Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Policies for managing the global commons:
The case of marine protected areas in Antarctica

Cassandra Brooks, Stanford

On October 28, 2016, after more than a decade of international negotiations, the Commission responsible for managing Antarctic marine living resources, CCAMLR, adopted the world’s largest marine protected area (MPA) in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. To evaluate the barriers and facilitators of the CCAMLR MPA process, I completed an in depth case study that included participant observations of six CCAMLR meetings from 2012-2016, interviews with CCAMLR diplomats and scientists from the 24 Member States, and compiling a diverse suite of other documents and secondary sources from 1982-2016. Results indicate that economic interests, geopolitics, and lack of a defined policy process created institutional inertia within CCAMLR and thus stalled CCAMLR’s ability to establish MPAs. Worldwide, the Antarctic harbors some of the last regions of unexploited marine living resources, including krill and lucrative toothfish. The MPAs proposed would displace some fishing access, limit potential future access to Southern Ocean resources and set a major precedent for global management in the Antarctic and high seas. Tense international relations (e.g., Crimea) can stall the entire process, as occurred during the 2014 CCAMLR meeting. However, between 2015 and 2016, CCAMLR achieved a political window of opportunity and reached consensus on adopting an MPA in the Ross Sea spanning 1.55 million km2. Despite the vast size of this MPA, the boundaries were drawn to largely accommodate fishing interests and the MPA contained multiple political concessions, including a sunset clause. Future research will explore the efficacy of the Ross Sea MPA and the potential policy impacts of CCAMLR’s MPA process on other ocean commons.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017
11:00 AM, refreshments at 10:45
NCAR Mesa Lab, 1850 Table Mesa Dr.
Main Seminar Room


Posted by Gaylynn Potemkin at ext. 1618,

Monday, January 16, 2017 to Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Boundary-layer induced frontogenesis in the ocean surface layer

Peter Sullivan, NCAR/MMM

The spatial and temporal state of the upper ocean boundary layer is determined by a set of complex interactions between submesoscale and small-scale boundary-layer turbulence. Of particular interest here is the life-cycle of a cold dense filament undergoing frontogenesis in the presence of wind and wave generated turbulence. Cold filaments generate secondary circulations in the boundary layer that are frontogenetic with super-exponential sharpening of the cross-filament buoyancy and horizontal velocity gradients.  Within less than a day, the frontogenesis is arrested at a very small width, < 100 m, primarily by a barotropic instability associated with anisotropic turbulence and cross-front horizontal shear. The barotropic instability grows in scale and decays slowly over many hours.  This phenomenon is examined in Large-Eddy Simulations (LESs) with resolved turbulent motions in large-horizontal domains using 10^9 gridpoints. Winds and waves are oriented in directions both perpendicular and parallel to the cold filaments in the LES. The LES solutions show that the boundary layer turbulence is strikingly inhomogeneous in relation to the submesoscale filamentary currents and density stratification.  The spatial and temporal evolution of frontogenesis is dependent on the orientation of the winds and waves.

Tuesday, January 24

Mesa Lab Main Seminar room

11 AM  Refreshments at 10:45

Posted by Gaylynn Potemkin at ext. 1618,

Monday, January 16, 2017 to Tuesday, January 24, 2017
On Monday, January 16 we encourage everyone to join the nation in remembering and celebrating the life of a great American leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through this holiday, we remember the hope and ideals of justice Dr. King brought to our country; we honor the values he exemplified and remember his teachings of courage, truth, respect, integrity, humility, and service. As we observe Martin Luther King Day, let us remember to share in his vision for equality, dignity, and respect to all human beings. 
In 1994, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was designated as a National Day of Service to encourage our country to take this as a "day on" rather than a day off. If you are interested in learning more about Day of Service events happening locally please look at the links below: 

Posted by Kristen Luna Aponte at ext. 1657,

Friday, January 13, 2017 to Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Are you interested in working with talented young scientists? Join us as a SOARS mentor for the 2017 Summer Program: May 21 - August 5.

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric and Related Sciences (SOARS) is dedicated to broadening participation in the atmospheric and related sciences.  Each year, approximately 20 students spend their summers at UCAR, NOAA and our partner labs collaborating with their mentors to conduct original research. SOARS protégés are partnered with a team of mentors that includes a research mentor (or mentors), writing and computing mentors, and a coach (see more detailed descriptions below). We invite any interested UCAR/NCAR staff to get involved – no experience necessary!

For more information about mentoring, please see To sign up to be a mentor, fill out an application online at or contact Bec Batchelor at

The following is a brief overview of the mentor types and their roles.

Research Mentor

The research mentor works with the protégé on a research topic of mutual interest. On average, a project mentor spends about ten hours per week with a protégé discussing the project, guiding research, teaching scientific methods, and helping the protégé with their research paper and presentations. Research mentoring teams are welcome, especially if you have travel plans during the summer period.

Writing Mentor

A writing mentor offers one-on-one feedback to their protégé on writing and presentations. The writing mentor supplements the instruction protégés receive in their weekly scientific communications workshop and spends about two hours per week with the protégé.

Computing Mentor

The computing mentor helps the protégé learn the computing skills necessary to complete their project. Mentoring includes providing one-on-one tutoring, recommending resources and helping debug or troubleshoot code.

Coach (aka Community Mentor)

Each first-year SOARS protégé is assigned a coach. The coach meets approximately once a week to help their protégé develop solutions to troubling situations by helping them define the problem, envision the way they would like things to be, and develop and implement steps to get there.

Posted by Laura Allen at ext. 2408,

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 to Friday, March 31, 2017

A free seminar series presented by the Pre-Retirement Planning Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in financial planning and pre-retirement counseling services will begin on February 10. Combining elements of both financial planning and pre-retirement planning, the series is offered in five, mini-session modules. Participants can choose to attend one or all sessions depending on interest.  At the end of each session module, participants may request to schedule private, consultation services with the certified financial professionals (paid by participants).  Employee spouses/partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Each module session requires a minimum of 10 participants.

To enroll, access the Connect Employee Self-Service Web site using the link below, click on the "EOD Training Catalog" link.  To see all of these sessions at once, "Select Course Type" as "Informational" and click "Display".

UCAR Benefits, TIAA Retirement Planning Resources
February 10, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm MST
FL2 – 1001 or Webcast
Overview - Learn about UCAR's retirement benefits including the TIAA retirement program and how to maximize their value. 

Financial Planning & Investments
February 17, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm MST (no Webcast due to state licensing issues)
Overview - Discover the benefits of financial planning and different types of investment options

Long-Term Care & Social Security
February 24, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
Overview - Review Long-term Care and Social Security Benefits

Medicare Basics
March 3, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
CG1 – Room 2126
Overview - Gain a better understanding of Medicare, what is and isn't covered, how to register, and review various plan options.

Estate Planning and Housing/Transitions
March 10, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
Overview - Learn key elements of Estate Planning and what to expect in the work-to-retirement transition

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 to Wednesday, January 18, 2017

UCAR HR provides a service for verifying employment and income to lenders, landlords, and others that you authorize to receive such information (verifiers).  The service is contracted with InVerify, a third party that specializes in employment and income verifications.  InVerify provides secure, fast, accurate and current access to employment and income informationn --24/7.

To utilize InVerify, the employee provides the requestor (or verifier) with the authorization to contact InVerify dirctly by providing them with UCAR's code and specific private information depending on the type of information being requested.  For complete instructions and FAQ's, please visit the UCAR website:

Posted by Annette Lampert at ext. 8719,

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 to Tuesday, January 17, 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.

International Energy Outlook 2016: With Projections to 2040
Editor: US Energy Information Administration
Publisher: Department of Energy
Location: ML Library
Call Number: HD 9502 .A1 I565 2016

Handbook of Numerical Analysis, Vol. 17
Editor: Q. Du and others
Publisher: Elsevier
Location: FL Library
Call Number: QA 297 .H287 2016 V.17

Posted by NCAR Library at ext. 8505,

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 to Monday, January 16, 2017

UCAR makes several confidential communication channels available to staff. Each provides a different service. Here is an update on recent changes.

  • Delphi Q&A Service - ask management about UCAR policies and practices in a confidential manner and receive an answer.  Confidentiality is assured by the volunteer Delphi coordinator, who is elected by staff to serve a four-year term. The new Delphi coordinator is Sharon Clark (UCAR SciEd). more about Delphi>

  • UCAR Ombuds Office - consult trained Ombuds volunteers, who offer informal assistance to employees and visitors to help resolve issues related to their employment or appointment at UCAR. You may seek advice from a UCAR Ombuds in confidence before deciding on what actions to take about any issue. Marijke Unger (CISL) recently joined Loretta Quinn (CPAESS) in the Ombuds Office. more about the Ombuds Office>

  • President’s Anonymous Suggestion Box - use this electronic version of the classic suggestion box to submit a comment anonymously to UCAR President Tony Busalacchi. Because this is an anonymous process, you will not receive confirmation by email or a personal reply. Your UCAS password is required to access the electronic form (but the form itself will not collect or retain any identifying data). President’s Anonymous Suggestion Box>

Posted by Zhenya Gallon at ext. 8607,

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 to Tuesday, January 31, 2017

CISL would like to make the NCAR staff aware of the new CISL Visitor Program (CVP) The program can provide funding, as well as financially leverage other visitor programs at NCAR, for joint collaborative visitors between CISL and other NCAR labs. The visitor must have a CISL staff host. Financial support is limited to travel costs and local living expenses. Visits are from 2 weeks to 3 months, with longer time periods, such as sabbaticals, considered on a case-by-case basis.

The application window is between now and March 3, 2017 for visits occurring between summer 2017 and spring 2018.

Posted by Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431,

Monday, January 9, 2017 to Friday, March 3, 2017

CISL is excited to announce the third course coordinated by The Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences (IMAGe) in the Beyond P-values series.

This three-day course, March 7-9, 2017, will provide an introduction to more advanced topics within the area of regression analysis. After a review of regression basics, we will cover diagnostic tools and a variety of variable selection methods including stepwise selection and Lasso. Then we will introduce quantile regression, which aims at estimating the median or other quantiles, compared to traditional regression targeting the mean estimate. 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 []. The format of the course is hands-on and participants will use their own laptops.
The lead instructor for the course is Brian Reich, Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University. He will be assisted by Halley Brantley (North Carolina State University), Matt Edwards (Newcastle University), and Mark Risser (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory). Seats are limited to 12 participants to allow for effective one-on-one coaching. To apply, please visit the Regression Analysis Application webpage. Registration will close on January 31, 2017 and applicants will be notified of their status the first week of February. Please note that the course is only open to staff and visitors working on NCAR campuses.

Posted by Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431,

Friday, January 6, 2017 to Tuesday, January 31, 2017