UCAR Update - October 2012

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

September 2012 - In this issue

WRF Tutorial in January
Join the Eclipse Megamovie Project
U.S. CLIVAR workshop on ENSO diversity
SiParCS application opens November 12 for 2013 summer program
AMS workshop and town hall on heliophysics
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: Module ratings and reviews
Reminders from previous issues

 Line separator

WRF Tutorial in January

The WRF Tutorial will take place at NCAR's Foothills Laboratory campus, Boulder, Colorado from 28 January to 5 February 2013. The tutorial will be divided into 2 sessions: Basic WRF Tutorial (28 January–1 February) and WRF MET Tutorial (4–5 February). Basic knowledge of atmospheric science and numerical modeling, as well as experience working in a Unix computer environment, is required. Registration always exceeds capacity, so early registration is encouraged.

Contact: Kris Marwitz, NCAR/NESL/MMM, 303-497-8198
WRF Tutorial

 Line separator

Join the Eclipse Megamovie Project

On the morning of 14 November, a total solar eclipse will traverse Queensland, Australia. The goal of the Eclipse Megamovie Project (EMP), a collaboration between NCAR’s High Altitude Observatory and the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, is to assemble a large number of images, obtained by observers (amateur and professional) on the eclipse's path of totality, into a continuous record of solar evolution over that time. The EMP provides a fantastic opportunity for public education and outreach about the Sun and its connection to our planet. As a bonus, we hope that the constructed megamovie (with very high time resolution images of the hot solar corona embedded with surging material from the cooler chromosphere) will also contain unprecedented information about the physics of the solar atmosphere.

The Australian event next month will provide both a proof of concept and a rare opportunity to develop infrastructure and materials for a total solar eclipse that will transit the United States from Oregon to South Carolina in 2017. We anticipate that the 2017 EMP could be one of the largest citizen science efforts undertaken to date.

While it is too late to join the fun in Australia, we will need help processing images, and we will also be looking for help in the buildup to 2017. We will especially be looking to liaise with UCAR partners along the path of totality to act as local points of contact and to distribute materials. You can get involved by finding the Eclipse Megamovie Project on Facebook or by going to our website.

Contact: Scott McIntosh, NCAR/HAO, 303-497-1544
Eclipse Megamovie Project

  Line separator

U.S. CLIVAR workshop on ENSO diversity

It is well known that no two ENSO events look alike. Several different approaches, indices, and definitions have been introduced to categorize the various El Niño flavors. While the literature on this topic is extensive, there are still many open questions. It is also unclear whether observational and ocean analysis datasets are consistent in reproducing the various aspects of ENSO diversity, and of adequate duration to provide a statistically significant characterization of the different flavors. Proxy data are a promising approach, and the information they provide needs to be explored and compared with other observations and models.

A workshop in Boulder on 6–8 February 2013, sponsored by the U.S. CLIVAR program and facilitated by the UCAR Joint Office for Science Support, is intended to provide a venue for discussion and synthesis of all the above aspects of ENSO diversity. It will include oral and poster presentations, with ample time for discussion to identify key directions for future research.

Abstract deadline: 20 November
Contact: Jill Reisdorf, UCP/JOSS, 303-497-8636
ENSO Diversity Workshop

 Line separator

SiParCS application opens November 12 for 2013 summer program

The NCAR-based SIParCS program (Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science) offers significant hands-on R&D opportunities in high-performance computing (HPC) and related fields that use HPC for scientific discovery and modeling. This 11-week internship program is designed for graduate students and undergraduate students who have completed their sophomore year by summer 2013. SIParCS embeds students in mentored research projects in computational science relevant to NCAR’s mission. The 2013 summer program runs from 20 May through 2 August.

Application deadline: 2 February 2013
Contact: Kristin Mooney, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1288
SIParCS

 Line separator

AMS workshop and town hall on heliophysics

There will be a special half-day session, “Heliophysics: Science of Space Weather,” on Wednesday, 9 January 2013, during the 10th Conference on Space Weather at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society. This special session seeks to introduce attendees to the field of heliophysics and broaden understanding of the connection between the Sun and Earth’s climate and space weather.

The session will culminate with a lunchtime town hall meeting, “Our Stormy Sun – From Mystical Northern Lights to Space Weather and Climate Change, hosted by Pal Brekke (Norwegian Space Centre). A limited number of box lunches, sponsored by UCAR, will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Contact: Susan Baltuch, UCP/VSP, 303-497-8649
AMS heliophysics sessions

 Line separator

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
  • Mauna Loa Solar Observatory Observer (Casual) (13010), NCAR/NESL/HAO, Hilo, HI
  • 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

 Line separator

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.

  • University at Albany, State University of New York: Research Faculty (2) Positions in Solar Energy Meteorology/Climate, and Ecohydrology
  • Plymouth State University: Assistant Professor-Meteorology, Tenure Track
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech): Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Oceanography
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: Open Rank Faculty Position, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences
  • Texas Tech University: Assistant Professor, Atmospheric Science
  • Towson University: Assistant Professor, Geography & Environmental Planning
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: Atmospheric Scientist - High Resolution Climate Modeling; Climate Scientist, Modeling Regional-Scale Air-Sea Interactions & Ocean Processes


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

 Line separator

New from COMET: Module ratings and reviews

COMET’s MetEd website, a collection of hundreds of training modules in atmospheric and related sciences, reached 250,000 registered users as of 15 October 2012. We have added a rating and review feature to MetEd's module description pages. This feature provides us with valuable insight on how our modules meet the needs of our users and how we can make them better. The rating and review feature is also available on the Spanish version of MetEd

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

 Line separator

Reminders from previous issues

Three VSP postdoctoral fellowships now open
Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships
Deadline: 17 September 2012
NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Deadline: 18 January 2013 
Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Deadline: 4 January 2013

ASP Faculty Fellowship Program accepting applications
Application deadline: 31 October

Grad students and advisers: consider NCAR’s Graduate Visitor Program
Application deadline: 31 October


line separator

back to top

UCAR Update is e-mailed monthly to all UCAR member and affiliate representatives. Please forward to colleagues and students in your department or at other institutions.

View previous issuesSubscribe or unsubscribe

Questions or news tips: Bob Henson, 303-497-8605
Published by UCAR Communications