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

  • Hello from Hanne
  • JCSDA Send-Off!
  • UCAR D.C. Staff Meeting
  • Workday Trainings
  • Onboarding and Useful Info
  • Technology Use at Scientific Meetings
  • You and AGU
  • Opportunities: To Teach and Learn
  • Your Publications
  • Who Is CPAESS?
October 2019

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Hello from Hanne
Hello Everyone,

This week both Melanie and I will be in Washington, D.C. We will be meeting with employees, sponsors and have arranged meetings for other UCAR staff to meet with our CPAESS D.C. staff. This meeting will include UCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Lory Wingate; Director of UCAR Community Programs, Bill Kuo; and UCAR Director of Washington Operations, Ari Gertsman and will be held on 30 October. Additionally, a social event has also been planned after the staff meeting. Invitations have gone out to JCSDA, PO, COMET and CPAESS staff residing in the DC area. I look forward to seeing all of you who will be there.

Also on October 21, you should have all received two tasks in your Workday inboxes for goal setting and quarterly check-ins. Please plan to enter two to five goals for the 2019-20 cycle into Workday before April 1, 2020. Goals should be discussed and agreed upon with your supervisor, and can be updated throughout the year as needed. We recommend that you record your accomplishments as they occur throughout the year via the quarterly check-in task in your Workday inbox. To learn how to do this is Workday, SMART goals training workshops and demos are available on Google Hangouts. Please see the schedule and other information in the article below. We will send your more detailed information as we get it from UCAR HR.

This upcoming next few months I will be very busy traveling and seeing many of you - which I look forward to. Below is my travel schedule so you all of a sense of where I'll be when. 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!
JCSDA Send-Off!
Hanne presents Tom and JCSDA with a framed "best wishes" gift signed by CPAESS staff.
We recently had a send-off celebration for the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA). CPAESS has been helping grow JCSDA for the past few years into what you see today. As of October 1, 2019, JCSDA has become its own UCP program as well as a new Research to Operations UCP Center.

Some of you may know that JCSDA has a history of multi-agency research work on data assimilation with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, NASA and NOAA. But many don’t realize how fast JCSDA has grown to get to be where they are today at UCAR. In June of 2016, CPAESS hired Tom Auligné who was the beginning of creating this team that is JCSDA right now. In January 2017 we hired Ben Johnson, and in December of 2017 we were able to get Yannick Trémolet
 on the team.

CPAESS’ job was to serve as an incubator to create a full team, build the structure needed to be a self-sufficient program, and enable JCSDA to become what you see today – a great force in improving and accelerating the quantitative use of research and operational satellite data in weather, ocean, climate and environmental analysis and prediction systems.

Since this beginning in 2016, we have built up JCSDA’s staff to 28 people. Some of you have a notion of how much work it is to hire on a new staff person. Construction is often slow and arduous. Additionally, we have arranged over 100 trips for your team to travel and help grow JCSDA’s efforts.

At the same time that CPAESS was hiring staff, we were pushing out proposals to get the money needed to fund this program. Thus far we have gotten five awards valued at over $10 million ($10,222,476) to get JCSDA built and running. Additionally, we put out the RFI for the upcoming EPIC proposal.

It has been a busy, fast-paced growing experience and we are very happy that you are now not only your own program, but center. We look forward to collaborating with you in the future and congratulations!
UCAR D.C. Visit
Hanne Mauriello and Melanie Russ will be in D.C. this week to meet with sponsors and staff. CPAESS will host the UCAR D.C. Staff meeting this week. CPAESS staff will include our employees from NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), NOAA National Weather Service (SWS) Climate Prediction Center African Desk, NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Informational Service (NESDIS), NOAA Office of Water Prediction (OWP), NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), NOAA Climate Program Office (CPO), NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS), NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), US CLIVAR, and the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program. We have invited UCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Lory Wingate; Director of UCAR Community Programs, Bill Kuo; and UCAR Director of Washington Operations, Ari Gertsman to join us at our staff meeting. This will be followed by a social event at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in D.C. on October 30. We have also invited our colleagues from the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) and Cooperative program for Operational Meteorology Education and Training (COMET) to join us as well. 
Onboarding and Useful Info
There is a lot of information that is useful for employees on our website, and recently we have revamped our efforts to consolidate some of it. If you go to: ff you will see we have sorted content into three main categories: Information for Boulder CPAESS Staff, Information for Off-Campus CPAESS Staff, and Information for Postdocs. We did this because as you know not all CPAESS employees follow the exact same processes.

What you will find here is a plethora of useful information. We have key UCAR Policies and Procedures, Human Resources info, IT & Password Support, Travel information, Payroll Information, Communication and Publications info, Metrics Reporting info, as well as many useful Resources and Tools. We wanted to make it easier for you to find the information you need in one place. So please check out the Info for CPAESS Staff page and feel free to give us feedback so we can continue to make it as useful as possible.
Workday Trainings
As you may know, a component of Workday is the Performance Evaluation quarterly check-ins concerning your SMART goals. Please plan on entering 2-5 goals for the 2019-20 work cycle before April 1, 2020.  These goals are important guideposts for CPAESS, and for our non-Boulder staff, these need to be developed in concert with the goals of the federal agency that you work within. Please consult with your federal host to ensure this is the case.

This process does not pertain to visitors, postdoctoral fellows, and casuals.  These goals can be updated throughout the year as needed. We recommend that you record your accomplishments as they occur throughout the year via the quarterly check-in task in your Workday inbox. 
In order to help you learn how to enter these goals into Workday, and how to set up your SMART goals, HR has set up Workday trainings. These demonstrations will show you how to enter goals to complete your quarterly check-ins in Workday, as well as how you set up your goals in the SMART format (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timebound).
Three Google Hangouts sessions have been organized for employees who work off the UCAR/NCAR campus. Please choose one to participate in via the Google Hangouts link next to them. They will be:
Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 10:00 - 11:30 AM MDT  Or dial: +1 614-758-9231 PIN: 126007#
Monday, Dec. 2 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM MDT  Or dial: +1 336-515-0134 PIN: 165435# 
Thursday, Dec. 12 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM MDT  Or dial: +1 484-998-0647 PIN: 941774# 
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Technology Use at Scientific Meetings
One of the ways that CPAESS supports science is as a neutral convener creating events for scientists to learn and collaborate with each other. We understand how important technology is when it comes to gathering and informing the scientific community. Last year we held the Coastlines and People (CoPe) meeting in three physical locations and one virtual meeting. This year we will do the same with the NSF Reintegrating Biology Meetings. CPAESS is striving to utilize technology to enable engagement among scientists to increase and become more robust.

At our recent Ocean Obs’19 Conference we utilized a phone app for attendees. It helped inform conference goers on schedules, speaker information, posters, maps, and to push out important notifications during the conference. Attendees loved the app and we had a very impressive use rate. Our adoption rate for mobile event apps was at 63% which is in the top 10% of all events. We also had an average of 37.2 interactions per user which again is in the top 10%. The top navigations utilized were Schedule, Attendees, Notifications,, the Activity Feed, and Posters. Our Activity Feed views sat at 2,157.

These stats are a clear indicator that scientists not only appreciate, but utilize added technology when they get together. We will continue to implement technological additions to events when possible to increase the user’s experience. A special thank you to Emma Hagen for leading the OceanObs’19 app effort. 
You and AGU
Going to AGU? Each year we ask all CPAESS employees that are traveling to AGU to provide information on any posters or presentations they will be presenting. We will use the information provided to create a webpage highlighting your activities at AGU with UCAR/NCAR leadership, sponsors, and other UCAR/NCAR employees. If you could please enter your information by Friday, November 8 we would appreciate it. Please go to this CPAESS Presentations doc . Thank you!
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. 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. In the meantime here is the UCAR schedule for you to see upcoming talks.

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

Special MMM/CGD Joint Seminar - Tropical Cyclones And Equatorial Waves In Global Storm-Resolving Models , MMM/CGD Joint Seminar with Falko Judt of Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory, NCAR.

CGD Seminar Series - Coral Reef Refugia At A Smaller Scale: Diagnosing Tidally-Generated Internal Waves And Their Impact On Temperature Variability , Joanie Kleypas And Scott Bachman, of NCAR

NCAR Explorer Lecture Series - Keeping An Eye On The Sun's Magnetism, Rebecca Centeno, NCAR

HAO Colloquium - On Long Timescale Recurrent Active Region Coronal Jets: The Coronal Geyser Structure, Alin Paraschiv of NSO.
Your Publications
Part of your employment expectations 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. Please contact us and we'll happily send you the language and grant number for any of your publications. Thanks very much!
Recent Publications

Naud, Catherine M., James F. Booth, Jeyavinoth Jeyaratnam, Leo J. Donner, Charles J. Seman, Ming Zhao, Huan Guo, Yi Ming, 2019:  Extratropical cyclone clouds in the GFDL Climate Model: Diagnosing biases and the associated causes.   Journal of Climate OpenSky.

Bushuk, Mitchell, Xiaosong Yang, Michael Winton, Rym Msadek, Matthew Harrison, Anthony Rosati, Rich Gudgel, 2019:  The value of sustained ocean observations for sea ice predictions in the Barents Sea.  Journal of Climate OpenSky .

Ding, Liudan, Tim Li, Baoqiang Xiang, Melinda Peng, 2019:  On the westward turning of Hurricane Sandy (2012): Effect of atmospheric intraseasonal oscillations.   Journal of Climate OpenSky .

Chen, Jan-Huey, Shian-Jiann Lin, Linjiong Zhou, Xi Chen, Shannon Rees, Morris Bender, Matthew Morin, 2019:  Evaluation of Tropical Cyclone Forecasts in the Next Generation Global Prediction System.   Monthly Weather Review OpenSky .

Zhou, Xiaoye, Fei Liu, Bin Wang, Baoqiang Xiang, Chen Xing, Hui Wang, 2019:  Different responses of East Asian summer rainfall to El Niño decays.   Climate Dynamics OpenSky .

Tanhua, Toste, Andrea McCurdy, Albert Fischer, Ward Appeltans, Nicholas Bax, Kim Currie, Brad DeYoung, Daniel Dunn, Emma Heslop, Linda K. Glover, John Gunn, Katherine Hill, Masao Ishii, David Legler, Eric Lindstrom, Patricia Miloslavich, Tim Moltmann, Glenn Nolan, Artur Palacz, Samantha Simmons, Bernadette Sloyan, Leslie M. Smith, Neville Smith, Maciej Telszewski, Martin Visbeck, John Wilkin, 2019:  What we have learned from the framework for ocean observing: Evolution of the Global Ocean Observing System.  Frontiers in Marine Science OpenSky .

Gao, Kun, Jan‐Huey Chen, Lucas Harris, Yongqiang Sun, Shian‐Jiann Lin, 2019:  Skillful prediction of monthly major hurricane activity in the North Atlantic with two‐way nesting Geophysical Research Letters OpenSky .

Pu, Bing, Paul Ginoux, Sarah B. Kapnick, Xiaosong Yang, 2019:  Seasonal prediction potential for springtime dustiness in the United States.   Geophysical Research Letters OpenSky .

Tamoffo, Alain T., Wilfran Moufouma-Okia, Alessandro Dosio, Rachel James, Wilfried M. Pokam, Derbetini A. Vondou, Thierry C. Fotso-Nguemo, Guy Merlin Guenang, Pierre H. Kamsu-Tamo, Grigory Nikulin, Georges-Noel Longandjo, Christopher J. Lennard, Jean-Pierre Bell, Roland R. Takong, Andreas Haensler, Lucie A. Djiotang Tchotchou, Robert Nouayou, 2019:  Process-oriented assessment of RCA4 regional climate model projections over the Congo Basin under 1.5C and 2C global warming levels: Influence of regional moisture fluxes.   Climate Dynamics OpenSky .

Jones, Hunter M., E. L. Mecray, S. D. Birkel, K. C. Conlon, P. L. Kinney, V. B. S. Silva, W. Solecki, T. M. Surgeon Rogers, 2019:  Understanding decision context to improve heat health information.   Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society OpenSky .

Bates, Kelvin H., Daniel J. Jacob, 2019:  A new model mechanism for atmospheric oxidation of isoprene: global effects on oxidants, nitrogen oxides, organic products, and secondary organic aerosol Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 10.5194/acp-19-9613-2019 .

Bates, Kelvin H., Daniel J. Jacob, 2019:  A new model mechanism for atmospheric oxidation of isoprene: global effects on oxidants, nitrogen oxides, organic products, and secondary organic aerosol.   Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics OpenSky .

Laming, J. Martin, Angelos Vourlidas, Clarence Korendyke, Damien Chua, Steven R. Cranmer, Yuan-Kuen Ko, Natsuha Kuroda, Elena Provornikova, John C. Raymond, Nour-Eddine Raouafi, Leonard Strachan, Samuel Tun-Beltran, Micah Weberg, Brian E. Wood, 2019:  Element abundances: A new diagnostic for the solar wind The Astrophysical Journal OpenSky .

Zhou, Linjiong, Shian-Jiann Lin, Jan-Huey Chen, Lucas M. Harris, Xi Chen, Shannon L. Rees, 2019:  Toward Convective-Scale Prediction within the Next Generation Global Prediction System.   Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society OpenSky .
Even people employed by CPAESS ask about the breadth and depth of the programs and opportunities we provide. 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’ provides early career opportunities including employment at federal labs across the nation. We also host multi-agency programs and have partnerships with federal agencies –take a peek to get an idea of some of them listed here . CPAESS provides postdoctoral and educational programs. Lastly, we convene scientific communities to help promulgate scientific information and foster collaboration across the earth system science community. Here is a list of our upcoming events .

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.