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UCAR Update

July 2009


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In brief
Seeking proposals for ASP 2010 summer colloquium
Heliophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
VSP positions in dust transport modeling, precipitation frequency analysis
Current job openings at UCAR
New from COMET: Satellite feature identification, satellite altimetry, wildland fire behavior
Reminders from previous issues


Seeking proposals for ASP 2010 summer colloquium
Each year NCAR’s Advanced Study Program hosts a summer colloquium designed for graduate students. Subjects are favored that represent new or rapidly developing areas or research for which good course material may not yet be available. The colloquium brings together lecturers and graduate students for two weeks for classroom presentations at NCAR and other forms of instruction and interaction.

This year ASP invites faculty members with exciting ideas for the 2010 Summer Colloquium to work with NCAR scientific staff to craft a proposal. University faculty are in an excellent position to help identify those cutting-edge areas of science that may not yet be addressed adequately in many departments and programs around the country. Faculty with ideas for a great summer colloquium are encouraged to contact NCAR scientists to see if there is interest in pursuing a 2010 workshop. Please see the website below for a listing of recent colloquia.

Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1328
ASP Summer Colloquia


Heliophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Applications 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 NASA’s Living With a Star (LWS) program and administered by the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs office.

Two major topics of focus for LWS are space weather and the Sun-climate connection. Preference will be given to applicants whose proposed research addresses one of these two foci, but any research program relevant to LWS will be considered. Since the goal of the LWS postdoctoral program is to train Sun-Earth system researchers, preference will also be given to research projects that cross the traditional heliophysics subdomains of the Sun, heliosphere, magnetosphere, and ionosphere/upper atmosphere, as well as to Sun-climate investigations.

Deadline: 8 January 2010
Contact: Julie Cross, UCP/VSP, 303-497-8634
Heliophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program


VSP positions in dust transport modeling, precipitation frequency analysis
UCAR’s Visiting Scientist Programs office has openings for a visiting scientist and a project scientist. To learn more or to apply, see the website below.

Dust Transport Algorithm and Model Developer
Air Force Weather Agency, Offutt, Nebraska

Deadline: 8 January 2010
This visiting scientist will to contribute to developing, improving, and integrating into operations numerical dust predictive tools for use by warfighters. Primary responsibilities will be to leverage technology and expand on research and development efforts related to dust-transport algorithm code delivered to AFWA via previous R&D contracts.

Precipitation Frequency Analysis, Project Scientist I
NOAA Office of Hydrological Development, Silver Spring, Maryland
Open until filled
This project scientist will conduct research in several areas relevant to precipitation frequency analysis. Responsibilities include recommending, developing, and establishing national policies or techniques for statistical analysis of precipitation data.

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


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 II (9155) , EOL
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (9160) , NCAR/ESSL/ACD
  • Project Scientist I (9106), UCP/VSP and NOAA in Silver Spring, MD

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: Satellite feature identification, satellite altimetry, wildland fire behavior
Below are details on five new online publications available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Satellite Feature Identification: Ring of Fire
This module is part of the Dynamic Feature Identification: Satellite Palette Series. It steps through the definition, synoptic setup, associated threats, and dissipation of “Ring of Fire” convective events. The module introduces forecasters to the potentially damaging convection that can develop in conjunction with blocking high pressure centers and examines how to identify it from a water vapor imagery perspective.

Satellite Feature Identification: Blocking Patterns
This module examines how water vapor imagery can be used to help diagnose blocking patterns and their dissipation. Four major blocking patterns are covered in this module: blocking highs, cut-off lows, rex blocks, and omega blocks.

Jason-2: Using Satellite Altimetry to Monitor the Ocean
This module explores major discoveries and applications made possible by altimetry data in oceanography, marine meteorology, the marine geosciences, climate studies, the cryosphere, and hydrology.

S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior, Unit 1: The Fire Environment
This unit examines the components of the fire environment triangle and how each affects fire behavior. Heat transfer mechanisms and firebrand transport and the contribution to fire behavior are included. Basic fire terminology is introduced and will be used throughout the course.

S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior, Unit 2: Topographic Influences on Wildland Fire Behavior
This unit offers an overview of how topography affects fuels and the direction and spread of wildland fires. Information on features of topographic maps and estimating slope is also presented.

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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