Staff Notes Daily Announcements

It's never too early to think about the Bolder Boulder. The Bolder Boulder registration of the 2018 Memorial Day 10k race has now opened, and once again UCAR/NCAR is participating in the Bolder Business Challenge. Early registration through the end of February saves you $5. If you want your participation to count for UCAR/NCAR, you can do it online via the Bolder Business Challenge version of the registration form where you can select "NCAR" from a drop-down menu.  For families, you can register others on this site too where it gives an option to select which are employees, or they can register on the regular site where they can choose a delivery location.  The Business Challenge entries' packets will be delivered together to NCAR for convenient  pick-up in May. Business Challenge registration is only open until May 1st. The Challenge has a team time competition with three divisions based on company size.  The five fastest times contribute to the team time. There is also a participation rate prize, so the more we have the better. Typically we have been getting 20-30 employees each year, about a 2% rate of participation, and I know we can improve on that. Whether you are running, jogging or walking, you are welcome to sign up for the team.

Bolder Business Challenge Registration site:
https://bb10k.configio.com/pd/1856/2018-bolderbusiness-challenge?returnc...

Posted by Jimy Dudhia at ext. 8950, dudhia@ucar.edu

Friday, February 23, 2018 to Friday, March 2, 2018

Please join us to celebrate Melissa Miller’s retirement after 28 years of service to UCAR Finance and Administration. The reception will take place in FLA 2205 next Friday, March 2, 2018 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  We hope that you all will join us in extending our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Melissa for her leadership and dedication during her many years with UCAR.

Posted by Denise Moulton at ext. 8551, dmoulton@ucar.edu

Friday, February 23, 2018 to Thursday, March 1, 2018

Oceanography among the clouds and terrestrial ecology a thousand miles from land: The power of global-scale airborne observations 
Britton Stephens
National Center for Atmospheric Research

The total amounts of biological productivity in a given year in the world’s oceans and on land are fundamental properties of Earth system health that are poorly constrained by satellite and surface measurements. Likewise, our understanding of the distribution of anthropogenic carbon sinks among the Southern Ocean, tropical forests, and northern hemisphere temperate and boreal ecosystems—an important diagnostic of future carbon-climate feedbacks—is limited by sparse observations and uncertainties in atmospheric transport. Over the past decade, measurements of atmospheric CO2, O2, and related tracers on global-scale airborne research campaigns have enabled new insights into these carbon cycle questions. By measuring gradients and integrated signals from the surface to the lower stratosphere, nearly pole to pole, and in all seasons, we can overcome the data sparseness and transport limitations, because airborne measurements are representative of large zonal scales and column means less sensitive to model vertical mixing biases. The HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO, 2009-2011), O2/N2 Ratio and Airborne Southern Ocean (ORCAS, 2016), and Atmospheric Tomography (ATom, 2016-2018) campaigns are enabling new estimates of 1) the growing season net flux (GSNF) of CO2 with the Northern Hemisphere land biome, 2) the partitioning between northern extratropical and tropical forest carbon sinks, 3) the seasonal net outgassing (SNO) of O2 by the ocean in both hemispheres, and 4) the Southern Ocean CO2 sink. These estimates show that GSNF has increased by > 50% over the past 60 years, that intact tropical forests are a major sink for anthropogenic carbon, that SNO is surprisingly balanced between the hemispheres, and that the seasonal variability in Southern Ocean CO2 exchange is much greater than previously thought. I will present these results and discuss new opportunities for making global-scale aircraft observations a more routine part of the future climate observing system.  

Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 3:30 PM
Refreshments 3:15 PM
NCAR-Foothills Laboratory  3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg 2 Large Auditorium (Rm1022)

Posted by Erin Fundalinski at ext. 8713, erinf@gmail.com

Thursday, February 22, 2018 to Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The 2018 annual SEA conference will take place in Boulder, CO at the NCAR Center Green Campus from April 2nd to April 6th. The theme for this year is Frontiers in Scientific Software.

PROGRAM DETAILS
The program is being finalized and is continuously updated.

REGISTRATION
Register here (price includes lunches and coffee breaks)

Register byRegistration typePrice
March 4thEarly BirdONLY $300 - excellent value
March 18thRegular Rate$350
April 2ndLate Registration$400 - maximum flexibility

All registrations include conference, tutorials and symposia (we can NOT offer separate registrations at a lower cost)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at UCAR/NCAR-run events are required to agree with the UCAR/NCAR code of conduct.
  • Gender specific restrooms are located on the first floor. All-gender/gender neutral, single-stall restrooms are located on the third floor of the conference venue, next to conference room CG-3150.
  • Lactation rooms are available for use of workshop participants, and are located on the second floor, in CG-2615 and CG-2617. If you require a small refrigerator to be placed in either of these rooms, please contact the registration desk. Child care may be also arranged if necessary. Contact Davide Del Vento if you'd like more informations about it.
  • The conference venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs, including restrooms, but feel free to contact Davide Del Vento should you have a special need and would like to double-check.
  • Consider subscribing to our low volume mailing list

For more information, click here

Posted by Cecilia Banner at ext. 1231, banner@ucar.edu

Thursday, February 22, 2018 to Friday, March 30, 2018

To ensure the UCAR Diversity and Inclusion strategic plan encompasses the diversity of needs and ideas identified by the culture survey, we are looking for volunteers from across the organization to take part in a couple of additional Next Steps Workshops (NSWs). The two groups we are looking for more participants from are People with disabilities and people with conservative political beliefs. 

The workshop for people with conservative political beliefs will be held on Tuesday, February 27 from 2-4pm in ML- 680- Tower B.

The workshop for people with disabilities will be held on Wednesday, February 28 from 1-3pm in FL1- 2198 EOL Atrium. 

The workshops will be two hours long and facilitated by The Spring Institute. If you identify as a member of either (or both) of these groups and are interested in participating, please email Kristen Luna Aponte (kaponte@ucar.edu). 

Posted by Kristen Luna Aponte at ext. 1657, kaponte@ucar.edu

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Join us for the next event in our DBAMS Book Club series on Thursday, March 29.

We will discuss meteorologist and journalist Bob Henson's book, "The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change" (if you don't already have it, this book can be purchased from AMS here). 

Bob will provide an overview of updates he's currently working on for the book, and we'll find out how the landscape has evolved over the last four years, including:

  • The blazing global temperatures of the mid-2010s: just a blip, or a sign of more sustained heating to come?
  • The growth of "hot droughts" and how they're transforming the climate of California
  • The catastrophic Atlantic hurricane season of 2017 and the weather and climate factors that played into it
  • The creation of the Paris Agreement to limit greenhouse emissions—and why the U.S. wants to leave it.

Bob is co-author of the Category 6 website at Weather Underground and a former science writer at UCAR/NCAR.

Get involved with this lively discussion with the author!

6:00 PM – Arrive, social, light refreshments served
6:30 PM – Presentation and Book Discussion
8:00 PM – Meeting Adjourns

Posted by Emily Laidlaw at ext. 1707, laidlaw@ucar.edu

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 to Thursday, March 29, 2018

The micro-purchase threshold for procurement activities is the level above which competition is required.  Currently, the micro-purchase threshold in the OMB Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) is $3,500.

The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA) increased the micro-purchase threshold for research agencies to $10,000.  UCAR has recently received direction from NSF that they are applying this $10,000 threshold to their large facility awardees, which includes UCAR. 

Based on the above, UCAR will continue to retain the $10,000 competitive threshold.

If you have questions about this, please contact the Contract Administrator on the Procurement team that is assigned to your lab/program for assistance.

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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Course Description

This three-day course, April 17-19, 2018, will provide an introduction to fundamental methods used in Machine Learning.  We will start with dimension reduction methods, which are often used as precursors to subsequent analysis.  This will be followed by an overview of unsupervised vs. supervised learning.  For unsupervised learning, we will cover various cluster analysis methods such as k-means.  For supervised learning, we will introduce data-driven approaches such as regression trees and modeling-based approaches with a special focus on artificial neural networks and deep learning.  The course is aimed at an applied audience and will make heavy use of data examples to illustrate the concepts.  We'll use the open-source statistical software R [https://www.r-project.org/]. The format of the course is hands-on and participants will use their own laptops.

Instructors

The lead instructor for the course is Valerie Monbet, Professor of Statistics at the University of Rennes. She will be assisted by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows specializing in Statistics and Machine Learning. Seats are limited to 12 participants to allow for effective one-on-one coaching. To apply, please visit the Machine Learning Application link on the left hand-side of the workshop webpage.  Note the application deadline is March 2, at 5:00 PM MST.

This training is for UCAR employees only.  For more information, see the webpage here.  To apply, click here.

Posted by Cecilia Banner at ext. 1231, banner@ucar.edu

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 to Friday, March 2, 2018

CISL Seminar Series
 To Petabytes...and Beyond!
Data Managment with CESM
Gary Strand
NCAR, CGD

The Community Earth System Model (CESM) is a state-of-the-art climate model and is NCAR’s flagship climate model. It is used to simulate the Earth’s climate system, from the distant past into the future, and to investigate the processes underlying the climate system. Simulations done with CESM, depending on the specific model configuration, can replicate time periods from as short as few days to tens of thousands of years.

In the last few years, the use of large ensembles of CESM simulations has become more common, in which the identical model configuration is run from dozens to thousands of times. As a result, large volumes of model data are generated, from tens of terabytes to over a petabyte from a single project. The management and analysis of the output from these petascale projects can be a daunting task.

The talk will go over the past, present and future of the data engineering and management of CESM data. I'll focus on the tools that I use to handle the scale and complexity of these data, and their application to some recent CESM petascale projects, such as the LENS, LME, DPLE, and GLENS. The upcoming set of simulations for CMIP6 and the future directions of large-scale data engineering and management within CESM will also be discussed. I'll also talk about my views regarding best practices in CESM data management, and the policies that guide and influence CESM data management, in the present and in the future.

Biography
Gary Strand is a software engineer in the Climate Change Prediction group of the Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory (CGD) of NCAR. He began work at NCAR as a student assistant, and has been involved in several generations of climate model development in CGD. He is the primary data manager and data scientist for the NCAR climate model, the Community Earth System Model (CESM). He has led major data management activities and projects for the CESM since 2003, including CMIP3, CMIP5 and other large-scale CESM projects.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room

Posted by Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431, kathyp@ucar.edu

Monday, February 12, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The 2018 annual SEA conference will take place in Boulder, CO at the NCAR Center Green Campus from April 2nd to April 6th. The theme for this year is Frontiers in Scientific Software.

PROGRAM DETAILS

The program is being finalized and is continuously updated.

REGISTRATION

Register here (price includes lunches and coffee breaks)

Register byRegistration typePrice
March 4thEarly BirdONLY $300 - excellent value
March 18thRegular Rate$350
April 2ndLate Registration$400 - maximum flexibility

All registrations include conference, tutorials and symposia (we can NOT offer separate registrations at a lower cost)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at UCAR/NCAR-run events are required to agree with the UCAR/NCAR code of conduct.
  • Gender specific restrooms are located on the first floor. All-gender/gender neutral, single-stall restrooms are located on the third floor of the conference venue, next to conference room CG-3150.
  • Lactation rooms are available for use of workshop participants, and are located on the second floor, in CG-2615 and CG-2617. If you require a small refrigerator to be placed in either of these rooms, please contact the registration desk. Child care may be also arranged if necessary. Contact Davide Del Vento if you'd like more informations about it.
  • The conference venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs, including restrooms, but feel free to contact Davide Del Vento should you have a special need and would like to double-check.
  • Consider subscribing to our low volume mailing list

For more information, click here. 

Posted by Cecilia Banner at ext. 1231, banner@ucar.edu

Monday, February 12, 2018 to Friday, March 30, 2018

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