UCAR Update - July 2013

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

July 2013 - In this issue

•  Deadline is 16 September for large university requests for NCAR computing resources
•  Call for applications: PACE host mentors
•  Current job openings at UCAR
•  Opportunities beyond UCAR
•  New from COMET: Airspace support, radiative cooling, satellite products and observations
•  Reminders from previous issues

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Deadline is 16 September for large university requests for NCAR computing resources

NCAR/CISL invites NSF-supported university researchers in the atmospheric, oceanic, and related sciences to submit large allocation requests for the Yellowstone system by 16 September. All requesters are strongly encouraged to review the instructions before preparing their submissions.

These requests will be reviewed by the CISL High-performance computing Advisory Panel (CHAP), and there must be a direct linkage between the NSF award and the computational research being proposed. See the link below for more university allocation instructions and opportunities.

Allocations will be made on Yellowstone, NCAR's 1.5-petaflops IBM iDataPlex system; the data analysis and visualization clusters (Geyser and Caldera); the 11-petabyte GLADE disk resource, and the High Performance Storage System (HPSS) archive. See the link below for more system details.

For the Yellowstone resource, the threshold for Small University Allocations has been increased to 200,000 core-hours; researchers with such needs can apply for small allocations at any time. A Small Allocation is also recommended for researchers new to Yellowstone, in order to conduct benchmarking and test runs prior to submitting a large allocation request.

Deadline: 16 September
Contact: Dave Hart, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1234
University allocations
System details

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Call for applications: PACE host mentors

The PACE Fellowship Program is building a pool of scientists qualified to transfer advances in climate science and climate prediction into climate-related decision frameworks and tools. We are seeking decision-makers and climate researchers to partner in hosting and mentoring these early career scientists. The goal of this unique fellowship program is to grow the body of scientists that are skilled in both climate research and its application. An important aspect of the program is to immerse the postdoctorate in the decision-making culture. In each fellowship, a project is conducted under the specification and direction of institutional partners: a decision-making institution and a climate-science institution. Decision-makers may be from the public, nonprofit or for-profit sectors to participate. Climate research mentors should be from an institution able to provide expert guidance.

Deadline for letters of intent: 1 January 2014
Contact: Susan Baltuch, UCP/VSP, 303-497-8649
PACE details and application instructions

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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.

  • Postdoctoral Researcher (13113), UCP/VSP (Princeton, NJ)
  • Project Scientist I (13114), UCP/VSP (Princeton, NJ)
  • Project Scientist II (13116), NCAR/CISL


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.


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: Airspace support, radiative cooling, satellite products and observations

Below are details on new online publications available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details. To see all modules, including recent translations, please visit MetEd's module list.

Weather Decision Support for the National Airspace System
This three-hour lesson describes the impacts of weather on aviation operations and highlights the role of the National Weather Service (NWS) in supporting the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic management organization. The content emphasizes best practices for aviation forecasters, including identifying and communicating threats, understanding partners' needs, and anticipating impacts to airspace operations.

Nighttime Radiation and Cooling of the Lower Atmosphere
This learning object uses a simple interactive model to demonstrate the role of radiation in nighttime cooling. As a learning object, it is meant to supplement other teaching material in a course by elucidating a specific concept. By adjusting the emissivity and temperature of earth and atmospheric layers, the student can derive the role of radiation in nighttime cooling.

Multispectral Applications: RGB Products Explained
This lesson provides an overview of meteorological and environmental 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 rapid evolution of RGB products as newer geostationary and polar-orbiting satellite imagers incorporate additional spectral channels. The second half focuses on the formulation and uses of RGB products, providing examples, interpretation exercises, satellite specific information, and other background information for many of the commonly used products.

Advanced Satellite Sounding: The Benefits of Hyperspectral Observation - 2nd Edition
The lesson discusses what hyperspectral observations are, how they are made, some current products, and their contributions to improved monitoring of the atmosphere, oceans, and land surfaces, as well as their impact on numerical weather prediction.

Satellite Feature Identification: Inferring Three Dimensions from Water Vapour Imagery
We think in three-dimensional space and a fourth dimension, time. Therefore, we should think about the atmosphere in similar terms. However, we are often stuck with two-dimensional maps. If we have a good handle on the current three-dimensional structure, we can then use NWP to its fullest as a verification/interrogation instrument for our 3D mental model.

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

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Reminders from previous issues

Third Int'l Workshop on Climate Informatics
Meeting dates: 26-27 September

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