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UCAR Update

March 2008


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In brief
Applicants and nominees sought for new NCAR director
CLIVAR launches new postdoc program
GLOBE convening in South Africa
Science and the next administration: your voice needed
New from COMET: Urban environments, fire weather, incident meteorologists
Reminders from previous issues


Applicants and nominees sought for new NCAR director
UCAR invites applications and nominations for the position of NCAR director. UCAR intends to fill the position promptly and seeks to have the new director in place by late 2008. The search committee hopes to identify and interview top candidates in late spring or early summer of 2008. The successful candidate will be named shortly thereafter.

More details, including duties and requirements, can be found at the search website. Applications should be accompanied by a complete curriculum vitae. Community members are invited to nominate colleagues whom they feel deserve consideration. All applications and nominations will be kept strictly confidential. Initial consideration will be given to applications received by 30 April.

Please direct all correspondence to the e-mail address below or to the postal address found on the website.

Contact: Kathy Strand, Office of the UCAR President, 303-497-2679
NCAR Director Search

CLIVAR launches new postdoc program
Institutional partners are now being sought through UOP's Visiting Scientist Programs for the new U.S. CLIVAR Climate Prediction Applications Postdoctoral Program (CPAPP). It has been developed to build the pool of scientists qualified to transfer advances in climate science and prediction into decision frameworks and tools. CLIVAR (Climate Variability and Predictability) is a project of the World Climate Research Programme.

Each of the new CPAPP fellowships will involve one institution whose focus is climate science and another that studies decision making. In order to sponsor a CPAPP postdoctoral researcher, each pair of institutions must submit a joint statement of intent that describes the partners; the problems, decision, and/or issues they plan to address; and the roles and responsibilities of each institution.

CPAPP institutions will be chosen based on how well their statements of intent align with program goals and the number of fellowships available. Strong preference will be given to institutional partners focusing on real-time decisions affected by climate. The choice of partners will form the basis of an announcement of opportunity for postdoctoral researchers, to be released in August.

Contact: Meg Austin, UOP/VSP, 303-497-8630
UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs (including link to CPAPP information)

GLOBE convening in South Africa
UOP's GLOBE Program Office invites all interested faculty and students to attend the 2008 GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE) and Annual Conference, which will take place 22-28 June at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Hundreds of students, scientists, and educators from many of GLOBE's 110 partner countries will attend the week-long event. The theme for the 2008 GLE is "GLOBE Research for Sustainable Communities." Students will present results from their local and regional Earth system science research projects, which deal with topics such as environmental impacts on quality of life (including water quality issues and malaria) and regional impacts of climate change. They will also engage in field studies to learn more about the natural and cultural landscape of the greater Cape Town area.

The 2008 GLE will encourage students from around the world to examine the fundamental issues of building sustainable communities that balance the fulfillment of human needs with the protection of the natural environment. Participants will also establish personal and professional friendship

Contact: Jan Heiderer, UOP/GLOBE, 303-497-2641
GLOBE Learning Expedition and 12th Annual Conference


Science and the next administration: your voice needed
UCAR has teamed with the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the Weather Coalition to produce a document aimed at familiarizing this year's presidential contenders with key issues in weather and climate. The website includes recommendations and backup material on how those recommendations would be implemented.

Also included on the site is a portal where community members can suggest nominations for key science-related political appointments in the next administration. Those who reply should ensure that the person they nominate would be willing to serve in a given position. These nominations will be held in confidence; they will not be published for the community but will be provided to transition teams with the permission of the nominee.

Contact: Jack Fellows, UCAR Corporate Affairs, 303-497-8655
Making Our Nation Resilient to Severe Weather and Climate Change

New from COMET: Urban environments, fire weather, incident meteorologists
Below are details of three new online publications available from UOP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Weather and the Built Environment
This short course provides broadcast meteorologists, educators, and the public with an overview of the evolution of our modern urban environment, focusing on impacts on urban watersheds, air quality, and climate. Each unit includes information on ways to reduce our impact on our water and air, with ideas ranging from simple changes in our commuting and housekeeping habits to changes in how we build houses and roads. This course complements the course Watersheds: Connecting Weather to the Environment. Both are part of the Earth Gauge environmental curriculum for weathercasters and educators. This curriculum is being developed by the National Environmental Education Foundation in cooperation with the COMET Program.

Fire Weather Forecasting: Clear Communications
This 30-minute module offers best practices for fire weather forecasters needing to communicate weather information when deployed in the field and defines strategies for communicating with NWS weather forecast offices and with customers.

History of the Incident Meteorologist Program
This webcast describes the evolution of fire weather support by National Weather Service meteorologists, including the more recent expansion of these duties to address other hazardous incidents and significant national threats. This webcast also reviews the evolution of the Air-Transportable Meteorological Unit into the All-Hazard Meteorological Response System/FxNet now used by incident meteorologists.

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


Reminders from previous issues

Workshop on NSF large facilities set for April
Application deadline: 23 March

Heliophysics Summer School 2008
Application deadline: 1 April


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