Staff Notes Daily Announcements

SCHEDULED OUTAGE NOTIFICATION

CPM, FAB and TM1 will be offline starting on Friday, February 23rd at 4:00pm MST for 2 hours for scheduled maintenance.

We will let you know when it is back online. Thank you for your patience.

START: Fri Feb 23 2018 4:00 PM MST
DURATION: 2 hours

SERVICES AFFECTED
CPM Admins

PRIMARY CONTACT
Kelly Box
kbox@ucar.edu
303-497-8558

SECONDARY CONTACTS
Reta Kubler
reta@ucar.edu
303-497-1105

Posted by Kelly Box at ext. 8558, kbox@ucar.edu

Thursday, February 22, 2018

All the cafeterias will be closing at 1 pm tomorrow, February 23, for an all department meeting.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Posted by Nancy Post van der Burg at ext. 1158, npostvan@ucar.edu

Thursday, February 22, 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

Jim Hurrell, the NCAR Director, will be holding NCAR Town Halls at two Boulder locations today, Thursday 22 February. (Jim will also hold NCAR Town Halls at NWSC on 8 March and at RAF on 9 March.)

Updates will be given on recent accomplishments across the Center, the NSF budget outlook for NCAR, some recent strategic investments to accelerate progress and enhance excellence, and the process for developing the 2019-2024 NCAR strategic plan, among other topics.

NCAR Town Hall Schedule: Foothills, Mesa, NWSC & RAF:

22 February:  FL-2 Auditorium - 10:30-11:30 a.m.
**Webcast: http://www.fin.ucar.edu/it/mms/live-chat-hd.htm

22 February: ML Seminar Room - 1:30-2:30 p.m.
**Webcast: http://www.fin.ucar.edu/it/mms/live-chat-hd.htm

8 March:  NWSC - 1:30-2:30 p.m.

9 March:  RAF - 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

**Please note the MMS technicians will be monitoring the chat feature in the webcast for any technical issues, but the chat feature will not be used for the Q&A part of the town hall.

Posted by Susan Chavez at ext. 1102, chavez@ucar.edu

Thursday, February 22, 2018 to Friday, February 23, 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

Jim Hurrell, the NCAR Director, will be holding two NCAR Town Halls in Boulder tomorrow, Thursday 22 February. Please also see below for two additional Town Halls at NWSC and RAF. Updates will be given on recent accomplishments across the Center, the NSF budget outlook for NCAR, some recent strategic investments to accelerate progress and enhance excellence, and the process for developing the 2019-2024 NCAR strategic plan, among other topics.

NCAR Town Hall Schedule: Foothills, Mesa, NWSC & RAF:

22 February:  FL-2 Auditorium - 10:30-11:30 a.m.
**Webcast: http://www.fin.ucar.edu/it/mms/live-chat-hd.htm

22 February:  ML Seminar Room - 1:30-2:30 p.m.
**Webcast: http://www.fin.ucar.edu/it/mms/live-chat-hd.htm

8 March:  NWSC - 1:30-2:30 p.m.

9 March:  RAF - 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

**Please note the MMS technicians will be monitoring the chat feature in the webcast for any technical issues, but the chat feature will not be used for the Q&A part of the town hall.

Posted by Susan Chavez at ext. 1102, chavez@ucar.edu

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 to Thursday, February 22, 2018

Have you ever been curious what it is like to work in Antarctica where temperatures can drop below -50F and wind speeds can exceed hurricane force? Snow accumulation is the primary precipitation method that sustains the Antarctic ice sheets. Yet, snowfall remains one of the most difficult meteorological variables to accurately measure, especially in windy conditions. A new field program funded by the National Science Foundation is focused on testing recent advances in technology to determine if accurate snowfall measurements are now possible in the Antarctic environment. Join NCAR Scientist Scott Landolt as he provides an overview of this field program, the challenges of working in Antarctica, day-to-day life around McMurdo Station, and stunning photography of the Antarctic ice sheets.

To atttend this free public talk, you will need a ticket. There are still a few tickets available, please see the website below for more information about the talk and for a link to EventBrite website where you can reserve your ticket.

NCAR Explorer Series - Scott Landolt

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 24, 2018 2:00 pm

Both talks will be webcast if you can't come to the Mesa Lab. 
Viw the webcast here, https://ucarconnect.ucar.edu/live

Posted by Scott Briggs at ext. 1607, sbriggs@ucar.edu

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 to Friday, February 23, 2018

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