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

  • Hello from Hanne
  • Our Nat'l Hurricane Center Team
  • NOAA Summer Institute
  • Astronaut in the House
  • OceanObs'19
  • Opportunities: To Teach and Learn
  • Your Publications
  • Who Is CPAESS?
September 2019

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Hello from Hanne
Hello Everyone,

Things have been very busy this summer thanks to all of your hard work – and we are already in September!

In July, we had a wonderful NOAA Climate and Global Change Post Doc Summer Institute that we hold every other year in Steamboat Springs. This year, it was our 14th Summer Institute. It was a great opportunity for our current postdocs and alumni to spend time together to discuss all the wonderful science that you are all doing. Many thanks to Drs. David Battisti and Liz Moyer for co-leading the Institute. Many thanks also to our NOAA sponsor, Dr. Jin Huang.

Then, also in July, we hosted the NASA Heliophysics Summer School. This year we had Drs. Amitava Bhattacharjee and Nicolas Gross lead the summer school. The Summer School was held in Boulder, Colorado. You will see below that we were surprised by the visit of a former astronaut, Dr. John Grunsfeld. Many thanks also to our NOAA sponsor, Dr. Lika Guharthakurta.

As some of you may know, I spent the last week of August at the Storm Surge Unit at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. During my visit, I was able to meet with our CPAESS employees. Great to finally have an opportunity to meet with everyone. I visited the National Hurricane Center at the time Hurricane Dorian was making its path towards the Bahamas and glancing at the east coast of Florida. My visit truly put into perspective how very important the work our staff is doing every single day. Please know that I am very proud of everyone's important accomplishments, and it was a privilege to spend some days there with everyone. Also many thanks to Dr. Jamie Rhome, Director of the Storm Surge Unit and LTJG Phil Manougian for being such gracious hosts. Thanks to Phil in particular to help me navigate the Miami traffic. More on the National Hurricane Team below.

Next week, CPAESS will manage the Ocean Obs 2019 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, which is international in scope and happens every ten years. The CPAESS team here have spent months getting us to next week. Please come see us if you are there. I will be at our Community Lounge in the Exhibit Hall - booth # 316. Also, US CLIVAR will host the " AMOC Metrics: Coordinating Observations and Models " meeting on September 14 and 15th, and some of our CPO employees have helped organize the " Breaking Waves, Breaking Barriers: Celebrating Women’s Instrumental Role in Ocean Science, Leadership, and Mentorship " meeting on September 18. I look forward to seeing some of you there.

I also will be visiting the National Water Center the week of 25 September, and I look forward to seeing the NWC team again!

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!
Our National Hurricane Center Team
CPAESS staff works to contribute to how we understand, predict, adapt and otherwise manage the changes in our environment. Our team approaches this subject through diverse sciences from arctic oceanography to biological adaptation, and through a variety of approaches from prediction to the convening of experts in the field. In our day to day lives the importance of this work isn't always stark. However, Hanne’s visit to our co-workers in Miami, Florida at the National Hurricane Center threw into sharp relief the critical nature of their skill as Dorian swirled off the coast as a category 5 hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is a division of the National Weather Service and a component of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). It’s mission is to “save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather and by increasing understanding of these hazards.” CPAESS has 6 employees working at the National Hurricane Center in the Storm Surge Unit including Laura Alaka, William Booth, Ethan Gibney, Andrew Penny, Tarah Sharon, and Taylor Trogdon. During hurricane season it is certainly evident how important their work is through proper prediction and communication to the public on how to best respond to these devastating weather forces.

Historically about 50% of Atlantic Tropical Cyclone deaths are due to storm surge. In the U.S. about 22 million people are vulnerable to storm surge flooding. So the work of the National Hurricane Center in informing and supporting coastal communities preparedness with predictions and outreach is profoundly important and impactful. Our co-workers at the Storm Surge Unit are truly life-savers.

In addition to this daily work, staff members William Booth and Ethan Gibney were recently recognized for their improvements to the SLOSH model and HURREVAC software. This work better informs the consortium of federal, state and local emergency planners that rely on its information to protect public safety. Additionally Taylor Trogdon was named NOAA’s team member of the month for his key role in providing new storm surge risk information for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Congratulations on your recognitions, gentlemen. 

Thank you to our entire National Hurricane Center team for your ongoing efforts in service to public protection. Of the team Hanne said, “Our staff is brave, hard working and caring. I was very humbled to see all that they do.”
National Hurricane Center and below our team (left to right): Hanne Mauriello, William Booth, Tarah Sharon, Laura Alaska, Ethan Gibney, and Taylor Trogdon.
NOAA Summer Institute
As summer begins to wrap up we have some fond memories to share, one being our bi-annual Summer Institute. This July in Steamboat Springs we held the 14th NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Summer Institute and a great time was had by all. We had current and past postdocs, host professors, and a wide variety of scientists who have served as mentors and leaders in this effort. This Summer Institute was led by Drs. David Battisti and Liz Moyer.

The goal of the Institute is to bring together present and former fellows as well as host scientists, program sponsors and other invited guests to share cutting-edge research accomplishments and discuss the future of climate research as it pertains to global climate change. There were 19 scientific presentations, and three panel presentations representing a wide variety of fields from plant diversity that could improve the carbon cycle, to convective coupling of equatorial waves, to polar amplification feedbacks and forcings. It was fascinating to see both the breadth and interconnectedness of the many presentations.

During the week there was a field trip to the Storm Peak Observatory run by the Desert Research Institute. The " Storm Peak Laboratory is a permanent mountain-top facility used for research and training in the Rocky Mountains of northwestern Colorado. Ideally situated for in-cloud measurements, this facility enables greater understanding and characterization of the meteorological processes than are otherwise not available elsewhere." It was wonderful experience and the entire week was an excellent opportunity for scientists to make collaborative connections and learn more from their peers.
Above top: Storm Peak tour of outdoor weather measurement facilities. Above next: Some of our climate change biologists including recent postdocs (left to right) Adam Pellegrini, Leander Anderegg and his host professor Todd Dawson. Below: Internal tour of Storm Peak laboratories. At the very bottom a postdoc alum Bryan Shuman describes his current paleo-climatology research of the area.
Astronaut in the House
Another wonderful event from this summer was our 13th NASA Heliophysics Summer School. The Heliophysics Summer School focuses on the physics of space weather events that start at the Sun and influence atmospheres, ionospheres and magnetospheres throughout the solar system. The school addresses not only the physics of all these various environments but also goes into the technologies by which these various environments are being observed. The program is complemented with considerations of the societal impacts of space weather that affects satellites near Earth and elsewhere in the solar system.

This summer school was led by Drs. Amitava Bhattacharjee and Nicolas Gross with the help of many wonderful professors including Drs. Dana Longcope and Ben Chandran. It was a wonderful mix of students who not only had the opportunity to learn from textbooks created as the result of the summer school, but also through hands on experiments and lectures. UCAR's High Altitude Observatory provided students with a tour of their department.

As a surprise Dr. Lika Guhathakurta, Lead Program Scientist for NASA's Living With A Star brought in former astronaut Dr. John Grunsfeld for "A Conversation with an Astronaut/Scientist and Human Solar Cosmic Ray Detector." As a veteran of five space shuttle flights and having repaired the Hubble multiple times, John had some great stories. Grunsfeld held a question and answer session with the students and took pictures with them.

The entire week was a great opportunity for like minded young scientists to learn from this unique educational experience and to meet future colleagues.
Above - very top: Nick and Amitava go through an exercise with the class. Astronaut John Grunsfeld (sometime prior to his Heliophysics Summer School visit.) Below: Three students working on an exercise together. Very bottom: Part of the class in a High Altitude Observatory lab while on tour.
From September 16-20th CPAESS will manage the international decadal Ocean Observation Conference ( OceanObs'19) in Honolulu, Hawaii. It's purpose is to "galvanize the ocean observing community ranging from scientists to end users. OceanObs’19 seeks to improve response to scientific and societal needs of a fit-for-purpose integrated ocean observing system, for better understanding the environment of the Earth, monitoring climate, and informing adaptation strategies as well as the sustainable use of ocean resources."

The conference itself will delve into a great many of issues from climate forecasting, marine debris, modeling and assimilation, sustainable development, arctic observing systems, traditional knowledge building, to innovative sensor technologies. This will be one of the largest events CPAESS has managed with a participant total near 1,423 and posters numbering around 589.

We hope to see some of you there. CPAESS will have a table (Booth 316) and seating area in the Exhibit Hall with the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and The Oceanography Society. It will be called the OceanObs Community Lounge. Please come by and say hello.

Additionally please don't miss two excellent side meetings associated with CPAESS. US CLIVAR will host the "AMOC Metrics: Coordinating Observations and Models" meeting on September 14 and 15th. Also some of our NOAA Climate Program Office employees have helped organize the " Breaking Waves, Breaking Barriers: Celebrating Women’s Instrumental Role in Ocean Science, Leadership, and Mentorship" meeting on September 18 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom III from 6-8:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
Most of our OceanObs Conference team (back to front, left to right: Michelle McCambridge, Melanie Russ, Donna Cummings, Heidi Allen and Emma Hagen. Not pictured Hanne Mauriello, Jeff Becker, and Dawn Mullally.
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-

NCAR Explorer Lecture Series - Planetary Metabolism In A Changing Climate by Matthew Long of Oceanography Section of the Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory at NCAR.

Ozone Removal By Land And Implications For Air Pollution And Plant Damage by Olivia Clifton of NCAR's Advanced Study Program.

HAO Colloquium - Occurrence Statistics and Driving Mechanisms of Ionospheric Ultra-Low Frequency Waves and their Impact in Geospace by Xueling Shi of Virginia Tech.

HAO Colloquium - Dynamics of the Sun & Stars: Honoring the Life & Work of Michael Thompson.

HAO Colloquium - Deep learning and learning to invert a solar flare atmosphere with invertible neural networks by Chris Osborne of Glasgow University.

HAO Colloquium - My Life in the Sun by Helen Mason of the University of Cambridge.

CGD Seminar Series - Monica Morrison - Local Epistemologies, Representational Perspectivism And Climate Model Pluralism by Monica Morrison of Indiana University at Bloomington.

HAO Colloquium - Analyzing Images is Harder than You Think by Craig DeForest of Southwest Research Institute.
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

Evolving and sustaining ccean best practices and standards for the next decade.   Frontiers in Marine Science , 2019: Pearlman, Jay, Mark Bushnell, Laurent Coppola, Johannes Karstensen, Pier Luigi Buttigieg, Francoise Pearlman, Pauline Simpson, Michele Barbier, Frank E. Muller-Karger, Cristian Munoz-Mas, Peter Pissierssens, Cyndy Chandler, Juliet Hermes, Emma Heslop, Reyna Jenkyns, Eric P. Achterberg, Manuel Bensi, Henry C. Bittig, Jerome Blandin, Julie Bosch, Bernard Bourles, Roberto Bozzano, Justin J. H. Buck, Eugene F. Burger, Daniel Cano, Vanessa Cardin, Miguel Charcos Llorens, Andrés Cianca, Hua Chen, Caroline Cusack, Eric Delory, Rene Garello, Gabriele Giovanetti, Valerie Harscoat, Susan Hartman, Robert Heitsenrether, Simon Jirka, Ana Lara-Lopez, Nadine Lantéri, Adam Leadbetter, Giuseppe Manzella, Joan Maso, Andrea McCurdy, Eric Moussat, Manolis Ntoumas, Sara Pensieri, George Petihakis, Nadia Pinardi, Sylvie Pouliquen, Rachel Przeslawski, Nicholas P. Roden, Joe Silke, Mario N. Tamburri, Hairong Tang, Toste Tanhua, Maciej Telszewski, Pierre Testor, Julie Thomas, Christoph Waldmann, Fred Whoriskey.
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.