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UCAR Update

August 2009


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In brief
Register now for 4th FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop
Applicants sought for VSP programs
CISL computer resources for NSF-supported university projects
Current job openings at UCAR
New from COMET: Distributed hydrological models
Reminders from previous issues


Register now for 4th FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop
The FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop, to be held this year on 27–29 October in Boulder, is a forum to showcase the latest results from GPS radio occultation (RO) missions and science applications of RO measurements, as well as to promote communication between data providers and data users. This year’s workshop will also include discussion of plans for future GPS RO missions, including the FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC follow-on mission (known as COSMIC-II).

Participants who have used or who plan to use FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC data are encouraged to contribute presentations or posters. Students who submit poster abstracts while registering for the workshop will receive lodging and registration support from COSMIC, subject to availability and approval of the abstract. There will also be a student poster competition, with prizes awarded.

Contact: Bill Schreiner, UCP/COSMIC, 303-497-2603
Fourth FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop


Applicants sought for VSP programs
UCAR’s Visiting Scientist Programs office is seeking applications for several recently announced opportunities. To learn more or to apply, see the website below.

2010 Climate & Global Change Fellowship Program
Deadline: 15 January 2010
This program aims to create the next generation of climate researchers by attracting recent Ph.D.s in sciences that address studies relevant to the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program.

Heliophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Deadline: 15 January 2010
Hosts and applicants are invited to a new postdoctoral fellowship program designed to train the next generation of researchers in the emerging field of heliophysics. The program is sponsored by the NASA Living With a Star (LWS) program and administered by VSP.

PACE (Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise) Fellowship Program
Deadline: 1 January 2010
Sponsored by the NOAA Climate Programs Office, this program has been developed to grow the pool of scientists qualified to work at the interface between climate science and its applications, bring advances in climate science and prediction into climate-related decision-making tools and frameworks, and increase and strengthen collaborations between climate research institutions and decision-making institutions across all sectors.

The PACE Fellowship Program is also seeking applicants interested in hosting a postdoctoral fellow. These applications will be accepted at any time.

Contact: Julie Cross, UCP/VSP, 303-497-8634
Visiting Scientist Programs


CISL computer resources for NSF-supported university projects
NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) invites NSF-supported university researchers in the atmospheric, oceanic, and closely related sciences to submit requests for projects needing more than 16,000 general accounting units (GAUs). Allocations may be used on bluefire, an IBM POWER6 with 3,776 compute processors. University allocations have more than doubled due to bluefire's large capacity. The median panel-reviewed request is over 180,000 GAUs, and the panel has approved several requests over 300K GAUs. Very large requests with strong scientific and computational justification are encouraged. Allocations are given for the life of the NSF award.

Requests for less than 16,000 GAUs for a single project may be submitted at any time using the "Small Request Form" at the link below. Once the sum of small allocations reaches 16,000 GAUs, the next request must be submitted using the "Large Request Form" at the link below by the panel deadline. University researchers with NSF awards are encouraged to apply for small allocations, in order to obtain information on the GAU requirements for their research and to test the computational efficiency of their codes, before applying for large allocations.

Deadline: 28 September
Contact: Ginger Caldwell, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1229
Overview of the Allocation Process for Computing Resources at NCAR


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

  • Associate Scientist I (9163) , NCAR/EOL
  • Associate Scientist I - Observer for Mauna Loa Solar Observatory (9176) , Hilo, Hawaii, NCAR/HAO
  • Biogeochemical Modeling Scientist II/III (9162) , NCAR/CGD
  • Data Assimilation Scientist I (9174) , NCAR/CISL/IMAGe
  • Director, High Altitude Observatory (9187) , NCAR/HAO
  • Part-time Education and Outreach Specialist (9183) , NCAR/EOL
  • Postgraduate Scientist (9172), NCAR/ACD
  • Program Evaluator (9184) , UCP/GLOBE
  • Project Scientist I (9106) , UCP/VSP at NOAA, Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Project Scientist I (9177), NCAR/RAL
  • Project Scientist I (9189), NCAR/CGD

Applicants can view the full descriptions for these and other positions at the UCAR Human Resources site.

Contact: UCAR Human Resources
Careers at UCAR


New from COMET: Distributed hydrological models
Below are details on a new online publication available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Distributed Hydrologic Models for Flow Forecasts - Part 1
The first in a two-part series, this module focuses on the science of distributed models, their applicability in different situations, and a basic description of how they work. Other topics covered include the advantages of physically based versus conceptual approaches and some strengths and challenges associated with distributed modeling.

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


Reminders from previous issues

Start thinking about your ASP Faculty Fellowship Program application
Application deadline: 31 October


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