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UCAR Update

February 2009


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In brief
Three ASP meetings on tap this summer
Linux Clusters Institute to discuss new technologies
AFWA visiting scientist openings: numerical weather prediction, satellite data assimilation
Save the dates: summer WRF workshop and tutorial
Current job openings at UCAR
New from COMET: Wildland fire, drought, environment and society
Reminders from previous issues


Three ASP meetings on tap this summer
NCAR’s Advanced Study Program will be hosting two colloquia in Boulder this summer, as well as the annual Junior Faculty Forum sponsored by the Early Career Scientists Assembly (ECSA). To apply or learn more, see the Web links below each listing.

Exploring the Atmosphere Using Observational Instruments and Techniques
1–12 June
Application deadline: 9 March

Marine Ecosystems and Climate: Modeling and Analysis of Observed Variability in Marine Ecosystems
1–14 August
Application deadline: 31 March

ECSA Junior Faculty Forum on Future Scientific Directions: Connecting Weather and Climate in Theory, Models and Observations
14–16 July
Application deadline: 27 April

Contact: Kathleen Barney, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1434


Linux Cluster Institute to discuss new technologies
NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory is hosting the 10th international Linux Cluster Institute conference on high-performance clustered computing on 9–12 March. The four-day meeting will focus on the challenge of breaking the petascale barrier and examine the promise of multi-core processors, acceleration coprocessors, advanced interconnects, and high-performance input/output solutions. It will also explore the potential scaling and performance modifications necessary for systems, data, and applications to achieve petascale-class performance.

The meeting, which attracts experts from around the world on clustered computing, includes a full day of tutorials. Participants are encouraged to register early, using the Web link below, due to limited capacity for each session.

NCAR contact: Marijke Unger, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1285
LCI Conference


AFWA visiting scientist openings: numerical weather prediction, satellite data assimilation
UOP’s Visiting Scientist Programs, in cooperation with the Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA), seeks visiting scientists interested in conducting research at the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation. The researchers will work on improving techniques for numerical weather prediction and satellite data assimilation and on transitioning those improvements into operational weather models, including those run at AFWA. These positions are open to scientists worldwide.

Contact: Julie Cross, UOP/VSP, 303-497-8634
VSP Opportunities


Save the dates: summer WRF workshop and tutorial
The 10th WRF User’s Workshop will take place at NCAR’s Center Green campus on 22–26 June. Papers focusing on WRF model development and testing are solicited, particularly in the area of model numerics and physics, model verification, high-impact weather, regional climate, data assimilation, ensemble forecasting, and atmospheric chemistry. There will be voluntarily organized working group meetings on Monday, and short tutorials (topics to be announced) on Friday. Registration materials will be posted soon at the link below.

NCAR will also be offering a WRF model tutorial on 13–24 July. The tutorial will be divided into four sessions, and participants can attend any combination of the four. Registration is expected to begin in early April.

Contact: Bonnie Slagel, NCAR/ESSL/MMM, 303-497-8318
Upcoming WRF Meetings and Events


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.

  • Scientist I (9028)

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: Wildland fire, drought, environment and society
Below are details of two new online publications available from UOP/COMET, plus a new topic area on environment and society. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior, Unit 8: Keeping Current with the Weather
This module describes fire weather information and products available from Predictive Services and the National Weather Service. Summaries of the products, including significant fire potential, monthly and seasonal outlooks, fire weather planning forecasts, and spot forecasts, are presented.

Understanding Drought
This webcast provides an introduction to drought, including measures and scales, monitoring and prediction, impacts, and related resources. The content serves as a foundation to learn more about climate variability and operational climate services and prepares users for the implementation of the National Integrated Drought Information System.

New MetEd topic area: Environment and Society
These modules explore the bridge between people and their environment. Produced for broadcasters, meteorologists, emergency managers, and students, they touch on weather and climate's reach into human lives, whether on an icy nighttime road, at the business end of a flash flood, or in the shadow of a looming hurricane.

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


Reminders from previous issues

Seeking undergraduates for NCAR summer workshop
Application deadline: 6 March 2009

Applications now being accepted for 2009 Heliophysics Summer School
Deadline: 1 April 2009

Visiting scientist openings: air pollution, space weather, satellite retrievals


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