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UCAR Update

February 2007


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In brief
Next WAS-IS workshop set for summer 2007
Summer workshop: data assimilation for the carbon cycle
Early career scientists sought for SOA workshop in Finland
Apply now for heliophysics summer school
NCAR Faculty Fellowship Program seeks applicants
Updates to UOP/NCAR online tools for field project and meeting support
VSP seeks postdocs, senior scientists for NOAA/GFDL
NCAR to open high-performance computing center in Wyoming
Online registration for COMET MetEd publications
New COMET publications: snowmelt processes, ensemble streamflow prediction
Climate change resources from NCAR online
Reminders from last issue


Next WAS-IS workshop set for summer 2007
The NCAR Societal Impacts Program plans to hold a 2007 Summer WAS*IS workshop, contingent upon funding. The workshop will take place 12-20 July in Boulder. WAS*IS (Weather and Society * Integrated Studies) is a grassroots effort to fully integrate social science into meteorological research and practice in a comprehensive and sustained way. Over the last two years, WAS*IS workshops have been held in Colorado, Oklahoma, Germany, and Australia.

Around 25 participants will be selected for the 2007 Summer WAS*IS, representing a range of experiences, educational environments, career aspirations, and specialties. Graduate students, scientists, agency personnel, practitioners, professors, and others are encouraged to apply. Because of funding limitations, applicants must be U.S. residents. Transportation, lodging, and food costs will be covered, except for federal employees. All candidates must be able to attend each day of the workshop as well as group dinners on several evenings.

Application instructions can be found at the URL below.

Deadline: 2 April
Contact: Julie Demuth, NCAR/SERE/SIP, 303-497-8112


Summer workshop: data assimilation for the carbon cycle
NCAR's Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute are cosponsoring a summer school on the role of data assimilation in research on the carbon cycle. Set for 8-13 July in Boulder, this summer school will expose students in the geosciences, ecology, and mathematics to multidisciplinary science through a focus on estimating the sources and sinks of carbon for the Earth system. Participants will obtain an overview of this problem as well as some specific skills in tackling inverse problems and working with geophysical and biogeochemical models.

Funding is available to support attendance with special emphasis given to graduate students and other young researchers. Students who are not working directly on the workshop topics yet have an interest in the program are also encouraged to apply, as are members of underrepresented groups. Details on how to apply can be found at the URL below.

Deadline: 31 March
Contact: Silvia Gentile, NCAR/CISL/IMAGE, 303-497-2480
Summer Graduate Workshop on Data Assimilation for the Carbon Cycle


Early career scientists sought for SOA workshop in Finland
Early career scientists from the United States and Nordic countries are invited to apply for a summer workshop series in Finland and Sweden. The workshops, Biogenic Secondary Organic Aerosols (SOA): Observations to Global Modeling, are being organized by NCAR scientists and colleagues through an NSF grant. They are designed to improve research collaboration between those who perform observations of SOA and those who model their impacts, and to foster U.S.-Nordic collaboration in this important research area, especially among early career scientists.

To be eligible an applicant must have received a doctorate after 1 June 2001. The first workshop is scheduled for 1-4 July at Hyytiälä Research Station in Finland. The second workshop is planned for summer 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden. Attendance is limited to 10 U.S. and 10 Nordic scientists. A travel allowance and other support will be provided, as well as a small amount of funding for additional collaborative visits by U.S. scientists to their Nordic colleagues.

To apply, please send a curriculum vitae, one letter of recommendation, and a statement of research interest to PDF format is preferred for all application submissions.

Contact: Donna Sanerib, NCAR/ESSL/ACD, 303-497-1478
Workshop announcement


Apply now for heliophysics summer school
The first session of a three-year NASA-sponsored Heliophysics Summer School for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will take place in Boulder from 30 July to 7 August. The goals are to deepen the appreciation of the basic science of heliophysics for a select group of students, through highly interactive seminars and hands-on working groups, and to produce a series of textbooks. Each of the three summer sessions will focus on a different theme involving the physical processes that play a role in connecting the Sun's interior to the planetary environments and atmospheres throughout the heliosphere. The 2007 session will cover the plasma physics of the "local cosmos"--i.e., the science uniquely enabled by our existence in an environment of ionized gases.

About 30 participants will be selected each year through a competitive process. Each will receive air travel, lodging and per diem.

Contact: Meg Austin, UOP/VSP, 303-497-8649
Application details (VSP Web site)


NCAR Faculty Fellowship Program seeks applicants
The NCAR Advanced Study Program is pleased to announce that the Faculty Fellowship Program (FFP) is now accepting applications for visits to occur between 1 September 2007 and 31 May 2009. The FFP is designed to foster fruitful and lasting intellectual collaborations between university faculty and the NCAR staff. It provides opportunities and resources for faculty employed at universities to work in residence at NCAR and enables NCAR scientists (including project and associate scientists and senior research associates) to spend a period of time in residence at U.S. universities. Appointments range in length from three months to one year.

Contact: Paula Fisher , NCAR/SERE/ASP, 303-497-1328
Faculty Fellowship Program


Updates to UOP/NCAR online tools for field project and meeting support
With the move of some field-project support functions from UOP to NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) last year, UOP's Joint Office for Science Support has updated its Web site. The new JOSS site (see link below) guides users to resources for planning meetings and budgets, evaluating field sites, arranging travel, creating publications, and other tasks.

Some of the functions previously found on the JOSS site are now housed in EOL's Field Project Services (see link below). The EOL site includes guidance on how to request NSF observing facilities and how to plan a complex field campaign, along with other platform-specific information.

EOL Field Project Services


VSP seeks postdocs, senior scientists for NOAA/GFDL
UOP's Visiting Scientist Programs is now seeking postdoctoral scientists and short-term senior visitors to work in Princeton, New Jersey, at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. This UCAR-managed visitor program is part of the Climate Change Research Initiative. GFDL expects some of the postdoctoral positions to evolve into permanent civil service appointments. The full announcement and application requirements can be found at the URL below.

Application deadline: 15 April
Contact: Meg Austin, UOP/VSP, 303-497-8649
Application details (VSP Web site)


NCAR to open high-performance computing center in Wyoming
A new data center designed to eventually provide petascale computing for NCAR and university scientists will be built in Cheyenne, Wyoming, through a collaboration between NCAR and several state and local organizations. The $60 million center, to be opened in 2011, will feature about 20,000 square feet of raised-floor computing space. It will allow for growth in NCAR and community computing that was impossible to accommodate at the NCAR Mesa Laboratory due to power and space constraints.

Pending approval by the Wyoming legislature and NSF and completion of a rigorous facility design and review process, construction of the center should begin within about one and a half years. Krista Laursen, who served as project director for the acquisition of the NSF/NCAR Gulfstream-V aircraft (HIAPER), will direct the Data Center Project Office. More details on the project can be found in the news release linked below and in the upcoming issue of the UCAR Quarterly.

Contact: Krista Laursen, Office of the NCAR Director, 303-497-2003
NCAR news release


Online registration for COMET MetEd publications
To help gather more complete user statistics for sponsoring agencies, the COMET program recently instituted a mandatory registration system for courses and modules available through the COMET MetEd Web site. All information gathered will be reported only on an aggregate basis and used only to develop user demographics. All MetEd material will continue to be offered free of charge. See the links below to register and to learn more about the new process.

Contact: Hildy Kane, UOP/COMET, 303-497-8470
MetEd registration
More about the registration


New COMET publications: snowmelt processes, ensemble streamflow prediction
Below is a sampling of the most recent online publications from UOP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details on each.

Snowmelt Processes
Reviews the hydrologic concerns associated with the evolution and development of snowpack and subsequent snowmelt characteristics, including the fate of the melt water. Based on classroom lectures by staff from NOAA's National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center.
An Introduction to Ensemble Streamflow Prediction
Provides basic information on probabilistic streamflow forecasting. The module includes a brief review of hydrologic models, including deterministic, stochastic, and scenario-based approaches; an overview of time series approaches; and the basics of ensemble streamflow prediction techniques, including an explanation of their strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate application.

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


Climate change resources from NCAR online
A variety of news items, audiovisuals, and other tools for explaining and learning about climate change can be found at "Understanding Climate Change," a new feature story on the NCAR/UCAR umbrella Web site. It includes

  • links to audio of the NCAR-hosted teleconference and the IPCC press conference in Paris on 2 February
  • background on the IPCC and NCAR's role in it
  • a separate Frequently Asked Questions page on the science and some of the misperceptions associated with climate change
  • a multimedia gallery with visualizations from CISL, webcasts by NCAR scientists, and photos to help explain climate modeling and climate change

Contact: Zhenya Gallon, UCAR Communications, 303-497-8607
Understanding Climate Change


Reminders from last issue

ASP summer colloquium on regional biogeochemistry
Deadline: 1 March

Applicants sought for Undergraduate Leadership Workshop
Deadline: 2 March

CISL invites large requests for computational resources
Deadline: 5 March

Share your field work with the public through Windows to the Universe

New round of COMET Cooperative and Partners Projects
Cooperative Project deadline: 19 March


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