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Join us for the next SEA Seminar.

Shorter Abstract: Although many data analysis tasks are highly or even embarrassingly parallel in nature, climate scientists don't typically make much use of parallelism when they're analyzing the output from climate models. In this talk, the story of the process of shifting from serial to parallel data analysis using NCAR cyberinfrastructure will be told.

Date and Time: 2017 June 29th @ 3pm
Location: ML main seminar
Speaker: Seth McGinnis

See for a more explanatory abstract.

Posted by Davide DelVento at ext. 1233,

Thursday, June 29, 2017 to Friday, June 30, 2017

RAL/CSAP SEMINAR THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 | 4:00PM-5:00PM | FL2 - 3107 

DigitalGlobe’s remote sensing technologies for environmental characterization and human impact assessment

Abstract: Satellite earth imaging technologies enable a wide range of environmental characterization and human impact assessment capabilities. Using a combination of high resolution imagery and multi-spectral sensitivity to visible light and non-visible infrared wavelengths, we will present a discussion of:  

  • Infrastructure characterization relative to disaster vulnerability.
  • Post-disaster assessment.
  • Remote population mapping in Africa.
  • Wildfire mapping at high resolution.
  • Smoke particle size bracketing.
  • Vegetation: vigor, moisture, and distribution.
  • Standing water and mosquito-borne diseases.
  • Tools for studying these characteristics at scale. 

Presenter bio: Bill Baugh is a Principal Scientist at DigitalGlobe. He received an MS degree in geology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, in 1995. He previously worked as an associate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR); and for over 20 years total in industry. His current focus is on leveraging WorldView-3’s new spectral capabilities to create practical applications. Additional interests include: hyperspectral data, spectrometry, algorithm development, field research, radiometric calibration, and atmospheric compensation. 

Posted by Jessa Johnson at ext. 2751,

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The cafeterias at Mesa Lab, Foothills Lab and Center Green will be closed on Monday, July 3,2017.

All Cafeterias will open for full service on Wednesday, July 5,2017.

The Event Services staff would like to thank our customers for your continued support and please have a safe and fun Fourth of July Holiday!

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 to Friday, June 30, 2017

UCAR HR Provides a service for verifying employment and income to lenders, landlords, and others that you authorize to receive such information (verifiers).  The service is contracted with InVerify , a third party that specializes in employment and income verifications.  InVerify provides secure, accurate, and timely access to employment and income information--24/7.

To utilize InVerify, the employee provides the requestor (or verifier) with the authorization to contact InVerify directly by providing them with UCAR's code and specific employee data depending on the type of information being requested.  For complete instructions and FAQ's, please visit the website:

Questions regarding this service may be directed to Annette Lampert, x8719 ( or InVerify Customer Service, 1-866-295-7363


Posted by Annette Lampert at ext. 8719,

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 to Wednesday, July 12, 2017

As in the past several years, the Mesa Lab road will close to the public on Tuesday, July 4th as follows:

  • The NCAR road will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at 4 p.m.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists may continue to use the road until 7 p.m. 
  • Security will patrol the parking lot at 7 p.m. and ask remaining visitors to leave the premises.
  • Employees requiring access to work at the Mesa Lab will be allowed up the road after 4 p.m. with their UCAR identification. 
  • Security will have increased patrols during the day. An officer will be at the bottom of the NCAR road starting at noon to make sure everyone is aware of the 4 p.m. closure. 
  • The road will re-open for normal use on Wednesday, July 5, at 6:00 a.m.


Posted by Robert Reid at ext. 2060,

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 to Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Join us at any of these UProcure Open Labs.  Bring your real-world scenarios and questions to an open lab for help from a UProcure expert. Everyone is welcome!  No registration required.

FLA ITTC—Room 2282

Wednesday, June 28 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. with Alison Propes

Thursday, July 6 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. with Joseph Knittel

Friday, July 14 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. with Jessica Sullivan

Monday, July 17 from 11:00-12:00 p.m. with Lauren Davis 

ML—Gil Finley - PH, tower A (please bring a laptop)

Friday, June 30 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. with Alison Propes

Monday, July 10 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. with Wendy Allen

Wednesday, July 19 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. with Justin Lee


Posted by Helen Moshak at ext. 1112,

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 to Thursday, June 29, 2017

These new acquisitions will be displayed at each NCAR Library location for one week, first at FL Library and then at ML Library. If you have questions regarding the items or want to suggest additions to the library collection, please contact the NCAR Library at or ext. 8505.

Sams Teach Yourself Apache Spark
Author: Jeffrey Aven
Publisher: Sams
Location: ML Library
Call Number: QA 76.9 .D343 A94 2016

Advanced Analytics with Spark
Authors: Sandy Ryza and others
Publisher: O'Reilly
Location: ML Library
Call Number: QA 76.9 .D343 R998 2015

Learning Spark
Authors: Holden Karau and others
Publisher: O'Reilly
Location: ML Library
Call Number: QA 76.9 .D343 K363 2015

Bibliometrics and Research Evaluation
Author: Gingras
Publisher: MIT Press
Location: ML Library
Call Number: Q 180.55 .E9 G5613 2016

Putting Hydrological Modelling Practice to the Test
Author: Melsen
Publisher: Wageningen University
Location: FL Library
Call Number: GB 656.2 .H9 M528 2017

At War with the Weather
Authors: Kunreuther and others
Publisher: MIT Press
Location: FL Library
Call Number: HG 9979.3 .K86 2009

Posted by NCAR Library at ext. 8505,

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 to Monday, July 3, 2017

Data Stewardship and Engineering Team (DSET) - Building Community Informed and Driven Data Services

Sophie Hou

 Being able to enable and facilitate scientific progress by providing advanced computing capabilities has been a focus for NCAR, especially through CISL. Additional developments of dedicated technical infrastructures for supporting data-related activities, such as visualization, analysis, processing, and transformation, have also been prioritized. However, in order to meet the diverse existing and emerging data needs from the scientific community, data services must integrate human and organizational services with technical developments. Data services have a better chance to be accepted and used by the target community if the community members are represented and consulted during the design and implementation process. The NCAR’s Data Stewardship Engineering Team (DSET) was created to design and implement comprehensive NCAR digital asset search, discovery, and access. To achieve this challenging task, cross-organizational participation and communication are essential, including having representatives and stakeholders from the NCAR science and technical divisions to leverage the expertise of both groups. The goal of DSET is to ensure that feedback from users is built into the process, and ultimately, enable data services, including the technical infrastructures, to be developed in alignment with the community’s research and data needs.

Bio: Sophie Hou ( is the Data Curation & Stewardship Coordinator at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). At NCAR/UCAR, Sophie focuses on providing dedicated support, engagement, and training for questions and issues that scientific researchers might encounter when working with data (including software tools and model codes). Additionally, Sophie collaborates with and participates in both internal and external data curation-centric communities and activities, including NCAR Data Stewardship Engineering Team, to help share experiences and key lessons learned, especially those relating to data management infrastructures and best practices. Sophie has a Master of Science in Library and Information Science program with the specialization in Data Curation from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and prior to joining NCAR, Sophie's previous Bachelor and Master of Science degrees and professional work experience were in the field of Electrical Engineering.


Friday, June 30, 2017
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room


Posted by Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431,

Monday, June 26, 2017 to Friday, June 30, 2017

It’s time to nominate your colleagues for the 2017 UCAR Distinguished Achievement and Outstanding Accomplishment Awards. Tony Busalacchi's memo requesting nominations for this year's awards can be found on the Employee Recognition Awards Policy website. In order for your submission to be favorably considered, please use the appropriate Criteria Checklist (there are two): for either the Distinguished Achievement Award and/or for one of the Outstanding Accomplishments Awards.

A note on the publications awards, the focus of which is: "published results in the past five years of original research, review papers, or pedagogically oriented books that contribute to the atmospheric sciences".  “Five years" is counted as five years prior to January 1 of the current year.  I.e., the nominated activity must have been accomplished or published AFTER January 1, 2012 for 2017's nominations.

Submit your nominations electronically to Judy Skidmore, either in a Google Drive folder or on a flash drive. Although any employee may initiate a nomination, only Directors or designates may submit nominations.

The deadline for this year’s nominations is Friday, October 13th.

For more information, contact Judy Skidmore, ext. 1658,

Posted by Judy Skidmore at ext. 1658,

Monday, June 26, 2017 to Friday, August 11, 2017

Parents’ Night Out is a great opportunity for you and your significant other to go out to dinner and a movie!

Contact Stephanie Ivancic, Director of UCAR’s Child Care Center, to sign your child up from 6 pm - 8 pm ($30 for one child or $40 for two children) or 6 pm - 10 pm ($50 for one child and $60 for two children).

Children are welcome to wear their pajamas for a fun evening of movies and pizza! If your child has a video that he or she would like to share, bring it along! Please make sure it is labeled and let the fun begin! Siblings under the age of 7 are welcome, too.

We invite all UCAR employees to take advantage of this fun evening as your child does not need to be enrolled at the UCAR Child Care Center to partake! 

Please contact Stephanie Ivancic for enrollment as well as drop-in care rates.  Stephanie’s email address is sivancic@cclc.comand her phone number is 303-443-5595.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Friday, June 23, 2017 to Friday, July 21, 2017