Staff Notes Daily Announcements

The Colorado Music Festival is coming to the Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder between June 28 - August 4.  Discounts are available by contacting the box office and mentioning the code: NCAR18.  This code can be used online, by phone or in person.  Please note:  two concert dates are not eligible for the discount:  July 12 and August 4, 2018.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Monday, June 25, 2018 to Friday, August 3, 2018
Globus Research Data Management Workshop at NCAR on September 5
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018
Time: 8:30am--5:00pm
Place: NCAR Center Green Campus, CG1-1210-South-Auditorium, 3080 Center Green Drive, Boulder, CO 80301

Registration: No charge to attend; space is limited so register early

About the Workshop 
Globus ( is a research data management service developed by the University of Chicago and used by hundreds of thousands of researchers at institutions in the US and abroad. The Globus team presents a series of workshops each year targeted at system administrators who have deployed (or are planning to deploy) Globus, developers building applications for research, and anyone who is interested in learning more about the de-facto service for research data management. More details are available here:
The session will include hands-on walkthroughs of:
  • Using Globus for file transfer, sharing and publication
  • Installing and configuring Globus endpoints 
  • Incorporating Globus capabilities into your own data portals, science gateways, and other web applications 
  • Automating research data workflows using Globus CLI and API -- including how to automate scripted transfers to/from the new NCAR campaign store
  • Using Globus in conjunction with the Jupyter platform 
  • Integrating Globus services into your institutional repository and data publication workflows
  • Using Globus Auth authentication and fine-grained authorization for accessing your own services
We hope you will join us!

Posted by Elizabeth Faircloth at ext. 1253,

Monday, June 25, 2018 to Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Training Workshop: The Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System
October 23-26, 2018 || Boulder, CO

NCAR is pleased to partner with CUAHSI to offer the Training Workshop: The Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System, a 3.5-day hands-on training workshop on the use and applications of the Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System.

Course Description
This training workshop will provide graduate students and early career scientists with formal instruction on the structure and application of the WRF-Hydro system and will offer hands-on experience in setting up and running the system for several different research and prediction applications.

Specific topics to be covered during the workshop include:

  • Conceptualization and structure of the WRF-Hydro system
  • Description of physics components and options within WRF-Hydro
  • Model porting and compilation, and an overview of parallel computing with WRF-Hydro
  • Hands-on model input data preparation and creation of an example test case
  • Hands-on model configuration and execution
  • Hands-on experimental model simulations and comparisons with a prepared example test case
  • Overview of the open source Rwrfhydro hydrologic model evaluation package  with example vignettes
  • Overview of model calibration
  • Overview of data assimilation
  • Open discussion on class participant interests and applications

Class participants will receive in-depth training via lectures and hands-on activities on the implementation and use of the WRF-Hydro system where all hands-on tutorial activities will be conducted in a formal computer laboratory located at NCAR in Boulder, CO.

Lead Instructor: Dave Gochis, NCAR

Dave Gochis, NCAR
Aubrey Dugger, NCAR
Kevin Sampson, NCAR
Laura Read, NCAR
Michael Barlage, NCAR
Arezoo RafieeiNassab, NCAR
Logan Karsten, NCAR
James McCreight, NCAR
Joe Mills, NCAR
Katelyn FitzGerald, NCAR

Workshop Eligibility

Applicants must apply to attend the workshop. Applications will be accepted from current and incoming graduate students, post-docs, academics, and professionals working in hydrology and/or the atmospheric sciences. Instructors will review applications to verify in advance that the applicant has the necessary skills and experience to successfully participate in the workshop and get the most out of the course topics. See the event website to apply.


  • Prior hydrologic and/or atmospheric modeling experience is advised.
  • Must be comfortable working in a UNIX environment, running UNIX command line operations and text editors.
  • Familiarity with the R and/or Python programming language is recommended.

How to Apply
See the event website to apply
. Applications will be accepted beginning June 25, 2018. Complete applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 5:00 p.m. ET on July 31, 2018. However, we recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis on first-come, first-served. We reserve the right to review only the first 50 applications. Past offerings of this course have filled up very quickly.

Visit the event website for additional information on applying to the workshop.


Posted by Molly McAllister at ext. 8253,

Monday, June 25, 2018 to Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The CISL Consulting Services Group is planning a 30- to 45-minute tutorial for 10 a.m. MDT on Monday, July 9, to demonstrate how to use Globus to move data between the Cheyenne/GLADE environment, external endpoints, and the new Campaign Storage file system that will become available soon. Registration forms and more information about the tutorial will be available this week.

Posted by Elizabeth Faircloth at ext. 1253,

Monday, June 25, 2018 to Monday, July 9, 2018
On June 18 the President’s Council approved the business case for a new comprehensive, cloud-based system to replace and modernize a range of Human Resources- and Payroll-related applications and processes. This initiative will see staff recruiting and retention, onboarding, time reporting, compensation, payroll, performance, and learning management encompassed in one system. 
This initiative is one of nine in the Operational Excellence (OPEX) program, UCAR’s multi-year effort to modernize business operations started in 2014 to provide state-of-the-art support to NCAR and UCP and implement a framework for continuous process improvement. OPEX was an important component of our recompete proposal to manage NCAR, consistent with NSF’s expectations of the need to modernize our business practices.
Through an extensive competitive procurement process, UCAR selected Workday’s Human Capital Management Suite. This summer, we will begin working with an integrator, Sierra-Cedar, to support us in configuring and deploying the Workday HCM solution for first use in mid-2019. Sierra-Cedar is a recognized Workday Services Partner. Thank you to the more than 30 staff from NCAR, UCP, and UCAR who participated in the evaluation process.
Workday’s Human Capital Management Suite will provide employees with a single, online system for all financial and HR needs, and will be used to improve service levels, optimize costs, provide enhanced analytic capabilities, and improve security and privacy. Recruiters and hiring committees will have improved tools and metrics to support both sourcing of diverse, highly talented candidate pools and onboarding of successful new hires. Managers and leaders will gain improved tools and metrics that integrate performance evaluation, development, and retention with career and succession planning.
We will keep you apprised of further information on the project as it becomes available. For regular updates on this project, visit or contact the Project Manager, Karla Waltman at x8881 or
About Workday
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for human resources and finance. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world's largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. More than 1,000 organizations, including federally-funded organizations such as the National Renewable Energies Laboratory, Fermilab, and Argonne National Laboratory, as well as several of our member universities, have selected Workday.
About Sierra-Cedar, Inc.  
Founded in 1995, Sierra-Cedar is a recognized Workday Services Partner. With a focus on public sector and higher education, Sierra-Cedar has successfully completed over 1,500 projects with colleges, universities, and public sector organizations, including successful Workday deployments with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and the City and County of Denver. 

Posted by Karla Waltman at ext. 8881,

Friday, June 22, 2018 to Tuesday, June 26, 2018


Title: The Tropical Tropopause Definitions and Water Vapor Transport in the TTL: New Insights from Airborne in situ Measurements over the Tropical Western Pacific

Presenter: Laura Pan, Senior Scientist, ACOM

Abstract: The tropical tropoause region plays an important role in the Earth's climate system. The tempature and transport structure there control the amount of water vapor in the stratosphere, which has a significant contribution to the climate forcing. Correctly, representing the temperture structure in the tropical tropopause region is a significant challenge for the chemistry climate models. Understanding the controlling processes is a critical step for making progress. The ATTREX campaign provides a unique data set for examing our theory and hypothesis on the tropical tropopause and TTL. I will present an analysis of temperature, water vapor and ozone across the tropopause over the tropical Western Pacific (TWP) using the ATTREX 2014 observations. The analysis aims to address two connected questions:

(1) The cold point and the WMO lapse rate criteria, which one provides the "correct" definition for the tropical tropopause?
(2) Vertical versus horizontal transport processes, what are the relative importance for dehydration across the TTL?

These questions have been addressed in the past mostly through theoretical and model approaches. The new insights from the observational study on the these problems will be discussed.

Monday, 25 June 2018, 3:30 PM
Refreshments: 3:15 PM
NCAR Foothills Laboratory Large Auditorium - FL2-1022
Live webcast:



Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Monday, June 18, 2018 to Monday, June 25, 2018

Google has announced that there will be changes pushed out on June 30th to improve the performance and security of classic Google Sites. This may change the appearance of some Sites. To prepare for this, Sites owners or editors can find more information at Creation of classic Sites will not be re-enabled nor will creation of new Sites.This pertains to only those existing Sites that were grandfathered in.

Posted by Gary Studwell at ext. 1815,

Thursday, June 14, 2018 to Monday, July 2, 2018

Registration is now open for an NCAR/CISL series of four one-day workshops on Modern Fortran beginning Tuesday, July 3. Dan Nagle, CISL Consulting Services Group software engineer and a member of the U.S. Fortran Standards Technical Committee, will provide the training at the NCAR Mesa Lab’s Fleischmann Building (Walter Orr Roberts room) in Boulder.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers with recent releases of gfortran, mpich, and opencoarrays. Each workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. with an hour break at noon.

  • Scalar Fortran - Tuesday, July 3:Scope, definition, scalar declarations and usage, and interacting with the processor.

  • Vector Fortran - Tuesday, July 17:Arrays, storage order, elemental operations, and array intrinsics.

  • Object-Oriented Fortran - Tuesday, July 24:Derived types, defined operations, defined assignment, and inheritance.

  • Parallel Fortran - Tuesday, July 31:Coarray concepts, declarations, and usage; synchronization and treating failed images.

Use this form to register to attend one or more workshops. The workshops will not be webcast or recorded.

Posted by Cecilia Banner at ext. 1231,

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 to Friday, June 29, 2018
Contracts has received notice that Grants Online will be requiring an annual re-authorization of user accounts starting in October 2018 in order to comply with federal system security requirements.  Grants Online is NOAA's online system where information about NOAA grants and cooperative agreements can be accessed and post-award action requests, progress/final reports, and financial reports are submitted.
NOAA will be sending additional communication at a later date to explain how the annual re-authorization process will work and Contracts will share the information as we receive it.  In preparation for this new functionality, NOAA will be deactivating all user accounts which have not been used to log into Grants Online within the last 12 months.   Any users whose accounts are deactiviated during this data cleanup effort will have to request a new account if future Grants Online access is needed
The accounts that have been inactive for the past 12 months will be permanently deactivated on June 8, 2018.  As such, if you have a Grants Online account and would like it to remain active, please ensure you have logged in within the past 12 months or do so prior to June 8, 2018.
Please contact Contracts at if you have any questions.

Posted by Amy Smith at ext. 8872,

Thursday, May 31, 2018 to Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Unidata Users Committee invites you to join Unidata staff, community members, and distinguished speakers this June in Boulder, Colorado. The goal of this year's workshop is to raise awareness of the current trends in the academic geoscience community with an emphasis on Data Proximate Analysis, Machine Learning and Data Analytics, Using GOES-16 Data, and Working with Ensemble NWP Output. Scientists and educators from the academic geoscience community will present ideas and techniques for making effective use of geoscience data and share activities, course materials, and ideas for improving education and research. There will be hands-on workshops, a poster session, and time for informal discussions with presenters and Unidata developers.

The workshop, titled Reducing Time to Science: Evolving Workflows for Geoscience Research and Education, is scheduled for June 25-28, 2018.

The workshop will feature oral presentations, hands-on demonstrations of Unidata and related technologies, collaborative work sessions, and a poster session for those who wish to share their work with workshop participants.

Additional details on speakers and session topics for the workshop are available on the 2018 Users Workshop page.

Registration for locals or others who do not require travel or lodging assistance from Unidata is open through June 10, 2018. See the Registration page for details. 

Posted by Douglas Dirks at ext. 8657,

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 to Friday, June 29, 2018