Staff Notes Daily Announcements

In Remembrance of Tom Horst 1943-2017

Long-time NCAR senior scientist Tom Horst passed away January 12th with his family by his side after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Tom’s scientific expertise was in micrometeorology with a focus on the measurement of surface fluxes and turbulence.  As an essential member of EOL, he has been involved in nearly all aspects of planetary boundary layer (PBL) research related to the surface layer, including theoretical developments, modeling, measurement programs, data analysis, and instrument development. Additionally, he’s been at the forefront of research on atmospheric diffusion, flux footprints, and measurement physics in the surface layer. Read the full tribute to Tom by colleague Terry Hock in EOL's newsletter here

Posted by Rebecca Swisher at ext. 8609,

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 to Friday, February 24, 2017
We are offering an Introductory GIS Course on Friday March 3 from 9-5 in the FL2-1024
This course is geared towards those who have little to no GIS experience. Below is the course agenda.
Exercise 1 - Exploring ArcMap and ArcCatalog  
Use Case - Tornado tracks
  • Opening and Exploring ArcMap
  • Adding Data to ArcMap
  • Working with Attribute Data in ArcMap
  • Navigating and Using ArcCatalog

Exercise 2 - Exploring Spatial Data
Use Case - 2012 drought in Texas

  • Exploring Data Format Types in ArcGIS
  • Working with Vector Data in ArcMap
  • Exploring Raster Datasets
  • Adding Web Services to ArcMap

Exercise 3 - Data Symbology and Classification
Use Case - Hurricane Sandy's official track and impacts

  • Symbolizing Qualitative Data
  • Symbolizing Quantitative Data
  • Working with Layer Packages
  • Rendering Raster Datasets

Exercise 4 - Working with climate model simulations
Use Case - Exploring uncertainty in climate models

  • Adding netCDF climate model data to ArcMap as a point layer
  • Adding netCDF as a table view
  • Graphing in ArcMap
  • Adding netCDF as a raster layer

Exercise 5 - Cartographic Mapping
Use Case - Superstorm (Blizzard) of 1993

  • Preparing the ArcMap Document Data Frame and Layers to Create a Map
  • Using Layout View to Design the Appearance of the Map
  • Adding Elements to the Map
  • Disseminating and Sharing Your Map

To Sign up please email Jennifer Boehnert at

Space is limited to the first 12 UCAR staff

Posted by Jennifer Boehnert at ext. 2858,

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 to Friday, February 24, 2017

STATMOS and SAMSI will be hosting a Workshop on Climate Statistics, July 17-21, at NCAR, in Boulder, Colorado.  The main purpose of this meeting is to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations in climate statistics. Information about the workshop and a link to the application form can be found at the following link:

This workshop may be of interest to STATMOS researchers at all levels.  The workshop will be small, about 30 total participants, of whom about half will be statisticians, so we likely will not be able to accommodate everyone who is interested, but we are seeking a diverse group of attendees in terms of specific interests and career stages, so all are encouraged to apply.  Note that applications are due March 31.

The STATMOS Annual Meeting will be held the day before the workshop begins, on July 16, also at NCAR, so people attending the workshop will find it convenient to also attend the Annual Meeting.

For more information, please contact Michael Stein at

Posted by Michelle Patton at ext. 1253,

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 to Thursday, March 30, 2017

Important information from the Identity Access Management Team (IAM):


Please Mark Your Calendars

Monday, February 27th at 5:30 PM Mountain/Standard Time, Password Authentication is changing.

You will need to logout of the following applications on all devices prior to 5:30 PM Mountain/Standard Time:

  • Google Suites (email, calendar, etc.)
  • Time Card
  • Signature Authority

What you can expect during this time:

Google Suite (email, calendar, etc.), Time Card and Signature Authority will be unavailable.

If everything goes as planned, you will be able to log back into these applications within an hour using your CIT Password; however, if we encounter any unforeseen transition issues, log in access to these applications will be secured by Tuesday, February 28th at 8:00 AM Mountain/Standard Time.'

These applications will transition from using UCAS Passwords to CIT Passwords.

This organization-wide transition was introduced and communicated back on November 10, 2016 via All-Staff email and Staff Notes Daily. You can also find additional information on our OPEX Customer Web Site under Identity Access Management.

Information on What is Changing

CIT Password will be required to log into Google Suite (email, calendar, etc.), Time Card and Signature Authority. You will no longer use your UCAS password. If you need further assistance in reference to your CIT Password, please contact your local System’s Administrator. The list by organizational unit can be found at:

Once you log into one of these applications, such as Google email, you will no longer have to log into Time Card or Signature Authority separately. They will now be apart of  Single Sign On.

This is another positive and exciting step in the direction of all business applications being a part of Single Sign On. Single Sign On will require fewer passwords for staff to remember, reduce staff frustration with entering multiple passwords over the course of a day’s work, and enable easier collaboration with partner research organizations.

We will communicate to you as the rest of the business applications transition over to Single Sign On.

Posted by Gail Rutledge at ext. 1267,

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 to Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Your middle school girl can have a fun day at the 22nd Annual Conference for girls in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

Learn about careers involving engineering, math, science and technology through a day of hands-on workshops. Find out what it’s like to be a crime scene investigator, build satellites, work on the ISS, disassemble hard drives, study the sun from far away, examine colorful fluids and much more.

At the University of Colorado, Boulder Engineering Center

Saturday, February 25, 2017

10 am to 2:30 pm

Adult program available on strategies for supporting girls’ academic success and paying for college

Registration now open:

For questions please contact Astrid Maute

Posted by Astrid Maute at ext. 1539,

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 to Friday, February 24, 2017

News clips at a glance: Feb. 11 – 17

Total:  ~300

Summary: An Associated Press story focusing on the Cheyenne Supercomputer’s role in supporting climate research while based in the country's biggest coal-mining state has generated 150+ clips across the country and overseas. Coverage of a new study detecting a major change in ocean oxygen loss acknowledged earlier groundbreaking work by NCAR scientist Matthew Long.

Minnesota teenager Martha Burket cited our work and that of others in making a case that it's time to act to mitigate climate change. "When 97 percent of people with this scientific training draw the same conclusion, they create a collective voice that must be listened to," she wrote in a column carried by the Post-Bulletin newspaper in Rochester, Minn.

Notable clips:

Cheyenne Supercomputer (Rich Loft, CISL; NSF):
New Supercomputer Aids Climate Research in Top Coal State
(Associated Press)

Ocean Oxygen Loss (Matthew Long, CGD):
Scientists Have Just Detected a Major Change to the Earth's Oceans Linked to a Warming Climate
(Washington Post; cites previous work by Matthew Long. The story was carried by 15+ other papers nationwide, including the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, and Orlando Sentinel)

The Amount of Oxygen in the Ocean Has Dropped Thanks to Humans
(Gizmodo, quotes Matthew Long)

Antarctic and Climate Change (Jerry Meehl, CGD):
Antarctic Sea Ice Used to be the Darling of Climate Doubters: Not Anymore
(Washington Post analysis)

California's Heavy Rains (Kevin Trenberth, CGD):
Blame the Pineapple Express for California's Crazy Weather

High-Resolution Modeling Without a Supercomputer (Ethan Gutmann, RAL):
High Resolution Weather Forecasting Gets More Accurate, Faster
(WIAT-TV, CBS affiliate, Birmingham, Ala.)

Climate Change (teen columnist cites report by UCAR):
Now is the Time to Act to Mitigate Climate Change
(Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn.)

Social media highlights:

A Valentine's Day tweet featuring the “I cirrusly love clouds” image created by the UCP directorate generated 140 retweets, among the highest number in the account’s history.

An AtmosNews story about a high-resolution atmospheric model that only requires a laptop produced about 30 retweets, with more than half inspired by this clever-as-a-cat tweet.

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 to Friday, February 24, 2017

This workshop series is designed to help prepare the next generation of researchers and practitioners to work within, and contribute to, the data-rich era. Each workshop will bring together graduate students and senior scientists in environmental statistics and related fields to explore contemporary topics in applied environmental data modeling.

Across scientific fields, researchers face challenges coupling data with imperfect models to better understand variability in their system of interest. Inference garnered through these analyses support decisions with important economic, ecological, and social implications. Increasingly, the bottleneck for researchers is not access to data; rather, it is the need to identify and apply appropriate statistical methods using efficient software.

Workshop program and objectives

The workshop will consist of hands-on computing and modeling tutorials, presentations from graduate student participants, and invited talks from early career and established leaders in environmental data modeling. Tutorials and invited talks will address useful ideas and tools directly applicable to student participants' current and future research. 

Workshop participants will:

  • Develop new modeling and computing skills through hands-on analyses and lectures led by quantitative scientists
  • Share research findings and explore open questions within and at the interface of environmental, ecological, climatic, and statistical sciences
  • Learn about the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) data resources that can facilitate scientific discovery

Workshop participants will also have ample time to enjoy the mountains and downtown Boulder.

Workshop tutorials:

    Climate data analytics
Instructor: Doug Nychka, Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences, NCAR

    Introduction to Bayesian statistics and modeling for environmental and ecological data
Instructor: Alix Gitelman, Department of Statistics, Oregon State University

    Hierarchical models for spatio-temporal data analysis
Instructors:  Andrew Finley, Department of Forestry, Michigan State University

Application materials are due March 31 and notification will occur around April 4.

Please see for details.

Posted by Michelle Patton at ext. 1253,

Monday, February 20, 2017 to Friday, March 31, 2017

Oceanographic controls on the variability of ice-shelf basal melting and circulations of glacial meltwater in the Amundsen Sea of Ebayment

Toshi Kimura, Nansen Environ. Remote Sensing

Ice Shelves in the Amundsen Sea Embayment have thinned and accelerated the seaward flow of ice sheets upstream over recent decades. In particular, Pine Island Glacier (PIG) and its neighbour Thwaites Glacier have been highlighted as major drainage pathways for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The cause of such imbalance in ice sheets is due to change in ocean-driven melting of the ice shelves. We quantify the melting of ice shelves in the Amundsen Sea Embayment and oceanic conditions between 1991 and 2014 using a general circulation model. Observations and numerical models have shown that the ocean heat reaching to the ice shelves is sensitive to the depth of thermocline, which separates the cool, fresh surface waters from warm, salty deep waters.

Recent studies have argued that the convective deepening of the surface water at the calving front by polynya formations play a key role in changing the depth of the thermocline. We demonstrate that the seasonal cycle and interannual variabilities of ice-shelf basal melting are tightly coupled to the offshore zonal wind stress and the polynya formations only play a role when the offshore wind forcing is weak. The ocean driven ice-shelf melting is enhanced by an asymmetric response to changes in ocean heat transport anomalies at the continental shelf break: melting responds more rapidly to increase in ocean heat transport than decreases. This asymmetry is caused by the inland deepening of bathymetry under the ice shelf and the glacial meltwater circulation around the ice shelf.

Friday, 24 February 2017
11 a.m.
NCAR, 1850 Table Mesa Dr.
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar room

For more information, contact Barbara Ballard, email, phone: 303.497.1358

Posted by Gaylynn Potemkin at ext. 1618,

Monday, February 20, 2017 to Friday, February 24, 2017

Some numerical challenges in computatuional fluid dynamics
for atmospheric and ocean simulations

Simone Marras, Stanford University

The advent of inexpensive massively parallel computers in the past fifteen years has revolutionized the way numerical weather prediction and ocean modeling are handled today. In this talk, we will describe how this revolution happened, the reasons that drove it, and what challenges are still to be fully addressed and resolved.

 We will concentrate on the application of high-order element-based Galerkin methods as they are proving their mettle for solving the Euler and Navier-Stokes equations to model atmospheric and ocean motion. However, because of their susceptibility to Gibbs oscillations in the solution to non-linear problems, special attention will be given to understanding how their stabilization is still an active topic of research and how we are contributing towards its solution.

Wednesday, February 22
11 a.m.- 12p.m.
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room

 For more information, contact Barbara Ballard, email, phone: 303.497.1358

Posted by Gaylynn Potemkin at ext. 1618,

Monday, February 20, 2017 to Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Parents’ Night Out is a great opportunity for you and your significant other to go out to dinner and a movie!

Contact Stephanie Ivancic, Director of UCAR’s Child Care Center, to sign your child up from 6 pm - 8 pm ($30 for one child or $40 for two children) or 6 pm - 10 pm ($50 for one child and $60 for two children).

Children are welcome to wear their pajamas for a fun evening of movies and pizza! If your child has a video that he or she would like to share, bring it along! Please make sure it is labeled and let the fun begin! Siblings under the age of 7 are welcome, too.

We invite all UCAR employees to take advantage of this fun evening as your child does not need to be enrolled at the UCAR Child Care Center to partake! 

Mark your calendars for future dates:  Friday, March 17 and 31

Please contact Stephanie Ivancic for enrollment as well as drop-in care rates.  Stephanie’s email address is sivancic@cclc.comand her phone number is 303-443-5595.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Monday, February 20, 2017 to Friday, March 3, 2017