National Newsletter for the
Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

  • Hello from Hanne
  • New Jack Eddy PostDocs
  • CPAESS Highlight
  • Space Weather Workshop
  • Our New Co-Workers
  • Upcoming Talk from NOAA C&GC Alumni
  • NOAA Climate and Global Change Fellow Speaks at UCAR/NCAR
  • Upcoming Meetings
  • Guide to Inclusive Meetings
  • Opportunities: To Teach and Learn
  • More Learning!
  • Your Publications
  • CPAESS Work Opportunities
  • Who Is CPAESS?
April 12, 2019

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Hello from Hanne
Hello Everyone,

I'm happy to be back in the U.S. working with all of you. Next week I will be at the University of Arizona in Tucson. I'll be working with the NOAA Climate and Global Change Steering Committee where we will meet for the selection of this year's postdoctoral fellows. This is a very prestigious program, of which some of you are a part or alumni, and this will be our 29th class. Next newsletter I will be reporting on our new four fellows.

If you are interested, you still have an opportunity to take part in UCAR's U-Innovate contest. This is aimed at getting your great ideas borne into the world of application. To be considered, please submit 8 PowerPoint slides to no later than this Monday, April 15th. Here are more details from the UCAR website.

I hope you enjoy this edition of news from CPAESS and please remember that this is your newsletter. We would love to hear from you! If you have any news you'd like to contribute please send it here .

Thank you everyone for all of your hard work and all the best!
New Jack Eddy Postdocs!
We are delighted to announce the NASA Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship winners for 2019! Congratulations to Terry Liu, Erika Palmerio, and William Longley. 

Terry's project will be on the Magnetic reconnection at the foreshock and the space weather effects of the associated accelerated particles. His PhD Institution was the University of California, Los Angeles, Geophysics and Space Physics. His host is the University of Alaska, Fairbanks with Dr. Hui Zhang.

Erika's project will be on Understanding the Evolution of the Space Weather Drivers at Earth and Mars. Her PhD Institution was the University of Helsinki, Physics; and her host will be University of California, Berkeley with Dr. Christina Lee.

William's project will be Investigating the nonlinear interaction between Landau damping and Coulomb collisions in Geospace plasmas. His PhD Institution was Boston University, Astronomy; and his host will be Rice University with Dr. Anthony Chan. Congrats Fellows!
Left to right: Terry Liu, Erika Palmerio, and William Longley.
CPAESS Highlight -
Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships
In 2009, the NASA Living With a Star (LWS) program joined with the Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS) to create the Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The program matches early career PhDs with experienced scientists at U.S. research institutions. Hosting scientists mentor the postdoctorates during their two-year fellowships. The goal of the program is to train the next generation of researchers needed for the emerging field of Heliophysics.

John "Jack" Eddy (1931-2009) was a pioneering solar researcher, and was honored with the debut of the Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship. Among his many contributions to solar research, Jack served as editor of The Sun, the Earth, and Near-Earth Space: A Guide to the Sun-Earth System, published by NASA and the International Living with a Star program shortly before his death in 2009.
Above is a Jack Eddy Fellowship Alumni Ryan McGranaghan
speaking about his work and research.
The program's focus of study is heliophysics, which embraces all science aspects of the Sun-Earth connection, and includes many of the basic physical processes that are found in our solar system, the laboratory, and throughout the universe. These processes generally involve the interactions of ionized gases (plasmas) with gravitational and electro-magnetic (both radiation and DC) fields, and with neutral matter. The physical domain of interest ranges from deep inside the Sun to the Earth's upper atmosphere, to the magnetospheres of the other planets, and extends out to the boundary between the solar wind and interstellar medium. Within this broad science discipline, LWS is a program designed to develop the scientific understanding required for the Nation to address effectively those aspects of the Sun-Earth system that affect life and society. 

Congratulations to our new Jack Eddy Fellows and to all of our alumni doing wonderful work today!
Space Weather Workshop
Above: Part of the focus at the Space Weather Workshop
has been international cooperation. Pictured is Peter Martinez of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space - Secure World Foundation.
Below: First day poster session.
CPAESS recently managed the Space Weather Workshop. The event was a great success and drew in people from 20 countries, with 370 attendees, 91 oral presentations, 96 posters and students from across the U.S. The workshop addressed a breadth of issues and had presenters and attendees not only from across the globe, but from public, private and academic settings.

"Space Weather Workshop is an annual conference that brings industry, academia, and government agencies together in a lively dialog about space weather. What began in 1996 as a conference for the space weather user community, Space Weather Workshop has evolved into the Nation's leading conference on all issues relating to space weather.

"The conference addresses the remarkably diverse impacts of space weather on today's technology. The program highlights space weather impacts in several areas, including communications, navigation, spacecraft operations, aviation, and electric power. The workshop will also focus on the highest priority needs for operational services that can guide future research and new high-value capabilities that can be transitioned into operations. The conference fosters communication among researchers, space weather service providers, and users of space weather services."  Source

It was a great success with people already anxiously looking forward to next year’s workshop. In both the conference opening and closing comments CPAESS' team was called out with gratitude - which was truly appreciated. Additionally through quick thinking, Brian Jackson of our events team helped to facilitate additional sponsorship money for next year's conference. It was a well executed workshop that all attendees truly enjoyed. Excellent work everyone!
Above: Bill Murtagh of NOAA and Rick Clark of Millersville University. Below: Nikki Fox of NASA who gave a wonderful banquet presentation. Below some more: Brian Jackson and Michelle McCambridge of CPAESS' Events Team.
Our New Co-Workers
CPAESS has added some wonderful new staff members.

Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA)
Philip Gibbs, JCSDA Executive Officer

NOAA Office of Water Prediction
Gagana Karunanayake, Systems Administrator

National Ocean Service
Michael Lalime, Associate Scientist

NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL)
Marshall Ward, Visiting Scientist
James Huff, Visiting Scientist

CPAESS Boulder Administrative Office
Christina Bargas, Meeting Planner II

Welcome to CPAESS everyone! We are delighted you have joined the team and look forward to working with you. Please reach out if you have any questions.

As you are looking at this lovely photo of Christina Bargas you may be wondering - why, compared to the list, aren't there more pictures? Well it's because we don't have them, but we'd love to get them from you. Please send them here (:
Upcoming Talk from NOAA C&GC Alumni

One of our NOAA Climate and Global Change Alumni Elizabeth A. Barnes will be speaking at UCAR on April 23 at 11:00am and it will be broadcast and recorded. This Thompson Lecture Series talk will be on "Extracting climate signals from the noise with machine learning."

Of it she says, "The atmosphere is a noisy and chaotic place, and our job as scientists is to disentangle the signal from the noise, and thus, determine cause and effect. This talk focuses on two signals and the tools employed to extract them from their noise.

"The first signal is that of remote Arctic and tropical drivers of subseasonal variations in the midlatitude jet-streams. Daily variations in the midlatitude jet-stream can lead both to devastating extreme events, or mild weather, and thus, understanding the drivers of jet-stream variations on sub-seasonal timescales is one step toward accurate predictions. However, internal variability makes it challenging to determine who is driving whom. The second signal is that of humanity’s influence on climate. Identifying this signal in observations, and distinguishing it from internal variability across a range of timescales, often requires one estimate the signal from climate model simulations. However, uncertainty across model projections introduces yet another layer of noise.

"Separating the signal from the noise is no easy task, and success requires that one have the right tools for the job. Here, we apply methods from machine learning, specifically, causal discovery techniques and artificial neural networks, to extract these very different signals from the background of internal climate variability and model uncertainty. While this talk is focused on two specific signals, we will also use it as an opportunity to provide a brief overview of some causal discovery and machine learning methods to highlight their relevance for climate dynamics research as whole."
NOAA Climate and Global Change Fellow Speaks at UCAR/NCAR

On March 18th one of our NOAA Climate and Global Change postdoctoral fellows gave a talk on his research through the ACOM Seminar Series. Kelvin Bates, whose fellowship is hosted by Harvard, spoke on "Redefining odd oxygen: a new budget diagnostic for troposheric ozone." It was a fascinating talk that you can view here.
Upcoming Meetings!
CPAESS manages a great many scientific meetings of a variety of sizes to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and foster collaborations within different science communities. Here are a couple of upcoming meetings.
Join us for the Air-Sea Interactions Tropical Oceans Workshop. This workshop will help the tropical convection and air-sea interaction communities strategize for effective use of these advanced technologies in order to address the critical scientific issues in a way that contributes to and leverages ongoing and upcoming broader community activities. Find out more about the above meeting from our US CLIVAR Program.
Above is the Ocean Observation organizing committee moving forward with planning for the OceanObs'19 Conference during a recent meeting in Paris. This is an international conference that is community-driven and brings people from all over the planet together to communicate the decadal progress of ocean observing networks and to chart innovative solutions to society’s growing needs for ocean information in the coming decade.

CPAESS' Event Team is the managing entity for this important conference with our Michelle McCambridge and Heidi Allen leading the charge. Learn more about this exciting conference coming September 16-20, 2019 in Hawaii.
Guide to Inclusive Meetings
Speaking of meetings - there is a wonderful new guide on how to ensure that the meetings you are organizing are inclusive. "Scientific meetings can be invigorating, promote the exchange of ideas, foster new collaborations, and provide opportunities to reconnect with existing colleagues. They form an essential part of the connective tissue for the global scientific enterprise. Scientists rely on them to develop networks and knowledge that are necessary to build a career in science. Even as modes of virtual interaction become commonplace, gathering together in physical locations is still essential for building relationships and trust, and bridging different perspectives on challenging problems.

"However, not all scientists have positive experiences when they attend scientific meetings. Some members of our scientific communities are left out (intentionally or otherwise); others feel isolated in meetings when they do not see others who look like them or share a common background; some encounter barriers, such as lack of childcare or safe bathroom spaces, that keep them from fully participating; and some are targets of harassment and assault at meetings (National Science Board 2015).

"Scientific meetings often happen outside of our home institutions and provide an additional opportunity to make the culture and practice of science more inclusive." This guide presents some concrete recommendations for how to incorporate inclusion and equity practices into scientific meetings, from the ground up. Source
Educational Opportunities:
To Teach and Learn
You may have noticed that NCAR/UCAR provides opportunities to share your research through broadcast lectures. Several of you have taken advantage of this opportunity through currently established seminar series. Given there are so many brilliant researchers in CPAESS we will be starting a CPAESS Seminar series.

If you will be traveling to Boulder for any other purpose, please consider giving a talk about your research while you are here. Please contact us as soon as you can about your trip and we will set everything up! Spread the word - this is a great opportunity for you to network with other UCAR/NCAR scientists and have them understand your special slice of the science pie.

- Here is a brief list of upcoming lectures hyperlinked for you-

The following lectures can be seen here.

CGD Seminar Series - Toward modular in situ visualization in Earth System models: the regional modeling system RegESM 1.1 and its applications by Ufuk Turuncoglu, NCAR. Recorded seminar can be viewed here.

UCP Professional Development - AWIPS in Summary - A Demonstration by Michael James, Unidata (UCAR UCP). Recorded Seminar will be found here.

HAO Colloquium - Response Characteristics of the Ionosphere-Thermosphere System and Implications for Specification and Prediction by Eric Sutton, University of Colorado. Recorded seminar can be viewed here.

MMM Seminar Series - False Alarms, warnings, and mobile home communities: Survey and focus group results by Mike Egnoto of Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Recorded seminar can be viewed here.

CGD Seminar Series - Extracting climate signals from the noise with machine learning by Libby Barnes, Thompson Lecture Series, Colorado State University. Recorded seminar can be viewed here.

EOL Seminar: Radar and Lidar-based Estimation of Liquid Droplet Size and Liquid Water Content in Stratocumulus Clouds by Dr. Jothiram Vivekanandan, Senior Scientist, NCAR/EOL. Recorded seminar can be viewed here.

See archived NCAR Ignite presentations here.
More archived webcasts and videos here.
Go to the MetEd site for training resources here.
More Learning!
Both US CLIVAR and the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program have upcoming seminars and webinars to help you deepen your knowledge on a variety of subjects. US CLIVAR has a calendar of ongoing webinar series accessible via their website. Coming up next is the US AMOC Science Team Webinar Series, which occurs every third Thursday at Noon EST and discusses recent Atlantic overturning circulation research. On April 18th, Tim DelSole of George Mason University will speak on Differences in Ocean Variability Between Models and Observations. They also have an extensive list of ongoing workshops to check out as well and a list of workshops around the world.
U.S. Carbon Cycle Science also has a wonderful webinar series called From Science to Solutions: The State of the Carbon Cycle. This series runs through the end of May and is in partnership with OneNOAA Science Seminar Series. The next talk will be on the  State of Carbon in Soils and Agriculture: Linking North American Science to Global Efforts, by Nancy Cavallaro, National Program Leader, Soils Water & Global Change Programs, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.
Your Publications
Part of your employment requirements is listing your publications in OpenSky on the UCAR/NCAR website. The purpose of this digital archive is to provide free and open access to the scientific output and other intellectual resources created at NCAR/UCAR for the advancement of the atmospheric and related sciences.

In the Acknowledgements section scientists note the agency and grant number that supported their research. This is a requirement for funded work. Please contact us and we'll happily send you the language and grant number for any of your publications. Thanks very much!
Recent Publications

Hosokawa, Yuri, Douglas J. Casa, Juli M. Trtanj, Luke N. Belval, Patricia A. Deuster, Sarah M. Giltz, Andrew J. Grundstein, Michelle D. Hawkins, Robert A. Huggins, Brenda Jacklitsch, John F. Jardine, Hunter Jones, Josh B. Kazman, Mark E. Reynolds, Rebecca L. Stearns, Jennifer K. Vanos, Alan L. Williams, W. Jon Williams, 2019: Activity modification in heat: Critical assessment of guidelines across athletic, occupational, and military settings in the USA. International Journal of Biometeorology.

Krishnamurthy, Lakshmi, Ángel G. Muñoz, Gabriel A. Vecchi, Rym Msadek, Andrew T. Wittenberg, Bill Stern, Rich Gudgel, Fanrong Zeng, 2019: Assessment of summer rainfall forecast skill in the Intra-Americas in GFDL high and low-resolution models. Climate Dynamics.

Bhatia, Kieran T., Gabriel A. Vecchi, Thomas R. Knutson, Hiroyuki Murakami, James Kossin, Keith W. Dixon, Carolyn E. Whitlock, 2019: Recent increases in tropical cyclone intensification rates. Nature Communications.
CPAESS Work Opportunities
CPAESS has numerous job listings for work at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), and the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation. Check out our open positions and let your friends know. 
Many folks employed by CPAESS are not entirely sure what and who we are. Here is a super brief primer.

CPAESS is a part of the UCAR/NCAR family. Specifically, we are within UCAR’s Community Programs (UCP). CPAESS is the largest of UCAR's Community Programs.

CPAESS’ work is three-fold. We convene scientific communities to help promulgate scientific information and foster collaboration among scientists with our event management. Here is a list of our upcoming events. We also host programs and have partnerships with federal agencies –take a peek to get an idea of some of them listed here. Lastly CPAESS provides postdoctoral and educational opportunities, as well as scientific appointments which are listed here.

CPAESS has approximately 140 employees, over 100 of which are spread across the United States as seen on the map below. If you go here you can click on a location and you'll see staff grouped by program work. Many of our co-workers are in federal labs. Our staff's skill sets are impressively diverse. We appreciate you and your talents being a part of the CPAESS family.