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UCAR Update

April 2006


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In brief
COSMIC launch is successful
Funding now available for COMET Partners Projects
Reminders from last issue


COSMIC launch is successful
The Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC) mission was successfully launched into a circular low-Earth orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 0140 UTC on 15 April 2006. Six identical microsatellites, each carrying an advanced GPS radio occultation receiver and two other ionospheric instruments, were deployed successfully about 20 minutes after launch. The satellites are now going through check-up and testing, with the scientific instruments to be tested beginning in the next few days.

COSMIC data collection is expected to begin in June. To register for data access, please see the COSMIC Web page at the URL below. The page also includes visuals from the launch and other COSMIC background materials.

Contact: Bill Kuo, UOP/COSMIC, 303-497-8610
COSMIC home page
UCAR press clips (includes COSMIC)

Funding now available for COMET Partners Projects
The COMET Outreach Program is accepting proposals for Partners Projects for 2006. Funded by NOAA's National Weather Service, Partners Projects typically involve a one-year collaboration between an NWS forecaster and a university faculty member. Topics generally focus on a single case study or analysis problem. Local or regional workshops may also be supported. Please see the URL below for more details on submitting proposals.

Proposal deadline: 15 May
Contact: Linda Korsgaard, UOP/COMET, 303-497-8360
COMET Partners Projects proposal instructions


Reminders from last issue

Coming in May: IMAGe workshop on multiscale processes
Workshop registration deadline: 12 May

Registration now open for 2006 Unidata Users Workshop
Registration deadline: 15 May

Geophysical turbulence workshop set for June
Registration deadline: 1 June


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