Staff Notes Daily Announcements


ACOM Seminar

The Impact of Volcanoes on Climate and Air Quality
Dr. Andrew Gettelman
National Center for Atmospheric Research

Volcanoes have big effects on climate when they go 'boom' and emit sulfur into the stratosphere. But volcanoes can also affect climate when they don't boom, but burble. Effusive (non-explosive) volcanoes emit sulfur dioxide (SO2). In addition to smelling like rotten eggs, this is the same stuff that irritates lung and causes acid rain in large quantities. In small quantities SO2makes more and brighter cloud drops. Human sulfur emissions do the same thing: and represent the largest uncertainty in the current forcing of global climate. We describe the impact of some recent volcanoes, and focus on a steady volcano that is the subject of a proposed field project: One of the largest continuous sources of SO2 occurs in an otherwise relatively clean oceanic cloud environment, Mt. Kilauea on the big island of Hawaii, which has surprisingly consistently high emissions of SO2during intra-eruptive periods and is located in the middle of a very important cloud regime in the Pacific: A perfect natural laboratory to answer critical questions about climate and regional air quality.

Monday, June 5, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Refreshments 3:15 p.m.
NCAR Foothills Laboratory
3450 Mitchell Lane, Boulder, CO 80301
FL2-1022, Large Auditorium
Live webcast:

Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 to Monday, June 5, 2017

In an effort to improve management and obtain the capability to interact in Google Applications, Admin_Net and Bulletin Board will be converting to Google Groups from Mailman on June 8, 2017. This conversion will help us manage subscriptions easier and will allow us other features available through Google. The conversion will be transparent and the e-mail addresses will remain the same.  For information on what the Admin_Net and Bulletin Board alias are for, please visit You can go to this site to subscribe/unsubscribe at any time.

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For Admin_Net support please contact:

  • Denise Moulton, Office of F&A’s Vice President, x8551
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Posted by Konnie Phillips at ext. 1101,

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 to Monday, June 5, 2017

June is Bike to Work Month and what better way to kick it off than to attend a free Bike Maintenance 101 workshop right here at NCAR|UCAR! All staff and visitors are welcome to attend the workshop, which will be held at FL2 on Thursday, June 8th from 2:30-4:30pm.

Everyone who attends will learn the basics of bicycle anatomy, how to identify and resolve common bike maintenance issues, how to repair a flat tire, and more!

If you are interested in attending, take one minute to RSVP here.

Event Details:
Date: Thursday, June 8th
Time: 2:30-4:30pm
Location: FL2-1022 Large Auditorium
We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted by Chelsea Castellano at ext. 8549,

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 to Friday, June 2, 2017

Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 31) is the last day to submit your requisitions and invoices against current purchase orders for processing before the PO processing downtime (June 5-16). During these two weeks we will be migrating and testing data in IFAS and UProcure. Contracts and Accounts Payable will not encumber any new purchases orders or funded contracts, or make payments against existing purchase orders between Monday, June 5 and Friday, June 16 so be sure to take these next steps:

  • Before close of business, Wednesday, May 31: Submit your requisitions and invoices against current purchase orders for processing.
  • Beginning Thursday, June 1:
    • For requisitions: Wait to enter your orders into UProcure beginning Monday, June 19.
    • For invoices: Continue to send your invoices to Accounts Payable.  They will start payment processing again on June 19. 

If you have a purchasing emergency during the downtime period, contact your Contract Administrator.  If you have an invoice emergency, contact Karen Jess at ext. 2138. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Stay tuned to Staff Notes and the UProcure Purchasing Project web site  for the latest updates!

Posted by Helen Moshak at ext. 1112,

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 to Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Human Subjects Research
2017 Annual Training
June 6, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Are you undertaking research that involves human subjects?  Do you need a refresher on the federal human subject research regulations?

Attend the annual training to learn about the federal regulations and how the institutional review board, known as the UCAR Human Subjects Committee (HSC), works at UCAR.

For questions, please contact: Kelly Coleman, ext: 8870

Posted by Christy Locke at ext. 8870,

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 to Monday, June 5, 2017

Let's call it a day on Friday June 16th, 3:00pm to 6:00pm at the Foothills Lab Courtyard!

Please join the EAC and help kick the summer off with an all-staff party.

Appetizers and refreshments will be served. Bring your families and take some time to relax with your colleagues!

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, contact Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 to Friday, June 16, 2017

In preparation for the Go Live, we have scheduled training sessions from June 5- 22, where there are daily in-person training sessions. Choose between hands-on exercises and live demonstrations. Visit the UProcure Training Schedule website for a full list of training sessions. For the hands-on training sessions, be sure to register at Connect Employee Self-Service as there are a limited number of seats . (Please see the instructions on how to register.)

Check out the resources, including step-by-step guides, on our UProcure User Support site. You can also contact your lab/program UProcure Coach for training advice and answers!

Watch Staff Notes for more news about UProcure Go Live!

Posted by Konnie Phillips at ext. 1101,

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 to Monday, June 5, 2017

Effects of mesoscale turbulence on carbon export: a global perspective
Cheryl Harrison, NCAR/CGD

Tuesday, 30 May 2017
11:00 AM, refreshments at 10:45
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room

Live webcast:
For more information, contact Gaylynn Potemkin, email, phone: 303.497.1618

Posted by Gaylynn Potemkin at ext. 1618,

Friday, May 26, 2017 to Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Video Compression of Ocean Simulation Databases: A Case Study in Automating Image-based Perceptual Experiments

Terry Turton
University of Texas at Austin

Climate research requires monitoring a large range of spatial and temporal scales to understand the climate system and potential future impacts. Climate simulations are now run with very high resolution (1–10 km gridcells) ocean, sea ice, and atmosphere components and can easily produce petabytes of output.  Image databases can decrease storage sizes from petabytes of simulation output down to several hundred gigabytes of images.  Video compression can be used to further decrease database sizes by several orders of magnitude.  Post-compression image quality can be assessed through common quality metrics.  Additionally, a crowdsourced perceptual assessment of the visual image quality is compared to expert feedback.   The perceptual assessment leverages the Evaluation Toolkit (ETK), a repository of open-source JavaScript modules designed to automate image-based perceptual evaluations.   Other approaches to the assessment of compressed climate data visualizations utilizing ETK modules will be discussed. 


Dr. Terece Turton received her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Michigan with an early career in high energy physics.  Now a researcher in the Center for Agile Technology at the University of Texas at Austin, her current research area is user evaluation for scientific visualization.  With color playing such a vital role in scientific visualizations, Dr. Turton has teamed with the Data Science at Scale team at Los Alamos National Lab together with a visual artist specializing in color to develop and validate improved colormapping approaches, allowing greater perceptual depth into scientific visualizations.  In order to facilitate user studies by other visualization researchers, Dr. Turton has developed a suite of open-source modules that embody a range of psychophysical approaches to perceptual evaluation, the Evaluation Toolkit. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room

Posted by Michelle Patton at ext. 1253,

Friday, May 26, 2017 to Wednesday, June 7, 2017

An Integrated Data-Driven Modeling System to Study and Predict the Circulation, Productivity and Climate of the Red Sea
Ibrahim Hoteit
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

The talk will present the integrated data-driven modeling and forecasting system that we have developed to study and understand the physical and biological variability of the Red Sea. I will first describe the modeling system and summarize our key findings on the Red Sea general circulation, including the striking seasonally overturning circulation, the dominant eddy activity, and the occasional northern deep water formation events, and discuss their impact on the Red Sea ecosystem. I will then focus on our efforts to develop an efficient ensemble data assimilation and forecasting system for the Red Sea, presenting recent algorithmic developments and results, and discussing our future plans. 

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Mesa Lab, 680 -Penthouse
(Bring your lunch)


Posted by Michelle Patton at ext. 1253,

Friday, May 26, 2017 to Wednesday, June 7, 2017