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UCAR Update

September 2009


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In brief
Announcing the 2010 AMS Artificial Intelligence Contest
Apply now for Faculty Fellowship Program
Graduate students and advisors: consider NCARís Graduate Visitor Program
Check out the new UCAR Magazine
Current job openings at UCAR
New from COMET: Distributed hydrological models
Reminders from previous issues


Announcing the 2010 AMS Artificial Intelligence Contest
The AMS Artificial Intelligence (AI) Contest, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society with assistance from NCARís Research Applications Laboratory, is intended to promote the study of statistical artificial intelligence techniques applied to meteorology.

This yearís AI Contest is focused on predicting atmospheric turbulence that affects aviation. It uses a dataset collected during summer months (June to September) in which convectively-induced turbulence (CIT, or turbulence in and around thunderstorms) is particularly prevalent, though mountain-wave turbulence and clear-air turbulence are also present. Studies have suggested that CIT is responsible for more than 60% of turbulence-related aircraft accidents; thus, accurate real-time turbulence diagnoses that include CIT could improve airline safety as well as mitigate delays.

To enter the contest, register by 1 November. Final forecasts are due 11 December. The results will be announced in January at a session of the AMS Annual Meeting. Contestants do not need to attend the meeting to enter, but those who do attend are encouraged to give short presentations on their methods and results.

Contact: Matthew Pocernich, NCAR/RAL, 303-497-8312
2010 AMS Artificial Intelligence Contest


Apply now for Faculty Fellowship Program
The NCAR Advanced Study Program is now accepting applications for its Faculty Fellowship Program (FFP) for visits to occur between 1 May 2010 and 31 May 2012. 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

Contact: Scott Briggs, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1607
NCAR/ASP Faculty Fellowship Program


Graduate students and advisors: consider NCARís Graduate Visitor Program
Part of NCARís Advanced Study Program (ASP), the Graduate Visitor Program (GVP) brings graduate students to NCAR for 3- to-12-month collaborative visits, with the endorsement of their thesis advisors and in pursuit of their thesis research. The visits are designed to enhance NCAR partnerships with other public and private institutions.

ASP is now accepting applications from NCAR scientific staff for GVP visits through the end of 2010. Please note that this program only accepts applications via NCAR staff. If you are an advisor with a student who would benefit from this program, please contact NCAR scientific staff working in your student's field of research directly, or contact ASP (see below) for assistance. If you are a student who wishes to participate in this program, please ask your advisor to contact NCAR scientific staff directly, or contact ASP for help in identifying a suitable sponsor.

Application deadline: 31 October
Contact: Scott Briggs, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1607
NCAR/ASP Graduate Visitor Program


Got a topic for next yearís Junior Faculty Forum?
The Junior Faculty Forum on Future Scientific Directions brings together junior faculty members and early-career NCAR scientists to discuss the future of a scientific topic and promote collaboration. The 2010 forum will be held the week of 13 July in Boulder.

Organizing a topic for the Junior Faculty Forum is a great opportunity to hold a workshop targeted on a research topic of your interest. NCAR's Advanced Study Program provides full administrative and logistical support as well as financial support for participants. Topic organizers are expected to help plan the scientific content of the forum, including the selection of invited speakers and other participants. Recent topics have included:

  • 2009: Connecting weather and climate in theory, models, and observations
  • 2008: The thermohaline circulation and tropical cyclones in past, present, and future climates
  • 2007 (two topics): Geophysical and statistical challenges in detection/attribution of regional climate change, and coupling terrestrial and atmospheric water dynamics to improve predictability in a changing environment
If you have a potential topic, please send a 1-2 paragraph abstract with a statement on why your topic is timely. To ensure significant participation from both NCAR and universities, each workshop is co-chaired by a university faculty member and an NCAR researcher. If you are a faculty member seeking a co-chair, let us know and we will try to get you in contact with relevant NCAR scientists.

Deadline for topic submission: 15 October
Gabriele Pfister, NCAR/ACD, 303-497-2915
Andrew Gettelman, NCAR/CGD, 303-497-1887
ECSA Junior Faculty Forum on Future Scientific Directions


Check out the new UCAR Magazine
This week marks the debut of UCAR Magazine, which replaces the UCAR Quarterly. Written for the diverse UCAR community, the magazine offers a rich mix of feature stories and Web-only columns. It will be mailed in print three times a year to all current recipients of the UCAR Quarterly. The debut issue includes:

  • a feature on UCAR distinguished scientist Joachim Kuettner's 100th birthday, including a short online video clip
  • a look at regional variations in sea-level rise
  • a profile by Rick Anthes of three NSF program managers and their long-time interactions with NCAR, UCAR, and the university community
The magazine also includes a new Web-only section, Currents, with several departments covering high-interest weather and climate events, atmospheric science in the media, and Web posts from the community.

If you are now notified by e-mail each time the UCAR Quarterly is posted online, your e-mail subscription will be transferred to the magazine and you will receive a password. You will be notified of each full online issue three times yearly and other posts about once every two weeks. Settings can be modified through the password-accessed subscription interface.

To add or drop an e-mail subscription, please use the interface linked below. To add or drop a print subscription, contact Yvonne Mondragon, 303-497-8601.

Editorial contact: Bob Henson, UCAR Communications, 303-497-8605
UCAR Magazine ē Subscription interface


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.

  • Biogeochemical Modeling Scientist II/III (9162) , NCAR/CGD
  • Data Assimilation Scientist I (9174), CISL/IMAGe
  • Director, High Altitude Observatory (9187) , NCAR/HAO
  • Educational Designer I (9219), UCP/GLOBE
  • Educational Designer II - Collaboratory (9211), UCP/GLOBE
  • Educational Designer II - GLOBE Climate Campaign (9212) , UCP/GLOBE
  • Part-time Educational Designer, GLOBE Climate Campaign (9213) , UCP/GLOBE
  • Postgraduate Scientist (9172) , NCAR/ACD
  • Postgraduate Scientist (9206), NCAR/ACD
  • Project Scientist I (9106), Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Scientific/Technical Program Manager (9224) , NCAR/RAL
  • Scientist II/III (9222) , NCAR/RAL

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: Distributed hydrological models
Below are details on two new online publications available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Introduction to the North American Ensemble Forecast System (NAEFS)
This webcast introduces the new multiple-forecast-center North American Ensemble Forecast System (NAEFS). Beginning with a brief review of the theory behind ensemble prediction, this presentation introduces the elements of the NAEFS, discusses how NAEFS improves the ensemble forecast, and presents seasonal case examples.

Wildland Fire Behavior: Fuels
This module covers the effects of fuels on fire behavior and the terminology for describing fuel characteristics, as well as fuel models used for classification. It is part of the S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior Course.

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


Reminders from previous issues

CISL computer resources for NSF-supported university projects
Deadline: 28 September

Register now for 4th FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop

Applicants sought for VSP programs
Climate & Global Change Fellowship Program—Deadline: 15 January 2010
Heliophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program—Deadline: 8 January 2010
PACE (Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise) Fellowship Program—Deadline: 1 January 2010


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