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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 3:30pm

The vertical distributions of water vapor and carbon monoxide in the tropical lower stratosphere are controlled largely by their mixing ratios near the tropopause and by ascending motions of the Brewer-Dobson circulation. The upward propagation of seasonal variations imprinted on H2O and CO vertical profiles (the so-called “tropical tape recorder”) can be used to place upper bounds on the residual mean vertical velocity in the lower stratosphere. Ascent rates are very slow (10's of meters/day) and are difficult to measure directly, but this motion has an important role in shaping the distribution of stratospheric trace gases and in governing the atmospheric lifetimes of many compounds. We analyzed Aura Microwave Limb Sounder observations of the H2O and CO tape recorders from 2004 to 2014 to establish a time series of effective mean vertical velocity from 90 to 16 hPa pressure (about 18 to 28 km altitude).  The implied ascent is largely consistent with calculated velocities derived from net radiative heating rates based on observed temperature, humidity, cloud distributions, and trace gas amounts. Temporal variations in derived velocities are dominated by a quasi biennial oscillation and a seasonal component. Smaller amplitude, interannual variations are associated with the El Niño Southern Oscillation, although the details of this association are less clear.

Presenter(s):
Ken Minschwaner - Department of Physics
Type of event:
Seminar/Symposium
Building:
FL2
Room:
1022
Will this event be webcast by NCAR/UCAR?

Posted by Dianne Hodshon (dhodshon@ucar.edu) at x1401
Lab/division hosting the event:
NCAR, ACOM
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 3:30pm

Please join us in celebrating Bruce Lite's appointment as an NCAR Distinguished Scholar at HAO's 75th celebration. 

NCAR seeks to honor prominent scientists and research engineers with truly outstanding and long-term records of achievement with the highest honors that can be accorded to a member of the NCAR scientist or research engineer community who has retired or is in phased retirement with a Distinguished Scholar appointment.

Topic: Remote Sensing of Solar Magnetism via Polarimetry

Date:  Tuesday, September 1, 2015,

Time: 3:30 PM

Location: CG1 Auditorium, Center Green

Refreshments:  Join us after the talk and appointment for beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and merriment!

All are invited - please share this invite!

Presenter(s):
Bruce Lites
Type of event:
Celebration
Building:
CG1
Room:
Auditorium
Will this event be webcast by NCAR/UCAR?
No

Posted by Marissa Miller (marissa@ucar.edu) at x1108
Lab/division hosting the event:
NCAR, HAO
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:
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

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