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

  • Hello from Hanne
  • Happy Third Birthday
  • U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program Highlight
  • Our New Co-Workers
  • Congratulations!
  • CPAESS Women of NOAA's Climate Program Office
  • Educational Opportunities: To Teach and Learn
  • Your Finance Team
  • Your Publications
  • CPAESS Work Opportunities
  • Who Is CPAESS?
February / March 2019

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Hello from Hanne
Hello Everyone,

Spring is almost here and I'm looking forward to connecting with many of you in the near future. There are many new developments on the horizon, and I look forward to news of your ongoing work.

Happy Third Birthday and thank you so much for all of the hard work that you do. CPAESS' strength lies in the research, modeling, organizing, and progress you each make every day. You have my sincere appreciation for all of your many, varied and wonderful contributions to our whole.

It has already been a busy first quarter of 2019. In February, I had a productive time in Washington D.C. In particular, I spent some time with the US CLIVAR folks including Jennie Zhu, our newly hired program specialist in that office. I met with Dr. Ed Myers, Branch Chief of the NOAA Coast Survey Development Laboratory to discuss new expanded partnerships. I also met with Kathryn Ries, Deputy Director of the Office of Coast Survey and we discussed the opportunity for CPAESS to support upcoming events/meetings (domestic and international). I attended the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB) meeting, and after much discussion, they endorsed the C&GC post doc program panel review report with a few modifications. I also spent some time with Neil Christerson, our CAMP (Cooperative Agreement) NOAA Program Manager as well as our own Hunter Jones.

This past week Dr. Lika Guhathakurta visited Boulder. Dr. Guhathakurta is the Lead Program Scientist for NASA's initiative called "Living With a Star" (LWS) which focuses on understanding and ultimately predicting solar variability and its diverse effects on Earth, human technology and astronauts in space. She is our NASA Program Manager for the Jack Eddy Postdoctoral program and the Heliophysics Summer School. While she was here, Lika, Kendra and I met with Scott McIntosh, HAO Director and interim Deputy Director of NCAR to discuss the 2020 summer Heliophysics Symposium.

Additionally, Manda Adams from NSF visited CPAESS to discuss continued meeting and event opportunities. I also met with Veva Deheza who is the Executive Director of NOAA/National Integrated Drought Information System, and a long-standing partner of ours. 

I will be going to the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama from March 19-22. Soon after I will be in Denmark on family leave from March 27-April 11. After that, I will going to Tucson, Arizona for the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship selection meeting from April 15-17. The NASA Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship selection will be taking place this week. We will let you know all about our new postdocs selections in our next issue.

As a reminder we all have Cyber Security Awareness Training (see 2/22 email from Anke Kamrath) which is due by March 31st. The training module is on the Skillsoft website which can be found here. Information on the new Ethics Point hotline can be found here.

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 anything news you'd like to contribute please send it here .

Thank you everyone for all of your hard work and all the best!
Happy Third Birthday!
February 14th was not only Valentine’s Day but CPAESS’ 3rd Anniversary! Together we have accomplished some wonderful things. We’ve produced 147 scientific publications and delivered 209 scientific presentations. We’ve convened 117 full support scientific meetings and provided supplemental support to 225 more. CPAESS has 75 different federal partnerships and about 100 scientists on staff. We are also much bigger than folks realize. There are 134 of us across 14 states including D.C. 

CPAESS is proud to be part of UCAR Community Programs. We look forward to continuing to grow and serve the Earth system science community.
Above: CPAESS administrative staff in the Boulder office. All you 100+ CPAESS folks not in this photo, please send us your pics! Below: Word cloud describing CPAESS.
CPAESS Highlight -
U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program
One of our hosted programs is the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program in Washington, D.C. Its impressive interagency work is lead by Dr. Gyami Shrestha. They work in consultation with the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG), which coordinates and facilitates activities relevant to carbon cycle science, climate and global change issues under the auspices of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Interagency Committee.

The CCIWG supports the peer-reviewed research of carbon cycle science across the federal government and is responsible for defining program goals, setting research priorities, and reviewing the progress of the research programs that contribute to carbon cycle science.

Currently, twelve federal agencies and departments lead, constitute and support the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program through the CCIWG which is the longest surviving formal interagency working group functioning under the aegis of the USGCRP.

Their Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2) was recently released. SOCCR2 is an authoritative decadal assessment of carbon cycle science across North America, developed by over 200 experts from the U.S., Canadian and Mexican governments, national laboratories, universities, private sector, and research institutions. Its public launch coincided with the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) and both have received a fair share of press.

You can download the Report in Brief, Highlights (in English, Chinese, Spanish and French), the Executive Summary, and any part of the full report including Appendices right here . Content addresses an overall Synthesis of the carbon cycle in North America - what it is and why it's important. The Human Dimensions of the Carbon Cycle - how the carbon cycle is inextricably linked to human needs, actions and decision making. The State of Air, Land and Water - carbon cycle fluxes and processes in different physical and ecological domains. Also the Consequences and Ways Forward - including future projections of rising atmospheric carbon and its associated consequences.

CPAESS is extremely proud to be associated with this important work and congratulates Dr. Shrestha for her work in advancing this important aspect of climate science forward. The level of interagency work and cooperation, as well as efforts to make this information comprehensive and relevant to the lay reader is truly impressive.
Our New Co-Workers
Over the past several months CPAESS has added some wonderful new staff members.

Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA)
Katherine Shanahan, Administrative Assistant III
Anna Shlyaeva, Software Engineer/Programmer III
Maryam Abdioskouei, Software Engineer/Programmer II
Danielle Claar, Postdoctoral Fellow I
Travis Sluka, Software Engineer/Programmer III

National Hurricane Center
Ethan Gibney, Associate Scientist IV
William Booth, Associate Scientist IV
Andrew Penny, Visiting Scientist

U.S. Climate Variability and Predictability (US CLIVAR)
Jennie Zhu, Program Specialist II

NASA Living With a Star Jack Eddy Fellowship
Samuel Totorica, Postdoctoral Fellow

NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL)
Wenhao Dong, Visiting Scientist

Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)
Marcela Ulate Medrano

CPAESS Boulder Administrative Office
Emma Hagen, Administrative Assistant II
Maureen Nelson, Business Manager
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 these lovely photos of (left to right clockwise) Maureen Nelson, Samuel Totorica, Emma Hagen, and Kat Shanahan you may be wondering - why, compared to the list, aren't there more pictures? Well it's because we don't have them.

Check out our staff webpage and if there is no picture or email address for you please give us your photo and info. We'd love to see you! Just send it here . Thanks so much!

Brandon Wolding is one of our NOAA Climate and Global Change postdoctoral fellows researching the energetics of convectively coupled tropical phenomena in present and past climates. He just became a new dad! His wife Jennifer just delivered their beautiful baby Evelyn Louise (to the left)! A sincere and hearty congratulations to all three of you!

Also congratulations to Gete Bond for becoming a grandmother for a second time with the birth of her grandson Rémy!
CPAESS Women of NOAA's
Climate Program Office
March 8th was International Women’s Day and we are proud to highlight some of CPAESS’ female scientists who work for NOAA! In preparation for the day, some of our co-workers helped put together a two-part speaker series to honor the outstanding women who contribute to NOAA’s mission. CPAESS has five women scientists who work for NOAA’s Climate Program Office. Among them Kathy Tedesco, Emily Osborne, Emily Smith, and Shelby Brunner helped organize NOAA’s Women in Science effort. NOAA staff nominated women to speak and represent women scientists for International Women’s Day. From the 49 nominations, ten women were chosen to speak on March 7th and 8th. Among these ten were our own Emily Osborne and Emily Smith. Shelby Brunner is working on the digital campaign throughout this month that highlights the work of NOAA’s female scientists. We are very proud of CPAESS’ scientists who work with NOAA and their service to our world through good science. 

Dr. Kathy Tedesco currently serves as Program Manager in CPO-OOMD for Ocean Carbon Observations and the Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS2020). Kathy has participated in over 25 research expeditions as a student, instructor, scientist and chief scientist collecting and analyzing CFCs, SF6, 3HE, DIC, gravity, and multi-cores, and recovery and deployment of sediment traps.

Dr. Emily Osborne is a Program Specialist for the Arctic Research Program and serves as a program analyst for the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) and coordinating research activities such as the Distributed Biological Observatory cruise in the Arctic. When asked about what she would tell her 12-year-old self or women in their early career she said,

“Don't let science and math scare you - it can come to you as easily as English or history as long as you keep your mind open and have a curiosity to learn. You can grow up to be a scientist even if you don't look like the ones you see on TV and in magazines. For early career females, find a support system and mentor in your workspace that can be your foundation, lift you up and motivate you to break the mold. Don't be intimidated when you're the only woman in a room, be empowered by the change you are effecting.”
Women of NOAA - Back row (left to right): Jessica Mkitarian, Shelby Brunner (CPAESS),
Anna Apostel and Emily Smith (CPAESS). Front row (left to right): Claudia Perez,
Monica Morales, Kelley Uhlig, Jessica Snowden, and Emily Osborne (CPAESS).
Not pictured- Kathy Tedesco (CPAESS) and Monika Kopacz.
Program Specialist, Dr. Shelby Brunner manages two international ocean observing projects including being the point of contact for the Tropical Pacific Observing System 2020 Distributed Program Office, working with the international Observation Coordination Group through JCOMM, and Argo floats which help us better understand the global oceans. When asked about her path to becoming a scientist Shelby said,

“I grew up in a very rural area where people primarily had one of 3 professions, so I never really envisioned ‘scientist’ as something I could do until I got to college. I had enrolled in Environmental Chemistry because I really loved math and science classes, as well as the outdoors. I didn't really know where it would take me or what I could do afterwards (despite my parents asking). I found a really great mentor in the form of a Chemistry Professor who hired me to work in her lab over the summer and pushed me to apply for an NOAA Hollings Scholarship. I was the first student from my college to ever receive one. It led to me spending one summer at NOAA's AOML lab in Miami, Florida working with many government scientists, and the rest is history.”

Dr. Emily Smith serves a Program Specialist for Tide Gauges and has also worked with the Sea Level Rise Center in Hawaii. Her aim is to strengthen relationships between labs, cooperative institutes, and headquarters. 

Last year Dr. Emily Smith saw a need for leadership training opportunities for women in science. With UCAR’s support, Emily led the effort to host the 2018 Earth Science Women’s Network Professional Development Workshop at Center Green in Boulder to do just that. Approximately fifty women were able to practice hands-on techniques to grow their leadership, management, and negotiation skills. Topics included effective communication with a scientific team (peers, colleagues, employees, students, supervisors, administrators, etc.), team-building in a way that promotes motivation and trust, guidance in giving and receiving both positive and negative feedback, and negotiating time, salary, and delegation.

Dr. Monika Kopacz serves as a Program Manager for the Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate (AC4) competitive research program at NOAA's Climate Program Office. She also serves as liaison for the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship steering committee representing scientific research.

The videos of the International Women's Day Panels are now available to see for Day 1 and Day 2.

Happy International Women’s Day to all of CPAESS’ women scientists across agencies and the U.S. We appreciate your hard work and unique genius!
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-

March 18 at 11:00am MST
CGD Seminar Series-Understanding the role of decadal climate prediction in climate risk management by James Done, NCAR.

MMM Special Seminar - Recent Developments in Atmospheric River Science and Applications: From Forecast Challenges to an Airborne Reconnaissance Program and a Scale for Atmospheric Rivers by F. Martin Ralph of Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

RAL Seminar Series - Lidar Techniques for Geoscience Applications by Professor Jeff Thayer of University of Colorado, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Dept., Director, Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research, CTO, ASTRALiTe, Inc.

ACOM Seminar - Redefining odd oxygen: A new budget diagnostic for tropospheric ozone by Kelvin Bates, NOAA Climate & Global Change and Harvard University Center for the Environment Postdoctoral Fellow.

Development, Verification, and Application of the One-Dimensional Hail Growth Model HAILCAST by Dr. Rebecca Adams-Selin, Senior Staff Scientist at Atmospheric and Environmental Research.

The Asian summer monsoon Chemical and Climate Impact Project (ACCLIP) by Laura Pan of Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Turbulence and gas transport within the Amazon forest: from flat terrain, to idealized ridges, to realistic (but simple) topography by Marcelo Chamecki of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UCLA.

Peering into the Storms with Weather Radars - Past, Present and Future by Dr. Wen-Chau Lee, NCAR.

See archived NCAR Ignite presentations here.
More archived webcasts and videos here.
Go to the MetEd site for training resources here.
Your Finance Team
CPAESS operates through a great number of highly diverse cooperative agreements in a variety of fields. Meet the folks who take care of all of us by managing our finances and keeping us all accounted. In the past two months they have gotten out three new proposals and have another four they are finishing up. This is the team who enable us all to move science forward through our collective work. Thanks!
Above (left to right): Julie Cross, Maureen Nelson, Donna Cummings,
Whitney Robinson (HR), and Michael Warren
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!
The bolded individual's name is our CPAESS co-worker. Their name serves as a link to their published work.

Hiroyuki Murakami, Project Scientist, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
K. T., G. A. Vecchi, T. R. Knutson, H. Murakami, J. Kossin, K. W. Dixon, and C. E. Whitlock, 2019: Recent increases in tropical cyclone intensification rates. Nature Communications, 10, 635, doi:10.1038/s41467-019-08471-z.

Mark Miesch, Software Engineer, JCSDA
Nielsen, M. B., L. Gizon, R. H. Cameron, and M. Miesch, 2019: Starspot rotation rates versus activity cycle phase: Butterfly diagrams of Kepler starts are unlike that of the Sun. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 622, A85, doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201834373.

Thomas Auligne, Director of JCSDA
Xu, T., X. He, S. M. Bateni, T. Auligne, S. Liu, Z. Xu, J. Zhou, and K. Mao, 2019: Mapping regional turbulent heat fluxes via variational assimilation of land surface temperature data from polar orbiting satellites. Remote Sensing of Environment, 221, 444-461, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2018.11.023.

Saeed Moghimi, Visiting Scientist, National Ocean Service
Moghimi, S., H. T. Özkan-Haller, Ç. Akan, and J. T. Jurisa, 2019: Mechanistic analysis of the wave-current interaction in the plume region of a partially mixed tidal inlet. Ocean Modelling, 134, 110-126, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2018.12.003.

Clara Deser, NOAA Climate & Global Change Steering Committer, NCAR - Climate and Global Dynamics Division
R. Chemke, L. M. Polvani, C. Deser, 2019: The Effect of Arctic Sea Ice Loss on the Hadley Circulation. Geophysical Research Letters, 46-2, 963-972,

Jan-Huey Chen, Project Scientist, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Kun Gao, Lucas Harris, Jan-Huey Chen, Shian-Jiann Lin, Andrew Hazelton, 2019: Improving AGCM hurricane structure with two-way nesting. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 11-1, 278-292,

Georgios Chintzoglou, Visiting Scientist, Lockheed Martin
Chintzoglou, G., J. Zhang, M. C. M. Cheung, and M. Kazachenko, 2019: The origin of major solar activity: Collisional shearing between nonconjugated polarities of multiple bipoles emerging within active regions. The Astrophysical Journal, 871, 67, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aaef30.

Baoqiang Xiang and Xiaosong Yang, Project Scientists, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Xiang, B., S. -J. Lin, M. Zhao, N. C. Johnson, X. Yang, and X. Jiang, 2019: Subseasonal Week 3-5 Surface Air Temperature Prediction During Boreal Wintertime in a GFDL Model. Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 416-425, doi:10.1029/2018GL081314.

William Cooke and Xiaosong Yang, Project Scientists, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Zhang, L., T. L. Delworth, W. Cooke, and X. Yang, 2019: Natural variability of Southern Ocean convection as a driver of observed climate trends. Nature Climate Change, 9, 59-65, doi:10.1038/s41558-018-0350-3.

Shay Gilpin, Richard Anthes, Sergey Sokolovskiy, Space Requirements Working Group (SRWG), COSMIC
Gilpin, S., R. Anthes, and S. Sokolovskiy, 2019: Sensitivity of forward-modeled bending angles to vertical interpolation of refractivity for radio occultation data assimilation. Monthly Weather Review, 147, 269-289, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-18-0223.1.

Ankush Bhaskar, NASA Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellow
Rudd, J. T., D. M. Oliveira, A. Bhaskar, and A. J. Halford, 2019: How do interplanetary shock impact angles control the size of the geoeffective magnetosphere? Advances in Space Research, 63, 317-326, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2018.09.013.

Kuniaki Inoue, Former Postdoctoral Researcher, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Yasunaga, K., S. Yokoi, K. Inoue, and B. E. Mapes, 2019: Space–time spectral analysis of the moist static energy budget equation.  Journal of Climate 32 , 501-529, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0334.1.
CPAESS Work Opportunities
CPAESS has numerous job listings for work at the NOAA/OAR Climate Program Office/Earth System Science and Modeling (ESSM) Division, the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), NOAA ‘s National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), 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.