UCAR Update – November 2012

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

November 2012 - In this issue

AGU, AMS town halls on U.S. Weather Commission proposal
ASP begins 2013 postdoc recruitment
U.S. NCAR seeks input on strategic plan
Heliophysics Summer School for physics teachers & students
AGU, AMS workshops on training and entraining new LAOF users
NOAA seeks public comment on mitigating potential gaps in polar satellite coverage
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: Satellite monitoring of atmospheric composition, climate change and water resources, Caribbean radar case studies
Reminders from previous issues

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AGU, AMS town halls on U.S. Weather Commission proposal

As part of their proposal for a U.S. Weather Commission, UCAR and collaborators are seeking input on the potential goals, design, and powers of such a commission. Organizers are eager to hear from all interested members of the public, private, and academic sectors of the weather enterprise. Among the topics being explored:

• What are the major questions a commission should address? • How should such a commission operate to ensure full and open participation? • What kind of outcomes, final report, and action plan should the commission produce, and how should this outcome be integrated into the public policy process of the Administration and the Congress? A Web forum has been established to facilitate dialogue and the open sharing of ideas and views to be taken into account should Congress and the executive branch decide to support the concept. To gather further input, UCAR is sponsoring town hall events at the upcoming annual meetings of the American Geophysical Union and American Meteorological Society. See below for details on the forum and the town halls. Space is limited at the AGU event, so RSVPs are requested.

Forum on Establishing a Weather Commission
Deadline for comments: 30 November

AGU Town Hall
Intercontinental San Francisco Hotel, 888 Howard Street
Tuesday, 4 December, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
RSVP deadline: 27 November, noon MST

AMS Town Hall
Monday, 7 January, 12:15–1:15 p.m.

Contact: Scott Rayder, Office of the UCAR President, 303-497-1673

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ASP begins 2013 postdoc recruitment

NCAR’s Advanced Study Program (ASP) intends to hire as many as ten new postdoctoral fellows in early 2013. This program is open to individuals who have earned doctoral degrees in atmospheric science or related fields and who seek to broaden their understanding by interacting widely with scientists and other postdoctoral researchers at NCAR. Applicants must be able to conduct research with minimal supervision, exercise considerable independent judgment and creativity, and demonstrate strong communication skills.

ASP postdoc positions are for one year with an opportunity to renew for a second year. Successful applicants will join the appropriate divisions, institutes, or programs at NCAR that best match their interests.

Appointments may begin as early as June. Applicants who cannot begin work until after January 2014 should wait until the 2014 recruitment period, which will begin in November 2013.

Application deadline: 5 January 2013
Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1328
ASP Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement

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NCAR seeks input on strategic plan

Faculty at UCAR universities and other scientists who collaborate with NCAR are invited to provide input on the five-year strategic plan that will guide NCAR activities in the period 2014–2019. This document will help identity NCAR’s future high-priority science and research areas. Input on scientific challenges and opportunities for NCAR and the atmospheric and related sciences community is being sought now, to ensure that a broad range of views and perspectives is considered and incorporated from the earliest planning stages. A town hall on the strategic planning process will take place at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, 8 January, from 12:15 to 1:15 PM. All those interested in learning more and providing input are welcome to attend.

Contact: Peter Backlund, NCAR Directorate, 303-497-1103
Current strategic plan
AMS town hall

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Heliophysics Summer School for physics teachers & students

Applications are invited for the 2013 Heliophysics Summer School, which will be held in Boulder, Colorado, on 12–19 July. Graduate students and undergraduate-level faculty are invited to take part in this unique professional experience. The course will cover the science of heliophysics as a broad, coherent discipline, reaching from the Earth's troposphere to the depths of the Sun and from the formation of the solar system to the distant future. One of the goals of the program is to help instructors develop Heliophysics-related materials for classroom use.

Several instructors along with about 35 students will be selected through a competitive process organized by the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs. Each participant will receive full support for airline tickets, lodging, and per diem costs. Student applicants should be enrolled in a physics-based graduate program or in a first- or second-year postdoctoral fellowship and should be planning to pursue a career in heliophysics or astrophysics.

Contact: Susan Baltuch, UCP/VSP, 303-497-8649
Heliophysics Summer School 2013

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AGU, AMS workshops on training and entraining new LAOF users

Early career researchers, teachers, and students interested in planning field campaigns using NSF Lower Atmospheric Observing Facilities (LAOF) are invited to attend workshops being held this winter. The workshops will introduce participants to the suite of available NSF observational research platforms and instruments, and services available, through the five partner organizations of NSF’s LAOF. A clear roadmap on how to request these facilities in support of scientific field campaigns and educational activities will also be provided. Facility managers, experienced LAOF users, and NSF representatives will provide information, guidance, and advice on how to incorporate available instruments and platforms into an experiment design, what steps need to be taken to request one or more of these facilities, and how to maximize the success of a campaign.

The process of requesting one or more of NSF’s observing facilities can seem overwhelming, especially to new users, as it varies by project size and complexity, user affiliation and funding, platform or services requested, and campaign focus. Instructors will explain the request process and investigator responsibilities and highlight key issues and potential roadblocks. A large portion of the workshop will be devoted to answering questions and providing advice on how to best plan for an observational research campaign.

The workshops are free, but advance registration is required and space is limited. Locations and times are:

American Geophysical Union annual meeting
Marriott Marquis
Tuesday, 4 December, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

American Meteorological Society annual meeting
Austin Convention Center
Sunday, 6 January, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Registration contact: Alison Rockwell, NCAR/EOL, 303-497-8758

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NOAA seeks public comment on mitigating potential gaps in polar satellite coverage

TNOAA has long been concerned about the potential for a gap in polar satellite coverage in the afternoon orbit. In addition to reports from Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office on this topic, NOAA has also convened an independent review Team to review the progress of its satellite programs and identify the challenges ahead. These reports have all substantiated NOAA's concerns regarding the gap. NOAA is taking positive steps to mitigate the negative impacts to NOAA’s numerical weather forecasts that could be introduced by a lack of polar satellite data. To this end, NOAA has commissioned an investigative study to broadly explore all available options, such as substitute satellite observations, alternative non-satellite data, weather modeling, and data assimilation improvements. The agency is also convening teams of internal and external experts, industry leaders, foreign partners, and academia to study each of these areas.

As a part of this effort, and to ensure all potential solutions are examined, NOAA is also seeking comments, suggestions, and innovative ideas from the public on how to preserve the quality and timeliness of NOAA’s numerical weather forecasts in the event of a loss of polar satellite environmental data. Through the web portal below, the public can submit ideas, review submissions from other parties, and make comments and collaborate on ideas. The portal is expected to go live on Monday, 19 November.

Contact: David Hermreck, NOAA Satellite and Information Service, 301-713-9801
NOAA site for public comment (goes live on or after 19 November)

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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.

  • Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellow (12196), UCP/VSP, various U.S. locations
  • NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow (12198), UCP/VSP, various U.S. locations
  • PACE Postdoctoral Fellow (12197), UCP/VSP, various U.S. locations

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.

  • Brown University: Voss Postdoctoral Research Associates
  • U.S. Naval Academy: Assistant/Associate Professor, Oceanography
  • University of Northern Colorado: Assistant Professor, Meteorology/li>

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: Satellite monitoring of atmospheric composition, climate change and water resource planning, Caribbean radar case studies

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

Satellite Monitoring of Atmospheric Composition
This module provides an overview of the use of satellites in monitoring atmospheric composition, the measurement techniques used, and the development of related operational services. In addition, the module covers a short history of European and U.S. satellite missions, as well as a look at future missions planned for monitoring atmospheric composition.

Preparing Hydro-climate Inputs for Climate Change in Water Resource Planning
This module describes the process of selecting the best available climate projection information and using it to develop “climate-adjusted weather” inputs to be used for modeling climate change impacts. These modeled impacts can be used for planning of future water resources.

Caribbean Radar Cases
This module presents radar case studies taken from events in the Caribbean that highlight radar signatures of severe weather. Each case study includes a discussion of the conceptual models of each type of event as a review before showing the radar signatures and allowing the learner to analyze each one.

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

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Reminders from previous issues

VSP postdoctoral fellowships now open

NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Deadline: 18 January 2013 
Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Deadline: 4 January 2013

U.S. CLIVAR workshop on ENSO diversity
Abstract deadline: 20 November

AMS workshop and town hall on heliophysics

WRF tutorial in January

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