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UCAR Update

September 2008


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In brief
Apply now for Faculty Fellowship Program
Postdoc openings in CLIVAR
Applications now being accepted for 2009 Heliophysics Summer School
Current job openings at UCAR
New from COMET: Road management, distributed hydrologic modeling
Reminders from previous issues


Apply now for Faculty Fellowship Program
The NCAR Advanced Study Program is pleased to announce that its Faculty Fellowship Program (FFP) is now accepting applications for visits to occur between 1 May 2009 and 31 May 2011. The FFP is designed to foster fruitful and lasting intellectual collaborations between university faculty and NCAR staff. It provides opportunities and resources for faculty employed at universities to work in residence at NCAR and enables NCAR scientific staff to spend time in residence at U.S. universities.

Application deadline: 31 October
Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1328
Faculty Fellowship Program


Postdoc openings in CLIVAR
The UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs announces the continuation of the U.S. CLIVAR Climate Prediction Applications Postdoctoral Program (CPAPP). This program has been developed to encourage and build the pool of scientists qualified to transfer advances in climate science and prediction into decision frameworks and tools.

CPAPP seeks recent or anticipated Ph.Ds who have expertise in climate science and who are interested in applying their knowledge of the climate system and its prediction to the decision needs of society. Preference is given to those who have held a Ph.D for no more than five years. Two research fellowships will be awarded in 2009.

Contact: Meg Austin, UOP/VSP, 303-497-8649
U.S. CLIVAR Climate Prediction Applications Postdoctoral Program


Applications now being accepted for 2009 Heliophysics Summer School
The third session of a three-year NASA-sponsored Heliophysics Summer School will be hosted by UOP’s Visiting Scientist Programs on 22-29 July 2009 in Boulder. The principal aims are to deepen the appreciation of the basic science of heliophysics and to produce a series of textbooks from which heliophysics may be taught.The three-year program comprises three thematic clusters that together cover the scientific basis of the physical processes that play a role in coupling the Sun’s interior to the planetary environments and atmospheres through the vast heliosphere.

Approximately 30 students will be selected through a competitive process. A successful candidate should

  • be an enrolled graduate student in any phase of training or a first- or second-year postdoctoral fellow;
  • major in physics with an emphasis on astrophysics, space physics, or geophysics, or have research experience in at least one of these areas; and
  • plan to pursue a career in heliophysics or astrophysics.

Contact: Susanne Demaree, UOP/VSP, 303-497-8627
Summer School for Heliophysics


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 (8193)
  • Associate Scientist III (8196)
  • Part-time Associate Scientist II (8208)
  • Program Evaluator (8200)
  • Project Coordinator (Program Specialist III) (8209)
  • Project Scientist I (8205)
  • Scientific Program Manager (8204)

Applicants can view the full descriptions for these and other positions at the UCAR Human Resources site. A newly streamlined service allows applicants to create and maintain profiles of their resumes and curriculum vitae. It also allows users to set up “job agents” that will notify a user by e-mail when a job is posted that matches his or her skill set.

To apply for a particular position, please follow the instructions on the page of open positions.

Contact: UCAR Human Resources
Careers at UCAR


New from COMET: Ocean swell, tropical cyclones, dam failure, North Wall effects
Below are details of four new online publications available from UOP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Analyzing Ocean Swell
This module describes the main elements to consider when analyzing wave model and buoy data. The module focuses on data products available from NOAA, including spectral plots, maps, and text bulletins, and features wave-masking exercises from both the East and West coasts. The content in this module is an excerpt from the previously published COMET module “Rip Currents: Forecasting.”

Introduction to Tropical Meteorology: Chapter 10, Tropical Cyclones
This module is the third published chapter of the online textbook “Introduction to Tropical Meteorology.” Tropical cyclones are the deadliest tropical weather systems. This chapter describes their seasonal and geographic variability and controls, decadal cycles, and history of naming conventions. Tropical cyclogenesis is also explored in depth and the core and balance solutions for regions of the cyclone are examined.

Dams and Dam Failure, Module 2: St. Venant Equations, Modeling, and Case Study
This second module in the two-part series expands on the science explaining catastrophic dam failure and flood-wave prediction methods associated with these events. Through the use of rich illustrations and interactions, this module introduces the St. Venant equations for dynamic wave flow and flood wave characteristics.

North Wall Effects on Winds and Waves
This module explores the relationships between atmospheric stability, winds, waves, and ocean currents during North Wall events, which occur along the north edges of ocean currents such as the Gulf Stream. Using three different case studies, relevant aspects of several topics are examined, including the synoptic setting, ocean currents, evolution of the marine boundary layer, growth of ocean waves, and potential wave-current interactions.

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


Reminders from previous issues

Workshop to explore GPS observations on ocean platforms
Registration deadline: 1 October

Transition document now online; nominees for next administration sought

Climate and global change postdocs sought for 2009
Application and recommendation deadline: 15 January 2009


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