Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Please join us at one of our SciQuest eProcurement and Accounts Payable All-Staff Introduction Sessions!

Tuesday, January 24th  ML Main Seminar Room 1-2 pm


Thursday, January 26th CG1 Center Auditorium 1-2 pm

Learn more about how SciQuest provides:

  • online catalog shopping
  • a user-friendly sourcing (RFP) module,
  • powerful spend analytics,
  • comprehensive contract management, and
  • efficient accounts payable solutions.

You'll also get the chance to summon your creative genius and enter our contest to brand our new online eProcurement marketplace!  

If you are at AMS next week, don’t worry. Sessions will be webcast and recorded. Go to UCAR Live @ or check out the SciQuest Purchasing Project web site @  for the latest news and the recording!

OPEX SciQuest eProcurement and Accounts Payable Go Live Monday, June 19!

Posted by Helen Moshak at ext. 1112,

Friday, January 20, 2017

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

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

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

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