Newsgram December 2014
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December 2014 Edition

  1. Announcements

  2. Meetings and Workshops

  3. Community News

  4. Funding Opportunities

  5. Jobs


2014 fall edition of Variations focuses on applications of US CLIVAR science

Building off the 2014 Summit, the latest edition of Variations focuses on applications of US CLIVAR science for management and decision-making. Contributing authors provide insights about bridging the gap of climate science communication, information needs of management agencies and organizations, and opportunities for scientists to work with intermediaries of the climate service community.

New US CLIVAR Scientific Steering Committee leadership

US CLIVAR is excited to welcome new members to the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) starting in 2015. The new members include SSC Executive Committee co-chair Sonya Legg (Princeton University), POS Panel co-chair Art Miller (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), PSMI Panel co-chair Caroline Ummenhofer (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), and PPAI Panel co-chair Kathy Pegion (George Mason University). The role of the SSC is to provide overall scientific and programmatic guidance for the program, develop science plans, and implements strategies to ensure the US CLIVAR progresses towards achieving its science goals. Membership is comprised of community leaders with broad expertise.
A big thanks for their years of service goes out to Janet Sprintall (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), Dimitris Menemenlis (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology), Tom Farrar (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), and Bruce Anderson (Boston University).

US CLIVAR at AGU Fall Meeting

During the weeklong AGU Fall Meeting, come visit US CLIVAR during poster presentations on the Progress and Priorities of the US AMOC Program and US CLIVAR Accomplishments Over the Past 15 Years and Research Challenges for the Future. There are also a number of sessions, town halls, and events that may be of interest to the community such as planning for the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition town hall on December 18, along with federal agency program updates and many others. View the full list of CLIVAR-relevant sessions

Meetings and Workshops

EGU General Assembly 2015
April 12-17, 2015, Vienna, Austria

The EGU General Assembly 2015 will bring together scientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience. Abstracts are due January 7.

7th International Symposium on Gas Transfer at Water Surfaces 
May 18-21, 2015, Seattle, Washington

Co-sponsored by NASA and NSF, the symposium occurs every five years and brings together the scientific and engineering communities investigating the theory and applications of gas transfer at water surfaces. Symposium topics involve gas-water fluxes of mass, heat, and particulates and include things such as field observations, remote sensing, global scale and high latitude processes, ocean acidification, and numerical studies. Abstracts and due January 9. 
5th International Summit on Hurricanes and Climate Change
June 9-14, 2015, Chania,Greece

The purpose of this summit is to bring together leading academics and researchers - on various sides of the debate and from all over the world - to discuss new research and express opinions about what is happening and what might happen in the future with regard to regional and global hurricane (tropical cyclone) activity. Registration and abstracts are due March 15. 
26th IUGG General Assembly 2015
January 4-8, 2015, Phoenix, AZ

The 26th General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) will focus on Earth and environmental sciences for future generations. There are a number of events relevant to the CLIVAR community, such as high-impact weather and climate extremes, ocean’s role in climate variability and change, and decadal climate dynamics and predictions, to name a few. Abstracts are due January 31.

For a full calendar of upcoming events and deadlines, check the website

Community News

Save the date: RAPID – US AMOC International Science Meeting

The RAPID - US AMOC International Science Meeting, Towards a holistic picture of the AtlanticMeridional Overturning Circulation via observation, modelling and synthesis, will take place in Bristol, UK on July 21-24 2015. This is the third in the series of science meetings jointly organized by the NERC RAPID programme and the US AMOC program. The goal of this meeting is a holistic understanding of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC)  and its impacts on weather, climate and ecosystems, in the past, present, and future. The meeting will seek to address the following themes: 1) characterizing the AMOC - structure, variability, mechanisms, and ocean response; 2) impacts of the AMOC on the atmosphere, cryosphere, and land; 3) AMOC state estimation, predictability, and prediction; and 4) novel approaches to pan-Atlantic observations, modeling, analysis, and synthesis.
Launch of Greenland Ice Sheet Ocean Science Network

A spin-off from the GRISO Working Group, the International Greenland Ice Sheet-Ocean Interactions (GRISO) Network has launched a community driven site to keep updated about relevant activities and announcements. GRISO is an international, open network of scientists interested in working together to address the large, complex questions associated with recent changes in the Greenland Ice Sheet and the related oceanic and atmospheric changes around Greenland. 
The American Meteorological Society is conducting a survey to learn about the benefits of research and development to society. The R2O survey is looking for examples from the weather, water, and climate community about how basic scientific understanding has been turned into practical products and services. The eight-question survey results are made immediately available.  
Year of Polar Prediction Implementation Plan released

The Year of Polar Prediction, planned for 2017-2019, is an initiative led by the WMO’s World Weather Research Programme Polar Prediction Project. The main goal is to “enable a significant improvement in environmental prediction capabilities for the polar regions and beyond, by coordinating a period of intensive observing, modelling, prediction, verification, user-engagement, and education activities”. The implementation plan outlines the objectives and activities to reach the initiative’s goal. 

Funding Opportunities

Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation: 2015 Research in Satellite Data Assimilation for Numerical Environmental Prediction
Deadline: January 15
The NOAA/NASA/DOD Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) aims to accelerate participating agency abilities to ingest and effectively use the large volumes of data from current satellite-based instruments and planned satellite missions. This announcement calls for proposals for scientific projects in the following areas:
  1. Fundamental scientific improvements to the Community Radiative Transfer Model (CRTM). Projects in this category will be expected to identify actual and recognized shortcomings in the CRTM. Coordination with the CRTM technical team is suggested. 
  2. Tackle the issue of bias error characterization of satellite data, in cloudy and rainy conditions. This issue is considered critical in the proper handling of cloud and rain-impacted radiances in data assimilation systems. 
  3. Optimization of the assimilation of DMSP SSMI/S data. Projects selected in this category will be expected to be complementary to existing projects funded under other programs.
  4. Assimilation of GPM sensors (passive and active). Projects in this category are encouraged to design scientific techniques, modules that could be applied generically to similar sensors (such as GCOM-W AMSR2). 
  5. Accelerate GOES-R data assimilation readiness (data such as radiances, AMVs, etc.) from both ABI and GLM sensors. Projects selected in this category will be expected to be complementary to existing projects funded under other programs and use real data as proxy to GOES-R from GOES and Himawari-8 satellites.
  6. Optimization of the SNPP sensors data assimilation (ATMS, CrIS, VIIRS, OMPS) in preparation for the assimilation of data from JPSS sensors. Projects selected in this category will be expected to be complementary to already funded projects funded under other programs.
Collaboration between the proposing and JCSDA is encouraged and should be addressed in the proposal. To promote Operations-to-Research, JCSDA plans to make available (to selected projects) computer resources, to perform data assimilation experiments if needed. This infrastructure is equipped with operational assimilation and forecast systems relevant to this program. Applicants are encouraged to include the use of this infrastructure and avoid using locally developed versions that might not be relevant to operational systems. 

NASA ROSES: Climate Indicators and Data Products for Future National Climate Assessments
Deadline: February 2
This solicitation seeks to motivate research responding to the vision of the sustained National Climate Assessment by increasing the knowledge base and capacity needed to enable the effective integration of new scientific understanding into management decisions. This can be achieved by enhancing the production of decision-support tools, initiating continuous improvements in collecting and synthesizing information, and by providing feedback to ongoing research efforts. Ongoing research efforts include climate indicators-related work and work conducted at the NASA Centers selected through the 2011 Center call. NASA aims to better integrate the climate indicator work with assessment product generation and assessment tools projects at NASA Centers.
NOAA Ocean Exploration 2015
Deadline: January 29
NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration & Research (OER) seeks to enhance ocean exploration and scientific knowledge in the Arctic by encouraging use of the rich Arctic data set collected since 2003 in support of the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) Project. OER challenges applicants to propose multi-partner interdisciplinary exploration projects that will capitalize and build on these Arctic ECS data, and target the mapped areas in new ways, using innovative technologies to inform some of NOAA's most pressing Arctic marine science needs, and stewardship responsibilities, pursuant to NOAA's Arctic Vision and Strategy. The applicants' proposed projects should focus on one or more of the areas of the Arctic where ECS data have been collected; and use these data as the foundation from which to launch additional explorations to identify, describe and create baseline characterizations of new habitats, marine resources and/or phenomena. OER is seeking pre-proposals and, ultimately, full proposals to support its exploration mission, consistent with NOAA's Next Generation Strategic Plan, to search, investigate, and document poorly known and unknown ocean areas through interdisciplinary exploration, and to advance and disseminate knowledge of the ocean environment and its physical, chemical, archaeological, and biological resources. Results will inform marine policy and marine resource management decisions. Proposals must address one or more NOAA's mission goals (e.g., Healthy Oceans, Climate Adaptation and Mitigation, Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies, NOAA's Science and Technology Enterprise).
Findings from these investigations are anticipated to result in new baseline characterizations, provide better scientific understanding of the processes on our continental margins, offer new insights into climate variability, marine ecosystems, previously unknown or unconventional energy sources, mineral resources, hazards resulting from extreme events such as earthquakes and tsunamis, and deliver technology advancements (platforms, sensors, methodologies, etc.) that will increase observational capability in the Arctic. OER is soliciting proposals that will bring together scientists from different disciplines to use innovative techniques (where feasible) to investigate unexplored and/or poorly known ocean areas and reveal new understandings and interpretations about our marine environment. Competitive proposals must be bold, innovative and interdisciplinary in their approach. It is expected that the results of funded proposals will stimulate further exploration and research, as well as inform marine policy and marine resource management decisions. Through this announcement, NOAA OER anticipates the availability of a total of approximately $3,000,000 including costs for ship and submersible assets. To familiarize themselves with past and present OER-funded activities, applicants are encouraged to visit the program's website
NSF Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Deadline: January 12
The Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (PRF) to highly qualified investigators within 3 years of obtaining their PhD to carry out an independent research program. The research plan of each Fellowship must address scientific questions within the scope of AGS disciplines.  The program supports researchers for a period of up to 2 years with Fellowships that can be taken to the institution or national facility of their choice. The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential, and provide them with experience in research that will broaden perspectives, facilitate interdisciplinary interactions and help establish them in leadership positions within the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences community. Because the Fellowships are offered only to postdoctoral scientists early in their careers, doctoral advisors are encouraged to discuss the availability of AGS Postdoctoral Research Fellowships with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

NSF Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities
Deadline: ongoing
The Instrumentation and Facilities Program in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR/IF) supports meritorious requests for infrastructure that promotes research and education in areas supported by the Division. EAR/IF will consider proposals for:
  1. Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment that will advance laboratory and field investigations and student research training opportunities in the Earth sciences. The maximum request is $750,000. The maximum request for upgrade of research group computing facilities is $75,000.
  2. Development of New Instrumentation, Techniques or Software that will extend current research and research training capabilities in the Earth sciences. The maximum request is $750,000.
  3. Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities that will make complex and expensive instruments, systems of instruments or services broadly available to the Earth science research and student communities.
  4. Support for Early Career Investigators to facilitate expedient development and operation of new research infrastructure proposed by the next generation of leaders in the Earth Sciences. The Early Career opportunity specifically allows for submission of a proposal for Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment or Development of New Instrumentation, Techniques or Software, which may include additional budget line items associated with support of a new full-time technician who will be dedicated to manage, operate and maintain the instrument(s) being requested. Any request for technical support under this opportunity is limited to three years duration. The maximum total request is $1,000,000.
Planned research uses of requested instruments, software, and facilities must include basic research on Earth processes supported by core programs or special programs of the Division of Earth Sciences. Support is available through grants or cooperative agreements awarded in response to investigator-initiated proposals. Human resource development and education are expected to be an integral part of all proposals submitted to EAR/IF.
Efforts to support participation of underrepresented groups in laboratory and/or field instrument use and training are encouraged. All proposers to EAR/IF are encouraged to consider support of outreach and/or broadening participation activities. Proposals submitted to the EAR/IF Program may request up to $20,000 for such activities. Proposals for support of national or regional multi-user facilities are excluded from the $20,000 maximum for outreach and broadening participation activities.

NSF Ocean Sciences Research Initiation Grants
Deadline: January 12
The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) offers Research Initiation Grants in an effort to increase the participation of under-represented groups in the ocean sciences. Research Initiation Grants provide start up funding for researchers who have been recently appointed to tenure track (or equivalent) positions, with the twin goals of enhancing the development of their research careers and broadening the participation of under-represented groups in ocean sciences. In this solicitation, the term under-represented groups will refer to and include the following: veterans, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders.


Student/Early Career Opportunities
AGU Congressional Science Fellowship – American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC
Deadline: February 1
Graduate Student Opportunity – Climatology/Biogeochemical Modeling – Earth & Envrionmental Sciences Department at Lehigh University
Deadline: January 1

Graduate Student Opportunity – Modeling of the Climate Response to Volcanic Eruptions – Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Deadline: January 15
Marine Geoscience Leadership Symposium – Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Washington, DC
Deadline: December 22
Postdoc – Advection Algorithms for Climate Models – Computational Physics Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
Postdoc – Atmospheric Sciences – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
Postdoc – Future of Ice Initiative/Polar regions – University of Washington, Seattle Washington
Deadline: January 30
Postdoc – Global Climate or Carbon-cycle Modeling – Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, California
Postdoc – NOAA Climate and Global Change – University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Colorado
Deadline: January 9
Postdoc – Oceanic Circulation Modeling – Univeristy of California, Los Angeles, CA
Postdoc – Remote Sensing of Coastal Environments – City University of New York, New York
Postdoc and PhD Students – Complex effects of climate change on nature reserve networks – Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Professional Research Assistant – Climate Modeling and Data Analysis – Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Univeristy of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Research Associate – Sea Ice Variability/Predictability – CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Research Scientists – Multiple modeling and assimilation positions (GOES, etc.) – Universities Space Research Associations, Greenbelt, Maryland

Open Positions
Assistant/Associate Professor – Climate/Atmospheric Sciences – School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Assistant Professor – Atmospheric Sciences – Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Deadline: January 31
Assistant Professor – Earth, Atmosphere, & Planetary Sciences – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge Massachusetts
Deadline: December 31
Assistant Professor – Global Climate Modeling/Earth Systems Modeling – Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
Deadline: December 20
Assistant Professor – Ocean Science – Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Deadline: January 21
Assistant Professor – Physical Oceanographer – School of Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Deadline: January 15
Atmospheric Model Developer Position – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California
Distinguished Earth Systems Fellowship – Universities Space Research Association, NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, Greenbelt, Maryland
Editor – Geophysical Research Letters (Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate Change, Paleoclimate/Paleooceanography, Biological Oceanography/Ocean biogeochemistry), American Geophysical Union
Deadline January 1
Ladder Faculty Positions (2) – Atmospheric Dynamics – University of California, Los Angeles, California
Deadline: January 15
Open Rank Faculty Position – Atmospheric Science/Climate Research – School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, University of Arizona, Tempe, Arizona
Professor – Earth/Environmental Sciences and Director of the Earth Research Institute – University of California, Santa Barbara, California
Deadline: February 2
Program Director – Division of Earth Sciences, Instrumentation & Facilities (Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment Rotation)– National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
Deadline: January 5
Program Director – Marine Geology and Geophysics Program - Division of Ocean Sciences, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
Deadline: January 28
State Climatologist – Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
Deadline: December 16
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