UCAR Upate - April 2011

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

April 2011 - In this issue

CESM workshop in Breckenridge
Coming in June: WRF, MET, and GSI workshops and tutorials
Space Weather Workshop returns
GLOBE Annual Partner Meeting and Climate and Land Cover Project
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: Volcanic ash
Reminders from previous issues

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CESM workshop in Breckenridge

NCAR's Climate and Global Dynamics Division is pleased to announce its 16th Annual CESM Workshop, designed for users of the Community Earth System Model. The workshop is being held at The Village in Breckenridge on 20–23 June.

This year's workshop will be a combination of plenary presentations, special interest presentations by the CESM working groups, and a poster session for participants to highlight their work. Online registration will open for general attendees on Monday, 2 May. To make a hotel reservation, please call The Village at 888-525-1787 and reference Group Code # BC8MJ2.

Contact: Barbara Ballard, NCAR/NESL/CGD, 303-497-1358
CESM Workshop Registration

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Coming in June: WRF, MET, and GSI workshops and tutorials

A two-week series of meetings in Boulder will serve users of the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF) and related community software. See descriptions below; more details on registration can be found at each meeting’s website.

The 12th Annual WRF Users' Workshop will take place 20–24 June. The objectives are to discuss model development and to evaluate model performance. Papers focusing on development and testing in all areas of model applications are especially encouraged. Authors may request either an poster or oral presentation. The week will begin with a discussion session Monday afternoon, "Fundamentals of WRF Physics (Part 2: Planetary boundary layer and land surface).” The workshop itself runs from Tuesday through Thursday, 21–23 June. On Friday morning, 24 June, there will be instructional sessions on WRF-related software and techniques, including NCL, VAPOR, WRF 4DVAR, and coupling WRF to other models.
—Contact: Sudie Kelly, NCAR/NESL/MMM, 303-497-8951

The Model Evaluation Tools (MET) Tutorial is scheduled for 27–28 June. MET is a community software package for model verification. It includes traditional statistics along with ensemble and spatial verification capability. The meeting will overlap for one day (28 June) with the GSI meeting below.
—Contact: Pamela Johnson, NCAR/DTC, 303-497-8197

The First Gridpoint Statistical Interpolation (GSI) Data Assimilation System Workshop will be followed by the Second GSI Community Tutorial (June 29–July 1). The objective of the one-day workshop is to provide a pathway between operational centers and research community to communicate and share experience on GSI development, implementation and future plans, as well as new techniques and skills in data assimilation. The workshop will include a few invited talks as well as a general section for community GSI and other data assimilation system users. The GSI Community Tutorial, consisting of both lectures and hands-on practical sessions, will include invited lecturers from various GSI development/support teams. Optional practice sessions will provide essential skills to run the GSI system with basic and advanced implementations.
—Contact: Pamela Johnson, NCAR/DTC, 303-497-8197

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Space Weather Workshop returns

The 2011 Space Weather Workshop takes place at Boulder’s Millennium Hotel on 26–29 April. Launched more than a decade ago as a conference for the space weather community, the workshop has evolved into the nation’s leading conference on all issue relating to space weather. The meeting is facilitated by UCAR’s Visiting Scientist Programs. Late registrations are still being accepted. To find out more, see the workshop website below.

Contact: Kendra Greb, UCP/VSP, 303-497-1605
Space Weather Workshop

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GLOBE Annual Partner Meeting and Climate and Land Cover Project

The GLOBE Program Office at UCAR/UCP invites scientists, educators, and staff to participate in the 15th GLOBE Annual Partner Meeting, taking place 17–22 July in Bethesda, Maryland. The theme of this year's meeting is Expanding International Perspectives About Climate. Participants will learn about the latest scientific research activities and other developments in the GLOBE Program, interact with GLOBE's worldwide network of community members and scientists using GLOBE data in their research, and talk to top educators on effective methods of enhancing the GLOBE educational experience. For more details or to register, see the meeting website.

University faculty and students are also invited to assist local GLOBE schools, community members, or other partners on the Climate and Land Cover Project. Scientists from NOAA’s Earth Systems Research Laboratory are working with GLOBE schools to collect land cover data that will be used to improve land-cover and climate models. During an intensive observation period from 17 April to 22 May, students around the world are taking digital photographs of land cover sites and then determining the land cover classification using a GLOBE protocol. Next, they upload the photos and enter land cover classification data into the GLOBE database. Students are able to view their uploaded photos and land cover data, as well as the data from other GLOBE schools using Google Earth. This is the second in a series of quarterly intensive data collection periods that comprise the testing period of one of the components of the Student Climate Research Campaign that will be introduced into GLOBE classrooms this fall.

More on the Climate and Land Cover Project can be found at the URL below. To learn more about joining or teaming with GLOBE, see http://globe.gov/about/join.

Contact: Jan Heiderer, UCP/GLOBE, 303-497-2641
Climate and Land Cover Project

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Current job openings at UCAR

Below are the titles of scientific positions now open at UCAR/NCAR/UCP, along with the relevant tracking codes. All jobs are based in Boulder unless otherwise indicated.

  • COSMIC Chief Scientist (11108), UCP/COSMIC
  • Associate Scientist I (11097), NCAR/NESL/ACD
  • Associate Scientist II (11106), NCAR/NESL/CGD
  • President, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) (11091)
  • Project Scientist I (11107), UCP/JOSS, Stanford, CA USA

Applicants can view the full descriptions for these and other positions online.

Contact: UCAR Human Resources
Careers at UCAR

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Opportunities beyond UCAR

Below is a summary of faculty positions, postgraduate fellowships, and other career opportunities now available at UCAR members and affiliates and other institutions in the atmospheric and related sciences.

  • California Institute of Technology and Brown University: Postdoctoral Scholar in Atmosphere Dynamics
  • The Weather Channel: Vice President and Principal Scientist
  • McGill University: Postdoctoral Position

These listings have been posted within the last month at the “Opportunities Beyond UCAR” website (see below), which includes links to more detail on these positions, previously posted positions, and ongoing opportunities.

Contact: Michelle Flores, UCAR Governance, 303-497-2115
Opportunities beyond UCAR

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New from COMET: Volcanic ash

Below are details on a new online publication available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Volcanic Ash: Introduction
This module provides a concise introduction to volcanic ash through the examples of the Mt. Pinatubo and Eyjafjallajokull eruptions.

Contact: Hildy Kane, UCP/COMET, 303-497-8470
COMET MetEd site

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Reminders from previous issues

Search process for UCAR president
Initial pplication deadline: 15 may

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