UCAR Update - February 2010

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students


February 2010 - In this issue

Apply now for ASP 2010 summer colloquia
Current job openings at UCAR
New from COMET: Precipitation estimates, GOES sounder, wildfire fuel moisture
Reminders from previous issues


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Apply now for ASP 2010 summer colloquia

NCAR’s Advanced Study Program invites graduate students to apply for the two ASP Summer Colloquia described below. Each colloquium includes lecturers from a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds. To implement ideas from the lectures, students will work in groups on small, well-defined research projects. Application instructions and other details can be found at the respective Web links.

Forecast Verification in the Atmospheric Sciences and Beyond
6-18 June 2010
The colloquium will address the many facets of forecast verification and evaluation from the perspective of the meteorologist and climatologist, the statistician, the scientist and the decision maker. Speakers will include experts from the fields of meteorology, statistics, economics, and health sciences. Organizers: Matt Pocernich and Barbara Brown (NCAR), Mike Baldwin (Purdue University), and Harold Brooks (NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory)

Application deadline: 1 March
Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1328

Asia in the 21st Century
1–13 August
The colloquium will discuss population, economics, industrialization, transportation, and atmospheric emission trends. The use of integrated assessment models that incorporate physical, economic, and social influences will be highlighted. The physics and interconnections of global warming, biogeochemical, and hydrological cycles will be discussed, as well as energy themes such as coal consumption, carbon dioxide sequestration, the costs of technological change, and alternative energy sources. Organizers: Steve Massie and Elisabeth Holland (NCAR) and Rong Fu (University of Texas at Austin)

Application deadline: 1 April
Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1328


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Current job openings at UCAR

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

  • Lab Director (10092), NCAR/EOL
  • Postgraduate Scientist (10094), NCAR/RAL/CSAP
  • Project Scientist I (9230), NCAR/CISL/IMAGe
  • Scientist I (10053), NCAR/CISL

Applicants can view the full descriptions for these and other positions at the UCAR Human Resources site.

Contact: UCAR Human Resources
Careers at UCAR


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New from COMET: Precipitation estimates, GOES sounder, wildfire fuel moisture

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

Precipitation Estimates, Part 2: Analysis
This is part two of a two-module series on estimation of observed precipitation. A scientific overview is presented of the key fields available in the Multisensor Precipitation Estimator (MPE), along with illustrations of their use. These include radar, gauge, satellite, bias-adjusted radar, multisensor, and best-estimate fields of precipitation accumulation.

Toward an Advanced Sounder on GOES?
This module uses recorded interviews from several satellite meteorologists and respected satellite experts to describe how a high-spectral-resolution infrared sounder in geostationary orbit would lead to significant improvements in mesoscale and severe weather forecasting and numerical weather prediction.

Fuel Moisture
This module provides information about the moisture content of live and dead wildfire fuel and its relation to fire behavior. Influences on fuel moisture and methods for estimating dead fuel and live fuel moisture in the field are summarized, and guidance is offered for assessing the potential fire danger based on fuel moisture and other fire-line information.

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


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Reminders from previous issues

Seeking nominees for Undergraduate Leadership Workshop
Deadline: 5 March

University computing requests for NSF-supported university projects
Application deadline: 29 March

Heliophysics Summer School 2010
Application Deadline: 1 April


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