for use of workshop participants, and are located on the second floor, in CG-2615 and CG-2617. If you require a small refrigerator to be placed in either of these rooms, please contact the registration desk. Child care may be also arranged if necessary. Contact Davide Del Vento if you'd like more informations about it.
  • The conference venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs, including restrooms, but feel free to contact Davide Del Vento should you have a special need and would like to double-check.
  • Consider subscribing to our low volume mailing list

For more information, click here

Posted by Cecilia Banner at ext. 1231,

Thursday, February 22, 2018 to Friday, March 30, 2018

To ensure the UCAR Diversity and Inclusion strategic plan encompasses the diversity of needs and ideas identified by the culture survey, we are looking for volunteers from across the organization to take part in a couple of additional Next Steps Workshops (NSWs). The two groups we are looking for more participants from are People with disabilities and people with conservative political beliefs. 

The workshop for people with conservative political beliefs will be held on Tuesday, February 27 from 2-4pm in ML- 680- Tower B.

The workshop for people with disabilities will be held on Wednesday, February 28 from 1-3pm in FL1- 2198 EOL Atrium. 

The workshops will be two hours long and facilitated by The Spring Institute. If you identify as a member of either (or both) of these groups and are interested in participating, please email Kristen Luna Aponte ( 

Posted by Kristen Luna Aponte at ext. 1657,

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Join us for the next event in our DBAMS Book Club series on Thursday, March 29.

We will discuss meteorologist and journalist Bob Henson's book, "The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change" (if you don't already have it, this book can be purchased from AMS here). 

Bob will provide an overview of updates he's currently working on for the book, and we'll find out how the landscape has evolved over the last four years, including:

  • The blazing global temperatures of the mid-2010s: just a blip, or a sign of more sustained heating to come?
  • The growth of "hot droughts" and how they're transforming the climate of California
  • The catastrophic Atlantic hurricane season of 2017 and the weather and climate factors that played into it
  • The creation of the Paris Agreement to limit greenhouse emissions—and why the U.S. wants to leave it.

Bob is co-author of the Category 6 website at Weather Underground and a former science writer at UCAR/NCAR.

Get involved with this lively discussion with the author!

6:00 PM – Arrive, social, light refreshments served
6:30 PM – Presentation and Book Discussion
8:00 PM – Meeting Adjourns

Posted by Emily Laidlaw at ext. 1707,

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 to Thursday, March 29, 2018

The micro-purchase threshold for procurement activities is the level above which competition is required.  Currently, the micro-purchase threshold in the OMB Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) is $3,500.

The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA) increased the micro-purchase threshold for research agencies to $10,000.  UCAR has recently received direction from NSF that they are applying this $10,000 threshold to their large facility awardees, which includes UCAR. 

Based on the above, UCAR will continue to retain the $10,000 competitive threshold.

If you have questions about this, please contact the Contract Administrator on the Procurement team that is assigned to your lab/program for assistance.

Posted by Alison Propes at ext. 8877,

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018