UCAR Update - August 2010

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students


August 2010 - In this issue

University computing requests for NSF-supported university projects
A new lineup for October meetings
Coming soon: VSP fellowships
Current job openings at UCAR
New from COMET:  hydrology, river ice, TAFs, satellite resource center

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University computing requests for NSF-supported university projects

NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) invites NSF-supported university researchers in the atmospheric, oceanic, and closely related sciences to submit large allocation requests by 21 September. Allocations are given for the life of the associated NSF award, and there must be a direct linkage between the NSF award and the computational research being proposed. A new requirement is that computing requests must include a multi-year computational plan so that the panel is aware of the resources needed each year.

Allocations are for time on bluefire, NCAR’s IBM POWER6 with 3,840 compute processors. Very large requests with strong scientific and computational justification are encouraged, and the median request is 260,000 GAUs. Requests are reviewed by the CISL High-performance Computing Advisory Panel.

Questions may be addressed to CISL user services manager David Hart (see contact information below), who is managing the allocations process with Ginger Caldwell’s recent retirement.

University researchers with NSF awards are encouraged to apply for a small allocation to obtain information on the GAU requirements for their research and to test the computational efficiency of their code before applying for a large allocation. Requests for less than 16,000 GAUs may be submitted at any time using the “Small Request Form” at the URL below. Once the sum of small allocations reaches 16,000 GAUs, the next request must be submitted using the “Large Request Form” at the URL below by the panel deadline.

Deadline: 21 September
Contact: David Hart, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1234
Application form and additional information for computational requests

(select the “Large Request Form” for a request over 16,000 GAUs) 

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A new lineup for October meetings

It’s time to make your arrangements for the 2010 UCAR October Meetings, to be held in Boulder the week of 4 October. Please submit your meeting registration and travel forms by 1 September (see details at URL below).

The meeting schedule has been changed this year, so be sure to read the new schedule carefully before making your travel plans. The members meeting will start on Tuesday morning and the academic affiliates meeting will be held on Wednesday afternoon.

Member and affiliate institutions are welcome to invite an early career faculty member again this year. Please let Aneka Finley know the person’s name and email address so she can send him/her an invitation. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Deadline: 1 September
Contact: Aneka Finley, UCAR Governance, 303-497-1655
UCAR 2010 October Meetings

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Coming soon: VSP fellowships

UCAR’s Visiting Scientist Programs is gearing up for its 2011 fellowships. Up to 16 scientists will be chosen to participate in one of three unique postdoctoral fellowships, each of which is directly sponsored by the NOAA Climate Programs Office or the NASA Living with a Star Program. The fellowship goals, which vary with each program, include:

  • to help create and train the next generation of researchers needed for climate studies
  • to grow the pool of scientists qualified to transfer advances in climate science and climate prediction into climate-related decision framework(s) and decision tools; and
  • to train the next generation of researchers needed for the emerging field of heliophysics.

For information on past fellowships and details on each program, please visit the VSP website. Check back early in September for 2011 fellowship details.

Contact: UCP/VSP
, vsp@ucar.edu

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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.

  • Associate Scientist I (10172)
, Offutt Air Force Base, NE
  • Climate Program Specialist I (10173)
, Washington, DC
  • Project Scientist III (10167), Silver Spring, MD

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

Contact: UCAR Human Resources
Careers at UCAR

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New from COMET:  hydrology, river ice, TAFs, satellite resource center

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

Unit Hydrograph Theory: International Edition

This module offers a thorough introduction to the use of unit hydrographs and the application of unit hydrograph theory in flood prediction. Key terminology and assumptions, the process of creating a unit hydrograph, and the application of unit hydrograph theory to forecast situations are all explored through comprehensive animations and interactions.

River Ice Processes - Short Version

This shorter version of the previously published module “River Ice Processes” now addresses the needs of an international audience. Based on a presentation by Kate White, a nationally recognized expert on river ice, this webcast explores basic river ice processes, including the formation, growth, breakup, and transport of river ice and how it can become jammed, triggering floods.

Writing TAFs for Ceilings and Visibility

This 90-minute module is the fifth in the series Distance Learning Aviation Course 2 (DLAC2): Producing Customer-Focused TAFs. It describes how the airport’s operational thresholds can be used to modify a TAF and produce a Practically Perfect TAF (PPTAF) that conveys information about lowering ceilings and reduced visibility.

Understanding the Hydrologic Cycle: International Edition

This module examines the basic concepts of the hydrologic cycle, including water distribution, atmospheric water, surface water, groundwater, and snowpack/snowmelt.

Environmental Satellite Resource Center (ESRC), version 2.0

COMET is pleased to announce the release of a significant update to the Environmental Satellite Resource Center (ESRC). A fully functional Spanish interface and the ability to search in multiple languages at once and sort by language of resources are just a few of the enhancements users can now take advantage of when using version 2.0 of the ESRC.

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

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