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UCAR Update

August 2008

 

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In brief
Workshop to explore GPS observations on ocean platforms
Transition document now online; nominees for next administration sought
Save the date: 2009 NSF Observational Facilities Users’ Workshop
Seeking contributors to AGU session on climate policy
VSP openings at NOAA
Current job openings at UCAR
New from COMET: Road management, distributed hydrologic modeling
Reminders from previous issues

 
 

Workshop to explore GPS observations on ocean platforms
UOP’s Joint Office for Science Support is coordinating a workshop on the potential use of ocean platforms to deploy high-precision global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), such as the Global Positioning System. GNSS equipment on ocean platforms could potentially be useful in measuring atmospheric water vapor, wave heights, and ocean surface roughness; detecting tsunamis; and calibrating and supplementing satellite-based sensors, among other goals.

The meeting, scheduled for 27-29 October in Boulder, will identify a number of key science questions, evaluate current observational capabilities, discuss logistical considerations, and measure the level of interest in pursuing a possible deployment of GNSS equipment on ocean platforms. There is no registration fee. For more information, please see the URL below.

Deadline for requesting travel assistance: 5 September
Registration deadline: 1 October
Scientific contact: John Braun, UOP/COSMIC, 303-497-2610
Logistics contact: Jill Reisdorf, UOP/COSMIC, 303-497-8636
Ocean Platform Workshop: High Precision GNSS Observations from Ocean Platforms

 
 

Transition document now online; nominees for next administration sought
UCAR and seven partnering institutions have released their 2008 “transition document,” designed to convey weather- and climate-related priorities to the next administration and Congress. The document, “Making Our Nation Resilient to Severe Weather and Climate Change,” is now online. Readers are invited to use the document in their advocacy efforts. If you are interested in joining this advocacy partnership, please contact Jack Fellows (below).

Full audio from a press briefing on 20 August that included John Snow (University of Oklahoma), Keith Seitter (American Meteorological Society), and Jack Fellows can be found online. Reporters from the Associated Press, CNN, USA Today, and other major outlets participated.

The site also allows community members to suggest nominees to serve in key positions affecting science policy in the new administration. These nominations will be held in confidence and not be published for the community, but will be provided to transition teams with the permission of the nominee. Please send your nominations using the online form as soon as possible.

Contact: Jack Fellows, UOP, 303-497-8655
Transition document website

 
 

Save the date: 2009 NSF Observational Facilities Users’ Workshop
Whether you've already used NSF Lower Atmospheric Observing Facilities or you're wondering how they can help you pursue your research objectives, you are invited to participate in the next NSF Observational Facilities Users' Workshop, scheduled for 15-17 June 2009. The workshop is being coordinated by NSF, the University of Wyoming, Colorado State University, the Center for Severe Weather Research, and NCAR.

Check the workshop website below for the latest information on keynote speakers, registration, events, and activities.

Contact: Vidal Salazar, NCAR/EOL, 303-497-8380
2009 NSF Observational Facilities Users’ Workshop

 
 

Seeking contributors to AGU session on climate policy
NCAR director Eric Barron and UCAR vice president for corporate affairs Jack Fellows are organizing a session on climate policy at this year’s annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, scheduled for 15-19 December in San Francisco. The session in Public Affairs (PA03) is entitled “How Can the Science Community Help Local and Regional Decision Makers Who are Exploring or Implementing Adaptation Options to Climate Change?” It will examine how local universities and decision makers are working together to adapt to anticipated climate change impacts and explore how these independent activities might help form a national network or model for adaptation.

If you have interesting policy research or a project that is partnering with local and regional decision makers to deal with climate adaptation, mitigation, or even geoengineering, and you or a colleague would like to participate in this session, please submit an abstract in the next few days.

Deadline: 10 September
Contact: Jack Fellows, UOP, 303-497-8655
AGU abstract submission

 
 

VSP openings at NOAA
UOP’s Visiting Scientist Programs is recruiting for the three positions at NOAA, summarized below. See the VSP website below for more details, including application procedures.

Visiting Scientist, Air Resources Laboratory
The position includes research in pollutant transport modeling, climate variability, and air-surface exchange. The main goal is to improve pollutant plume predictions through the use of mesonet meteorological data. The applicant should have a Ph.D. in atmospheric science or a related discipline. Application review begins in mid-November. This position will remain open until filled.

Research Meteorologist, Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center
The successful candidate will be involved in the area of satellite retrievals of ocean surface vector winds. The candidate will work with forecasters and other scientists, with the opportunity to collaborate with the broader scientific community. Applicants should have a Ph.D. or M.S. in meteorology, atmospheric science, or a related discipline. Application review begins in mid-November. This position will remain open until filled.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
The successful candidate will participate with a team of scientists in implementing and evaluating a new approach to parameterizing boundary-layer clouds based on sub-grid distributions of motion and moisture. The applicant should have a Ph.D. and experience in (1) general circulation, cloud-resolving, or large-eddy modeling and/or (2) development of physical parameterizations for general circulation models or numerical weather prediction. This position has been reopened and applications will be reviewed on receipt. The position will remain open until filled.

Contact: Susanne Demaree, UOP/VSP, 303-497-8627
UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs

 
 

Current job openings at UCAR
Below are the titles of doctoral-level positions now open at UCAR/NCAR/UOP, along with the relevant tracking code. All jobs are based in Boulder unless otherwise indicated.

  • Climate Modeling Research Scientist (8146)
  • Climate Modeling Scientist I/II (8145)
  • Project Scientist I (8158)
  • Project Scientist I/II (8169)
  • Space Weather Remote Sensing Project Scientist I (8102)

Applicants can view the full descriptions for these and other positions at the UCAR Human Resources site. A newly streamlined service allows applicants to create and maintain profiles of their resumes and curriculum vitae. It also allows users to set up “job agents” that will notify a user by e-mail when a job is posted that matches his or her skill set.

To apply for a particular position, please follow the instructions on the page of open positions.

Contact: UCAR Human Resources
Careers at UCAR

 
 

New from COMET: Road management, distributed hydrologic modeling
Below are details of two new online publications available from UOP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Weather and Road Management
Anticipating and dealing with weather and the hazards it creates is a real challenge for those in departments of transportation. This module gives road and highway managers a basic understanding of meteorology and weather hazards so that they can better interpret weather forecast information used to make road management decisions. The module also highlights Web-based forecast products available from the National Weather Service (NWS) that can help in the decision-making process.

Introduction to Distributed Hydrologic Modeling
In this webcast, Diane Cooper (NWS Southern Region Headquarters) provides a basic scientific description of physical processes, mathematical equations, and data issues pertaining to distributed hydrologic models.

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

 
 

Reminders from previous issues

Climate and global change postdocs sought for 2009
Application and recommendation deadline: 15 January 2009

VSP recruiting for NESDIS visiting scientist

 
 

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