Planned closure, one day only - NCAR Mesa Lab - Saturday April 18  more info>

Staff Notes Daily Announcements

This is an important reminder to all staff accessing all UCAR and NCAR buildings that require badge entry, or for those of you who access buildings after hours. Please DO NOT provide access to any building to individuals not carrying a UCAR badge. Only staff carrying a badge are authorized to enter doors requiring card access. Also, please be sure doors are closed and locked behind you. 

Even though it may feel impolite, please do not hold the door open for anyone, or get the door for someone you see waiting outside the building. It’s important for everyone’s safety and security that this policy is followed. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Security at ext. 1139.

For more information, contact Christy Fletcher at ext. 8557,

Thu, 04/16/2015

The Bonfils Blood Center mobile bus will visit CG1 on Tuesday, April 28.  The bus will be located on the north side of CG1.

Appointments are available between 9:00 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. and between 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  The bus will be closed between 11:00 a.m. and noon.

If you would like to donate, please contact Laurie Carr to make an appointment.  Please review the blood donation guidelines below.

For more information, contact Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Wed, 04/15/2015

There were eighteen articles by NCAR/UCAR staff recently added to OpenSky and published between March 1 and March 31, 2015:

Alexeeff, S., J. Schwartz, I. Kloog, A. Chudnovsky, P. Koutrakis, and B.A. Coull, 2015: Consequences of kriging and land use regression for PM2.5 predictions in epidemiologic analyses: Insights into spatial variability using high-resolution satellite data. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 25, 138-144, DOI: 10.1038/jes.2014.40 | OpenSky

Descombes, G., T.D. Auligne, F. Vandenberghe, D.M. Barker, and J. Barre, 2015: Generalized background error covariance matrix model (GEN_BE v2.0). Geoscientific Model Development, 8, 669-696, DOI: 10.5194/gmd-8-669-2015 | OpenSky

Deser, C., R.A. Tomas, and L. Sun, 2015: The role of ocean–atmosphere coupling in the zonal-mean atmospheric response to Arctic Sea ice loss. Journal of Climate, 28, 2168-2186, DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00325.1 | OpenSky

Drews, C.W., and T. Galarneau, 2015: Directional analysis of the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy 2012, with applications to Charleston, New Orleans, and the Philippines. PLoS One, 10, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122113 | OpenSky

Geinitz, S., R. Furrer, and S.R. Sain, 2015: Bayesian multilevel analysis of variance for relative comparison across sources of global climate model variability. International Journal of Climatology, 35, 433–443, DOI: 10.1002/joc.3991 | OpenSky

Jia, L., X. Yang, G.A. Vecchi, R.G. Gudgel, T.L. Delworth, A. Rosati, W.F. Stern, A.T. Wittenberg, L. Krishnamurthy, S. Zhang, R. Msadek, S. Kapnick, S. Underwood, F. Zeng, W.G. Anderson, e. Balaji, and K. Dixon, 2015: Improved seasonal prediction of temperature and precipitation over land in a high-resolution GFDL climate model. Journal of Climate, 28, 2044-2062, DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00112.1 | OpenSky

Jiang, J.H., H. Su, C. Zhai, T.J. Shen, T. Wu, J. Zhang, J.N. Cole, K. von Salzen, L.J. Donner, C. Seman, A. Del Genio, L.S. Nazarenko, J.-L. Dufresne, M. Watanabe, C. Morcrette, T. Koshiro, H. Kawai, A. Gettelman, L. Millán, W.G. Read, N.J. Livesey, Y. Kasai, and M. Shiotani, 2015: Evaluating the diurnal cycle of upper-tropospheric ice clouds in climate models using SMILES observations. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 72, 1022-1044, DOI: 10.1175/JAS-D-14-0124.1 | OpenSky

Judge, P.G., L. Kleint, H. Uitenbroek, M. Rempel, Y. Suematsu, and S. Tsuneta, 2015: Photon mean free paths, scattering, and ever-increasing telescope resolution. Solar Physics, 290, 979-996, DOI: 10.1007/s11207-014-0643-2 | OpenSky

Knipp, D.J., and D.A. Biesecker, 2015: Changing of the guard: Satellite will warn Earth of solar storms. Eos, 96, DOI: 2015EO026579 | OpenSky

Luo, D., Y. Yao, and A. Dai, 2015: Decadal relationship between European blocking and the North Atlantic Oscillation during 1978-2011. Part I: Atlantic conditions. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 72, 1152-1173, DOI: 10.1175/JAS-D-14-0039.1 | OpenSky

Luo, D., Y. Yao, and A. Dai, 2015: Decadal relationship between European blocking and the North Atlantic Oscillation during 1978-2011. Part II: A theoretical model study. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 72, 1174-1199, DOI: 10.1175/JAS-D-14-0040.1 | OpenSky

Monks, S.A., S.R. Arnold, L. Emmons, K.S. Law, S. Turquety, B.N. Duncan, J. Flemming, V. Huijnen, S. Tilmes, J. Langner, J. Mao, Y. Long, J.L. Thomas, S.D. Steenrod, J.C. Raut, C. Wilson, M.P. Chipperfield, G.S. Diskin, A.J. Weinheimer, H. Schlager, and G. Ancellet, 2015: Multi-model study of chemical and physical controls on transport of anthropogenic and biomass burning pollution to the Arctic. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 3575-3603, DOI: 10.5194/acp-15-3575-2015 | OpenSky

Raktham, C., C.L. Bruyere, J. Kreasuwun, J.M. Done, C. Thongbai, and W. Promnopas, 2015: Simulation sensitivities of the major weather regimes of the Southeast Asia region. Climate Dynamics, 44, 1403-1417, DOI: 10.1007/s00382-014-2156-y | OpenSky

Steinhoff, D., A.J. Monaghan, and M. Clark, 2015: Projected impact of twenty-first century ENSO changes on rainfall over Central America and northwest South America from CMIP5 AOGCMs. Climate Dynamics, 44, 1329-1349, DOI: 10.1007/s00382-014-2196-3 | OpenSky

Stevenson, S., A. Timmermann, Y. Chikamoto, S. Langford, and P. DiNezio, 2015: Stochastically generated North American megadroughts. Journal of Climate, 28, 1865-1880., DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00689.1 | OpenSky

Wang, Z., Z. Qi, L. Xue, M. Bukovsky, and M.J. Helmers, 2015: Modeling the impacts of climate change on nitrogen losses and crop yield in a subsurface drained field. Climatic Change, 129, 323-335, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-015-1342-1 | OpenSky

Wright, W.E., B.T. Gaun, Y. Tseng, E.R. Cook, K.-Y. Wei, and S.-T. Chang, 2015: Reconstruction of the springtime East Asian Subtropical Jet and Western Pacific pattern from a millennial-length Taiwanese tree-ring chronology. Climate Dynamics, 44, 1645-1659, DOI: 10.1007/s00382-014-2402-3 | OpenSky

Zaehle, S., C.D. Jones, B. Houlton, J.-F. Lamarque, and E. Robertson, 2015: Nitrogen availability reduces CMIP5 projections of Twenty-First-Century land carbon uptake. Journal of Climate, 28, 2494-2511, DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00776.1 | OpenSky

For more information, contact Michael Flanagan at ext. 1180,

Wed, 04/15/2015

Parents' Night Out (PNO) is a great opportunity for you and your significant other to get out to dinner and a movie!  By emailing the Center Director, Stephanie Ivancic (, you could sign your child up from 6pm-8pm ($30 for one child or $40 for two children) or 6pm-10pm ($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 in. Please make sure that it is labeled with your contact info and let the fun begin!  Siblings under the age of seven are welcome as well.  We are inviting all UCAR employees to take advantage of this as your child does not need to be enrolled at the Center to participate!

The upcoming PNO is:  April 17th (this Friday).

Child Care Drop-in Opportunities at CCLC at UCAR

CCLC (Children's Creative Learning Center) is a child care center sponsored by UCAR.  UCAR employees receive a discount on tuition and priority on the waitlist. However, CCLC at UCAR is open to the community as well.  We would like to reach out and let you know that we are also available for drop-in care.  Our center is located near Valmont and Foothills Parkway in Boulder.  CCLC at UCAR provides a stimulating and caring environment designed to promote social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.  We strive to create programs to develop positive self images within children as well as respect for their individuality, intelligence, and creativity.  The teachers at our center are all highly trained, committed, and dedicated people who truly enjoy working in the field of early childhood education.  Please contact Stephanie Ivancic for more information on enrollment rates as well as drop-in rates.  We would be happy to schedule tours as well!

Stephanie Ivancic -

For more information, contact Susie Siders at ext. 1650,

Wed, 04/15/2015

On Saturday, April 18th - 2015, the NCAR Colocation Data Center will be shut down to facilitate preventive maintenance on select infrastructure support systems.

This is the normal Spring season downtime for this purpose. Please note that this activity is scheduled from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some
computing systems, depending on their function, will begin their shutdown Friday afternoon.

Remember to shut down your office systems and/or work station at the Mesa Lab before leaving work on Friday, April 17th.

If you have any questions or concerns please send a message to

Service Outage Information:

The following services will be down during the NCAR Spring 2015 power down. Additional information and notifications will be provided via the Notifier service leading up to the power down.

  • DNS: the DNS servers at ML, both internal and external, will be down, but DNS servers at NWSC will remain up, so the DNS impact should be minimal.
  • LDAP: Both and LDAP servers will be down.
  • DHCP: the CISL DHCP server at ML will be down, which means that connecting to most wireless and guest networks will not be possible.
  • UCAR Campus Network: The "UCAR Internal" and "Eduroam" wireless networks will be out of service (until the end of the maintenance period).
  • Token Authentication: The radius servers at ML will be down. This means new VPN connections cannot be established, and token authentication on hosts in Boulder will not work. At NWSC, NWSC-based staff and university users will be able to authenticate to NWSC resources, but most Boulder-based staff will not.
  • Mail: Google mail services, which includes mail to user mailboxes and aliases, will not be affected. The Mailman system, and mail to a few mailboxes inside UCAR, will be down.
  • The license servers for Mathematica, Matlab and the PGI compilers will be down.
  • UCAS Password Changes: Changing UCAS passwords via the web ( will be unavailable.
  • UCAR web services: web, jira, drupal,, etc, will be down.
  • ExtraView (CISL helpdesk ticketing system) will be down. - Please contact CASG at x4300 or 307-996-4300.
  • ML private network access via and will be unavailable.
  • ML Active Directory Domain Controller: Windows CIT domain authentication should remain unaffected as two other domain controllers at different sites will be up.

For more information, contact Jasen Boyington at ext. 1859,

Tue, 04/14/2015

The President's Clouncil invites all NCAR/UCP/UCAR staff to a retirement reception for Katy Schmoll, Vice-President for Finance & Administration. Please join us in recognizing and celebrating Katy’s 17 years of dedication and service to UCAR:

Tuesday, April 21
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Mesa Lab Cafeteria

Please come, share your stories, and wish Katy well!

For more information, contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661,

Tue, 04/14/2015

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.

Hydrographic Atlas of the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE). Volume 3 Atlantic Ocean
Authors: Klaus Peter Koltermann, Viktor Gouretski and Kai Jancke
Publisher: International WOCE Office
Call Number: GC461 .H93 2011 v.3
Location: ML MapRoom

Bias-Corrected CMIP5 CESM Data in WRF/MPAS Intermediate File Format, NCAR Technical Note NCAR/TN-515+STR
Authors: Cindy L. Bruyère, Andrew J. Monaghan, Daniel F. Steinhoff, David Yates
Publisher: Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Call Number: 03717
Location: ML Reports

For more information, contact NCAR Library at ext. 8505,

Tue, 04/14/2015

NCAR is hosting a special day for all staff to learn more about science and related activities occurring across the organization. All NCAR and UCAR staff are invited to participate in a day of discovery, sharing, and networking on Friday, April 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Center Green Auditorium. See the full agenda posted on the NCAR website.  

There will be opportunities to interact and network with colleagues and be exposed to research, engineering, and other technical advancements. In particular, it will be a great opportunity to hear from colleagues about science that is outside of your normal circle of activities.

This will be a full-day event in which NCAR staff will present talks on interesting, cutting-edge work in three parallel sessions. The 25-minute talks will be geared toward the non-expert and will include time for discussion. The day will culminate in a networking reception sponsored by the UCAR President's Office.  

For more information, contact Beverly Johnson at ext. 2188,

Tue, 04/14/2015

The Advanced Study Program 2014-2015 Seminar Series finishes with a seminar presented by Michael Wiltberger of NCAR's High Altitude Observatory.

When: 11:00a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
Where: Center Green 1 Center Auditorium


As we advance in the technological age our risk exposure to the space weather, severe storms in the near-Earth space environment driven by the complex magnetic field interactions at the Sun, continues to increase. The alterations in the ionized portion of the upper atmosphere driven by interaction of the complicated plasma and magnetic field structures emitted by the Sun, aka CMEs, and the Earth’s magnetic field can lead to significant degradations on the availability and accuracy of global positioning system (GPS). This interaction can also impact high-frequency (HF) radio communications forcing airlines to divert aircraft from trans-polar routings to longer lower latitude routes at significant costs. The severe storms can also drive strong currents in the electric power grid, potentially leading to blackouts, and long-distance pipelines, contributing to enhanced corrosion. Aspects of our understanding of the basic science behind these affects are quite good, bu t work remains to be done to create a robust, reliable, and effective set of forecast tools.

Modern modeling of space weather is accomplished through coupling of regional models of the thermosphere, ionosphere, and magnetosphere that can be driven by solar wind conditions taken from satellite observations or by the results of models of solar wind driven by solar coronal simulations. These numerical simulations can provide forecast of the space environment and are beginning to be transitioned into operations at NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) to provide information for government and industrial users. High Performance Computing (HPC) platforms allow simulations to be conducted at unprecedented resolution and over long simulation intervals. The large data sets produced by these simulations provide opportunities for novel discoveries through data mining. An excellent example of this discovery process is linkage of bursty bulk flows to magnetic reconnection in the mid-tail through high-resolution simulations. The future of space weather modeling includ es many challenges. Key among these are the is the ability to predict the magnetic field inside the CME, utilization of new modeling techniques such as hybrid methods within the magnetospheric simulations, and development of a robust whole geospace model.

For more information, contact Scott Briggs at ext. 1607,

Mon, 04/13/2015

Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter visited the Foothills Lab last week to talk with researchers about what science would be most useful for policymakers who make decisions about clean energy issues. He met with scientists from RAL as well as CU, NOAA, and other labs and gave a community talk. more>

For more information, contact Laura Snider at ext. 8605,

Mon, 04/13/2015

UCAR, NCAR, and NREL personnel and University of Colorado staff and computer science students are invited to attend a free, one-day training session on Intel’s Parallel Studio XE 2015 tool suite from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 7.

Intel staff members will provide the training in the Main Seminar Room at NCAR’s Mesa Lab in Boulder. Topics to be covered include the Intel MPI Library, Trace Analyzer and Collector, MPI benchmarks, compiler optimization, performance and threading analysis tools, and the Math Kernel Library.

A detailed agenda is available here.

Please register here to attend.

The training session will not be recorded or webcast.

For more information, contact B.J. Smith at ext. 1273,

Fri, 04/10/2015

Have your academic publications been attributed to an author other than yourself? Do you face the challenge of distinguishing your research activities from those with similar names?

The NCAR Library recommends that all authors who are concerned about proper reference citation consider using an author identifier.

There are numerous competing alternatives, but the NCAR Library recommends the ORCID system.  ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and output.

If you have questions or concerns about setting up an ORCID profile, please contact the library at or at x8505.

For more information, contact NCAR Library at ext. 8505,

Thu, 04/09/2015

The Applied Exercise Science Lab at CU Boulder is seeking research participants who usually commute via car or bus for a study on the potential benefits of commuting with an electrically assisted bicycle.  For the study you will be given an electrically assisted bicycle to commute with for four weeks plus all your health data from measuring a variety of health parameters before and after the study period.  Data includes:  body composition (% of body fat), fitness assessment, bone density, glucose tolerance assessment, and a blood lipid profile.   As compensation, you will be entered into a raffle to win an electric bike.

For more information or to register as a participant, please contact:

Jim Peterman, Doctoral Student

University of Colorado at Boulder


For more information, contact Kay Gazaway at ext. 8537,

Thu, 04/09/2015

The NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents two new exhibits:


Gay E. Lasher’s work combines digital photography, printing and computers and is expressed in the medium of textiles. As an artist, she is concerned with ideas of transformation and re-creation. Lasher is fascinated by the potential that even common photographs can be reborn in a new and completely different way. Using features of Adobe Photoshop, she transforms ordinary photographs into abstract images. Small areas are then greatly enlarged to produce the final composition which is printed on cotton. She then uses black thread and stitching to sharpen the image, create depth, and give the surface a sculptural quality. In this show Lasher is presenting selected works from her Transformations and Playing in Traffic series. Lasher's work will be on exhibit in the Community Art Gallery l of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesa Lab March 30, 2015 through May 30, 2015.


Over the past ten years, Michael “m.g.” Davis has explored the character of distinctly Western icons such as the horse and saddle, grain elevators, and Airstream trailers, and has sought to capture common Front Range landscapes in an uncommon style—Pointillism2. The style, employing gentle abstraction, allows Davis to recreate underappreciated objects and places which he injects with new energy through unexpected contexts and the use of vibrant color. Davis will feature two works in this show never before exhibited publicly. Davis's work will be on exhibit in the Community Art Gallery ll of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesa Lab March 30, 2015 through May 30, 2015.

For more information, contact Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Mon, 03/30/2015

The purpose of the Foothills Parkway (Diagonal Highway to Valmont Road) Operational Improvements Project is to reduce congestion and improve safety. The project will extend the third southbound lane on Foothills Parkway from the Diagonal Highway through the intersection of Valmont Road, and will make other bicycle and pedestrian system enhancements .

From late March through Junethere will be single lane closures in both directions of Foothills Parkway from Valmont Road to Diagonal Highway during weekday off-peak daytime hours:

 Southbound: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Northbound: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

More information can be found by following these links: for the latest construction and traffic updates.

For more information, contact Christy Fletcher at ext. 8557,

Mon, 03/30/2015

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 NCAR/CDC Workshop on Climate and Health. This workshop will focus on vector-borne diseases related to human health. The focus will be on a wide variety of vector-borne diseases, including dengue, Lyme, and plague, and their relationship to climate variability and change. The purpose of the workshop is to train health professionals and early career climate and health researchers (public health officials, graduate students,  post-docs and early career scientists and faculty) in the development of robust interdisciplinary research projects in the complex area of climate and health. The four-day workshop will include lectures on relevant topics in climate and climate change and in public health and human health, vulnerability studies, modeling climate and health, and special tools for analysis (e.g., GIS). There will be multiple opportunities for discussions with experts in the field in order to bring public health practitioners and climate scientists  together to examine the integration of epidemiology, ecology, behavioral science, modeling and atmospheric science.

Dates:  July 13-16, 2015 | NCAR Foothills Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado

Applications accepted through April 30.

Participants will be notified in early May.

Sponsored By:

National Center for Atmospheric Research
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For more information, contact Mary Hayden at ext. 8116,

Thu, 03/26/2015

The Inclusive Astronomy 2015 Conference will take place on June 17th-19th in Nashville, TN.  The conference is designed to educate scientists in issues around diversity, equity and inclusion. While it is particularly aimed at the astronomy community, the lessons learned will be applicable to all sciences.  Attendees will share and be provided with tools and strategies to take back to their home institutions, and a compilation of Inclusive Astronomy recommendations will be prepared with community feedback and participation. 

The meeting is organized around four broad areas: barriers to access; creating inclusive climates; inclusion and access to leadership, power, and decision making; and establishing a community of inclusive practice. Each of these areas will address the inclusion of marginalized communities in the sciences, such as white women, people of color, LGBT scientists, and people with disabilities, by creating opportunities for understanding, along with strategies and tools for institutional and interpersonal improvement. The meeting will include a diverse set of speakers, including sociologists and other subject matter experts. The program is designed to engage participants at all levels, from students and early career scientists to established practitioners and policy makers with the ultimate goal of establishing meaningful conversations within and between career phases.

Financial aid is available for attendees, with an application deadline of May 1st. To register for the conference, or for more information, see

For more information, contact Carolyn Brinkworth at ext. 1137,

Tue, 03/17/2015

January 20-23, 2015
June 9-12, 2015
Corporate Technical Training Center
Center Green campus, 3085 Center Green Drive (CG-2)

These 3.5 day workshops are geared towards new users of NCL, and will be taught by both an associate scientist and a software engineer. The workshops include a combination of introductory lectures and hands-on labs.

During the labs, the instructors work with students to help them write NCL programs for analyzing their own data.

Limited travel funds are available for eligible students or faculty members at minority serving institutions in the United States, or from universities in EPSCoR states.

Registration is free and limited to 16 students per class, so be sure to register as soon as possible.

See the link below for information on registering for the workshop and/or applying for travel funds.

For more information, contact Mary Haley at ext. 1254,

Fri, 10/10/2014