UCAR Update - June 2013

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

June 2013 - In this issue

•  Two IMAGe workshops on climate data
•  U.S. CLIVAR Science Plan public review now open
•  Current job openings at UCAR
•  Opportunities beyond UCAR
•  New from COMET: African aeronautical forecasting, wildland fire monitoring

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Two IMAGe workshops on climate data

NCAR's Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences (IMAGe) is conducting the workshops below in Boulder over the next several months as part of its 2013 Theme-of-the-Year: Climate Analytics. Please see the links below for more info on registration and abstract submission.

Next Generation Climate Data Products Workshop
July 15-19
This workshop will bring together statistical and data scientists with those modeling climate and climate impacts to share ideas on improving the creation of data products.Even with the availability of homogeneous and quality controlled observations, the challenge remains to create data products that are of sufficient spatial and temporal quality to address a broad range of problems in climate research.In particular, there is a need to attach various measures of uncertainty to these products to facilitate comparison to, and among, numerical experiments, or when used as input to other models for climate impact assessment. This workshop will bring together the necessary knowledge and tools to evaluate, improve, and implement better science products and decision-support structures.
—The abstract deadline has passed.
   Registration deadline: July 8

Third International Workshop on Climate Informatics
September 26-27
Climate informatics broadly refers to any research combining climate science with approaches from statistics, machine learning and data mining. The Climate Informatics workshop series, now in its third year, seeks to bring together researchers from all of these areas. We aim to stimulate the discussion of new ideas, foster new collaborations, grow the climate informatics community, and thus accelerate discovery across disciplinary boundaries.
The format of the workshop seeks to overcome cross-disciplinary language barriers and to emphasize communication between participants by featuring tutorials, invited talks, panel discussions, posters and break-out sessions. We invite all researchers interested in learning about critical issues and opportunities in the field of climate informatics to join us, whether established in the field or just starting out.
Abstract submission deadline: July 8
   Registration: soon to open

Contact: Silvia Gentile, NCAR/CISL/IMAGe, 303-497-2480

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U.S. CLIVAR Science Plan public review now open

The U.S. Climate Variability & Predictability (CLIVAR) Draft Science Plan is now available for public comment through July 3, 2013. The draft plan reflects input from U.S. CLIVAR scientists serving on its Scientific Steering Committee (SSC), three implementation panels, and members of the research community. The U.S. CLIVAR program is managed by UCAR's Joint Office for Science Support.
Through the open comment period, the SSC seeks comments on the draft plan by the broader U.S. and international science community and the public. Review comments will be considered by the SSC in the final editing of the plan to be issued in late 2013. To download the plan and provide your comments, please visit the website below.

Deadline for comment: 3 July
Contact: Jennifer Mays, UCAR/JOSS, 202-419-1801
U.S. CLIVAR Draft Science Plan Public Review Site

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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 (13103), UCAR/VSP (Princeton, NJ)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher (13108), NCAR/NESL/CGD

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: African aeronautical forecasting, wildland fire monitoring

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.

Regional Study Guide: Review for Aeronautical Forecasters in Africa
This Regional Study Guide highlights the sections applicable to aeronautical forecasting operations in Africa from the online textbook Introduction to Tropical Meteorology, 2nd Edition. Topics include remote sensing, global circulations, tropical variability, tropical cyclones, and the challenges encountered when forecasting tropical weather.

Multispectral Satellite Applications: Monitoring the Wildland Fire Cycle, 2nd Edition
This lesson describes current and future satellites, sensors, and products used for monitoring the fire cycle, with an emphasis on polar-orbiting satellites. Product information is presented in the context of the fire lifecycle, from assessing the pre- and post-fire environment to detecting and monitoring active fires, smoke, and aerosols.

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

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