Staff Notes Daily Announcements

It's not too late to join the Concur Live Training today!  Attend these classes so you are ready for Concur Go Live, next Tuesday, March 28.  Sign up by registering through Connect or drop in to the class and register in person!

Here is today's schedule:

Requesting & Booking Travel  Today at FL2-1022 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Expensing Travel & Requesting Reimbursement Today at FL2-1022 10:30-11:00 a.m. 

Submitting Expense Reports in Concur March 22 FL2-1022 2:00-2:15 p.m.

Approving in Concur  Today at FL2-1022 2:30-3:00 p.m.

For a full list of the training and upcoming webinars, step-by-step guides, quick guides, and FAQs check out the Concur User Support Site!

Questions?  Contact your local Concur Coach for guidance, help and advice!




Posted by Helen Moshak at ext. 1112,

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

NCAR and UCAR join American Meteorological Society colleagues and those in the broader meteorological community in mourning the passing of AMS President Matthew J. Parker, who died on March 15. (Read more here.)

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Please join us at this week’s Concur Travel and Expense Training.  Take a minute to register on-line or drop in and sign up in person.  Below is the complete schedule for live demonstrations.  We are also offering open labs and webinars.   See you there!


Requesting & Booking Travel

  • Wednesday, March 22 FL2-1022 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 28 ML-Main Seminar 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 30 CG-Center Auditorium 9:00-10:00 a.m.

 Expensing Travel & Requesting 

  • Wednesday, March 22 FL2-1022 10:30-11:00
  • Tuesday, March 28 ML-Main Seminar 3:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 30 CG-Center Auditorium 10:30-11:00 a.m.

 Submitting Expense Reports in Concur

  • Wednesday, March 22 FL2-1022 2:00-2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 30 CG-Center Auditorium 2:00-2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, March 31 ML-Main Seminar 10:00-10:15 a.m.

 Approving in Concur

  • Wednesday, March 22 FL2-1022 2:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 30 CG-Center Auditorium 2:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 31 ML-Main Seminar 10:30-11:00 a.m.

 Going Mobile with Concur

  • TODAY! Tuesday, March 21 ML-Main Seminar 1:30-2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 29, FL2-1022 12:00-12:30 p.m.

 Non-Employee Travel in Concur

  • TODAY! Tuesday, March 21 ML-Main Seminar 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 29 FL2-1002 1:00-2:00 p.m.

 P-Card Reconciling in Concur

  • Friday, April 7 ML-Main Seminar 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 10 FL2-1002 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Questions? Visit the Concur User Support site, contact your local Concur Coach,  or email

Posted by Helen Moshak at ext. 1112,

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 to Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Uncertainty Quantification in Data-Poor Spatial Averaging: An Update to the NASA GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP)
Authors: Nathan Lenssen, Reto Ruedy, Gavin Schmidt
Presented by Nathan Lenssen

The Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) analysis of global surface temperature change is one of the most publicized climate data products, aimed at quantifying the observed extent of climate change. However, global temperature estimates are interpolated from weather stations which are sparsely distributed, especially in remote regions where temperature increases may be the largest. We propose an improved method for quantifying the error in spatial averaging that arises from incomplete spatial coverage of weather stations. In tandem, we compare our global temperature and uncertainty estimates with the established NCDC and HadCRU analyses as well as the newer Berkeley Earth method. 

Friday, April 14: Noon to 1 p.m. (Bring your lunch)
Mesa Lab, Chapman Room


Posted by Michelle Patton at ext. 1253,

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 to Friday, April 14, 2017

UCAR's Event Services is a self-funded, in-house service to our employees and visitors, and is committed to offering a high quality, diverse, and reasonably priced cafeteria menu at each of our three Boulder campuses. We make every effort to procure goods and services from our suppliers in the most cost effective manner possible, while keeping our menu prices affordable. After conducting an analysis of the food costs based on industry standards, it is now necessary to implement a price increase due to the steadily rising food and supply costs. We last raised cafeteria menu prices in 2012 and as a result the increase in April is higher than we would like. Our ongoing commitment to you (our customers) is to monitor food costs regularly with the intention to publish any increase in prices in a timely manner.

Effective April 3, there will be a price increase of between 16% and 18% on most menu items.

Event Services will continue to offer a variety of food and beverage choices, as well as provide a pleasant experience to our valued customers. Thank you for your continued pratronage and support. If you have any suggestions, questions, or comments, please contact Mike Albright at x1147.

Posted by Mike Albright at ext. 1147,

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 to Friday, March 24, 2017

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.

Mathematical Methods for Physicists, 7th Edition
Editors: Arfken, Weber and Harris
Publisher: Elsevier
Location: FL Library
Call Number: QA 37.3 .A74 2013

Writing Scientific Papers in English Successfully
Editor: Ethel Schuster
Publisher: University of Sao Paulo
Location: FL Library
Call Number: T 11 .W74 2014

The Certified Software Quality Engineer Handbook
Author: Linda Westfall
Publisher: ASQ Quality Press
Location: FL Library
Call Number: QA 76.3 .W466 2009

Nanotechnology, The Brain, and the Future
Editors: Hays, Robert, Miller, Bennett
Publisher: Springer
Location: FL Library
Call Number: T 174.7 .N34558 2013

Handbook of Numerical Methods for Hyperbolic Problems
Editors: Abgrall and Shu
Publisher: Elsevier
Location: FL Library
Call Number: QA 297 .H287 2017 V.18

Posted by NCAR Library at ext. 8505,

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 to Monday, March 27, 2017

Date/Location: April 18-20, 2017 at NCWCP in College Park, MD (NCEP Conference Center)

NOAA’s vision for the Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS) Modeling Community is to engage with the public, private and academic sectors to seize an unprecedented opportunity to develop and advance a world-class operational modeling system that is unified across time and space scales. Anchored by NOAA’s FV3-based operational forecast system, the community will work together to improve operational environmental forecast guidance and enable and empower the research community.

Through two back-to-back workshops, NOAA seeks to engage with the community to form and shape the community, and to consider how to best execute shared infrastructure, support, management, and governance.  Other topics to be addressed include identifying “best practices”, discussing how community-based unified modeling system will actually work, and to evolve and coordinate between SIP/NGGPS Working Groups.

These workshops are one step in an open and transparent process of ongoing engagement, and is an important vehicle for NOAA to listen to the community regarding how it wants to engage. Outcomes include timely sharing of vital information (e.g. how people can plug in and contribute, timelines and status, etc.), generating a greater sense of community and mutual trust, and for NOAA, tapping the wisdom of the community. Output from the workshops will help NOAA to plan and establish the NOAA Modeling Community and to refine and improve its Strategic Implementation Plan for the FV3 model.

For more information:

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 to Tuesday, March 28, 2017
AGU’s Sharing Science program, in conjunction with AGU’s Public Information Office, will hold a webinar for scientists on how to effectively share their research with the media on Thursday March 23 from 2 to 3 p.m. ET (12-1 MT)
During the webinar, AGU staff will discuss how communicating with the media is different from communicating with scientists, how to determine if research is newsworthy, how to prepare for interviews, common pitfalls when working with the media and other topics. There will also be ample time for questions.
You do not need to be an AGU member to participate in this webinar, but advanced registration is required. Scientists can register here.

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Monday, March 20, 2017 to Thursday, March 23, 2017

News clips at a glance: March 10 – 17

Total:  ~250

Summary: UCAR President Tony Busalacchi put out a statement on the Trump administration's budget blueprint, which was the hot news of the week.

The Washington Post, The Guardian, Inside Climate News, Carbon Brief, and others covered a study co-authored by NCAR's Kevin Trenberth that found the world's oceans are warming faster than previously thought.

Notable clips:

Trump Administration's Proposed Budget (Tony Busalacchi, UCAR):
Boulder May be Hit Hard by Trump Cuts to Earth Science, Conservation
(Boulder Daily Camera)

Proposed NASA Cuts (Kevin Trenberth, CGD):
4 Important NASA Missions that May Vanish in 2018
(National Geographic)

Heat Storage in the Ocean (Kevin Trenberth, CGD):
The World's Oceans are Storing Up Staggering Amounts of Heat and It's Even More than We Thought
(Washington Post, carried by several other newspapers including the Albuquerque Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Hartford Courant)

Climate Change (Kevin Trenberth, CGD):
Boulder Scientist Sounds Alarm Over Record Carbon Dioxide Readings
(Boulder Daily Camera)

Ocean Oxygen Loss (Matthew Long, CGD):
It's Time to Start Worrying. Widespread Loss of Ocean Oxygen to Become Noticeable in the 2030s
(Daily Kos, cites Long's 2016 study)

Climate Change and Lyme Disease (NCAR/RAL):
Climate Change Could be Increasing the Footprint of Lyme Disease
(Huffington Post, cites 2015 NCAR study)

Drought Prediction (Deb PaiMazumder, MMM):
Saving Lives by Predicting Global Drought
(Pacific Standard)

Climate Modeling and Data Storage (NCAR):
Top Weather and Climate Sites Rely on DDN Storage
(InsideHPC and others)

Social media highlights:

AtmosNews generated more than 30 retweets from multiple tweets promoting NCAR's ensemble forecast in advance of this week's winter storm along the East Coast. The tweets were seen by more than 8,300 people. Here is one of the tweets.

A tweet about UCAR President Tony Busalacchi's statement on the White House proposed budget was retweeted 13 times and seen by 4,400 people.

And a montage of rainbows tweeted on St. Patrick's Day sparked a following.

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Monday, March 20, 2017 to Friday, March 24, 2017

We’re looking for original photos taken by UCAR, NCAR, and UCP staff of different atmospheric phenomena, including clouds, storms, aurora, sunsets, and other atmospheric optics, for a new art exhibit entitled Portraits of the Atmosphere: A Photography Exhibit by NCAR|UCAR Staff. This show will be a part of the UCAR Center for Science Education's permanent collection, displayed periodically at the Mesa Lab and possibly in other UCAR campuses. Initially these photos will be on display in the second floor temporary exhibit space at the Mesa Lab, with installation planned for Summer 2017.

A few details:

  • Ideally, your photo will be at least 6000 pixels wide in the long direction and a traditional aspect ratio (not square, panoramic, or cropped) so that they can be exhibited at a large size.
  • Photographs at a lower resolution (approx 3000 pixels in the long direction) that are selected will be exhibited as smaller prints. Note that photos taken with many phones are not at a high enough resolution to be printed.
  • Please submit up to ten atmosphere photographs by April 28 for consideration. To submit your photo, upload the digital file to the Atmosphere Art Submissions Form and include your name, email, and phone extension.
  • Jurors will meet and make decisions by May 10. You will be notified then whether your photograph has been accepted into the show.

If a staff member’s original photo submission is accepted into the show, the staff member will be asked for a quote about their photograph that connects to the science phenomena represented. Photographers retain copyright of the images they contribute and agree to allow the image to be displayed at UCAR. Photographers agree to donate their photograph for use in the exhibit, with the costs for photo printing and framing covered by the UCAR Center for Science Education.

Submission form:

Posted by Lisa Gardiner at ext. 2584,

Friday, March 17, 2017 to Friday, April 28, 2017