Staff Notes Daily Announcements

ACOM SEMINAR

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: https://ucarconnect.ucar.edu/live

 

 

Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318, bonnie@ucar.edu

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

Some of the best views are seen along your commute! In celebration of Walk & Bike Month, UCAR’s Sustainability Office is hosting a photo contest. Submissions will be voted on by staff and the winning photo will be rewarded with a $100 gift card to Mike’s Camera!

Here’s how the contest works:

  1. Take a photo while you are commuting via biking or walking.
  2. Each person can submit up to two photos.
  3. Submit your photos to Sustainability@ucar.edu.
  4. The deadline to submit photos is 9:00am on Thursday, June 28th.
  5. All staff will have a chance to vote on the submitted photos from June 28th through July 1st.
  6. The winning photo with the most votes will be announced on Monday, July 2nd.
  7. The winner will receive a $100 gift card to Mike’s Camera!

June is Walk and Bike Month and Bike to Work Day is on Wednesday, June 27th! Join the fun and register with Team NCAR|UCAR! More prizes and free breakfast awaits!

Contact Sustainability@ucar.edu or ext.8549 for additional information.

Thanks for participating! We look forward to seeing your submissions! 

Posted by Chelsea Castellano at ext. 8549, Sustainability@ucar.edu

Monday, June 18, 2018 to Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Please view the New Hires and Departures as of Friday, June 15, 2018 at this location:

https://www2.fin.ucar.edu/hr/new-hires-and-departures

Posted by Macy Nedelka at ext. 8723, mnedelka@ucar.edu

Monday, June 18, 2018 to Friday, June 22, 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 http://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2018/05/changes-to-embedded-content-.... 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, studwell@ucar.edu

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, banner@ucar.edu

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 to Friday, June 29, 2018

News clips at a glance: May 18 - June 6
Total: ~500; ~$1,096,000 advertising value

Summary: Slower and wetter hurricanes, predicting cyclone damage, a terrifying flight through a massive storm, increasing global precipitation.

Notable clips

**Designates articles that were published as a result of the NCAR/UCAR Journalism Summit produced by the Communications Team. Thanks to all the participating scientists.

**Climate change will also challenge weather warning systems (UCAR, Tony Busalacchi and Scott Rayder; MMM, Morris Weisman and Julie Demuth)
E&E
Run or hide? Forecasters struggle as disasters change (Paywall)
(Article also published in Scientific American.)

New study shows hurricanes will produce more rain (RAL, Ethan Gutmann)
The Washington Post
New study suggests future hurricanes will be slower and wetter as Earth warms
(This research was mentioned in dozens of national media outlets.)

**Hurricanes can also cause damage to inland communities (MMM, Cindy Bruyere and James Done)
Business Insider
Hurricane season officially starts today — and you're at risk even if you live far from the shore

Predicting hurricanes remains a challenge (CGD, Kevin Trenberth)
The Verge
Why we can’t predict how destructive a hurricane season will be

Plane survives flight through massive thunderstorm and hail (RAL, Matthias Steiner)
The Washington Post
‘Scariest flight of my life’: Hail smashes nose of plane that flew into towering storm

**Reflecting on last year’s deadly hurricane season (MMM, James Done)
CNN
Five lessons of the extraordinary 2017 hurricane season

**Research shows global precipitation is increasing (MMM, Andy Prein and Mari Tye)
Business Insider
Rainstorms are now up to 70% stronger and wetter than they were in the 1950s — and this is only the beginning

Forecasters predict 2018 hurricane season (MMM, Rebecca Morss)
Vox
Hurricane season 2018: what scientists are predicting

New research points to slowing tropical cyclone movement  (CGD, Colin Zarzycki)
The Washington Post
Hurricanes are moving more slowly — which makes them even more dangerous
(This was also reported on by The New York Times following the Journalism Summit.)

**As hurricanes are projected to increase in severity, insurance agencies look at resilience (MMM, Andy Prein, Mari Tye, Rebecca Morss, and James Done)
E&E
Insurers concerned about severity of hurricanes (Paywall)

Social media highlights:

A tweet of an animation showing Hurricane Ivan as simulated in the current climate compared to the future climate was retweeted 74 times and ultimately seen by more than 41,500 people.

A tweet about the importance of model resolution taken from a presentation during the Journalism Summit was retweeted 49 times and seen by more than 16,000 people.


Posted by Ali Branscombe at ext. 8609, abran@ucar.edu

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 to Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The summary of the May 21, 2018 President's Council meeting can be found here.

Posted by Joanna Schmitz at ext. 1653, joanna@ucar.edu

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 to Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Contracts and F&A IT are pleased to announce that a punchout catalog providing access to Dell offerings is now available in UProcure! All UCAR staff can access the punchout catalog and build a cart with their desired items, including specifically configured computer systems. You can even look up quotes from the Dell Premier website in the punchout catalog.

For details about punchout catalog use, refer to the Organization Message area of the UProcure homepage. Then, click the Dell logo on the Shopping Home page to see what they have to offer!

Posted by Alison Propes at ext. 8877, apropes@ucar.edu

Monday, June 11, 2018 to Friday, June 22, 2018

Contracts and F&A IT are pleased to announce that a punchout catalog providing access to Dell offerings is now available in UProcure! All UCAR staff can access the punchout catalog and build a cart with their desired items, including specifically configured computer systems. You can even look up quotes from the Dell Premier website in the punchout catalog.

For details about punchout catalog use, refer to the Organization Message area of the UProcure homepage. Then, click the Dell logo on the Shopping Home page to see what they have to offer!

Posted by Alison Propes at ext. 8877, apropes@ucar.edu

Monday, June 11, 2018 to Friday, June 22, 2018

UCP Strategic Priority Brown Bag Series
Join us in an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Business Development focused discussion with the BlackboxAI Data Science Team: Jay Swartz, Hunter Albright, and Anne Regel.

Wednesday June 20, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 PM MT
FL2-1022 (Large Auditorium)

The BlackboxAI team helps corporate teams understand and implement Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Blockchain & related froniter technologies to solve today's business challenges. They create intelligent smart contract environments that reduce overhead and accelerate processes.

Mr. Swartz is a Data Scientist helping others to adpot and expand Machine Learning and Blockchain implementations to solve business challenges. He has achieved state of the art performance with IBM Watson, exceeding 97% accuracy, resulting in two patents. Currently, Chief Scientist at BlackboxAI and advisor to multiple start-ups, Mr. Swartz brings over 40 years of experience in software engineering, research, marketing and consilting with Apple computer, Univeristy of Colorado, IBM, Seagate Techlology, Sun Microsystems (Oracle), Welltok and multiple start-ups. 

Mr. Albright helps companies grow through experimentation, developing ideas and opportunities that transform businesses. His experience lends value through analytics to start-ups and Fortune 100 companies across financial services, consulting, software and energy industries. Mr. Albright has worked for and with leading brands in the US and Eurpoe, including Visa, HSBC, Barclays, BBVA, and Nordea. His research focuses on optimization and artificial intelligence. 

Ms. Regel is a data scientist with BlackboxAI and is passionate about using scientific methodology and machine learning to help businesses make better decisions, improve productivity, and understand their clients. Ms. Regel's resarch focuses on engineering separation-based microfluidic electrochemical sensors and analyzing amperometric and voltammetric data. 

To see more informaiton on upcoming or past UCP Seminars, please see this webpage.

Posted by Ellen Thomas at ext. 2604, ellent@ucar.edu

Monday, June 11, 2018 to Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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