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September 2016 Edition

  1. Announcements

  2. Meetings and Workshops

  3. Community News

  4. Funding Opportunities

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Fall 2016 call for new US CLIVAR workshops and working groups
Requests are now being accepted for US CLIVAR-sponsored workshops and one new working group for 2017. Submissions are encouraged from the US climate science community. All documents must be submitted by October 7, 2016. The next call for workshops will be in spring 2017. 

Variations, Summer 2016: Probing the Past for Keys to the Future 
The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) has a profound impact on the climate system. But how AMOC has behaved in the past and how it will evolve in the future could be better addressed with longer observational records. Natural archives of Earth’s past may provide a way forward without having to wait multiple decades or centuries for the observational record to become long enough.  

Tune in for a webinar on the recent Variations edition 
To hear from the authors directly and ask questions, tune in for the Variations webinar “Probing the Past for Keys to the Future” on Wednesday, October 12 at noon EDT. Presenters will include K. Halimeda Kilbourne (U. Maryland), Kaustubh Thirumalai (U. Texas, Austin), and Alan Wanamaker (Iowa State U.).

White paper on translating process understanding for climate models 
A new white paper has been released based on a 2015 US CLIVAR workshop, "Translating Process Understanding to Improve Climate Models." The document summarizes responses from a community questionnaire, workshop presentations and discussions, and recommendations to help inform the broad research community and agency considerations.

2016 US AMOC Science Team report 
The US AMOC Science Team releases its eighth progress report, since the inception of the program in 2008. The purpose of this report is to summarize progress on the main objectives of the program, identify any new programmatic gaps, and provide updates on both near-term and long-term research priorities, action items, and objectives for the program since the 2014 report.

Save the Date: 2017 Sea Level Rise Conference 
The WCRP, jointly with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, is organizing an international conference on sea level research that will address the existing challenges in describing and predicting regional sea level changes and in quantifying the intrinsic uncertainties. The "Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts" conference will be held July 10-14, 2017 at The Earth Institute/Columbia University in New York. US CLIVAR is a co-sponsor. 

Meetings and Workshops

US Underwater Glider Workshop
January 18-19, 2017, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi

Sponsored by the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee, this workshop will serve as a forum to strengthen coordination of underwater glider activities across the United States and beyond. In addition to keynotes and structured community discussions, the workshop will provide an opportunity for individuals or institutions to present their glider breakthroughs in a poster session. Registration is now open.

AGU Chapman Conference on Extreme Climate Event Impacts on Aquatic Biogeochemical Cycles and Fluxes
January 22-27, 2017, San Juan Puerto Rico

Extreme climate events have increased and are projected to further increase in intensity and frequency across the United States and the world. This workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary team of scientists to examine these events and their impact on aquatic ecosystems. Abstracts are due September 21.

Fourth Santa Fe Conference on Global & Regional Climate Change
February 5-9, 2017, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Co-sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory and AMS, this conference will focus on climate change and variability from observational and modeling perspectives, with a special emphasis on climate forcings and feedbacks from global to regional scales. The conference will consist of invited and contributed oral presentations and posters. Abstracts are due January 6.

North-American CryoSat Science Meeting
March 20-24, 2017, Banff, Alberta, Canada

The meeting will provide a forum for scientists and end-users of CryoSat data to share the state-of-the-art in research and applications, review mission achievements, and prepare for the continued use of the CryoSat mission in the future. Abstracts are due December 4.

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

Community News

Call for authors and technical inputs for the Fourth National Climate Assessment 
Development of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) is underway, and nominations for regional and sectoral chapter lead authors, and contributing authors with relevant subject matter expertise, are now open.  Author nominations must be submitted by September 30, 2016. Technical inputs on sectoral, regional, and cross-cutting topics, which will serve as part of the foundation for NCA4 along with special assessments and other literature, can also be submitted at this time. All scientific and technical inputs must be submitted by January 15, 2017.

CLIVAR Exchanges special issue 
CLIVAR is celebrating 20 years of progress since publication of its first Science Plan in August 1995. To mark the occasion, past scientific steering group co-chairs have contributed articles on an aspect of the CLIVAR project that they felt made particular strides during their tenure. Their reflections take a journey from the late 1970s and 80s (the days of FGGE, TOGA, and WOCE) through the revolutionary advances of the 1990s and to the modern era of climate services.

Comment on the first TPOS 2020 report 
The Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS) 2020 Project has just released its first draft report for public comment. The report outlines the rationale and plans for the first step of the redesign and enhancement of TPOS. This report, as well future ones, aims to provide a means to justify and defend current and future investments in both sustained and experimental observations in the Tropical Pacific. The deadline for public comment is September 23. 

Submit ideas for a deep ocean observing network 
Organizers for the Deep Ocean Observing Strategy (DOOS) are conducting a deep ocean observation inventory to lay the foundation for development and coordination of regional, national, and global deep ocean observing systems. They are looking for input on the use of and needs for deep ocean observations. Survey responses are due by September 21. 

Advances in Atmospheric Sciences special issue: Impact of a
rapidly changing Arctic on Eurasian climate and weather

This special issue will showcase recent progress in our understanding of the coupling between Arctic climate change and Eurasian mid-latitude climate and weather, including extremes. The compilation of the research papers in this special issue is expected to fill key scientific gaps and contribute to a more thorough understanding of the problem. Manuscript submission is due October 30.

Frontiers in Marine Science special issue: Prediction of marine ecosystems 
This research topic aims to provide an overview of marine forecasting at seasonal-to-decadal scales, a scientific field that is still in its infancy, and allow researchers to share their experiences of developing prediction systems for marine resource management. Abstracts are due October 1.

Nominate a colleague for data or model development prizes 
WCRP/GCOS seek nominees of early- to mid-career researchers for outstanding achievements in data product generation, data management, data preservation, data monitoring, and other data relevant activities. WCRP/WWRP seeks early-mid-career nominees for outstanding contribution to weather and climate model development. Both prizes include a certificate and funding to present research results at a conference or meeting of the recipient’s choice. Nomination deadline is October 1.

Year of the Polar Prediction Implementation Plan released 
The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) is a major international activity that has been initiated by the World Meteorological Organization’s World Weather Research Programme as a key component of the Polar Prediction Project. During the YOPP, scientists from various Arctic and Antarctic research fields work together with operational forecasting centers and people who rely on weather and sea-ice predictions in their everyday life. The initiative starts in mid-2017 with the goal to substantially improve environmental forecasts in polar regions.

Research Highlight: Modeling western North Pacific tropical
cyclones associated with ENSO
It is well known that ENSO strongly affects the interannual variability of tropical cyclones in the western North Pacific. New research by Han et al. shows that models can reproduce interannual variability, but none can capture the distinction between eastern Pacific and central Pacific El Niño events that is found in observations.

Research Highlight: Pacific sea level tilt predicts global temperature changes 
The Pacific Ocean has a significant influence on global mean surface temperature, as recently demonstrated during the 2015/16 El Niño. New research by Peyser et al. shows a new way to quantify the role of the Pacific Ocean using sea level information rather than traditional sea surface temperature data.

Research Highlight: How predictable is the timing of a summer
ice-free Arctic?
New research by Jahn et al. focused on determining how well the occurrence of an ice-free Arctic can be predicted. What the researchers found is that the uncertainty for the prediction of an ice-free Arctic, caused by internal climate variability, amounts to around two decades.

Funding Opportunities

NSF PREEVENTS – Prediction of and Resilience Against Extreme Events
Proposal Deadline: September 19
Natural disasters cause thousands of deaths annually, and in 2013 alone caused over $130 billion in damage worldwide. There is clear societal need to better understand and mitigate the risks posed to the US by natural hazards, consistent with the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) “…to promote the progress of science [and] advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare....”
NSF and the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) have long supported basic research in scientific and engineering disciplines necessary to understand natural hazards and extreme events, including through the Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters (Hazards SEES) program and multiple core programs in the GEO Directorate. PREEVENTS is designed as a logical successor to Hazards SEES and is one element of the NSF-wide Risk and Resilience activity, which has the overarching goal of improving predictability and risk assessment, and increasing resilience, in order to reduce the impact of extreme events on our life, society, and economy.
PREEVENTS will provide an additional mechanism to support research and related activities that will improve our understanding of the fundamental processes underlying natural hazards and extreme events in the geosciences.
PREEVENTS is focused on natural hazards and extreme events, and not on technological or deliberately human-caused hazards. The PREEVENTS portfolio will include the potential for disciplinary and multidisciplinary research at all scales, particularly aimed at areas ripe for significant near- or medium-term advances.
PREEVENTS seeks projects that will (1) enhance understanding of the fundamental processes underlying natural hazards and extreme events on various spatial and temporal scales, as well as the variability inherent in such hazards and events, and (2) improve our capability to model and forecast such hazards and events. All projects requesting PREEVENTS support must be primarily focused on these two targets. In addition, PREEVENTS projects will improve our understanding of the effects of natural hazards and extreme events and will enable development, with support by other programs and organizations, of new tools to enhance societal preparedness and resilience against such impacts.

NOAA Climate Program Office
Deadlines vary
Ocean Climate Information and Products
Proposal Deadline: October 24

While observing systems routinely provide data and related metadata, raw data alone are often insufficient to realize the full value of these observations. Within the Climate Observation Division (COD), one of the roles of the Climate Monitoring program is to support carefully developed and tailored value-added climate products and indices of observed climate variability and change on global to regional scales. These products add value and context to the wide range of observations supported by the Division and provide critical information to stakeholders and decision makers that need to monitor and respond to changes in earth’s climate.
Projects are solicited that utilize ocean observing assets from NOAA and others to create global or regional ocean indices or products targeted toward the scientific community to advance the monitoring and understanding of large-scale features and variability of the ocean climate system, and contribute to better understanding the important two—way relationship between the world’s oceans and climate.
Global Change Climate Indicators and Data Products for Assessment
Proposal Deadline: October 24
NOAA is a major contributor to U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA), a central member of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), and intends to continue supporting future NCA activities. Projects are solicited through this competition to develop and test indicators, which could provide a clear and concise way of communicating to the public and decision-makers the status and trends of physical drivers of the climate system as part of the USGCRP indicators system. These indicators enable continued monitoring of climate change and variability as part of a sustained assessment process.
Observing and Understanding Processes Affecting the Propagation of Intraseasonal Oscillations in the Maritime Continent Region
Proposal Deadline: October 24
The Years of the Maritime Continent (YMC, July 2017 – July 2019) is an international project with an overarching goal of “observing the weather-climate system of the Earth’s largest archipelago to improve understanding and prediction of its local variability and global impact.” This field campaign has the potential to advance scientific understanding and prediction of climate and its impacts especially at the timescale of the weather and climate continuum. Better prediction of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), its propagation, and how it interacts with the Maritime Continent will help to improve weather and climate predictions, especially for the development of accurate, accessible, authoritative, and timely climate information that enables decision making in our communities and in the private sector.
In FY17, the Climate Variability and Predictability (CVP) Program solicits proposals that aim to improve understanding of processes that affect the propagation (speed, intensity, disruption, geographic placement) of intraseasonal oscillations in the Maritime Continent and broader CVP region by using a combination of in situ and remote observations, data analysis, modeling, and/or theoretical understanding of local and remote processes.
Supporting Resilient Coastal Communities in a Changing Climate
Proposal Deadline: October 24
For FY17, the Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) program will support interdisciplinary applied research projects that 1) identify and assess key coastal community and ecosystem risks and vulnerabilities to climate variability and change, and 2) support the development of approaches to address intersecting climatic and non-climatic stressors to enhance coastal community resilience and sustainability in a changing climate. In this competition, COCA is specifically targeting coastal communities that have had difficulty integrating climate information in the past due to insufficient financial, institutional, or human capacity to access, understand and use climate information, as well as undertake significant climate adaptation efforts in their jurisdiction. COCA is focused on applied research on coastal adaptation in a changing climate. Projects seeking funding to implement adaptation options should consider other funding opportunities such as the NOS Coastal Resilience Grants.
Advancing Drought Understanding, Monitoring and Prediction
Proposal Deadline: October 31
In FY 2017, the MAPP Program, in partnership with NIDIS, is soliciting research proposals for research projects as part of NOAA’s Drought Task Force to include objectives focused on:
  • Developing a better understanding of sources of predictability toward improving predictions of drought onset, evolution, and termination on subseasonal to interannual timescales. The focus will be on the role of atmospheric, oceanic, and land processes, and coupled interactions in providing predictability for droughts in North America. Research will also aim to improve the understanding of the role of temperature, evapotranspiration, and water management practices in affecting drought. In this context, projects will evaluate how predictability sources and processes linked to drought are represented in state-of-the-art modeling and prediction systems;
  • Advancing the capability to model processes related to drought, including groundwater, snowpack, and human management of natural systems for both drought monitoring and prediction. Projects should be focused on advancing state-of-the-art modeling and prediction systems; 
  • Advancing operational drought monitoring systems such as the U.S. Drought Monitor and the North American Land Data Assimilation system, with a focus on improving snowpack, streamflow, groundwater and soil moisture representation; integrating new data sources including remotely-sensed products; integrating new and improved land models into NOAA’s operational systems; accounting for human forcing of droughts; and improving vegetation representation;
  • Advancing drought prediction systems and outlooks operated, used, and produced by NOAA (NWS and NESDIS) that contribute to the U.S. Drought Outlook and are of relevance to the DEWS efforts, through improved initialization, multi-model ensemble methods, post-processing techniques, hybrid statistical/dynamical techniques, and increased resolution; and
  • Developing new national-scale monitoring and forecast products building off existing products and systems relevant to drought that can help integrate the results of research advances into improved information for managers and communities.
Research to Explore Seasonal Prediction of Coastal High Water Levels and Changing Living Marine Resources
Proposal Deadline: October 31
In FY 2017, the MAPP Program together with the NMFS Office of Science and Technology is soliciting team and individual exploratory research projects that use climate and Earth system models to help to advance seasonal predictions of the following topical areas: (a) coastal high water levels and (b) living marine resources. The research focus on seasonal lead times may extend to subseasonal and/or interannual lead times if well-justified by sources of predictability and proposed methodologies. It is envisioned that the outcomes of these research projects will provide foundational elements of emergent national information systems to increase the resiliency of coastal communities and economies. This research initiative is designed to complement international efforts such as the Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project15 under the umbrella of the WMO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology.

NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program
Proposal deadline: September 27
The purpose of this funding announcement is to advise the public that NOAA/NOS/NCCOS is soliciting applications for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program for projects from 1 to 3 years in duration. This funding opportunity is focused on living coastal and marine resources and their habitats and requests proposals under two program priorities. One priority focuses on research and the other priority focuses on science application in the form of decision-support tools. Funding is contingent upon the availability of funds in the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund. It is anticipated that final recommendations for funding under this announcement will be made in March, 2017, and that projects funded under this announcement will have a June 1, 2017 start date. Total funding for this competition is up to approximately $17 million. Approximately 5 to 10 projects are expected to be funded for a total of approximately $12 million under the research priority. Approximately 5 to 10 projects are expected to be funded for a total of approximately $5 million under the decision-support tool priority. The NOAA Restore Act Science Program website furnishes supplementary information. 

DOE Atmospheric System Research Program
Deadline: November 22
The Atmospheric System Research Program (ASR) 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 on key cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiative transfer processes that has the potential to improve the accuracy of regional and global climate models. The ASR program hereby announces its interest in research grant applications for observational, data analysis, and/or modeling studies that use data from CESD, including the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility and the ASR program, to improve understanding and model representation of convective cloud processes, boundary layer cloud processes, and secondary organic aerosol processes, and to pursue ASR-relevant research using observations from recent ARM field campaigns.

NSF Arctic Natural Sciences
Proposal deadline: Ongoing
The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites investigators at U.S. organizations to submit proposals to the Arctic Sciences Section, Division of Polar Programs (PLR) to conduct research about the Arctic region.
The Arctic Sciences Section solicits proposals for research to enhance our understanding of the Arctic, from advancing fundamental disciplinary understanding of important Arctic processes, to complex interdisciplinary studies of couplings among social, biological, physical, and geochemical components of the Arctic system and the changing connections between the Arctic and lower latitudes. Of special interest is research focused on understanding processes relevant to social and environmental change. All proposals should discuss explicitly how their results would contribute to increasing our understanding of the Arctic region or its interaction with global systems. The following programs support research under the Arctic Section:
  • Arctic Social Sciences
  • Arctic Natural Sciences
  • Arctic System Science
  • Arctic Observing Network

NSF ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers 
Deadline: LoI, December 14

Despite significant increases in the proportion of women pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) doctoral degrees, women are significantly underrepresented as faculty, particularly in upper ranks, and in academic administrative positions, in almost all STEM fields. The problems of recruitment, retention, and advancement that are the causes of this underrepresentation vary by discipline and across groups of women faculty (e.g., by race/ethnicity, disability status, sexual orientation, foreign-born and foreign-trained status, and faculty appointment type). The ADVANCE program is designed to foster gender equity through a focus on the identification and elimination of organizational barriers that impede the full participation and advancement of all women faculty in academic institutions. Organizational barriers that inhibit equity may exist in areas such as policy, practice, culture, and organizational climate. For example, practices in academic departments that result in the inequitable allocation of service or teaching assignments may impede research productivity, delay advancement and create a culture of differential treatment and rewards. Policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could mean that women and underrepresented minorities are evaluated less favorably, perpetuating their underrepresentation and contributing to a climate that is not inclusive.
The goals of the ADVANCE program are (1) to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers; (2) to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity that involve both men and women in the STEM academic workforce; and (3) to contribute to the research knowledge base on gender equity and the intersection of gender and other identities in STEM academic careers. The ADVANCE program contributes to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce because of the focus on equity for STEM academic faculty who are educating, training, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.


Student/Early Career Opportunities

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – Geosciences
Deadline: October 24
PhD Research Assistantship – Dendroclimatology – Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Postdoc – Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation – University of Miami, Miami, Flroida
Deadline: November 1
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 – Climate Change Biology Computation and Visualization – University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Postdoc – Climate Modeling of Land-Atmosphere Interactions – Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Postdoc – Climate Research – Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Postdoc – Cloud and Boundary Layer Dynamics – California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, 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 – Ecosystem Modeler – Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Postdoc – Environment and Society – Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Deadline: November 1
Postdoc – Extreme Precipitation Characterization – Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Postdoc – Glacier-Ocean Interactions, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
Postdoc – Global Climate Modeling – Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, California
Postdoc – Improving the MPAS-Sea-ice model and seas-ice/ocean coupling in the ACME Global Climate Modle – Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico
Postdoc – Inter-Ocean Exchanges and Regional Sinks of Heat, Salt, and Carbon – NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
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 – Physical Oceanography – Univeristy of Miami, Miami, Florida
Postdoc – Regional Earth System Modeling – University of California, Los Angeles, California
Postdoc – Regional Land Use Change Modeling – Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
Postdoc – Regional-Scale Glacier Modeling in the High Asia Mountains, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska
Postdoc – South Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation – University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Open Positions

Assistant Professor – Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Deadline: November 1
Assistant Professor – Earth Surface Processes, University of California, Santa Barbara, California
Deadline: October 31
Assistant Professor – Hydrology/Hydrogeology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minnesota
Deadline: October 14
Assistant Professor – Physical Geography, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Deadline: September 21
Climate and Weather Data Analytics Developer – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California
Computational Scientist – Global Ocean Data Assimilation, NOAA National Center for Environmental Prediction
Director – Integrated Ocean Observing System, NOAA, Silver Spring, Maryland
Deadline: September 19
Executive Director – CLIVAR International Project Office, Qingdao, China
Deadline: October 1
Global Climate Model Developer – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California
Multi-Physics Climate Code Developer – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California
Oceanographer – NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey
Deadline: September 23
Program Director (multiple positions) – Division of Earth Sciences, National Science Foundation
Deadline: October 15
Tenure-Track Faculty – Atmospheric Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California
Deadline: October 1


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