UCAR Update - July 2010

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students


July 2010 - In this issue

Visitor appointments at NCAR/NOAA DTC
VSP modeling positions: climate processes, biochemical-ecological hydrodynamic interactions
Current job openings at UCAR
New from COMET: RGB satellite products, NWP bias correction, high-resolution models


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Visitor appointments at NCAR/NOAA DTC

The Developmental Testbed Center (DTC), a distributed facility involving NOAA and NCAR, is offering visitor appointments for the year beginning 1 October. The DTC Visitor Program supports visitors to work with the DTC to test new forecasting and verification techniques, models, and model components for numerical weather prediction. The goal is to provide the operational weather prediction centers (e.g., the National Centers for Environmental Prediction and the Air Force Weather Agency) with options for near-term advances in operational weather forecasting, and to provide researchers with NWP codes that represent the latest advances in the technology.

For 2010, the DTC is offering two types of visitor projects: (1) projects undertaken by the principal investigator (PI), and (2) projects undertaken by a graduate student under direction of the PI. Successful applicants for the first type of project will be offered up to two months of salary compensation, plus travel and per diem. The two months can be distributed over several weeks during a one-year period. Visitors are expected to visit the DTC in Boulder, Colorado and/or one of the operational centers. Access to DTC computational resources will enable significant portions of the visitor’s project to be conducted from their home institution. Successful applicants for the second type of project will be offered up to one year of temporary living per-diem stipend and travel expenses for the graduate student to work with the DTC in Boulder, plus travel and per diem for up to two two-week visits to the DTC by the project PI.

For details on how to apply, see the announcement of opportunity (PDF).

Application deadline: 1 August
Administrative contact: Pamela Johnson, NCAR/DTC
303-497-8197, johnsonp@ucar.edu

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VSP modeling positions: climate processes, biochemical-ecological hydrodynamic interactions

UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs is seeking applicants for several positions. Please see the VSP website for full details and application instructions.

Modeling Climate Processes
Geophysics Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), Princeton, NJ
Application deadline: 24 July
—Postdoctoral fellows or project scientists are sought for positions on a Climate Process Team (CPT) to implement and develop a new approach to modeling clouds, boundary layers, and cloud-aerosol interactions in atmospheric general circulation. The CPT is a collaborative, 3-year project funded by NSF and NOAA, with extension possible to 5 years. Scientists with backgrounds in general circulation modeling and parameterization development are especially encouraged to apply.

Biochemical-Ecological-Hydrodynamic Modeling
NOAA’s Coast Survey Development Laboratory (CSDL), Silver Spring, MD

Application deadline: 1 August
—Applicants are sought for a biochemical-ecological hydrodynamic modeling position. The successful candidate will participate in projects to develop, improve and apply biochemical models that are coupled to hydrodynamic models for ecological applications in estuarine and coastal waters; be responsible for the application and development of tools to evaluate model output, including visualization and statistical measures of quality; and be part of a multi-disciplinary, multi-partner team addressing water quality issues in the Chesapeake Bay and the northern Gulf of Mexico.

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/UOP, along with the relevant tracking code. All jobs are based in Boulder unless otherwise indicated.

  • Associate Scientist II (10160), Broomfield, CO, US (10160)

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: RGB satellite products, NWP bias correction, high-resolution models

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

Multispectral Satellite Applications: RGB Products Explained

This module provides an overview of meteorological and environmental Red, Green, Blue (RGB) products, namely, how they are constructed and how to use them. The first half provides background information on the RGB development process and the future of RGB products when geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites have far more channels. The second half of the module, the Applications section, focuses on the use of RGB products and provides examples, interpretation exercises, and background information for many of the commonly used products.

Bias Correction of NWP Model Data

This module describes what affects bias in NWP models: regime continuity, timing of features that affect sensible weather, and existence (or not) of those features in the models. After discussing examples of each of these, three bias correction methods are presented, and situations where each performs well and where each performs poorly are discussed.

Effective Use of High-Resolution Models

High-resolution models have transitioned from research into forecast operations, helping forecasters utilize additional mesoscale information after accounting for the inherent unpredictability of many small-scale phenomena.  Model forecast interpretation issues are discussed in this module, including convective mode diagnostics and the forecast as an event prediction rather than as a precise point forecast.

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


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