UCAR Update - October 2013

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

October 2013 - In this issue

•  SIParCS seeking applicants for summer 2014
•  Coming in January: WRF Tutorial
•  Heliophysics Summer School 2014
•  Current job openings at UCAR
•  Opportunities beyond UCAR
•  New from COMET: VIIRS imaging, African nowcasting, WRF-EMS aviation products
•  Reminders from previous issues

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SIParCS seeking applicants for summer 2014

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 at U.S. universities who have completed their sophomore year by summer 2014. SIParCS embeds students in mentored research projects in computational science relevant to NCAR’s mission. The 2014 summer program runs from 19 May through 1 August.

Application deadline: 15 January 2014
Contact: Kristin Mooney, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1288

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Coming in January: WRF Tutorial

The next WRF Tutorial will take place at NCAR's Foothills Laboratory campus in Boulder from 22 to 31 January 2014. The tutorial will be divided into three sessions:

  • WRF/DART Ensemble DA Tutorial (Lecture only - 22 January)
  • MET Tutorial (23 - 24 January)
  • Basic WRF Tutorial (27 - 31 January)

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/MMM, 303-497-8198
WRF Tutorial

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Heliophysics Summer School 2014

The Applications are invited for the 2014 Heliophysics Summer School, which will take place 9-16 July in Boulder. We are seeking students and undergraduate-level teachers and instructors to join us in learning about the exciting science of heliophysics as a broad, coherent discipline, reaching in space from Earth's troposphere to the depths of the Sun and in time from the formation of the solar system to the distant future. At the same time, a goal of the Summer School is for the group of instructors to develop materials from Heliophysics that can be applied in their classes.

The 2014 Summer School will focus on the foundations of heliophysics while exploring connections to adjacent disciplines from the perspective of our local cosmos: stars like the Sun, planets like those in the solar system, and formation histories not too dissimilar from those that are relevant to understanding the formation, evolution, and present state of our immediate space environment.

Several teachers along with about 35 students will be selected through a competitive process organized by the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs. The school lasts for eight days, and each participant will receive the full set of three textbooks and full travel support for airline tickets, lodging, and per diem costs. For more details, please see VSP's Heliophysics website.

Registration deadline: 22 February 2014
Contact: Susan Baltuch, UCP/VSP, 303-497-8627
VSP | Heliophysics

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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.

  • Director, Education and Outreach -- UCAR Spark Program (13124), UCP
  • Hydro Data Analyst (Postdoc Researcher) (13157), UCP/VSP
  • Hydro Modeler (Postdoc Researcher) (13158), UCP/VSP
  • Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship (13134), various locations
  • NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship (13135), various locations
  • Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Postdoctoral Fellowship (13137), various 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.

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: VIIRS imaging, African nowcasting, WRF-EMS aviation products

Below are details on new online publications available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details. To see all modules, including recent translations, please visit MetEd's module list.

Introduction to VIIRS Imaging and Applications
This lesson introduces the VIIRS imager that operates on the current U.S. Suomi NPP satellite and is planned for future JPSS environmental satellites. Topics covered include the enhanced capabilities of VIIRS and some of its applications, which include single channel and multispectral products used to monitor dust, volcanic ash, convection, fog and low clouds, sea surface temperature, tropical cyclones, contrails, and ocean color.

Nowcasting for Aviation in Africa
This one-hour lesson, developed in partnership with Rita Roberts (NCAR/RAL), presents a case study focused on interpreting threats and communicating correct warning information for a weather event affecting multiple airports in Gauteng Province, South Africa. The lesson summarizes techniques and best practices for developing area-specific forecasts at very short (0-6 hour) timescales.

WRF-EMS Aviation Products
This lesson illustrates how numerical guidance from the Weather Research and Forecasting Model - Environmental Modeling System (WRF-EMS), created by Bob Rozumalski (NWS), can be added to surface observations, satellite graphics, and conceptual models of important aviation phenomena, to produce TAFs. Specifically, the lesson describes how the variables of visibility, cloud ceiling, and flight category provide values for aviation forecasts.

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

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Reminders from previous issues

Recruitment under way for NSF/AGS Atmospheric Sciences Section Head
Closing date: 2 December

Call for applications: PACE host mentors
Deadline for letters of intent: 1 January 2014

VSP postdoc openings in heliophysics, climate and global change, applied climate science

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