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UCAR Update

December 2004


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In brief
Welcome message from Kelvin Droegemeier
CCSM runs for IPCC nearly complete
New NCAR appointments
Town hall meetings at AMS, AGU
Deadlines for NCAR/UOP postdoc applications
Deadline for COMET cooperative project proposals


from Kelvin Droegemeier, University of Oklahoma
Chair, UCAR Board of Trustees

I'm very excited about the new electronic UCAR Update, the inaugural version of which you are now reading. Update is an outgrowth of the plenary session from last October's Members Meeting and represents an effort to keep you, the UCAR members, abreast of the latest developments and "news you can use" from UCAR, NCAR and UOP in a manner that minimizes the amount of work required on your part.

Web sites are great, but how often do we remember to visit them? UCAR Update will deliver to you directly, on a monthly basis, important information regarding deadlines, opportunities, resources available, and other items of interest to the community.

UCAR Update will be useful only if people know about it and subscribe. Thus, we're counting on you to forward the update to your colleagues and students and to encourage them to subscribe (note that all member representatives are subscribed automatically). Most importantly, we want Update to serve the needs of the community, and thus feedback and suggestions for improvement would be greatly appreciated. See the bottom of this e-mail message for contact information.

I want to thank Rick Anthes and the UCAR Communications staff for carefully considering the community's suggestion for an electronic newsletter and for creating UCAR Update to meet that need. I hope you find it as useful as I do!

Contact: Kelvin Droegemeier, University of Oklahoma
405-325-0453, Personal home page


CCSM runs for IPCC nearly complete
A set of extensive simulations using the Community Climate System Model in support of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is nearly complete. The CCSM has been performing eight-member ensemble runs for four different IPCC scenarios, with the end years of each run varying from 2100 to 2450.   Over 100 terabytes of data from these runs, and others being performed in support of IPCC, will be made available through the Earth System Grid at the URL below. The Grid is a DOE-funded project to enable analysis of global model output through a combination of technologies.

Contact:, CCSM Web site


HIAPER, the High-performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research, is due to arrive at NCAR's Research Aviation Facility at Jefferson County Airport (Jeffco) in February 2005. After communications and data systems and basic sensors are installed, a series of progressive science missions will take place.   Regular science missions will begin in 2006, and the first call for proposals should be issued in mid-2005.

NSF has awarded nearly $12 million to more than a dozen principal investigators to create instruments for HIAPER. The complete list of PIs and their projects can be viewed at the new "Instrumentation Development" section on the HIAPER Web site below. The site also contains monthly progress reports.

Contact: Krista Laursen, HIAPER Project Office, 303-497-2003


New NCAR appointments
Several directors have been chosen for NCAR labs, divisions, and institutes. They include:

  • Greg Holland (Aerosonde), Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division
  • Doug Nychka (NCAR), Institute for Mathematical Applications in the Geosciences (IMAGe)
  • Roger Wakimoto (University of California, Los Angeles), Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL), beginning in July 2005. EOL includes the former Atmospheric Technology Division.

Director searches will begin in late December for the Earth and Sun Systems Laboratory (which comprises most of the NCAR science divisions) and early in 2005 for the Societal-Environmental Research and Education Laboratory (which consists of ASP and the Institute for the Study of Society and the Environment).   The search committees will include both internal and external members.

Contact: Catherine Shea, Office of the NCAR Director, 303-497-1112


Town hall meetings at AMS, AGU: Strategic guidance for NSF/ATM
NSF's Division of Atmospheric Sciences (ATM) has asked the National Academies to perform a study that will provide strategic guidance for ATM. The resulting committee, formed earlier this year, is soliciting community input over the next few months as part of a two-year study. Town-hall meetings will be held at the annual AGU and AMS conferences. Below are the times and locations.

2004 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California
Thursday, 16 December, 7:15 p.m.
Moscone Convention Center West, Room 3007

85th AMS Annual Meeting, San Diego, California
Tuesday, 13 January, 7:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Room 5B

Contact: Amanda Staut, National Academies, 202-334-2995


Deadlines for NCAR/UOP postdoc applications
The following postdoctoral research programs have January deadlines for application:

2005 NOAA Postdoctoral Program in Climate & Global Change
Operated by UCAR's Visiting Scientist Programs
Deadline: 15 January 2005
Contact: Meg Austin (UOP/VSP), 303-497-8649

2005 NCAR Advanced Study Program
Deadline: 5 January 2005
Contact: Barbara Hansford (NCAR/ASP), 303-497-1601, Online application


Deadline for COMET Cooperative Project proposals
UOP's Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET) announces its 2005 Outreach Program Request for Proposals (RFP) for Cooperative Projects. These projects promote broad research activities involving a university department or program working closely with one or more NWS offices (including WFOs, RFCs, and NCEP centers). University participants may include undergraduate and/or graduate students and several faculty and/or research associates.

First-draft deadline: 24 January 2005
2005 Outreach Programs RFP and RFP instructions
Contact: Vickie Johnson (UOP/COMET), 303-497-8361


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