Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Come learn about Ethics, the UCAR Code of Conduct and related UCAR policies; look at how some researchers (not at UCAR!) have gotten into trouble.  Learn about resources and ask questions that will help you get your work done.

Date: February 2, 2017

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location: FL2-1003

Posted by Christy Locke at ext. 8874,

Friday, January 20, 2017 to Thursday, February 2, 2017

An NCAR-based computer model known for global climate projections decades into the future recently joined a suite of other world-class models being used to forecast what may lie just a few months ahead. (Story by Senior Science Writer Laura Snider. Read more here.)

Posted by Laura Snider at ext. 8605,

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 to Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The focus of the Community Workshop on Unmanned Aerial Systems for Atmospheric Research, hosted by NCAR/EOL, will be to advance the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) on all scales of atmospheric research.  UASs are currently a rapidly developing field with many activities at the University level, within a number of federal agencies, and in private industry.
The thematic focus of this workshop is on emerging needs related to the use of UAS for all scales of atmospheric research. The objective of this community workshop is to create a forum for discussion and for gathering input from the active UAS research community and those interested in becoming part of that community on highest priority observational needs that may be met by UAS and on barriers for use of UAS in atmospheric and atmosphere interface research.  EOL is coordinating this gathering in our role to provide support for the observational needs of the of the NSF supported science community.
The specific goals of the workshop are to:
  • Identify key areas for UAS research (such as forecasting, flux measurements, pollution, constituent measurements, and boundary layer and atmospheric interfaces research).
  • Identify typical and novel instrumentation for UASs.
  • Examine 2D and / or 3D wind measurements from UASs.  This is a unique problem and a key measurement for many UAS. 
  • Discuss needs for calibration of UAS instruments and verification of UAS based measurements.
  • Discuss UAS operations and how to fly in hazardous conditions such as strong winds, icing, rain, and low visibility.
  • Understand evolving FAA UAS regulations and requirements and identify efficient ways to work with the FAA to guarantee safe UAS operations 
  • Discuss other novel ideas for lower atmosphere in situ observations that EOL could support 
The workshop will take place February 21-24, 2017 at Center Green and registration is now open.  For more information and to register please see the workshop website at:

Posted by Cory Wolff at ext. 2845,

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 to Friday, February 3, 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.

Integrated Ground Water Management
Editor: Anthony Jakeman and others
Publisher: Springer
Location: FL Library
Call Number: TD403 .J257 2016

Satellites: Orbits and Missions
Author: Michel Capderou
Publisher: Springer
Location: FL Library
Call Number: TL1080 .C3713 2005

Data Management for Researchers
Author: Kristin Briney
Publisher: Pelagic
Location: FL Library
Call Number: Q180.55 .E4 B75 2015

Governing Arctic Change
Editor: Kathrin Keil and others
Publisher: Palgrave
Location: ML Library
Call Number: QC994.8 G271 2016

Posted by NCAR Library at ext. 8505,

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 to Tuesday, January 24, 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

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

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

UCAR makes several confidential communication channels available to staff. Each provides a different service. Here is an update on recent changes.

  • Delphi Q&A Service - ask management about UCAR policies and practices in a confidential manner and receive an answer.  Confidentiality is assured by the volunteer Delphi coordinator, who is elected by staff to serve a four-year term. The new Delphi coordinator is Sharon Clark (UCAR SciEd). more about Delphi>

  • UCAR Ombuds Office - consult trained Ombuds volunteers, who offer informal assistance to employees and visitors to help resolve issues related to their employment or appointment at UCAR. You may seek advice from a UCAR Ombuds in confidence before deciding on what actions to take about any issue. Marijke Unger (CISL) recently joined Loretta Quinn (CPAESS) in the Ombuds Office. more about the Ombuds Office>

  • President’s Anonymous Suggestion Box - use this electronic version of the classic suggestion box to submit a comment anonymously to UCAR President Tony Busalacchi. Because this is an anonymous process, you will not receive confirmation by email or a personal reply. Your UCAS password is required to access the electronic form (but the form itself will not collect or retain any identifying data). President’s Anonymous Suggestion Box>

Posted by Zhenya Gallon at ext. 8607,

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 to Tuesday, January 31, 2017

CISL would like to make the NCAR staff aware of the new CISL Visitor Program (CVP) The program can provide funding, as well as financially leverage other visitor programs at NCAR, for joint collaborative visitors between CISL and other NCAR labs. The visitor must have a CISL staff host. Financial support is limited to travel costs and local living expenses. Visits are from 2 weeks to 3 months, with longer time periods, such as sabbaticals, considered on a case-by-case basis.

The application window is between now and March 3, 2017 for visits occurring between summer 2017 and spring 2018.

Posted by Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431,

Monday, January 9, 2017 to Friday, March 3, 2017