Newsgram, April 2016
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April 2016 Edition

  1. Announcements

  2. Meetings and Workshops

  3. Community News

  4. Funding Opportunities

  5. Jobs


Call for US CLIVAR-sponsored workshops
Requests are now being accepted for US CLIVAR-sponsored workshops. Community workshops are used to coordinate, develop, plan, and implement new or focused activities for the benefit of the scientific community and relevant to the goals of US CLIVAR. The deadline for submission is May 6.

Apply to attend a workshop on Forecasting ENSO Impacts
on Marine Ecosystems of the US West Coast

Participants are invited to attend a workshop to help develop a framework for using ENSO forecasts to predict changes in marine ecosystems off of the US West Coast, which shows large imprints of ENSO on biological processes. US CLIVAR, the Ocean Carbon Biogeochemistry Program, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and NOAA Fisheries are sponsoring the 50-person workshop. Applications must be submitted by May 2.

Comments sought for white paper on translating process
understanding to improve climate models

Comments are sought on a draft white paper based upon the October 2015 US CLIVAR workshop, Translating Process Understanding to Improve Climate Models. The white paper is intended to summarize questionnaire responses, workshop presentations, discussions, and recommendations to inform both the broad research community and agency considerations on the need for a coordinated effort to translate process understanding into climate model improvements over the next decade. Comments on the current draft are due by April 29.

Submit ideas for ocean science priorities for the next Presidency
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, American Geophysical Union, and US CLIVAR are seeking input from a wide audience of ocean stakeholders and scientists to help inform future ocean science priorities in the next Administration. If you would like to contribute to the recommendations, now is the time to do so. Please submit your requests in the form of broad themes or goals, followed by a few specific actions to accomplish them, to by May 13.

Submit a US CLIVAR session proposal for AGU Fall Meeting
The annual AGU Fall Meeting will be held from December 12-16 in San Francisco. Similar to last year, US CLIVAR encourages the community to submit session proposals highlighting work of the Panels, Working Groups, Science Team, and other US CLIVAR supported activities. The deadline to submit a proposal is April 20. We also encourage you to let the Project Office know about your session, so we can help advertise it.

Recently publish a new article?
US CLIVAR seeks to help you showcase your research through our website. Research highlights feature recent and interesting results from the community in a forum that makes it accessible to a broader audience. Our goal is to engage researchers with relevance to US CLIVAR's mission by showcasing their research in a brief highlight. Read the guidelines for more information.

Meetings and Workshops

Polar Weather and Climate Week
June 4-9, 2016, Columbus, Ohio

Multiple events will take place at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center in June including an International Workshop on Coupled Modeling of Polar Environments, The 11th Antarctic Meteorological Observation, Modeling, & Forecasting Workshop, and the International Symposium on Atmospheric Boundary Layers in High Latitudes. The deadline to register and submit an abstract is May 9.

21st Annual CESM Workshop
June 20-23, 2016, Breckenridge, Colorado

NCAR's Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory annual workshop will be a combination of plenary presentations, special interest presentations by the CESM working groups, and a poster session for participants to highlight their work. Registration is in multiple phases. Registration closes June 7. 
International Workshop on the Madden-Julian Oscillation
August 6-9, 2016, Chengdu, China

This workshop, sponsored by the Chengdu University of Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and China Meteorological Agency, will bring together scientists from around the globe for in-depth discussions of the current status of MJO studies with a focus on dynamics, impacts, prediction and predictability, and need for observations of the MJO. This information will help inform a two-year international field campaign, Years of the Maritime Continent, to start in 2017. Deadline for abstracts is June 13. 

 5th Regional Climate Tutorial
August 10-12, 2016, Boulder, Colorado

NCAR’s Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory and Institute of Mathematics Applied to Geosciences will host a tutorial to provide a broad overview of best practices for developing regional climate data and how it can be used for impact assessments. Topics for this year's tutorial include: dynamical downscaling (the WRF model will be used as an example of a regional climate model), statistical downscaling of regional climate, and integrating downscaled information in regional climate impact assessments. Registration payments due June 19.

2nd International Air-Sea Gas Flux Workshop
September 6-9, 2016, Brest, France

The aim of the workshop is to facilitate and accelerate the research and technology development necessary for an accurate evaluation of the air-sea flux of climate active gases, by identifying key challenges and opportunities and setting appropriate priorities for the scientific community and for supporting and guiding agencies. Participants must register by May 15. 

16th European Meteorological Society Annual Meeting and 11th European Conference on Applied Climatology
September 12-16, 2016, Trieste, Italy

The theme for the conference is “Where atmosphere, sea, and lean meet: bridging between sciences, applications, and stakeholders.” A number of sessions are of interest, including one on subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) predictions and societal applications. Deadline for abstracts is April 21.

Workshop on Physics Dynamics Coupling in Weather and Climate Models
September 20-22, 2016, Richland, Washington

This workshop, hosted by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, emphasizes the mathematical and computational aspects of weather and climate modeling. It aims at addressing challenges in the development of advanced algorithms to accurately and efficiently represent process interactions that determine fundamental characteristics of weather and climate systems. Deadline for abstracts is June 30.

10th Annual Graduate Climate Conference
October 28-30, 2016, Seattle, Washington

The Graduate Climate Conference (GCC) is an interdisciplinary climate conference run by graduate students, for graduate students, with the goal of assembling a broad range of talks and posters featuring high-quality research focused on past, present, and future climate change and its impacts. Students at all stages of their graduate career are encouraged to apply and submit an abstracts on climate research topics spanning the physical to the social sciences. Deadline for abstracts is June 1.

Model Hierarchies Workshop
November 2-4, 2016, Princeton, New Jersey

The workshop will be organized into several sessions, based on aspects of the Earth system to which different model "species" can be applied. Each session will show how robust and uncertain features from comprehensive (e.g., CMIP) model simulations can be interpreted through simpler or more idealized models and experiments. Organizers also encourage the proposal of experimental designs where different models of the same species may be compared (“idealized MIPs”), as well as talks on modeling infrastructure frameworks that allow the construction of various model species from a single codebase. Deadline for abstracts is May 15.
For a full calendar of upcoming events and deadlines, check the website

Community News

National Academies releases report on subseasonal to
seasonal forecasts

Next Generation Earth System Prediction: Strategies for Subseasonal to Seasonal Forecasts is a new report that identifies opportunities to improve forecasting of weather, ocean, and other environmental conditions weeks to months ahead. The report presents a 10-year research agenda to accelerate progress in the nation’s subseasonal to seasonal forecasting capabilities to help support decision-making. An archive video of the briefing is also available online.

SAMOC sixth workshop report published
A one-day workshop held in February 2016 brought together 25 scientists involved in the international South Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (SAMOC) initiative. The report highlights discussions about logistical updates related to ongoing and future field programs, including plans for joint cruises and field work, collaborative research studies and publications, data analysis challenges and data sharing policies, and future leadership for this initiative.

New Polar Challenge wants an AUV with 
under sea-ice capabilities

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation have launched a new Polar Challenge to develop an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) capable of a 2,000 km mission under the sea-ice in the Arctic or Antarctic. The aim is to stimulate innovation into new monitoring tools for the Polar oceans, to complement satellite observations, and ultimately expand scientific research capabilities and climate services in the regions. The challenge will award a prize of 500,000 Swiss francs.

Input sought for 5-year Arctic Research Plan
The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) is currently soliciting information from the Arctic research community and the public to help shape the next Arctic Research Plan for FY 2017-21. They are looking for funded projects or programs that could benefit from enhanced collaboration. The plan will guide Federal agencies in developing and implementing their research programs in the Arctic. Comments can be submitted through April 29.

MPOWIR seeks nominations for steering committee
The Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention (MPOWIR) program seeks nominations for physical oceanographers to serve on the steering committee that will provide advice for MPOWIR’s current programs and future growth. The committee is composed of seven members, each serving a 3-year term, with a background in physical oceanography. MPOWIR seeks nominees at all career stages. Deadline to submit a nomination letter is May 1.

Apply to be a PACE Fellow
The UCAR Visiting Scientist Program is seeking applications for the Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Fellowship Program. 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 positions are for two years, with the second year based on continued program funding. The topics for 2016 are:
  • Food security and climate adaptation in Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, or Central America. Position located in California.
  • Emphasis on research related to climate change and potential impacts on the Everglades restoration effort. Position located in Florida.
The deadline to apply is May 13.

Submit a white paper for the Decadal Survey for
Earth Science and Applications from Space

The National Academies is conducting the 2017-2027 Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space and is requesting a second round of community white papers to inform the Survey. This request for information builds upon the initial set of white papers submitted last year (responses available on the website). The purpose of this second set of papers is to provide ideas for specific science and applications targets under the following five themes: (i) Global Hydrological Cycles and Water Resources, (ii) Weather and Air Quality: Minutes to Subseasonal, (iii) Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems and Natural Resource Management, (iv) Climate Variability and Change: Seasonal to Centennial, and (v) Earth Surface and Interior: Dynamics and Hazards. White papers are due April 30.

Call for nominations to SEARCH
The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) is seeking nominations for Science Steering Committee (SSC) members. SEARCH is a US research program with a vision of scientific understanding of Arctic environmental change to help society understand and respond to a rapidly changing Arctic. The SSC is comprised of 12-14 members. Four new members will be selected to join the SEARCH SSC. Members serve a three-year term, with a maximum of two consecutive terms. Nominations are due May 1.

Early career video competition for regional hydroclimate
The Global Energy and Water Cycle Exchanges (GEWEX) project and WCRP are sponsoring a video competition for early career researchers, whose research addresses the water challenges facing the western United States and Canada. Videos should summarize the work and why the research should be included in a new Regional Hydroclimate Project. Five winners will receive a $500 prize, a spot on an Early Career Scientist committee for the new Regional Hydroclimate Project, and a mention in GEWEX’s quarterly newsletter. Videos should be no longer than 15 minutes. The deadline is April 27.

Student opportunity to serve as a watchstander for a
US GO-SHIP repeat hydrography cruise

The US GO-SHIP program is looking for graduate students in oceanography and climate science who are interested in participating in late 2016/early 2017 on one of the two legs of the Global Ocean-Ship-Based Hydrographic Investigations Program (GO-SHIP) decadal re-occupation of the meridional “P18” hydrographic section near 105°W in the Pacific Ocean. Open positions are for two CTD watch standers and an assistant for the chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) tracer program on each leg.

Research Highlight: The warmest January and
February in the Arctic
Right from the beginning of 2016 new records were set in the Arctic: warmest air temperature on record in both January and February, and the lowest sea ice cover in February. This year’s record high temperature and low sea ice cover increases concerns about what will happen next in the Arctic and globally under a changing climate.

Funding Opportunities

NASA ROSES 2016 – Climate Variability and Change
Deadline: various dates
NASA’s Earth Science Research Program supports research activities that address the Earth system to characterize its properties on a broad range of spatial and temporal scales, to understand the naturally occurring and human-induced processes that drive them, and to improve our capability for predicting its future evolution.
Climate change is one of the major themes guiding Earth System Science today. NASA is at the forefront of quantifying forcings and feedbacks of recent and future climate change. Our comprehensive end-to-end program goes from global high-resolution observations to data assimilation and model predictions. Recently, the Climate Variability and Change Focus Area has directed its research toward addressing five specific questions:
  • How is global ocean circulation varying on interannual, decadal, and longer time scales?
  • What changes are occurring in the mass of the Earth’s ice cover?
  • How can climate variations induce changes in the global ocean circulation?
  • How is global sea level affected by natural variability and human-induced change in the Earth system?
  • How can predictions of climate variability and change be improved?
The ROSES elements most closely directed towards the Climate Variability and Change Focus Area that are or may be soliciting proposals in ROSES-2016 are:
  • Physical Oceanography (Program Element A.8);
  • Ocean Salinity Science Team (Program Element A.9);
  • Sea Level Change Science Team (Program Element A.10);
  • Ocean Surface Topography Science Team (Program Element A.11);
  • Modeling, Analysis, and Prediction (Program Element A.13);
  • Cryospheric Science (Program Element A.14);
  • Studies with IceSat and CryoSat-2 (Program Element A.16).
Topics relevant to the Climate Variability and Change Focus Area that are actively or potentially soliciting this fiscal year include the following program elements:
  • Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science (Program Element A.25);
  • Airborne Instrument Technology Transition (Program Element A.26);
  • U.S. Participating Investigator (Program Element A.27);
  • Interdisciplinary Science (Program Element A.28);
  • NASA Data for Operation and Assessment (Program Element A.29);
  • AVIRIS-ng India Campaign Investigation (Program Element A.31);
  • Advanced Information System Technology (Program Element A.41); and
  • Instrument Incubator Program (Program Element A.42).

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.


Student/Early Career Opportunities
PhD Research Assistantship – Dendroclimatology – Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Postdoc – Atmospheric Climate Modeling – University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Postdoc – Climate Change and Variability – University of California, Irvine, California
Deadline: May 13
Postdoc – Climate Dynamics – The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
Deadline: May 1
Postdoc – Climate Extremes and Forest Ecosystems – University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Deadline: May 1
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 – Coupled Ocean-Ice-Atmosphere Modeling and Data Assimilation – University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
Deadline: June 30
Postdoc – Ecosystem Modeling – University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii
Postdoc – Ecosystem and Society – Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Deadline: May 23
Postdoc – Global Climate Modeling – Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, California
Postdoc – Investigation of Decadal Climate Predictability and Hydroclimate Impacts on the Western US – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Postdoc – Modeling Mesoscale organized Convetion and its Response to Global Warming, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington
Deadline: May 16
Postdoc – Multi-Decadal Internal Climate Varaibility and its Role in Climate Change – Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Deadline: April 30
Postdoc – Ocean Acidificaiton – University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Postdoc – Ocean Dynamics and Modeling – Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California
Postdoc – Ocean Process Studies – University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Postdoc – Oceanography – Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
Postdoc – Physical Oceanography – Univeristy of Miami, Miami, Florida
Postdoc – Regional Climate Modeling and Extreme Events – University of Washington, Bothell, Washington
Open Positions
Assistant Director for Geosciences – National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia
Deadline: May 20
Assistant Director for Science and Research – Center for Ocean Solutions, Monterey, California
Assistant Professor – Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Assistant Professor – Practice – Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

Editor in Chief – Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, American Geophysical Union
Executive Director – International CLIVAR Project Office, Qingdao, China
Deadline: May 30
Lead Scientist – Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC), UCAR, Boulder, Colorado
Visiting Assistant Professor – Water Resources - Nicolas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
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