UCAR Update – March 2012

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

March 2012 - In this issue

Coming this fall: Conference on Intelligent Data Understanding
• Sixth FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: dust storms, Arctic meteorology, gridded forecasts, U.S. Naval Observatory
Reminders from previous issues

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Coming this fall: Conference on Intelligent Data Understanding

NCAR will host the 2012 Conference on Intelligent Data Understanding (CIDU) on 24–26 October. CIDU is a selective peer-reviewed conference that focuses on the application of data mining techniques to Earth and environmental science, space science, and aerospace and engineering systems.

The conference invites papers that include a clear link between the domain (application area) and the analysis or learning approaches. Papers that give perspectives on methods to bring data-driven and model-based methods together are particularly sought.

Paper submissions due: 18 May
Poster abstracts due: 10 August
Contacts: Andrew Weekley, NCAR/RAL, 303-497-8445
    John Williams, NCAR/RAL, 303-497-2822
Call for papers: 2012 Conference on Intelligent Data Understanding

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Sixth FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop

UCP’s COSMIC program invites users and providers of radio occultation (RO) data to share experiences and results at the Sixth FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop, to be held at NCAR from 30 October to 1 November. This series of workshops is designed to promote and broaden the applications of RO data in various science disciplines, including weather, climate, and space weather. A highlight of this year’s workshop will be the development of the FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 mission and the opportunities it will provide for the weather, climate, and space weather communities with its unprecedented RO data.

If you wish to give a presentation, please submit a title and short abstract at the workshop website once the registration page is available. Organizers plan to host a student poster session again this year, and some financial support may be available to U.S. student participants. More information will be available on the workshop’s website by 1 April.

Contact: Dawn WilliamsUCP/COSMIC, 303-497-2600
Sixth FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop

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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.

  • Petascale Modeling Postdoctoral Fellow (12059), NCAR/CISL/IMAGe
  • Postgraduate Scientist (12099), NCAR/NESL/MMM

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.

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Assistant/Associate Professor (Applied Meteorology)

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: dust storms, Arctic meteorology, gridded forecasts, U.S. Naval Observatory

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

Atmospheric Dust
This module takes a multifaceted approach to studying atmospheric dust storms. Topics include impacts of dust storms; the physical processes involved in their life cycle, their source regions, and their climatology; satellite products and dust models used for dust detection and monitoring; and major types of dust storms.

Arctic Meteorology and Oceanography
This module is intended to provide a brief introduction to the Arctic, including its geography, climatology, and the problems forecasters are likely to encounter. The module follows a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter on a voyage from Dutch Harbor, in the Aleutian Islands, to Barrow, on the north coast of Alaska.

Gridded Forecast Verification and Bias Correction
In this module, an example forecast and verifying analysis is presented, as well as how to identify methods for improvement through forecast verification.

The U.S. Naval Observatory: Mission, Products, and Services
Intended as an introduction to the United States Naval Observatory, this module examines how the observatory goes about its mission and briefly describes the science behind its observations and publications.

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

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Reminders from previous issues

Large university requests for computing resources at NCAR: due in March
Application deadline: 26 March

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