UCAR Update - May 2010

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students


May 2010 - In this issue

Tutorial on GSI data assimilation system
Wanted: Your nominations for UCAR committees
Register now for the CCSM workshop in Breckenridge
WRF Users’ Tutorial this summer
NCAR and UCAR celebrate their 50th with open house
Current job openings at UCAR
New from COMET: Wildland fire behavior
Reminders from previous issues


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Tutorial on GSI data assimilation system

Registration is now open for a tutorial on the Gridpoint Statistical Interpolation (GSI) data assimilation system, set for 28–30 June at NCAR’s Foothills Laboratory. This is the first GSI community tutorial to be organized by the Environmental Modeling Center of NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Prediction and the NCAR Developmental Testbed Center, with lecturers from various GSI development/support teams at NOAA, NASA, at NCAR.

The tutorial will provide both lecture and hands-on sessions. An optional half-day hands-on session is also provided. Basic knowledge of atmospheric science and numerical modeling, as well as Fortran and Unix, is required. This tutorial will focus on running GSI in regional applications coupled with the two major version of the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF-NMM and WRF-ARW). The hands-on tutorial will not provide basic WRF training; therefore, all participants are encouraged to have knowledge on WRF model.

Contact: Pamela Johnson, NCAR/DTC, 303-497-8197
GSI Community Tutorial


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Wanted: Your nominations for UCAR committees

It’s time once again to submit nominations for nominees to the UCAR Board of Trustees, the UCAR President's Advisory Committee on University Relations (PACUR) and the Membership and the Member's Nominating Committee. Nominations may be submitted at the URL below, which includes links to background information about trustee vacancies,and each member committee.

As always, we ask your help in producing balanced slates representative of the broad community that makes up the atmospheric and related sciences. The Nominating Committee will meet in mid-June to consider your nominations and to put together the slates for election at the 2010 UCAR Annual Meeting in Boulder (5-6 October).

Contact: Aneka Finley, UCAR Governance, 303-497-1655
Nomination Form for UCAR Board of Trustees and Members' Committees


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Register now for the CCSM workshop in Breckenridge

NCAR's Climate and Global Dynamics Division is pleased to announce its 15th Annual CCSM Workshop, designed for users of the Community Climate System Model. The workshop is being held at The Great Divide Lodge in Breckenridge from 28 June to 1 July.

This year's workshop will be a combination of plenary presentations, special interest presentations by the CCSM working groups, and a 'virtual' poster session for participants to highlight their work. Registration is now open at the URL below.

Contact: Barbara Ballard, NCAR/NESL/CGD, 303-497-1358
15th Annual CCSM Workshop


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WRF Users’ Tutorial this summer

A WRF Users' Tutorial will take place at the NCAR Foothills Laboratory in Boulder from 26 July to 6 August. The tutorial will be divided into four components, each focusing on a different aspect of the modeling system.

  • Basic WRF Tutorial (26-30 July)
  • WRF-Chem Tutorial (2-3 August)
  • WRFDA Tutorial (3-5 August)
  • MET Tutorial (5-6 August).

Basic knowledge of atmospheric science and numerical modeling, as well as Fortran and Unix, is required for the class. All participants are strongly encouraged to work through one or more of the relevant online tutorials prior to attending the classes. To register or learn more, see the URL below.

Contact: Sudie Kelly, NCAR/NESL/MMM, 303-497-8951
WRF Users' Tutorial


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NCAR and UCAR celebrate their 50th with open house

As part of this year’s 50th anniversary festivities, NCAR and UCAR are hosting an open house from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, 5 June. For the first time, three of the institution’s major facilities (Mesa Lab, Foothills Lab, and the Research Aviation Facility) will be open to the public. Staff will be on hand to explain their work, demonstrate their instruments, show their labs, introduce the NCAR aircraft, and more.

Contact: Susan Foster, NCAR Education and Outreach, 303-497-2595
NCAR/UCAR Open House | Open Labs | Open Hangar Day


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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.

  • NCAR/NEON Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Project Scientist I (10148), NCAR/RAL

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: Wildland fire behavior, NWP information

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

S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior course

This course is an online version of the classroom course developed by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. It provides a better basis for analyzing fire environment variables and understanding how they interact and affect wildland fire behavior for firefighter safety.

S-290 Unit 12: Gauging Fire Behavior and Guiding Fireline Decisions

This module examines how fire behavior is evaluated and changes are identified and how these changes affect fireline decisions.

S-290 Unit 11: Extreme Wildland Fire Behavior

The characteristics and contributing factors of extreme fire conditions are covered in this module. A description of what determines the probability of ignition of a fire is also included.

Understanding the Role of Deterministic versus Probabilistic NWP Information

This module first covers deterministic (single) NWP model forecasts and explains advantages and limitations through a case example. It then discusses overcoming the limitations in deterministic forecasts through the use of ensemble forecast systems, and the use of deterministic and probabilistic forecasts together, through case examples.

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


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Reminders from previous issues

11th WRF Users’ Workshop
Early registration deadline: 4 June


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