Newsgram, February 2016
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February 2016 Edition

  1. Announcements

  2. Meetings and Workshops

  3. Community News

  4. Funding Opportunities

  5. Jobs


Welcome new Panel members and SSC co-chair
US CLIVAR welcomes the following new members, who will help science planning and implementation of program goals.
Scientific Steering Committee Co-Chair
Daniel Vimont, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Phenomena, Observations, and Synthesis Panel
Alison Macdonald, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
James Morison, University of Washington
Yolande Serra, University of Washington
Samantha Stevenson, NCAR and University of Hawaii 
Process Study and Model Improvement Panel
Gregory Foltz, NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
Taka Ito, Georgia Institute of Technology
Hyodae Seo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Janet Sprintall, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Predictability, Prediction, and Applications Interface Panel
Emily Becker, NOAA Climate Prediction Center
Robert Burgman, Florida International University
Adam Clark, NOAA National Severe Storm Lab
John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas A&M University

CLIVAR at Ocean Sciences Meeting
US and International CLIVAR will be at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting and hosting a variety of sessions and a town hall. Please stop by and say hello. And many more…

Abstract submission open for CLIVAR Open Science Conference
Join the international climate community to review the state of science, prioritize international research plans, and form new collaborations at the 2016 CLIVAR Open Science Conference on September 18-25 in Qingdao, China. Abstracts are now being accepted for the meeting, as well as applications for the early career scientist (ECS) symposium, travel grants, town hall proposals, and poster clusters. The website has additional information about all of the activities and events taking place. The deadline for abstracts, travel grants, and to attend the ECS symposium is March 15. 

PSMI Panel webinar series on process studies
The PSMI Panel is organizing a set of webinars on process studies with the goals of providing feedback on the plans and challenges for individual process studies and distilling programmatic lessons learned. The next webinar will be on Friday, February 19, featuring presentations on Layered Atlantic Smoke Interactions with Clouds (LASIC) and ObseRvations of Aerosols Above Clouds and Their IntEractionS (ORACLES). The following webinar will be on March 2 and feature presentations on ARMWest Antarctic Radiation Experiment (AWARE) and Marine ARM GPCI Investigations of Clouds (MAGIC). For information view the calendar on the PSMI webpage.


Meetings and Workshops

AMS Summer Policy Colloquium
June 5-14, 2016, Washington, DC

Each year, AMS provides scientists an immersive opportunity to learn about the policy process and how to effectively engage as a scientist. Around 40 applicants will be accepted for the ten-day workshop. A limited number of students and faculty will be awarded full financial support. Those interested in attending and requesting NSF funding need to apply by March 21.

Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project 2016 Workshop and Summer School
June 6-17, 2016, Boulder, Colorado

The DCMIP workshop and summer school is a unique and intensive educational experience for future climate scientists and atmospheric model developers. Special attention will be paid to simplified physical parameterizations, physics-dynamics coupling, non-hydrostatic atmospheric modeling and variable-resolution global modeling. Funding is available to fully support participation by students and postdocs over the two-week period covering the workshop. Applications are due March 14.
International Symposium on Interactions of Ice Sheets and Glaciers with the Ocean
July 10-15, 2016, La Jolla, California

The International Glaciological Society will hold a symposium on ice-ocean interactions to assess the state of knowledge and discuss the needs for model development. The organizers anticipate and welcome a broad range of experts covering ice-sheet, ice-shelf, glacier, and ocean and climate studies that interface with sea and land ice as part of the global climate system. Abstracts are due March 15.
Workshop for Early Career Geoscience Faculty
July 24-28, 2016, College Park, Maryland

This workshop, organized by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers,  will provide participants with sessions on topics including effective teaching strategies, course design, establishing a research program in a new setting, working with research students, balancing professional and personal responsibilities, and time management. Participants must have a full-time faculty position at a two-year or four-year college or a university at the time of the workshop and must be in their first three years of full-time teaching or starting a full-time position in the fall. Applications are due March 16.

National Center for Atmospheric Research CESM Tutorial
August 8-12, 2016, Boulder, Colorado

The Community Earth System Model (CESM) Tutorial will consist of lectures on simulating the climate system, and practical sessions on running CESM, modifying components, and analyzing data. The CESM Tutorial is targeted at the graduate student level. A maximum of 80 students will be accepted with partial financial support (lodging, per diem, ground transportation) for some students. Deadline to apply is March 4.

AMS Joint 21st Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography and Climatology Conference and 20th Conference on Air-Sea Interaction
August 15-19, 2016, Madison, Wisconsin

This joint conference is motivated by the on-going development of observational capabilities and analysis techniques to observe air-sea interaction processes using satellite remote sensing. The program committee seeks contributions highlighting synergisms between satellite remote sensing and air-sea interaction, as well as contributions from all areas of satellite meteorology, oceanography, climatology, and air-sea interaction research, applications, and processes. Abstracts are due April 1. 

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

Community News

NOAA completes the archive of the Climate Forecast System Version 2
NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), and the Climate Program Office jointly announce the completion of the public archive of the reforecasts and reanalysis from the Climate Forecast System (CFSv2)—the current NCEP operational system for monthly and seasonal forecasts. The time periods of data include 1979-2011 for reanalysis, 1982-2011 for reforecasts, and 2011-2014 for operational model analysis and forecasts.

New platform for analysis of large-scale CMIP5 data
The Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) and NCAR, with support from NSF, are making available a platform to support analysis of large-scale CMIP5 data, call the CMIP Analysis Platform. The goal of the platform is to support analysis that would otherwise be difficult or impossible for university researchers to conduct, either because of a lack of disk space or lack of analysis software or computing capability. The CMIP Analysis Platform is available to any researcher who is eligible for a small university allocation, which includes scientists with NSF awards as well as graduate students and postdoctoral researchers for their dissertation or postdoctoral projects.

Host a PACE Fellow
The UCAR Visiting Scientist Program is seeking interested host partners to submit a joint statement of intent to host a Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Fellow. The goal of this program is to train climate researchers to transform their knowledge into solutions and tools for the decision/risk management community. The program pairs early-career climate scientists with two co-hosting institutions: one host provides the climate research expertise guidance, and the other host is a decision-making institution that provides the opportunity for the PACE fellow to immerse themselves in a decision-making culture. Applications to host a PACE Fellow are due February 29.

AGU call for honors nominations
AGU's diverse awards program recognizes members in all career stages, including early career professionals and students. Nominating a student or early career professional for an AGU honor them with their career and give them the recognition they deserve. Consider nominating a colleague, outstanding student, or early career individual for one of the various awards such as the Ambassador Award, Climate Communication Prize, or Science for Solutions Award. Nominations are due March 15. 

Contribute an article on NMME to a special issue of Climate Dynamics
The North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME) hindcast and forecast databases are openly available to the scientific community and are being used for predictability and prediction research from weeks to seasons. This special issue of Climate Dynamics will be collection of at least 20 manuscripts documenting the use of the NMME system database for research ranging from predictability studies to multi-model prediction evaluation and diagnostics to emerging applications of climate predictability for subseasonal to seasonal predictions. If you plan to submit a manuscript, please send a tentative title to Heather Archambault (NOAA) by March 1. 

Research Highlight: Role of oceanic heat in sea ice loss in the new Arctic
The fate of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean in the coming years and decades is dependent upon our understanding of the complex ocean–ice–air interactions and feedbacks to the system. A new paper by Carmack et al. identifies the critical processes, key questions, and required elements for a research agenda to study this new Arctic environment.

Research Highlight: The AMOC: its role in climate and its mechanisms of variability
The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), a large-scale circulation pattern in the Atlantic, plays a central role in climate through its heat and freshwater transports. New research by Buckley and Marshall proposes monitoring a specific region that may enable scientists to better predict AMOC variability and future climate.


Funding Opportunities

DOE – Earth System Modeling
Deadline for Encouraged Proposals: March 14, 2016
The Earth System Modeling (ESM) Program in the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD), Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), US Department of Energy (DOE), supports research to develop and exercise innovative methods of representing and coupling components of the Earth’s climate system, in order to provide a predictive capability to underpin the Nation’s societal and energy planning. Innovative methods span a variety of topics, e.g., the development of increasingly complex representations of climate systems, coupling these with “human” systems and drivers as needed to improve climate simulation fidelity, and the application of next-generation computational methods to facilitate and to accelerate model computational performance on DOE’s current and next-generation NERSC and Leadership Class Facility (LCF) computers. Toward these goals, the ESM Program recently launched a DOE-Laboratory-led project to develop the Accelerated Climate Model for Energy (ACME). ACME aims to design and perform high-resolution climate simulations efficiently on LCF computers, in order to advance research on the coupled Earth system and to inform societal planning. The ACME model codes and outputs will be released regularly to the broader community. This FOA invites community input into ACME design and development, by soliciting applications that would develop and investigate the climate system in the following areas: atmospheric chemistry, convection, ocean biogeochemistry, tidal and estuary representations, representations of land disturbances, and improvements to particular system-coupling treatments.

DOE – Climate Model Development and Validation
Deadline: March 25, 2016
The Climate Model Development and Validation (CMDV) Activity in the Climate and
Environmental Sciences Division (CESD), Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is a new effort to improve climate model architecture, software, and computational design to prepare for exascale computing, to develop scale-aware physics for climate systems, and to enhance methods for model validation. This solicitation focuses mainly on the development and validation of scale-aware physics parameterizations for the atmosphere, with the goal of including these in either the current or next generation version of DOE’s Accelerated Climate Model for Energy (ACME). A recent workshop report describes a new strategy to better align DOE capabilities across scales and disciplines in order to much more rapidly advance ACME development. In line with this strategy, this FOA solicits university and other non-DOE-Laboratory investigators to participate as collaborators in team projects led by DOE National Laboratories that will work in an end-to-end manner between measurements and modeling, and across scales from local and/or regional to global, in order to improve the fidelity of global climate model simulations, with a view to enhanced predictability and address critical climate science challenges. The model representation of clouds and aerosols, and their changes in response to energy and climate drivers, remain the most uncertain elements in model predictions of the climate system. Therefore, improved predictability requires greater understanding and representation of the behaviors of clouds and chemistry within global climate models.

DOE - Regional and Global Climate Modeling and Integrated Assessment Research: An Integration Framework for Multi-Model, U.S. Regional Climate Evaluation
Deadline for Encouraged Proposals: April 18, 2016
The Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) supports a broad range of climate and earth system observational, analysis, and modeling research. Two of the activities within the modeling component of the Division, i.e., the Regional and Global Climate Modeling (RGCM) Activity and the Integrated Assessment Research (IAR) Activity, are collaborating in issuing this Funding Opportunity Announcement. This FOA is intended to focus on a balance of evolutionary research and high risk / high payoff research. While evolutionary research typically advances the science based on existing data, methodologies, and modeling tools, topics that fit the category of high risk, high pay-off research are expected to explore innovative new directions based on concepts not typically incorporated in existing research and/or tools that are not routinely available or applied. As part of this FOA, proposals that are considered to be high risk and high payoff should clearly describe how the proposed ideas have the potential to lead to breakthroughs in modeling of climate change and climate-human interdependencies that involve e.g. the energy-water-land nexus, at global and regional scales. Proposals are allowed and encouraged to have components that bridge evolutionary research with high risk/high payoff research. Both RGCM and IAR have interest in the interdependence of the predictability of water availability and extremes, application of uncertainty quantification methodologies, and studying how climate change and human activities influence the energy-water-land nexus.

NSF – Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS)
Deadline: March 22, 2016
The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze the well-integrated interdisciplinary research efforts to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus 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 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 system and technological solutions to critical FEW problems; and
  4. Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system, through education and other professional development opportunities.
This activity enables interagency cooperation on one of the most pressing problems of the millennium - understanding interactions across the food, energy and water nexus - how it is likely to affect our world, and how we can proactively plan for its consequences. It allows the partner agencies - NSF and the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) and others - to combine resources to identify and fund the most meritorious and highest-impact projects that support their respective missions, while eliminating duplication of effort and fostering collaboration between agencies and the investigators they support.
NSF and USDA/NIFA are interested in promoting international cooperation that links scientists and engineers from a range of disciplines and organizations to solve the significant global challenges at the nexus of food, energy and water systems. Proposals including international collaboration are encouraged when those efforts enhance the merit of the proposed work by incorporating unique resources, expertise, facilities or sites of international partners. The US team's international counterparts generally should have support or obtain funding through other non-NSF sources.

NASA Roses – Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry
Deadline: March 3, 2016
Research in support of the Galway Statement: North Atlantic - Arctic Oceanographic Processes (Section 2.3)
The tri-lateral Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation of May 2013, among the European Union (EU), Canada, and the United States (US), emphasizes the need for international cooperation in discovering and understanding processes influencing this dynamic region of the oceans. From 2013 to 2014, NASA sponsored the EXport Processes in the Ocean from RemoTe Sensing (EXPORTS) field program science planning effort (final science plan available), which focused on identifying and quantifying the mechanisms that determine the export of biogenic carbon from the euphotic zone and its transformation in the mesopelagic zone at regional and global scales.
NASA welcomes proposals to conduct research to address the goals and objectives of the Galway Statement and its implementation, particularly those science objectives that are in line with preliminary research to inform planning for the EXPORTS field campaign based on the final science plan. The proposed work plan’s relationship and direct link to the Galway Statement and the Galway Statement’s research goals and objectives must be explicitly justified within the proposal. Proposed research must clearly demonstrate a firm partnership with scientists from Canada or the European Union in support of the Galway Statement. Proposals seeking to address the goals of the EXPORTS draft science plan that are not clearly and explicitly linked to the Galway Statement research goals and objectives are not solicited at this time.

NOAA –Research to Operations Initiative: NOAA Testbeds
Deadline: February 29, 2016
NOAA's testbeds and proving grounds facilitate the orderly transition of research capabilities to operational implementation through development testing in testbeds, and pre-deployment testing and operational readiness/suitability evaluation in operational proving grounds. The purpose of the NOAA Research to Operations (R2O) Initiative is to expand and accelerate critical weather forecasting research to operations to address growing service demands and increase the accuracy of weather forecasts. This will be achieved through: (1) accelerated development and implementation of improved global weather prediction models and inclusion of the coupling among atmosphere, ocean, wave, land surface and ice system components; (2) improved data assimilation techniques; (3) nested regional prediction capabilities; (4) improved hurricane and tropical cyclone modeling techniques; (5) improved ensemble techniques; (6) post-processing forecast tools and techniques; and (7) improved software architecture and system engineering. The NOAA R2O Initiative is soliciting proposals for projects involving applied science, modeling and/or data assimilation that supports development of effective assimilation for environmental observations at global and regional scales, and hurricane and other high-impact weather forecast models that meet societal requirements to effectively mitigate economic disruption. This program announcement (NOAA-NWS-NWSPO-2016-2004610) provides guidelines for submission of proposals and also describes opportunities and application procedures to demonstrate capabilities that have the potential to be incorporated into operational NWS numerical weather prediction (NWP) analyses and forecasts. The R2O initiative addresses NOAA's Weather Ready Nation (WRN) strategic goal and supporting objectives. The Program also represents an NOAA/NWS effort to foster a cost-effective transition from basic and applied research to operations and services through collaborative research and developmental testing between institutions which have expertise in the environmental sciences and operational forecast scientists. These activities will engage researchers in applied research of interest with the operational meteorological community and will improve the accuracy of forecasts and warnings of environmental hazards by applying scientific knowledge and information to operational products and services. Applicants for this opportunity must work in partnership with NOAA testbeds and proving grounds.

NOAA – Research to Operations Initiative: Next Generation Global Prediction System and Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project
Deadline: February 29, 2016

This program announcement (NOAA-NWS-NWSPO-2016-200473) is soliciting proposals for projects involving applied science, modeling and/or data assimilation that support development of the Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS) at global and regional scales. The NOAA R2O Initiative is also soliciting proposals for the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project (HFIP) initiative to engage and coordinate hurricane research required to improve operational hurricane forecasts to meet societal requirements to effectively mitigate economic disruption. This notice provides guidelines for submission of proposals and also describes opportunities and application procedures to demonstrate capabilities that have the potential to be incorporated into operational NWS numerical weather prediction (NWP) analyses and forecasts.


Student/Early Career Opportunities
Postdoc – Atmospheric Climate Modeling – University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Postdoc – Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Deadline: March 1
Postdoc – Climate Data Products for Impacts Analysis and Decision Support Applications – Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
Postdoc – Climate Resilience and Sensitivity – The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
Postdoc – Climate Science – Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Postdoc – Cloud Processes Research – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California
Postdoc – Coupled Climate Modeling – University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Postdoc – Columbia Water Center – Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York
Postdoc – Earth System Analysis to Inform Decision Making – Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
Postdoc – Ecosystem Modeling – Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Postdoc – Ecosystem Modeling – University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii
Postdoc – Geosciences – Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Postdoc – Global Climate Modeling – Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, California
Postdoc – Integrated Assessment Modeling – Latin America, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, College Park, Maryland
Deadline: February 19
Postdoc – Investigation of Decadal Climate Predictability and Hydroclimate Impacts on the Western US – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Postdoc – Multi-Decadal Internal Climate Varaibility and its Role in Climate Change – Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Postdoc – Ocean Dynamics and Modeling – Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California
Postdoc - Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate Dynamics – Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Postdoc – Ocean Process Studies – University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Postdoc – Physical Oceanography – Univeristy of Miami, Miami, Florida
Postdoc – Software Development Framework Connecting Models, Remote Sensing Data, and Field Measurements – Caltech/ NASA JPL, Pasadena, California
Deadline: March 31
Postdoc – Southern Ocean Climate Dynamics – University of Arizona, NOAA GFDL, and Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Student Summer School – Advanced Computing for Earth Sciences – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Deadline: March 1
Student PhD Field Course – Advanced Climate Dynamics Course: Role of High Latitudes in Centennial to Millennial Scale Climate Variability, Newfoundland
Deadline: March 10
Open Positions
Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor – Integrated Modeling of Hydroclimate Systems, University of California, Davis, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California
Deadline: April 1
Assistant, Associate, and Senior Scientist – Geology and Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Assistant, Associate, and Senior Scientist – Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Assistant Professor - Atmospheric Sciences, University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

Assistant Professor – Numerical Modeling of Hydraulic Systems, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Assistant Professor – Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Assistant Professor – Regional Climate Modeling, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington    
Associate Research Scientist – International Research Institute for Climate and Society/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory/Columbia University, Pallisades, New York
Associate Scientist – National Water Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Director – Regional Climate Hub – Department of Agriculture, Various Locations
Editor in Chief – Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, American Geophysical Union
Program Director – Geosciences, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia
Deadline: March 21
Program Director – Geomorphology and Land-Use Dyamics Program, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia
Deadline: February 18

Scientist in Residency Fellowship – Sitka Sound Science Center, Sitka, Alaska
Deadline: April 1


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