UCAR Update - November 2010

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students


November 2010 - In this issue

SOARS now accepting applications for summer 2011
Wanted: your thoughts on weather and climate communication
Tidal datum modeling position with VSP/NOAA
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: NWP guidance and downscaling, streamflow and runoff, Arctic ecosystems
Reminders from previous issues

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SOARS now accepting applications for summer 2011

UCAR’s Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program for students interested in the atmospheric and related sciences. It provides up to four years of paid summer research experience, strong mentoring, community support, and funding for conferences, undergraduate and graduate education. SOARS participants spend the summer in Boulder at NCAR and partnering laboratories on projects matched to their interests and skills.

SOARS invites students from many disciplines, including meteorology, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, ecology, and the social sciences. In particular, SOARS seeks to involve students from groups that are historically under-represented in the sciences, including black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students; students who have experienced, and worked to overcome, educational or economic disadvantage; and students who have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their continued progress in research careers.

Application deadline: 1 February 2011
Contact: Moira Kennedy, UCAR/SOARS, 303-497-8622
To apply: See the SOARS website

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Wanted: your thoughts on weather and climate communication

The theme of the 91st Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (24–27 January 2011) is "communicating about weather and climate." This topic will be explored at several joint sessions through the week, as well as by a panel of experts from print, broadcast, and Web media at the Presidential Forum on Monday, 24 January. The panel's organizers would like to incorporate questions from UCAR members and affiliates. A few initial questions can be found at the URL below. Please send any additional suggestions to AMS president Peggy LeMone at the address below.

Contact: Peggy LeMone, NCAR/NESL/MMM, 303-497-8962
Communicating about weather and climate: What are the big issues?

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Tidal datum modeling position with VSP/NOAA

UCAR’s Visiting Scientist Programs, in cooperation with NOAA’s Coast Survey Development Laboratory (CSDL), is seeking applications for a tidal datum modeling position. The project objective is to develop digital tidal datum fields in support of a set of high-resolution, regional-scale tide models for selected portions of the U.S. shoreline, including such diverse areas such as Charleston Harbor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The position will be filled initially by a one-year contract, with the high probability of additional years of support. The successful applicant will work with staff of CSDL in Silver Spring, Maryland, using a variety of techniques and software to develop tidal datum fields. Experience with scientific visualization, time series, and statistical data analysis is required, and experience in operational oceanography and in parallel-programming, high-performance computing environments is desirable. Fluency in the Linux and Unix environments is necessary, with expertise in C, FORTRAN, IDL, MATLAB, and HTML desirable. Candidates should have an M.S. or Ph.D. in ocean or atmospheric sciences with experience in numerical modeling. Application review begins on 30 November but will remain open for one month or until filled.

Contact: UCP/VSP, 303-497-8649
VSP Opportunities

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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.

  • Heliophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (10204), UCP/VSP, various
  • Lab Director: NCAR Earth Systems Laboratory (11011), NCAR/NESL
  • NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (10202), UCP/VSP, various
  • Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Fellowship Program (10203), UCP/VSP, various

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.

  • Quantitative Statistician, MDA Information Systems, Inc., Weather Division
  • Research Meteorologist, Flagstone Reinsurance Limited
  • Dean, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University
  • Research Associate (Postdoctoral), Oregon State University
  • Senior Faculty Position in Translational Climate Science, North Carolina State University

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:  NWP guidance and downscaling, streamflow and runoff, Arctic ecosystems

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

Adding Value to NWP Guidance

This module helps operational forecasters add value to NWP forecasts. The training includes use of the methods and tools from earlier modules in Course 2 of the series Effective Use of NWP in the Forecast Process.

Streamflow Routing: International Edition

Streamflow routing provides a set of methods for describing and predicting water’s movement along a river. This module offers a thorough introduction to relevant concepts and processes, with a focus on hydrologic routing methods.

Runoff Processes: International Edition

This module offers a thorough introduction to the runoff processes critical for flood and water supply prediction, as well as explaining key terminology and concepts.

Downscaling of NWP Data

Forecasters utilize downscaled NWP products when producing forecasts of predictable features, such as terrain-related and coastal features, at finer resolution than provided by most NWP models directly. This module is designed to help the forecaster determine which downscaled products are most appropriate for a given forecast situation and the types of further corrections the forecaster will have to create.

How NWP Fits Into the Forecast Process

This introductory module presents the basis for the other modules in the new series Effective Use of NWP in the Forecast Process. It presents the four steps in the forecast process, as determined by best practices in the operational forecast environment.

Arctic Ecosystems

Scientists predict that the climate in most parts of the world will warm dramatically in the next century, with the soonest and most profound changes expected in polar regions. This module explores the Arctic Ocean ecosystem using a model that simulates how phytoplankton and zooplankton interact and respond to changes in season, sea ice, and nutrients.

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

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Reminders from previous issues

Apply now for Faculty Fellowship Program
Application deadline: 30 November

Apply now for 2011–12 CSL allocations
Deadline: 1 December

ISP to host colloquium on African weather and climate
Deadline: 31 December

ASP begins 2011 postdoc recruitment
Deadline: 5 January 2011

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