Newsgram, January 2017
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January 2017 Edition

  1. Announcements

  2. Meetings and Workshops

  3. Community News

  4. Funding Opportunities

  5. Jobs


US CLIVAR welcomes Sonya Legg as new chair of SSC 
Sonya Legg, Princeton University, has been selected as the new chair of the US CLIVAR Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) to serve through 2017. The SSC chair directs US CLIVAR activities by advancing the Science Plan, identifying new opportunities for engagement, and serving as an ambassador for the program. 

Abstract deadline extended to January 20 for 2017 US AMOC Meeting 
The US AMOC Science Team will host an open meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from May 23-25, 2017. The meeting will serve to identify emerging research gaps and questions, provide updates on progress within the community, and discuss future opportunities and legacy activities as the Science Team plans to wrap-up in 2020. The deadline to submit an abstract is January 20.  

Year In Review: 2016 Research Highlights 
From better understanding of the overturning circulation to more insight on the impacts of a warming climate, this collection of research highlights from 2016 features new science conducted by members of the US CLIVAR community. Check out this "Year In Review" and visit the Research Highlights section to learn more.

Changing Arctic event in Washington, DC 
Scientists are actively addressing if and how changes in the Arctic are connected to extreme events across the mid-latitudes. In conjunction with a three-day workshop, US CLIVAR is partnering with other organizations to host a public evening lecture and reception on this topic, which will take place in Washington, DC, on February 2 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

Submit an abstract to 2017 Sea Level Changes Conference 
The World Climate Research Program and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission are organizing an international conference on "Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts" to be hosted at Columbia University July 10-14, 2017. The conference program is designed to provide an evaluation of the current state of sea level science, outline future research and observational requirements for improving our understanding of sea level rise and variability, and identification of stakeholder needs for sea level information for coastal planning and management. Abstract submissions are due February 15.

Meetings and Workshops

Sustaining Ocean Observations to Understand Future Changes in Earth’s Climate
January 31-February 1, 2017, Irvine, California

The National Academies Ocean Studies Board will host the next meeting of an ad hoc study committee to examine the essential ocean variables for climate research and prioritize those variables for which a long-term, continuous record will be most critical for understanding and modeling climate change over the next century. Some sessions of the meeting are open to the public.

 Polar Prediction Workshop 2017
March 27-29, 2017, Bremerhaven, Germany

The focus of the Polar Prediction Workshop is on environmental prediction in the polar regions on subseasonal to interannual timescales, thereby helping to build a "seamless“ polar prediction community. Abstracts are due January 30.

 13th Annual Polar Technology Conference
April 11-12, 2017, Denver, Colorado

The conference brings together polar scientists and technology developers to exchange information on research system operational needs and technology solutions for polar environments. Abstracts are due March 28.

 Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop 2017
May 2-4, 2017, Anchorage, Alaska

This annual meeting will bring together climate researchers, information producers, and users to share developments in the research and applications of climate predictions for societal decision-making. The theme is Understanding Extreme Events and Decision-Maker Needs in the Context of Climate Variability and Change. Abstracts are due January 31.

 Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU)-AGU Joint Meeting
May 20-25, 2017, Chiba, Japan,

JpGU and AGU will hold the first joint meeting of the two societies covering all areas of the Earth and space sciences with more than 150 sessions to be conducted in English. The theme for the meeting is “For a Borderless World of Geoscience.” Abstracts are due February 3.

 5th WGNE Workshop on Systematic Errors in Weather and Climate Models
June 19-23, 2017, Montreal, Canada

The WCRP-JSC/CAS Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE) is organizing a workshop to increase understanding of the nature and cause of errors in models used for weather and climate prediction, including intra-seasonal to inter-annual scales. Abstracts are due January 28.

2nd WCRP Summer School on Climate Model Development
July 17-28, 2017, Cachoeira Paulista, Brazil

INPE/CPTEC is hosting this WCRP summer school to provide Ph. students, postdocs, and young scientists theoretical background of the suite of scale-aware parameterizations used to represent convective processes in gray-zone climate models. Applications are due February 16.

 2017 CESM Tutorial
August 14-18, 2017, Boulder, Colorado

The annual tutorial on the Community Earth System Model (CESM) will feature lectures on simulating the climate system and practical sessions on running CESM, modifying components, and analyzing data. The meeting is targeted at the graduate student level. Applications are due March 4.

 10th International Carbon Dioxide Conference
August 21-25, 2017, Interlaken, Switzerland

The 10th International Carbon Dioxide Conference will provide participants with an integrated, interdisciplinary view of the global carbon cycle and its perturbation by humans.  The conference will consider spatial scales, ranging from local and regional to global syntheses, and address multiple time scales. Abstracts are due February 28.

 2017 Joint IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly
August 27-September 1, 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

The meeting seeks to advance the understanding of the land-ocean-atmosphere-ice climate system, with a focus on physical oceanography, meteorology-atmospheric science, and geomagnetism. The focus will be on South Atlantic, Indian, and Southern Ocean exchanges, including a session on the meridional overturning circulation. Abstracts are due March 12.

 GODAE OceanView Summer School 2017
October 2-13, 2017, Mallorca, Spain

The international school for observing, assimilating, and forecasting the ocean is a two-week program offered to early career scientists, professionals, and students on the current state of the art in operational oceanography and related advances in the ocean sciences. Applications are due February 28. 

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

Community News

TPOS2020 releases first report 
The Tropical Pacific Observing System 2020 (TPOS2020) project released its first report to enhance and redesign international observations of the tropical Pacific. This report lays out the rationale and plans for the first step of the redesign and aims to provide sponsors with a means to justify and defend investments in both sustained and experimental observations in the tropical Pacific. 

Public comment on Climate Science Special Report 
The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) seeks public comment on the draft of its Climate Science Special Report. This special report provides an update on the physical climate science presented in the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA3) released in 2014, specifically Chapter 2 and Appendices 3 and 4. The draft report is an important input to the authors of the next quadrennial NCA (NCA4), expected in 2018. The public comment period closes February 3. 

Arctic research plan for next five years 
The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) released the 2017-2021 Arctic Research Plan in December. The plan supports US policy across a range of scales—from Arctic peoples and communities to the role of the Arctic in the Earth System. It is organized into nine research goals: health and well-being; atmosphere; sea ice; marine ecosystems; glaciers, ice caps and the Greenland ice sheet; permafrost; terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems; coastal resilience; and environmental intelligence.

International Antarctic research plan for next five years 
The Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) released the 2017-2022 strategic plan in January. The plan promotes international cooperation in scientific research to understand the nature of Antarctica, the role of Antarctica in the global system, and the character and effects of environmental change and human activities on Antarctica. 

Nominations sought for review of the Second State
of the Carbon Cycle Report
An ad hoc committee of the National Academies will conduct an independent review of the 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR-2) draft report, which will be available in early 2017. The focus of SOCCR-2 is on the scientific understanding of US and North American carbon cycle stocks and fluxes, in the context of global-scale budgets. The deadline to submit nominations is January 20.

CESM low warming simulations now available 
Results from the Community Earth System Model (CESM) Large Ensemble are now available for various emissions scenarios, including 10 ensemble members for the 1.5°C scenario, 8 ensemble members for the 2.0°C scenario, and 5 ensemble members for the 1.5°C overshoot scenario. The results are currently being processed for a publication, but the data are publically available.

Research Highlight: Agulhas leakage, not salinity, linked 
to the Atlantic meridional circulation slowdown
A new study by Kelly et al. in Geophysical Research Letters concludes that the likely source of changes in heat that caused the recent slowdown in the AMOC was from a decrease in the Agulhas Leakage and that changes in convection in the subpolar North Atlantic was an unlikely contributor.

Research Highlight: Hurricanes more likely to weaken 
along the US coast during active periods
New research in Nature by Kossin shows that when conditions in the deep tropics are good for hurricane intensification, they are bad along the US coast. This sets up a barrier around the US coast during active hurricane periods that inhibits hurricanes from strengthening and usually causes them to weaken.

Funding Opportunities

NOAA: Climate Program Offices’ Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program
Deadline: February 6
The NOAA Climate Program Office’s (CPO) Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program supports research teams that conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, user-inspired, and regionally relevant research that informs resource management and public policy. CPO funds a network of RISA teams across the US and Pacific Islands, which are a model for interdisciplinary science and assessment. Our research advances the nation’s understanding of climate-related risks and vulnerabilities across sectors and regions, and the development of tools to foster more informed decision-making. RISA activities address the societal challenges identified in NOAA’s Next-Generation Strategic Plan: i) climate impacts on water resources; ii) coasts and climate resilience; iii) sustainability of marine ecosystems; and iv) changes in the extremes of weather and climate. In FY 2017, RISA is holding two competitions for research funding focused on three geographies. They are soliciting proposals for: 1) Competition 1: a RISA team focused on the Arizona/New Mexico region of the US; and 2) Competition 2: a RISA team focused on either the California/Nevada region of the US or on the Midwestern region of the US. They estimate that $3-$3.5 million over five years will be available for each competition, pending available funding and budget appropriations. Awards will be at a funding level of $600,000-$700,000 per year for up to 5 years.

NSF: Physical Oceanography
Deadline: February 15
The Physical Oceanography Program supports research on a wide range of topics associated with the structure and movement of the ocean, with the way in which it transports various quantities, with the way the ocean's physical structure interacts with the biological and chemical processes within it, and with interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere, solid earth and ice that surround it. The full proposal target date is February 15 annually.

NSF: Ocean Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination
Deadline: February 15
The Oceanographic Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination (OTIC) Program supports a broad range of research and technology development activities. Unsolicited proposals are accepted for instrumentation development that has broad applicability to ocean science research projects and that enhance observational, experimental or analytical capabilities of the ocean science research community. Specific announcements for funding opportunities are made for additional projects involving Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML) and the National Ocean Partnership Program.
EPSCoR Research Fellows  (RII Track-4)
Deadline: February 28
The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to promote scientific progress nationwide. RII Track-4 provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. Through these visits, the EPSCoR Research Fellows will be able to learn new techniques, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and shift their research toward transformative new directions.  The experience gained through the fellowship is intended to provide a foundation for research collaborations that span the recipient’s entire career. These benefits to the Fellows are also expected to in turn enhance the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions. PIs must hold a non-tenured faculty appointment or its close equivalent, either in the form of a pre-tenure tenure-track position or a long-term non-tenure-track position.

NSF: Potential Integration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) EXport Processes in the Ocean from RemoTe Sensing (EXPORTS) Program
Deadline: February 15
NSF’s Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) will consider research proposals that could potentially integrate and leverage with the planned NASA EXPORTS field program. NASA is planning the EXPORTS program to study carbon export from the surface ocean, with research cruises tentatively scheduled to begin in 2018. NASA EXPORTS provides opportunities for NSF-funded scientists to participate and engage in the program. OCE is potentially interested in projects that integrate with the NASA field program intellectually and provide substantive advances in the basic scientific understandings of the "biological pump" or any associated biological, chemical, physical, or geological processes. NSF supported a workshop in February 2016 on the “Biology of the Biological Pump” at which basic research topics that could complement EXPORTS science were identified. OCE will consider additional aspects of the export system as well.

NSF: Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)
Deadline: March 6
The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze well-integrated interdisciplinary and convergent research to transform scientific understanding of the food, energy, and water (FEW) nexus (integrating all three components rather than addressing them separately), in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. The NSF INFEWS initiative is designed specifically to attain the following goals:
  1. Significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system through quantitative, predictive and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure;
  2. Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability;
  3. Enable research that will lead to innovative solutions to critical FEW systems problems; and
  4. Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system, through education and other professional development opportunities.

NSF: Management and Operation of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)
Letter of Intent: January 18
Proposals: April 17
The OOI is a large-scale ocean observing system constructed and deployed under NSF sponsorship and oversight as a Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) Project. The system includes an integrated network of cabled and uncabled arrays of instrumentation, distributed in various coastal and global ocean locations, to facilitate Ocean Science research. Since construction was completed in 2016, the OOI has been in operational status at an approximate funding level of $55,000,000 ($55M) per year.
The existing Cooperative Agreement (CA) for Construction and Initial Operation of the facility extends from September 2009 through April 2017. A National Research Council (NRC) review commissioned by NSF to examine the balance of Ocean Science research and infrastructure costs over the next decade resulted in NSF developing an implementation plan that will require significant changes to the facility operation envisioned by the current CA. The new approaches required for managing and operating the OOI in the best interest of U.S. science will most effectively be implemented by a new operating model that encourages greater efficiency, innovation, and collaboration.
This solicitation seeks the services of a qualified organization to provide scientific and technical management and operation of the OOI consistent with National Science Board policy and NSF's decisions regarding NRC recommendations. The initial period of the award is intended to cover five years, plus a maximum 6-month transition period if required, with performance expected to begin in late-2017.


Student/Early Career Opportunities

Congressional Science Fellowship – American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC
Deadline: February 1
Congressional Science Fellowship – American Meteorological Society, Washington, DC
Deadline: February 1
Executive Liaison Officer – Center for Climate Systems Research – Earth Institute, Columbia, University, New York, New York
NOAA Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship – NOAA, Washington, DC
Deadline: February 10
North Pacific Research Board Graduate Student Research Awards
Deadline: February 10
L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship
Deadline: February 3
PhD Program – Ocean Science and Engineering – Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
Deadline: February 15
PhD Research Assistantship – Dendroclimatology – Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Postdoc – Antarctic Ocean-ice sheet interactions – Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico
Postdoc – Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation – University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Postdoc – Atmospheric Circulation Change – University of California, Los Angeles, California
Postdoc – Atmospheric Climate Modeling – University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Postdoc – Arctic Ecology and Climate Change – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Postdoc – Climate and Atmospheric Dynamics – University of California, Los Angeles, California
Postdoc – Cloud Processes Research – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California
Postdoc – Computational Ocean Modeling – Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Postdoc – Coupled Climate Modeling – University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Postdoc – Cryospheric Sciences – Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York
Postdoc – Dynamics and Impacts of Extreme Climate Events – Stanford University, Stanford, California
Postdoc – Glacier-Ocean Interactions, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
Postdoc – Inter-Ocean Exchanges and Regional Sinks of Heat, Salt, and Carbon – NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
Postdoc – Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Monterey, California
Deadline: March 15
Postdoc – Ocean Modeling – Las Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico
Postdoc – Ocean Process Studies – University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Postdoc – Paleoclimate and The Biological Pump – Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Postdoc – Persistent Anomalies in the Extratropical Atmosphere – North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Deadline: January 26
Postdoc – Physical Oceanography/ Tropical Atlantic climate and its connections to atmospheric circulation and continental rainfall – University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Postdoc – Physical Oceanography/Water properties and ocean circulation – University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Postdoc – Science Policy – American Meteorological Society, Washington, DC
Deadline: February 15
Postdoc – Tropical Climate Modeling – University of California, Irvine, California
Research Fellow – Oceanography - Nanyang Technological University/University of Colorado, Boulder
Open Positions

Assistant Professor – Atmospheric Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York
Assistant Professor or Director – Coastal Science and Policy Graduate Program, University of California, Santa Cruz, California
Deadline: June 30
Assistant Professor – Geodynamics or Paleoclimate Modeling, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
Assistant Professor - Meteorology and Atmospheric Science and Statistics, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor - Physical Oceanography, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, North Carolina
Assistant Professor – Regional Climatologist, Washington State University, Vancouver, Washington
Associate Professor – Ocean Acoustics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, California
Deadline: January 31
Climate and Weather Data Analytics Developer – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California
Computational Scientist – Global Ocean Data Assimilation, NOAA National Center for Environmental Prediction, College Park, Maryland
Director – Coastal Resources Center, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island
Deadline: February 1
Faculty – Energy, Environment, and Water Sustainability, University of Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York
Global Climate Model Developer – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California
Lecturer - Earth & Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley, California
Multi-Physics Climate Code Developer – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California
Open Rank Tenure Track Positions - Coastal and Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, North Carolina

Professor – Climate Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Research Oceanographer - NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Seattle, Washington
Deadline: January 24

Research Scientist – Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Deadline: January 31
Section Head – Atmospheric Sciences, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia
Deadline: January 23
Senior Computer Scientist in Climate Modeling – Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee
Deadline: January 21


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