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UCAR Update

September 2007


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In brief
New COMET publications: real-time mesoscale analysis, tropical remote sensing
Reminders from last issue


New COMET publications: real-time mesoscale analysis, tropical remote sensing
Below are two new online publications from UOP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Real-Time Mesoscale Analysis (RTMA): What is the NCEP RTMA and how can it be used?
This archived teletraining lesson introduces how the 5-km hourly NWS analysis of temperature, dewpoint, winds, sky cover, and precipitation can fit into the forecast process, then explains how the analyses are generated. It covers a feature unique to the RTMA: an uncertainty or error size estimate for some of its analysis parameters. COMET also has a Web forum for discussing current RTMA output and its application. Within this RTMA Webcast the user has an opportunity to join the Web forum and to sign up for e-mail notification of new messages.
Introduction to Tropical Meteorology, Chapter 3: Tropical Remote Sensing Applications
Chapter 3 is the first chapter published in this new, comprehensive online textbook, with other chapters to follow incrementally. The textbook is intended for use by undergraduate and early graduate students, forecasters, and others interested in the impacts of tropical weather and climate. In this chapter, learners will become familiar with the scientific basis and applications of radar and satellite remote sensing from examples in which clouds and precipitation are observed by measuring microwave signals using ground-based radar, spaceborne radar, and satellite radiometers. Wind estimation, dust and volcanic ash tracking, vertical sounding techniques, and remote measurement of sea-surface, soil and land surface properties are also covered.

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


Reminders from last issue

VSP seeks postdocs, senior scientists for GFDL
Application deadline: 1 October

Visiting scientist opportunity at NESDIS
Application review begins: 15 October

Scientist sought for research on ice sheets, sea level, and climate change
Application deadline for first consideration: 15 October

Apply now for NOAA Climate and Global Change postdoc program
Application deadline: 11 January 2008


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