UCAR Update - May 2012

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

May 2012 - In this issue

Seeking nominations for UCAR committees
CESM Workshop in Breckenridge
Students: Apply now for FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Workshop
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: quality management, Suomi NPP satellite, VIIRS imager
Reminders from previous issues

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Seeking nominations for UCAR committees

Attention UCAR community: It’s time to submit nominations for the UCAR Board of Trustees, the UCAR President's Advisory Committee on University Relations (PACUR), and the Membership and Member's Nominating Committees. At the URL below, you will find the nomination form as well as links to information about trustee vacancies, the member committees, and committee requirements and commitments.

The Nominating Committee will meet the end of June to consider your nominations and put together the slates for the committees, which will be presented and voted on at the 2012 Members' Meeting in Boulder, October 16-17. To ensure your nominations will be considered, please submit them by June 22.

Contact: Aneka Finley, UCAR Governance, 303-497-1655
Nomination form and more details

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CESM Workshop in Breckenridge

NCAR's Climate and Global Dynamics Division is pleased to announce its 17th Annual CESM Workshop, designed for users of the Community Earth System Model. The workshop is being held at The Village in Breckenridge on 18–21 June.

This year's workshop will be a combination of plenary presentations, special interest presentations by the CESM working groups, and a poster session for participants to highlight their work. Registration is currently open for general attendees at the URL below. The registration fee is $100. If you'd like to make a hotel reservation, please call The Village at 888-525-1787 and reference group code # BC2MB7.

Contact: Barbara BallardNCAR/NESL/CGD, 303-497-1358
Workshop registration

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Students: Apply now for FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Workshop

UCP’s COSMIC Program is providing an opportunity for graduate and senior-level undergraduate students to attend and participate in a student session of the Sixth FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users’ Workshop, to be held in Boulder from 30 October to 1 November. All U.S. students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) submitting poster abstracts are eligible to be considered for travel assistance. The level of support available for each U.S. student is limited and is based on the number of students who apply and the types of assistance requested. U.S. students are encouraged to provide as much of their own support as possible.

The FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC mission, a joint Taiwan/U.S. project launched in 2006, includes a constellation of satellites that use radio occultation to gather between 1,000 and 1,500 atmospheric and electron density profiles each day.

Application deadline: 31 July
Contact: Dawn WilliamsUCP/COSMIC, 303-497-2600
Workshop information
Details on student program

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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.

  • Scientific/Technical Project Manager (12137), NCAR/RAL

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.

  • UK Met Office: Deputy Director of Weather Science
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in Climate Model Development
  • USGCRP: Seeking partners for National Climate Assessment Network
  • Bjerknes Centre: 10-Year Anniversary Conference, 3–6 September

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: quality management, Suomi NPP satellite, VIIRS imager

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

Quality Management Systems: Implementation in Meteorological Services
This one-hour module provides an overview of the key concepts, benefits and principles of an effective quality management system (QMS) based on the ISO 9001:2008 quality management standard, as well as guidelines for the successful implementation of a QMS in aviation weather service agencies.

Suomi NPP: A New Generation of Environmental Monitoring Satellites
This module provides an overview of the Suomi NPP (National Polar-orbiting Partnership) satellite, which was launched in 2011 and is the first of a new series of missions under NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System program. The first half describes the Suomi NPP mission, products, and instruments. The second half focuses on Suomi NPP’s role in environmental monitoring, offering examples of how it detects and monitors Earth's climate, land and ocean surfaces, atmosphere, and space weather.

Imaging with VIIRS: A Convergence of Technologies and Experience, 2nd Edition
This module introduces the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite imager, which was launched on the Suomi NPP satellite in October 2011 and which will fly on future JPSS weather satellites. The module also covers the enhanced capabilities of VIIRS by examining the systems that contributed to its development. Special attention is paid to the day/night visible channel, as VIIRS is the first instrument on a civilian satellite to produce images of atmospheric and terrestrial features both with and without moonlight.

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

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Reminders from previous issues

Coming this fall: Conference on Intelligent Data Understanding
Paper submissions due: 28 May
Poster abstracts due: 10 August

WRF Tutorial
Payment due: 18 May

WRF Users' Workshop
Early registration deadline: 1 June

Interdisciplinary workshop on climate change applications
Application deadline: 1 June

GSI Community Tutorial coming in August


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