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June 2016 Edition

  1. Announcements

  2. Meetings and Workshops

  3. Community News

  4. Funding Opportunities

  5. Jobs


Early bird registration discount ends June 15
Don’t forget to register for the 2016 CLIVAR Open Science Conference “Charting the course for climate and ocean research.” The early bird discount will close on June 15. This international meeting will take place September 18-25 in Qingdao, China and bring together community leaders and early career scientists to delve into the range of CLIVAR science topics. 

Join a webinar on: What’s causing the “Warm Arctic, Cold Continents” pattern?
Recent extreme cold weather outbreaks across the mid-latitudes have been the subject of great interest to the public and debate among the scientific community, with some researchers proposing a link to the warming Artic. To learn about the latest observational and modeling studies that examine these linkages, join Judah Cohen (AER Inc./MIT) and Lantao Sun (U. Colorado, Boulder/NOAA ESRL) in a webinar on July 13.  

Save the date: Arctic Change & Its Influence on Mid-latitude Weather & Climate workshop
Join the Arctic Mid-latitude Working Group for a workshop to explore the links between Arctic change and mid-latitude climate and weather that have spurred a rush of new observational and modeling studies. This meeting will take place in Washington, DC on February 1-3, 2017 and will be limited to 100 participants. 

2015 Summit Report now available
The 2015 US CLIVAR Summit was held in Tucson, Arizona on August 4-6 and brought together more than 50 participants from the science community and federal agencies. This report highlights presentations and discussion from the plenary sessions and Panel breakouts to review progress, identify opportunities, and develop strategies to advance US CLIVAR goals. It also highlights two special science sessions, one on the warming hiatus and another on ENSO.

Variations, Spring 2016: A Tale of Two Blobs
From 2013 to 2015, the scientific community and the media were enthralled with two anomalous sea surface temperature events, both getting the moniker the “Blob,” although one was warm and one was cold. These events occurred during a period of record-setting global mean surface temperatures. In this spring edition, contributors focus on the timing and extent, possible mechanisms, and impacts of these unusual ocean temperature anomalies, and what we might expect in the future as climate changes.

US CLIVAR on YouTube
Miss one of our most recent webinars such as the “Tale of Two Blobs?” Now you can view all of the webinars and other recordings on the US CLIVAR YouTube channel. Subscribe to keep updated on all of our latest postings. More videos will be added soon.

Meetings and Workshops

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 15.

NCAR Regional Climate Tutorial
August 10-12, 2016, Boulder, Colorado

This tutorial provides a broad overview of best practices for developing regional climate data and how it can be used for impact assessments. The tutorial will consist of both lectures and hands-on laboratory exercises, which will be taught by a team of NCAR climate scientists, regional climate modelers, and data scientists. Topics include: dynamical downscaling, statistical downscaling of regional climate, and integrating downscaled information in regional climate impact assessments. Registration is due June 19.

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.

7th EGO conference on autonomous ocean gliders and their applications
September 26-29, 2016, Southampton, UK

The 7th EGO conference hosted at the National Oceanography Centre will provide a forum in which scientists, engineers, students, and industry can exchange knowledge and experiences on the development of glider technology, the application of gliders in oceanographic research, and the role of gliders in ocean observing systems. Abstracts are due June 27.

NOAA's 41st Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop
October 3-5, 2016, Orono, Maine

The workshop will address topics in climate prediction, monitoring, and diagnostics, and will focus on five major themes: i) ENSO and recent climate anomalies; ii) prediction, attribution, and analysis of high impact extreme climate events, iii) Arctic climate variability and change, and linkages to lower latitudes; iv) model and multi-model ensemble predictions and predictability; and v) climatic events and risk management. Deadline for abstract submission is July 15.

International Workshop on Coupled Data Assimilation
October 18-21, 2016, Toulouse, France

This workshop, co-sponsored by Météo France and the World Meteorological Organization, is intended to facilitate a more rapid advancement of developing coupled data assimilation methodologies to improve weather and climate predictions and reanalyses. Abstracts due September 11.

PICES 25th Annual Meeting
November 1-13, 2016, San Diego, California

The North Pacific Marine Science Organization known as PICES will be hosting their 25th annual meeting, Celebrating the Past, Imagining the Future.  The organizers are looking for contributions on how present day problems are being addressed with the science and tools developed over the past 25 years, as well as visionary papers on what challenges might be expected over the next 25 years. Abstracts are due June 20.

Pan Ocean Remote Sensing Conference
November 3-11, 2016, Fortaleza, Brazil

The Pan Ocean Remote Sensing Conference (PORSEC) provides an opportunity for the scientists working on various aspects of ocean and atmosphere using remote sensing technology to come together and discuss their results and innovations. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Enabling Earth Observations in Support of Global, Coastal, Ocean, and Climate Change Research and Monitoring.”  Abstracts are due June 26.

AGU Fall Meeting
December 12-16, 2016, San Francisco, California

This annual meeting draws over 20,000 Earth and space scientists. In addition to the scientific sessions, the meeting will host public events, workshops, town halls, and other interesting activities. This will be the last year it is in San Francisco until 2019. Check out the list of sessions relevant to the climate and ocean science community.

97th AMS Annual Meeting
January 22-26, 2017, Seattle, Washington

The upcoming AMS annual meeting will bring together researchers across the weather, water, and climate community. There are multiple conferences and symposia, as part of the meeting, that will of interest to the CLIVAR community, such as the 29th Conference on Climate Variability and Change with sessions on Subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) Processes and Predictability, Extreme Events, Climate Observations, Large-scale Circulation, and many more. Abstracts are due August 1.

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

Community News

Open call for nominations to CLIVAR panels 
International CLIVAR seeks nominations for the Scientific Steering Group (SSG) and panels. Nominations should support expertise need to fulfill a panel's terms of reference. Nominations with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as well as early career scientists. The deadline for nominations (appointments start in 2017 for panels and 2018 for the SSG) is July 20.

Submit to a special collection on “Mid-latitude Marine Heatwaves: Forcing and Impacts” 
Persistent, mid-latitude marine heatwaves (MHWs), such as the 2013-2014 extreme warming of the Northeastern Pacific (aka “the Blob”), can have dramatic and widespread impacts on ecosystems, fisheries, and weather. MHWs have been observed in both hemispheres, including in semi-enclosed basins such as the Mediterranean Sea. MHWs can be caused by a combination of atmospheric and oceanographic processes, and expected to become more frequent and intense under anthropogenic climate change. This AGU special collection welcomes papers investigating the causes, evolution, and impacts of persistent mid-latitude MHWs.

Federal science and engineering funding for academic institutions sees first increase in five years 
Federal agencies obligated $30.8 billion to 996 academic institutions for science and engineering (S&E) activities in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, the most recent year for which such information is available, a six percent increase over the previous year and the first increase in such funding since FY2009.

CLIVAR video to celebrate World Oceans Day 
To celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8, the International CLIVAR Project Office released a short video to celebrate the day and the role scientists play in generating knowledge about the ocean’s role in the climate system. Watch Executive Director Valery Detemmerman talk about the value of CLIVAR research.

Research Highlight: Detecting human influence on oceanic oxygen
There is very little doubt that human-driven climate warming will ultimately result in widespread ocean deoxygenation; however, substantial natural variation and sparse observational records make it difficult to determine when. New research by Long et al. in Global Biogeochemical Cycles suggests that human-driven changes in oxygen levels are evident in many oceanic regions now and will be widespread in the next 15-20 years.

Research Highlight: Ocean salinity is a predictor of terrestrial precipitation
Ocean-to-land moisture transport leaves an imprint on sea surface salinity, making this “nature’s rain gauge” to measure the variations of the water cycle. Two new studies by Li et al. provide strong evidence that salinity in the subtropical North Atlantic is a skillful predictor for precipitation in the African Sahel and the US Midwest.

Funding Opportunities

NSF PREEVENTS – Prediction of and Resilience Against Extreme Events
LoI Deadline: July 29
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.

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).


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 Biology Computation and Visualization – University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
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 – Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center – University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland,
Deadline: June 30
Postdoc – ENSO phenomenon in current, past, and future climates – University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii
Postdoc – Global Climate Modeling – Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, California
Postdoc – Ice-Ocean Interactions – University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
Deadline: July 1
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 – Meridional Overturning Circulation – Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Deadline: July 22
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 – Paleoclimate and The Biological Pump – Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Postdoc – Physical Oceanography – Univeristy of Miami, Miami, Florida
Postdoc – Regional Climate Modeling and Extreme Events – University of Washington, Bothell, Washington
Postdoc – Regional Earth System Modeling – University of California, Los Angeles, California
Postdoc – Southern Ocean Biogeochemistry – National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
Deadline: July 6
Open Positions
Assistant/Associate/Full Professor – Geosciences and Environmental Sciences – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Deadline: June 30
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
Climate and Weather Data Analytics Developer – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California
Editor in Chief – Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, American Geophysical Union
Global Climate Model Developer – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California
Multi-Physics Climate Code Developer – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California
Program Director – Earth Surface Processes, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia
Deadline: August 1
Science Officer – IPCC Working Group I – International Panel on Climate Change, Paris, France
Deadline: July 15


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