Newsgram, March 2016
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March 2016 Edition

  1. Announcements

  2. Meetings and Workshops

  3. Community News

  4. Funding Opportunities

  5. Jobs


Abstract deadline extended to March 25 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, poster clusters, travel grants, and to attend the ECS symposium is March 25. 

Variations Winter Edition: The Intra-Americas Seas and its role
in climate and extreme events

The Intra-Americas Seas (IAS) plays a vital role in climate variations of the surrounding North American continental region. And yet, the IAS is one of the most poorly observed ocean regions of the world and one where almost all climate models display large bias. This collection of articles highlights the value of sustained and expanded monitoring, research into mechanisms influencing variability, and modeling to advance predictions that will underpin the development of usable climate information to address societal needs in the region.

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. 

PSMI Panel webinar series on process studies
The final spring webinar in the PSMI Panel series on process studies will be on Wednesday, March 23. The 1:00 PM ET presentation will feature ARM Cloud Aerosol and Precipitation Experiment (ACAPEX) by Ruby Leung, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the 2:00 PM ET presentation will feature Southwest Pacific Ocean Circulation and Climate Experiment (SPICE) by Janet Sprintall, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. For more information view the calendar.


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.

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 31.
MARCDAT-IV: Fourth International Workshop on the Advances in the Use of Historical Marine Climate Data
July 18-22, 2016, Southampton, UK

The workshop aim is to advance the use of historical marine climate data and bring together scientists, developers and managers of climate data sets, and the users of those data sets, with an underlying focus on the continuation of the evaluation and improvement of the International Comprehensive Ocean - Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS). Abstracts are due March 18. 
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.

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

New report from National Academies on extreme weather and climate change
A report from the National Academies concludes it is now possible to estimate the influence of climate change for some types of extreme events. The science of extreme event attribution has advanced rapidly in recent years, giving new insight to the ways that human-caused climate change can influence the magnitude or frequency of some extreme weather events. This report examines the current state of science of extreme weather attribution and identifies ways to move the science forward to improve attribution capabilities. 

Workshop report on CLIVAR CONCEPT-HEAT
International CLIVAR releases its report from a September 2015 workshop on CONCEPT-HEAT, a CLIVAR research focus on the consistency between planetary energy balance and ocean heat storage. The report identifies key outcomes, research activities, and recommendations that the community can coalesce around to better understand the energy transfer between different components of the Earth’s system. 

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 interagency 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 April 4.

New report from IOOS on business involvement in ocean measurement, observation, and forecasting
The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) program releases the report “The Ocean Enterprise: A Study of US Business Activity in Ocean Measurement, Observation, & Forecasting.” The intent of the report is to assess the private sector enterprise, including providers and intermediaries, which support ocean observations to better understand the scope of their activities within the overall blue economy. 

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.

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 – 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.


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 Adaptation – University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
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 – University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii
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 – Multi-Decadal Internal Climate Varaibility and its Role in Climate Change – Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Deadline: April 30
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

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 Director for Science and Research – Center for Ocean Solutions, Monterey, California
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
Associate Program Director/Program Director – Physical Oceanography Program, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia
Deadline: April 4
Climate Change Scientist – National Climate Assessment, US Global Change Research Program, Straughan Environmental, Inc., Washington, DC
Editor in Chief – Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, American Geophysical Union
Program Director – Geosciences, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia
Deadline: March 21

Scientist in Residency Fellowship – Sitka Sound Science Center, Sitka, Alaska
Deadline: April 1
Visiting Assistant Professor – Water Resources - Nicolas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina


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