Staff Notes Daily Calendar Events

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

Please join us to hear John Grunsfeld, space shuttle astronaut and associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA. The free public talk is part of HAO's 75th anniversary celebration this week. Grunsfeld previously served as the deputy director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, managing the science program for the Hubble Space Telescope.

Presenter(s):
John Grunsfeld, five-time space shuttle astronaut
Type of event:
Public Outreach
Building:
CU Boulder
Room:
Glenn Miller Ballroom
Will this event be webcast by NCAR/UCAR?
No

Posted by Jeff Smith (jeffs@ucar.edu) at x2679
Lab/division hosting the event:
NCAR, HAO
Affiliation or organization:
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 11:00am

Vertical shear tends to organize atmospheric moist convection into multiscale coherent structures. Especially, the counter-gradient vertical transport of horizontal momentum by organized convection can enhance the wind shear and transport kinetic energy upscale. However, this process  is not represented by traditional parameterizations. The present paper sets the archetypal dynamical models, originally formulated by the second author, into a parameterization context by utilizing a nonhydrostatic anelastic model with segmentally-constant approximation (NAM-SCA). Using a two-dimensional framework as a starting point, NAM-SCA spontaneously generates propagating tropical squall-lines in a sheared environment. A high numerical efficiency is achieved through a novel compression methodology. The numerically-generated archetypes produce vertical profiles of convective momentum transport that are consistent with the analytic archetype.

Presenter(s):
JuIchi Yano
Type of event:
Seminar/Symposium
Building:
Mesa Lab
Room:
Main Seminar Room
Will this event be webcast by NCAR/UCAR?
Yes - ML-Main Seminar Room - http://ucarconnect.ucar.edu/live

Posted by Gaylynn Potemkin (potemkin@ucar.edu) at x1618
Lab/division hosting the event:
NCAR, CGD
Affiliation or organization:
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 9:00am

Please join the UCAR Board of Trustees Chair Eric Betterton as he hosts an all-staff Town Hall meeting from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 9.  All UCAR, NCAR, and UCP staff are encouraged to attend. The Town Hall will be held in the CG1 auditorium.  For staff who are unable to attend in person, the Town Hall will be webcast and recorded. Professor Betterton will address the recent changes at UCAR as well as the upcoming search for a permanent UCAR president.  We hope you will be able to attend.

Presenter(s):
Eric Betterton, UCAR Board of Trustees Chair
Type of event:
No event type category
Building:
CG1
Room:
Auditorium
Will this event be webcast by NCAR/UCAR?
Yes - CG1-Auditorium - http://ucarconnect.ucar.edu/live

Posted by Rebecca Swisher (rebeccas@ucar.edu) at x8609
Lab/division hosting the event:
UCAR, UCAR President's Office, Governance
Affiliation or organization:
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 12:00pm

September 9, 2015
12:00-2:00 pm
FL2-Main Auditorium
Trainer: Don Fisher, Fisher & Assoc.

This general session is open to all UCAR/NCAR/UCP staff.  ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations), EAR ( Export Administration Regulations), OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control), and general export controls laws and updated regulations will be reviewed in the context of a scientific research institution. In this session you will learn the answers to: 1. Why is awareness so critical to federally-funded research institutions?  2. What are export controls? How do they work? How are they enforced?  3. How do controls impact you as a PI (Principal Investigator), researcher or research administrator?  4. How do you remain compliant while efficiently navigating these controls?  5. What is the purpose and scope of OFAC Regulations?  Open to all staff.  Completion of this session fulfills the requirement for initial and annual refresher export compliance training.

Register at EOD Training Catalog via Connect: https://www.fin.ucar.edu/hrisConnect/employee
(UCAS login>EOD Training Catalog>Search for desired class>Details>Enroll)

Presenter(s):
Don Fischer, Fisher & Assoc
Type of event:
Tutorial/Training
Building:
FL2
Room:
Main Auditorium
Will this event be webcast by NCAR/UCAR?
No

Posted by Cheryl Cristanelli (cherylc@ucar.edu) at x8708
Lab/division hosting the event:
UCAR
Affiliation or organization:
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 2:30pm

September 9, 2015
2:30-4:30 pm
FL2-Main Auditorium
Trainer: Don Fisher, Fisher & Assoc.

This focused session is designed specifically for UCAR's EOs (Empowered Officials), ECCs (Export Compliance Coordinators), PIs (Principal Investigators) and Directors, and those tasked with direct responsibilities for providing guidance to others on UCAR's export compliance policies, processes and procedures.  ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations), EAR (Export Administration Regulations), OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control), and general export controls laws and updated regulations will be reviewed in the context of a scientific research institution with in-depth focus on practical applications of export controls as they affect UCAR/NCAR/UCP.  This includes outbound transfers of instruments, technology and software as well as foreign national access to these items when certain controls apply. In addition, you will learn the answers to: 1. Why is awareness so critical to federally-funded research institutions?  2. What are export controls? How do they work? How are they enforced?  3. How do controls impact you as a PI, researcher or research administrator?  4. How do you remain compliant while efficiently navigating these controls? Targeted for EOs, ECC, PIs, Directors and those tasked with direct responsibilities for providing guidance to others on UCAR's export controls policies, processes and procedures. Completion of this session fulfills the requirement for initial and annual refresher export compliance training.

Register at EOD Training Catalog via Connect: https://www.fin.ucar.edu/hrisConnect/employee
(UCAS login>EOD Training Catalog>Search for desired class>Details>Enroll) 

Presenter(s):
Don Fisher, Fisher & Assoc.
Type of event:
Tutorial/Training
Building:
FL2
Room:
Main Auditorium
Will this event be webcast by NCAR/UCAR?
No

Posted by Cheryl Cristanelli (cherylc@ucar.edu) at x8708
Lab/division hosting the event:
UCAR
Affiliation or organization:
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 8:00am

You are invited to attend Human Resources' Open House from 8-10 a.m. on Friday, Sept 11 on the third floor of FLA. Please stop by during this meet and greet opportunity to enjoy some light breakfast fare, learn about our new structure, and share with us how we can best assist you in our various roles. All staff members are welcome. We look forward to connecting with you!

Presenter(s):
Human Resources Staff
Type of event:
Celebration
Building:
FL-A
Room:
Human Resources - 3rd Floor
Will this event be webcast by NCAR/UCAR?
No

Posted by Michelle Havens (mhavens@ucar.edu) at x8711
Lab/division hosting the event:
UCAR, F&A
Affiliation or organization:
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 11:00am

Using correlations and regressions a detailed examination is made of monthly mean atmospheric temperatures throughout the atmosphere and water vapor from ERA-Interim reanalyses, top-of-atmosphere outgoing longwave (OLR), absorbed shortwave (ASR) and net radiation (RT = ASR-OLR) from CERES, and precipitation from GPCP.  Both global and local relationships related to feedbacks and climate sensitivity are explored.  As well as observations the relationships are evaluated in NCAR’s CESM large ensemble (30 members) and an AMIP run where the surface SSTs are specified. There is a lot more high frequency variability in radiative fluxes than in temperatures, highlighting the role of clouds and transient weather systems in the radiation statistics, with implications for climate sensitivity. The model prefers to have positive anomalies in precipitation with positive SST anomalies, but this is not true in some ocean areas in nature. The relationship between water vapor and temperatures in subsiding air in the tropics is not replicated well. Over the tropical western Pacific warm pool and Indian oceans, where non-local effects from the Walker circulation driven by the ENSO events are important, several related biases emerge: in response to high SST anomalies there is more precipitation, water vapor and cloud, and less ASR and OLR in the model than in the real world. There is too much ASR over the southern oceans and not enough in the tropics, and ENSO is too large in amplitude in this version of the model.  However, the co-variability of monthly mean anomalies in the NCAR CESM runs, both in fully coupled mode and for AMIP, reproduces remarkably well most of the observed relationships examined.  In the observations, tropospheric vertically-averaged temperatures (surface-150 hPa) are negatively correlated globally with net radiation (-0.57), implying 2.18±0.10 W m-2 extra net radiation to space for 1°C increase in temperature.  There is a stronger radiative damping for temperatures in the observations than implied by the model versions.  This could imply that the model sensitivity is too high but it needs to be confirmed with longer datasets that avoid volcanic eruptions.

Presenter(s):
Kevin Trenberth
Type of event:
Seminar/Symposium
Building:
Mesa Lab
Room:
Main Seminar room
Will this event be webcast by NCAR/UCAR?
Yes - ML-Main Seminar Room - http://ucarconnect.ucar.edu/live

Posted by Gaylynn Potemkin (potemkin@ucar.edu) at x1618
Lab/division hosting the event:
NCAR, CGD
Affiliation or organization:
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 2:00pm

Tuesday, September 15, FL2 – 3107 at 2pm

Katherine Dickinson

In the face of the expanding wildfire hazard, the actions that homeowners take to reduce fire risk on private property are crucial. However, homeowners’ wildfire risk mitigation actions are interdependent: the risk that any individual faces is affected by the conditions on neighboring properties. Meanwhile, social norms provide another mechanism linking one’s own risk mitigation choice to neighbors’ choices. Households may be encouraged to undertake more mitigation when presented with social comparisons highlighting high levels of mitigation among neighbors. Our web-based survey of homeowners in fire-prone areas on Colorado’s Western Slope combines survey data on current knowledge, risk perceptions, and practices with choice experiments that vary 1) fuel conditions on neighbors’ property (i.e., neighbors’ risk levels), and 2) neighbors’ mitigation actions (i.e., social norms) in order to assess the impact of these factors on wildfire mitigation choices. Of particular interest are the interactive effects of these different factors. For example, if risk interdependency tends to lead to underinvestment in risk mitigation, can social norms help to overcome this problem and “tip” communities toward higher levels of protection? In this presentation I will describe the survey and experiment, and discuss initial findings from our data.

Presenter(s):
Katherine Dickinson
Type of event:
Seminar/Symposium
Building:
FL2
Room:
3107
Will this event be webcast by NCAR/UCAR?
No

Posted by Marybeth Zarlingo (zarlingo@ucar.edu) at x2751
Lab/division hosting the event:
NCAR, RAL, CSAP
Affiliation or organization:
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:00am

Please join us for Super Science Saturday on November 7, 2015 from 10 am - 4 pm. This annual event at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) brings kids and adults together to explore hands-on activities, think about new ideas, and learn about science. This year's theme is "LIGHT"! Check back in the next few months for detailed information on this event.

Activities and Events:

  • Hands-on activity tables
  • Experiments from CSU's Little Shop of Physics
  • Science Shows
  • Weather Balloon Launches
  • NCAR 3D Visualization Lab Demos
  • NCAR Wizards Showcase

Location: NCAR Mesa Lab at 1850 Table Mesa, Boulder, CO 80305. 
See the map for more location details. 

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 10 am - 4 pm

Presenter(s):
Little Shop of Physics, EOL, NCAR Viz Lab & NCAR Wizards
Type of event:
Public Outreach
Building:
Mesa Lab
Will this event be webcast by NCAR/UCAR?
No

Posted by Natalie Ponsford (nataliep@ucar.edu) at x2585
Lab/division hosting the event:
UCAR Community Programs, UCAR Center for Science Education, UCARSciEd