Issue #4, 2017 Overview
In this issue

  • Greetings from the CPAESS Director
  • Hanne's Upcoming Trips 
  • AGU Presentations
  • AMS Presentations
  • Science Accomplishments
  • UCP 25th Anniversary

Note: To open the complete newsletter, please click on "View Entire Message" at the bottom of the page.

  • New CPAESS sign
  • UCAR database of achievements
  • New Hires
  • Upcoming Events
  • Career Opportunities
  • Recent Publications
Greetings From Hanne!
Dear Colleagues,

As 2017 draws to a close, I would like express my appreciation and gratitude to all of you who have helped shape CPAESS in this critical and formative year.

I want to extend my sincere thanks 

  • To my staff at the CPAESS office in Boulder who keep the program humming day by day. I am grateful for your assistance, honesty and good humor and l look forward to working with you on our goals in 2018;
  • To all of you in the many CPAESS locations across the U.S. for the work you do and for your gracious hospitality whenever I visit. It's always a joy seeing all of you and a pleasure to watch our relationships grow;
  • To those who have created and those who read the newsletter to enhance communication across our many locations;
  • To the UCAR OpenSky repository that collects and provides access to the the vast spectrum of research being done by CPAESS individuals; 
  • To our Sponsors, without whose help the program would not be possible; and
  • To all of you who have contributed to our evolution with patience and resolve, since the merger. 

I look forward to working with you in 2018 to further enhance and grow our wonderful program. CPAESS would not be possible without a world community of dedicated individuals like you, and I thank each one of you for your contributions and for your continued support in the year ahead.

Looking forward, we will continue to build on our capabilities and begin to embark on strategic planning to outline our goals for the next five years. 

I will be spending Christmas in Denmark with my family as well as celebrating my dad’s 90th birthday. I wish you all a wonderful holiday with your loved ones and a Happy New Year.

Hanne Mauriello
Hanne's Upcoming Trips
American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting
Austin, TX
7-12 January

Community Advisory Committee for Water Prediction, National Water Center
Tuscaloosa, AL
29 January - 2 February

Ocean Sciences Conference
Portland, OR
12-16 February

Washington, D.C.
30 March
AGU Presentations
Many CPAESS employees presented at AGU. See the list of presenters here.
AMS Presentations
Many CPAESS employees will present at AMS. See the list of presenters here.
Science Accomplishments
U.S. Carbon Cycle
State of the Carbon Cycle & 4th National Climate Assessment Drafts Call for Public Comments

  • Reports available for download via
  • The fourth-order draft of the 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR-2)
  • The third-order draft of the 4th National Climate Assessment (NCA4), Vol II

Please help publicize this request for public comments to improve the drafts. Submit comments via the same website:
Gyami Shrestha, Ph.D.
U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program Office Director
Also available now: The final Climate Science Special Report  (CSSR, or NCA4 Vol I). Download via

Details United States Carbon Cycle Science Programhe SOCCR-2 draft has been released for public review. This is a major milestone.
US CLIVAR explores the linkages between the changing Arctic and its influence on weather and climate

In 2017, the US CLIVAR program engaged a broad community of researchers and the public to better understand how changes in the Arctic influence mid-latitude weather and climate.

A US CLIVAR working group on this topic organized a workshop, bringing together over 100 scientists, to assess the rapidly evolving state of understanding, identify consensus on knowledge and gaps in research, and develop actions to accelerate progress within the community.
One outcome of this gathering was the development of a white paper and journal special collection with over 20 submissions. In collaboration with seven scientific societies and organizations, US CLIVAR also hosted a public lecture, featuring science, policy, and media experts, to an audience of over 200. 
UCAR Community Programs Anniversary
UCP 25th Anniversary
On 11 October, the UCAR Community Programs (UCP) proudly celebrated 25 years of service to the community. Long-time colleagues and sponsors took part in the commemoration by giving talks and participating in an evening reception.

UCP supports the research and education goals of the atmospheric and Earth system sciences community and has developed many valuable and fruitful collaborations over many years.

Top photo: (left to right)
  • Madhulika Guhathakurta, Lead Scientist, NASA Aims Research Center
  • James Hansen, Superintendent, Naval Research Lab, Monterey
  • Thomas Graziano, Director, Office of Water Prediction
  • Ed Clark, Director, National Water Center.

 Bottom: (left to right)
  • Kristan Uhlenbrock, US CLIVAR Project Office, Jill Reisdorf, CPAESS, Mike Patterson, US CLIVAR Project Office,
  • Hanne Mauriello, Meg Austin, Brian Jackson, Ellen Martinez, (all from CPAESS)
  • Shannon Louie, NOAA, Chrystal Pene,CPAESS, Kyle Terran, CPAESS
Commemorative Journals were handed out as mementos.
CPAESS Boulder staff
Boulder staff gather around the new CPAESS sign on December 3 before the CPAESS holiday party and following an afternoon team building retreat.
Capturing Science Achievements
Staff Metrics and OpenSky databases are two valuable resources that UCAR provides to employees for collecting all of your scientific and service contributions. Using these tools will help make the important work that you do more visible to the community at large, and to our sponsors.
We strongly encourage you to try out these resources and to start getting your accomplishments entered. We hope that you will use these tools regularly throughout the year to keep your information up to date.

To report your publications and accomplishments click here.
New Hires
Jason Alvich
Jason is a Software Engineer with the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, NJ.
Kelvin Bates
Kelvin is a Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow. His fellowship has commenced with Dr. Daniel Jacob at Harvard University.
Jaime Calzada
Jaime is a Visiting Scientist with the National Ocean Service (NOS) in Silver Spring, MD.
Rei Chemke
Rei is a Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow. His fellowship has commenced with Dr. Lorenzo Polvani at Columbia University.
Stephen Herbener
Stephen is a Software Engineer III with the
Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) in Boulder, CO.
Christopher Horvat
Christopher is a Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow. His fellowship has commenced with Dr. Baylor Fox-Kemper at Brown University.
Mark Miesch
Mark is a Software Engineer with the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) in Boulder, CO.
Hui Shao
Hui is a Project Scientist with the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) in College Park, MD.
Francois Vandenberghe
Francois is a Project Scientist with the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) in Boulder, CO.
Matthew Womble
Matthew is a Program Specialist with the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, AL.
Ying Zou
Ying is a Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellow. Her fellowship has commenced with Joshua Semeter at Boston University.
Upcoming Events

Community Advisory Committee for Water Prediction (CACWP) meeting in Tuscaloosa, AL (30 January - 2 February)
This new committee was established by UCAR at the request of Dr. Thomas Graziano, Director of NOAA Office of Water Prediction. The mission of NOAA Office of Water Prediction (OWP) is to collaboratively research, develop, and deliver state-of-the-science national hydrologic analyses, forecast information, data, decision-support services and guidance to support and inform essential emergency services and water management decisions.

The purpose of the CAC-WP is to conduct a thorough independent review of OWP's water modeling capabilities with an emphasis on the National Water Model (NWM), other modeling innovations, and related data and information services.

Nome, AK
13-15 February

Portland, OR
17-18 February

Career Opportunities
NASA Living With a Star
Call for Working Group Proposals
2018 Working Group topics area:

We are seeking proposals that develop these principles in relation to one or other of the following two topics:
  • TEC and ionospheric scintillation for GPS applications
  • Prediction and specification of >10 MeV proton flux

Jack Eddy
Postdoctoral Fellowships
Application Deadline: 12 January 2018

Announcing the 2018 call for applications to the Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships, sponsored by the NASA Living With a Star (LWS) program. The fellowships are designed to train the next generation of researchers in the emerging field of Heliophysics.

Summer School
Application Deadline: 23 February

Learn about the exciting science of heliophysics as a broad, coherent discipline that reaches in space from the Earth’s troposphere to the depths of the Sun, and in time from the formation of the solar system to the distant future.

Recent Publications
N. A. Bakas, N. C. Constantinou, and P. J. Ioannou.  “Statistical state dynamics of weak jets in barotropic beta-plane turbulence”. J. Atmos. Sci. (2017). (submitted, arXiv:1708.03031).

C. F. Dong, M. Lingam, Y. J. Ma, and O. Cohen, “Is Proxima Centauri B habitable?--A study ofatmospheric loss”,The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 837, L26 (2017). arXiv:1702.04089

Chuanfei Dong, et al, "The Dehydration of Water Worlds via Atmospheric Losses" Published 2017 September 14 • © 2017. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.  The Astrophysical Journal LettersVolume 847Number 1

N. C. Constantinou and W. R. Young.  Beta-plane turbulence above monoscale topography” . J. Fluid Mech. 827 (2017), 415–447.

Fierce, L. & McGraw, R. L. (2017). "Multivariate quadrature for representing cloud condensation nuclei activity of aerosol populations". J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, 98679878.

Fierce, L., Riemer, N., & Bond, T. C. (2017). "Toward reduced representation of mixing state for simulating aerosol effects on climate". Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 98(5), 971-980.
Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science
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