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UCAR Update

August 2005


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In brief
Survey deadline extended; please give us your input
Workshop on integrated studies of weather and climate
Information on NCAR strategic plan presentations is online
VSP seeks coastal landscape modeler for NOAA initiative
Visiting scientist openings at GFDL
2006 NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Program
HIAPER update: new chief scientist, disbanding of project office
Reminders from last issue


Survey deadline extended; please give us your input
To help us better bring you the news you need, please take a moment to answer six short questions about UCAR Update at the URL below.   Thanks in advance for your time and interest.

Contact: Bob Henson, UCAR Communications, 303-497-8605
UCAR Update survey


Workshop on integrated studies of weather and climate
NCAR's Collaborative Program on the Societal Impacts and Economic Benefits of Weather Information encourages those interested in bridging the gaps between weather research and user communities to apply for a two-part workshop in Boulder on 7-11 November and 13-17 March. A group of 20 physical and social scientists will be selected to participate in the workshop, entitled WAS*IS (Weather and Society * Integrated Studies). WAS*IS will be devoted to teaching necessary knowledge, skills, and tools, emphasizing communication strategies and evaluation techniques. Participants will help move social impact efforts from a cursory "add-on" to an integral part of new project development.

Graduate students, early-career scientists, agency personnel, practitioners, professors, and others are encouraged to apply. All participants must attend both week-long workshops and complete a team project. Transportation, lodging, and food costs will be covered for those selected to participate.

Deadline: 2 September
Contact: Julie Demuth, NCAR/ISSE, 303-497-8112
WAS*IS workshop details


Information on NCAR 2006 strategic plan is online
PowerPoint presentations and white papers from NCAR's strategic planning retreat, held 25-29 July, are online at the URL below (see "July Materials"). These include a number of talks from faculty at UCAR member institutions. Also on line are the draft outline for the new plan, draft goals, and priority statements. The statements will be modified frequently over the next few weeks as NCAR management integrates input and begins to converge on the 2006 plan.

University input is essential as the strategic plan continues to take shape. A draft plan will be discussed at the UCAR Board of Trustees meeting in October. In the meantime, watch the Web site below for additional materials, and please provide your thoughts and feedback.

Contact: Peter Backlund or Terry Woods, Office of the NCAR Director, 303-497-1112
NCAR Strategic Plan 2006 Web site


VSP seeks coastal landscape modeler for NOAA initiative
UCAR's Visiting Scientist Programs, in cooperation with NOAA's National Ocean Service, seeks a research scientist to join a multidisciplinary, multiagency team based in Morehead City, North Carolina. The team is studying the effects of sea level rise on coastal processes of North Carolina's Pamlico Basin. This new NOAA initiative will develop an integrated ecosystem-based approach for evaluating coastal response to sea level rise throughout the nation.

Qualifications include a doctorate or master's degree in geography, geology, marine sciences, or a related field, with specialization in developing landscape models using geographic information systems, relational databases, and programming languages. Some travel is required. The position is funded for three years, with renewal expected if the project is successful.

Deadline: 30 September
Contact: Meg Austin, UOP/VSP, 303-497-8649
VSP announcement


Visiting scientist openings at GFDL
UCAR's Visiting Scientist Programs invites applicants for postdoctoral and short-term senior scientist positions at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, New Jersey. This program is part of the Climate Change Research Initiative. GFDL expects some of the postdoctoral positions to evolve into permanent civil service positions.

Deadline: 1 November
Contact: Meg Austin, UOP/VSP, 303-497-8649
VSP announcement


2006 NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Program
Applicants are now being sought for the 16th year of the NOAA Postdoctoral Program in Climate and Global Change. UCAR's Visiting Scientist Programs manages this NOAA-sponsored program, which pairs recently graduated postdocs with host scientists at U.S. institutions to work in an area of mutual interest. The program offers two-year fellowships, reviewed annually. Fellows receive a fixed annual salary and a full line of UCAR employee benefits.

Deadline: 15 January 2006
Contact: Meg Austin, UOP/VSP, 303-497-8649
VSP announcement


HIAPER update: new chief scientist, disbanding of project office
Having successfully guided the acquisition and initial development of HIAPER (the High-performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research), the NCAR/HIAPER Project Office (HPO) will officially close its doors on 30 September and turn oversight of HIAPER over to the NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL).

In advance of this transition, William "Al" Cooper of NCAR has been appointed to serve as HIAPER chief scientist. In this new role, Cooper will provide oversight and guidance for the ongoing development and scientific utilization of the Gulfstream V aircraft and will also serve as the primary HIAPER point of contact for members of the community and for NCAR, UCAR, and NSF personnel. Following the closure of the HPO at the end of September, Krista Laursen (HPO director) will provide transition management assistance until the HIAPER program is formally concluded in November.

Watch the Web sites below in September and thereafter for more information on plans for completion of the HIAPER program and for the start of research operations.

Krista Laursen, NCAR/HPO, 303-497-2003
Al Cooper, NCAR/EOL, 303-497-1600


Reminders from last issue

UCAR annual meetings are 3–5 October
Please note the date! More details to come.

NCAR/SCD solicits large requests for computational resources
Deadline: 29 August


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