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UCAR Update

May 2009


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In brief
Hurricane workshop and first WRF hurricane tutorial set for February
UOP becomes UCAR Community Programs
NCAR seminars available on the Web
Nominations sought for UCAR board and committees
Follow NCAR and UCAR science on Twitter
Current job openings at UCAR
New from COMET: Fire weather observations
Reminders from previous issues


Hurricane workshop and first WRF hurricane tutorial set for February
A hurricane workshop and the first WRF tutorial focused on hurricane-related modeling are being planned for February 2010 at NCAR. This five-day joint venture will be coordinated by NCAR/MMM, NOAA/NCEP Environmental Modeling Center, and the WRF Developmental Testbed Center (DTC).

The workshop will include two days of invited scientific talks providing perspective on the “why” and “how” of two modeling systems: NCAR’s Advanced Hurricane Research WRF (AHW) and NCEP/EMC’s operational Hurricane WRF (HWRF). Also covered will be recent progress and needed improvements in hurricane forecast skill. Following the workshop will be a three-day hands-on tutorial for the AHW and HWRF. Instruction on the two models will be done jointly as much as possible, with separate lectures for aspects of the systems that differ for the two dynamic cores.

The two-day workshop is open to all. The three-day tutorial will not provide basic WRF training; therefore, all participants must have demonstrable skill using and running WRF. Tutorial registration will be limited to 40. Watch the DTC website below for more details in the coming months.

Contact: Pamela Johnson, DTC, 303-497-8197
Developmental Testbed Center


UOP becomes UCAR Community Programs
Starting this spring, you’ll see a new name—UCAR Community Programs—for a set of popular services formerly known as the UCAR Office of Programs (UOP). The new title acknowledges the deep community roots of these programs, which include:

  • COMET (Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training)
  • COSMIC (Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate)
  • DLS (Digital Learning Sciences)
  • GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment)
  • JOSS (Joint Office for Science Support)
  • NSDL (National Science Digital Library)
  • Unidata Program Center
  • VSP (Visiting Scientist Programs)
UCAR Community Programs (UCP) involves almost 200 onsite staff, mostly in Boulder; nearly 100 other staff and about 25 scientific visitors stationed at several sites across the country; and a budget of about $40 million provided by avariety of sponsors that includes NOAA, NSF, NASA, and the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Defense.

Contact: Jack Fellows, UCAR Governance, 303-497-8655
UCAR Community Programs


NCAR seminars available on the Web
The NCAR Advanced Study Program seminar series features monthly talks given by invited speakers from NCAR and other research institutions in the Boulder area. These talks primarily address an audience of graduate students, postdocs, and young scientists from various fields related to atmospheric and solar science. Advanced researchers also enjoy the talks.

Videos and supplementary material for recent ASP seminars can be accessed at the URL below. Also below is a link to the UCAR Webcasts page, which includes the ASP seminars as well as a wide range of other recorded talks. Please be sure to share these resources with other faculty members and students.

Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1328
ASP seminars
UCAR/NCAR webcasts


Nominations sought for UCAR board and committees
UCAR seeks your help in identifying candidates for our Board of Trustees and for members’ advisory, membership, and nominating committees. We seek balanced slates that represent the broad community of the atmospheric and related sciences. Because we are losing trustees this year with backgrounds in science policy, financial management, and the science-related private sector, we are especially seeking strong candidates in these areas.

At the URL below, you will find the form to send us your nominations. The site provides links to information about trustee vacancies and on each member committee, including requirements and commitments. The Nominating Committee will meet in mid-June to consider your nominations and assemble slates for election at the 2009 UCAR Annual Meeting in Boulder on October 13–14.

Deadline: 1 June
Contact: Aneka Finley, UCAR Governance, 303-497-1655
Nomination form


Follow NCAR and UCAR science on Twitter
To reach out to students, educators, journalists, and other denizens of Twitter, UCAR Communications has started a regular news feed: @AtmosNews. Our tweets include a range of UCAR/NCAR news and information as well as links to other items of community interest.

We're part of a growing roster that includes NSF, AAAS, the U.S. Geological Survey, and several universities. Please join us at the URL below.

Contact: Zhenya Gallon, UCAR Communications, 303-497-8607


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 (9127) , NCAR/RAL
  • Associate Scientist III (9125) , NCAR/RAL
  • Project Scientist II (9130), UOP/JOSS

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: Fire weather observations
Below are details of a new online publication available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior, Unit 9: Observing the Weather
This module covers procedures for taking accurate weather observations using belt weather kits and descriptions of other common weather observing equipment used in fire weather.

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


Reminders from previous issues

Register now for CCSM workshop in Breckenridge
Application deadline: 27 April

Save the dates: summer WRF workshop and tutorial

VisVisiting scientist openings: air pollution, space weather, satellite retrievals, numerical weather prediction, satellite data assimilation, precipitation frequency analysis


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