Staff Notes Daily Announcements

The 2020 Space Weather Workshop will be held April 20-24, in Boulder, Colorado. This meeting will bring together Federal agencies, the academic community, the private sector, and international partners to focus on the diverse impacts of space weather, on forecasting techniques, and on recent scientific advances in understanding and predicting conditions in the space environment.

The program will highlight impacts in several areas, including: aviation, human spaceflight and exploration, satellites, power grids, and other sectors affected by space weather. The conference will also include an update on the national and international space weather programs to mitigate and respond to space weather impacts on society. We welcome a broad range of participation, including representatives from research and development, operational organizations, policy development, and industries impacted by space weather.

The Space Weather Workshop is coordinated by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and co-sponsored by the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, the NSF Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, and the NASA Heliophysics Division.

For workshop information and to register, please visit The program, speakers, hotel information, information for student participation, and other relevant information will be announced in the next several weeks.

Posted by Brian Jackson at ext. 8663,

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 to Friday, January 31, 2020

We will have a table set up near the cafeteria at ML on Friday, January 24, where you will be able to purchase a selection of drinkware with the NCAR pastel print (check, cash, or discretionary account key only).

  • Friday, January 24, 11:30-1:30 Mesa Lab Cafeteria


Other opportunities to purchase items:

  • Friday, January 31, 11:30-1:30 Center Green Cafeteria
  • Friday, February 7, 111:30-1:30 Foothills Lab Cafeteria


If you are at a campus without a cafeteria, please email or call Peggy Stevens (x8601) in UCAR Communications to discuss how best to serve your campus. We are also offering staff the opportunity to order:


All items sold will be offered at cost and will not financially benefit NCAR or UCAR. We will not facilitate the return of any items. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please let Peggy Stevens or Tracy Baker know.

Posted by Peggy Stevens at ext. 8601,

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 to Thursday, January 23, 2020

Are "U" ready for U-INNOVATE 2020?  Mark your calendars for Friday, May 1 and keep an eye out for additional details in the coming weeks!

Posted by Wendy Anderson at ext. 8874,

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

CISL Visitor Program (CVP) Seminar - On the way to robust methods for training Artificial Neural Networks for time integrating PDEs

Speaker: Dr. Martin Schreiber, Technical University of Munich

Time integration of PDEs to simulate the atmosphere is a non-trivial task once considering wallclock time as well as accuracy constraints. There are claims about machine learning with neural networks being able to approximate high-dimensional spaces as well as non-linearities due to the activation functions used. This motivates an investigation of their suitability to overcome time step restrictions in the context of dynamical cores. 

This work targets exploiting neural networks for temporal integration of PDEs using large time step sizes beyond the CFL condition. We design the underlying neural network with an inspiration from exponential integrators: Instead of using arbitrary off-the-shelf neural networks in a blackbox fashion, we will design neural networks to reflect as a first step the underlying linear terms.First, purely linear one-dimensional problems will be discussed and problems of high errors when using state-of-the-art gradient-based optimizers, which interestingly already exists for linear optimization of neural networks. As a first step towards a robust training, this will be overcome with a reformulation to a linear optimization problem and using a preconditioned conjugate gradient solvers as an optimizer. As a second part, possible extensions to non-linear problems will be discussed. 


Dr. Martin Schreiber started his doctorate in 2010 at the Technical University of Munich where he developed new and cutting edge algorithms for dynamical adaptive meshes leading to certain quasi-optimal properties and highly efficient parallelization on shared as well as distributed memory systems, hence being ready for future (exascale) HPC architectures. He has investigated and collaborated on resource-aware programming on all levels of computer hardware and software development. This has led to various multi-disciplinary publications. In 2015 he was appointed as a proleptic lecturer at the University of Exeter in the Department of Mathematics. Here, he initialized collaborations across a wide field of areas and also represented the university in the OpenPOWER group. In 2018 he rejoined TUM as a researcher and lecturer. His main research focus is on novel time integration methods, including parallel-in-time methods, for large-scale massively parallel high-performance computing architectures enhancing climate and weather simulations.

Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Location: Mesa Lab, Chapman Room

Posted by Lisa Larson at ext. 1858,

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 to Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The NCAR | UCAR Communications Team is back for another round of Cookies with Comms! We provide the cookies, you bring your questions and updates on your research/projects.

As we have done in the past, we will be visiting each of the campus cafeterias during lunchtime over the next two weeks. Stop by our table anytime 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (locations and dates below) and enjoy a free cookie while the team answers your media, presentation, and branding questions. No question? No problem! Stop by, grab a cookie, and fill us in on your latest projects.

Locations and dates:

Foothills (FL) cafeteria: Thursday, Jan. 23

Mesa Lab (ML) cafeteria/atrium: Tuesday, Jan. 28

Center Green (CG) cafeteria/atrium: Thursday, Jan. 30

Posted by Ali Branscombe at ext. 8609,

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 to Thursday, January 30, 2020

The High Performance Storage System (HPSS) tape archive that CISL manages became read-only for most users on Monday, January 20. The only exceptions are for a small number of curated collections such as the Research Data Archive. This is a preliminary step toward HPSS decommissioning in 2021.

While writing HPSS files is no longer possible, users can still read their existing HPSS files and perform most common metadata operations on their HPSS holdings, including deleting, renaming, and moving files. Those who have not already done so should begin deleting files that are no longer needed and moving other data to alternative storage systems.

CISL has published documentation and training for users on recommended processes for identifying and organizing HPSS holdings; copying files that need to be preserved to another storage resource; and deleting files that are no longer needed. Follow these links:

Migrating files from HPSS - documentation

Training video and slides

Additional CISL Daily Bulletin announcements will follow as new tools, training, and expanded documentation become available to support the data migration. In the meantime, please contact CISL for advice on individual workflows and storage options.

Posted by B.J. Smith at ext. 1273,

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 to Friday, January 24, 2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 to Friday, February 28, 2020 (main seminar room at NCAR's Mesa Lab)

This meeting celebrates Michael Knoelker’s original work on solar and stellar magnetism and seismology, as well as his major contributions to the High Altitude Observatory during his 15-year directorship, and his recent appointment to Senior Scientist Emeritus. Michael started his career with ground breaking work on magnetic flux concentrations in the solar photosphere. Michael Knoelker is known for his mentoring of young scientists, his collaborations on high-altitude, long-duration, balloon programs and his role as a Co-PI on the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST).

This symposium will focus on recent developments and future directions in solar physics, the solar-stellar connection, exoplanets and modeling of exoplanet atmospheres.

Please register at our website.

For more information you may contact Matthias Rempel, or Wendy Hawkins.

Posted by Wendy Hawkins at ext. 1552,

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 to Friday, January 24, 2020

This week summary: ~400 appearances in the news media with ~$400,000 in equivalent advertising value

Notable news stories

An EPIC way to improve weather forecasts (UCAR, Antonio Busalacchi)

Boston Globe


Australia's Wildfires Are Releasing Vast Amounts Of Carbon (ACOM, Rebecca Buchholtz)


*This story was republished in dozens of radio outlets.


2019 Was a Record Year for Ocean Temperatures, Data Show (CGD, Kevin Trenberth)

New York Times

*Multiple outlets have also published articles about this study, including The Guardian and CNN.


Firenadoes, ember attacks and megafires: Australia is seeing sci-fi weather (MMM, Janice Coen)

Washington Post


Colorado has seen the largest increase in natural disasters, study says (RAL, Jason Knievel)

Loveland Reporter-Herald


What Is Ozone, and Why Are Colorado’s Levels So Bad? (ACOM, Gabi Pfister and Frank Flocke)

5280 Magazine


House panel approves space weather bill (UCAR, Antonio Busalacchi)

Space News


Social media highlight

Social media posts from the AMS meeting in Boston, including tweets that highlight booth talks and swag, have been viewed by more than 12,000 users.

Posted by Ali Branscombe at ext. 8609,

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 to Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The CISL User Services Section will present an in-person and online tutorial at 10 a.m. MST on Thursday, January 23, for users who want to know more about the Casper data analysis and visualization cluster. There are no prerequisites.

A 30-minute presentation by Shiquan Su of the CISL Consulting Services Group will provide attendees with a basic understanding of how to run jobs on the Casper cluster. The presentation will be followed by additional time for answering questions.

Topics to be covered include: node types for different tasks; accessing Casper resources through the Slurm job scheduler; interactive jobs and virtual remote desktops; and using GPUs on Casper.

Register to attend in person at NCAR’s Foothills Lab in Boulder (FL2-1001) or attend online by selecting one of these links:


Posted by B.J. Smith at ext. 1273,

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 to Thursday, January 23, 2020

Mark your calendars and register for UCAR’s 2019 Pre-Health Fair Bloodwork sessions and the Health & Benefits Fair.  These valuable wellness events are open to all UCAR employees, retirees, their spouses/partners and dependent adult children 18-26 years of age. For more information, visit the UCAR Health & Benefits Fair website.

Pre-Health Fair Bloodwork Registration Site Now Available

To participate in the pre-health fair bloodwork screenings, register to attend one of the following onsite sessions.  The standard full-blood chemistry screenings and PSA blood screening for men 50+ are FREE; optional, additional bloodwork screenings are also available upon request at participant cost. Each participant must register individually.

Pre-Health Fair Bloodwork Session Dates/Locations (Registration and 12-hour fast required; Light refreshments provided at each location)

* FL:       January 24, 2020, 7:30-11:30 am, FL2-1003

* ML:       January 30, 2020, 7:30-11:30 am, ML-Damon Room

* CG:       February 7, 2020, 7:30-11:30 am, CG1- room 2503

* NWSC:     February 13, 2020, 8:00-noon, NWSC Janice Conference Room

* RAF:      February 13, 2020, 8:00-10:30 am, RAF Conference Room

Schedule a blood draw appointment through Health Promotion Management's external, secure registration site: The registration site requires account setup for each participant.

Your appointment confirmation email will include additional information plus a link to the Blood Test Descriptions, a listing all of the tests offered at the bloodwork sessions. The Blood Test Descriptions document is provided for reference only to determine optional tests that you might want to have performed.  Please bring a credit card, check or cash to the screening for any optional test fees. 

Requisition forms will be available at the screening. You do not need to complete any paperwork in advance of your appointment.

You'll also receive appointment email reminders closer to your appointment date.  Please note, bloodwork screening results can be claimed at the Health Fair. To have a proxy claim your results, they must bring your signed Proxy Release Form to the Health & Benefits Fair.  All unclaimed results will be mailed to participants.

For those who can't make any of the onsite sessions, click here for information, forms and instructions to have bloodwork done at a local Quest Lab location.  All Quest Lab appointments must be completed by February 13, 2020.  Results will be mailed to participants. 

UCAR 2020 Health & Benefits Fair Thursday, March 19, 2020 9:00 am - noon CG1-Auditorium No registration required to attend the Health & Benefits Fair

Health Fair events include:  Blood Screening Results and Private Consultations; Blood Pressure Screening, Full Blood Chemistry, PSA Prostate Cancer Screening; Optional Blood Screening Screenings; Pulmonary Screening; Bone Density Screening; Body Mass Analysis; Skin Cancer Screening; Vision/Hearing Screening; Ergonomics; Child and Elder Care Resources; Benefits Information; Chair Massage; Health Information Booths, Refreshments, Giveaways; Prizes; and much, much more!

UCAR offers these events as a service and participation is voluntary.  UCAR does not recommend or endorse any products, services or resources associated with these events. For more information, visit UCAR's Health & Benefits Fair website.

This is a UCAR-sponsored event.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 to Friday, January 24, 2020


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