US CLIVAR Newsgram September 2014
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September 2014 Edition

  1. Announcements

  2. Meetings and Workshops

  3. Community News

  4. Funding Opportunities

  5. Jobs


Call for US CLIVAR Workshops

Requests for US CLIVAR-sponsored workshops (including scientific conferences and meetings) are now being solicited for 2015. Each year, workshops of scientists are sponsored to coordinate, develop, plan, and implement new or focused activities for the benefit of the community. Once a request is submitted, it will be presented to five US funding agencies (NASA, NOAA, NSF, DOE, and ONR) for their consideration. Workshops may be national or international in scope and participation. Requests are due to the US CLIVAR Project Office by October 17.  

Call of US CLIVAR Working Groups
Prospectuses for two new Working Groups, sponsored by US CLIVAR, are now being requested for initiation in 2015. Working Groups consist of approximately 10-15 scientists and expedite coordinated efforts to implement focused activities to address critical scientific challenges within a two to three year timeframe. They may be jointly formed with other national and international programs and should benefit the US CLIVAR program and larger research community. The deadline for prospectuses is October 17. 

Meetings and Workshops

Ocean’s Carbon and Heat Uptake: Uncertainties and Metrics
December 12-14, San Francisco, CA

Registration closes on September 30 for the workshop on Ocean’s Carbon and Heat Uptake: Uncertainties and Metrics, organized jointly by the Ocean Carbon Uptake and Southern Ocean Working Groups of US CLIVAR and OCB.  The workshop aims to catalyze interdisciplinary communication and collaboration to explore the processes governing heat and carbon uptake in key oceanic regions (e.g., Southern Ocean, North Atlantic, tropics). The meeting will address challenges in representing these processes in climate models, critical observational targets in these regions, and the development of data/model metrics to improve models and guide future observational campaigns. Participation is open to the community, but will be limited to 75 scientists and based on brief application responses.

World Ocean Science Congress 2015
February 5-8, 2015, Kochi, India

The first World Ocean Science Congress will be held in India with a theme of Protect Oceans for Prosperity. There will be a focus on five additional topics to the theme: ocean resources, ecosystem services, climate change, operational oceanographic services, and ocean policy. Deadline for abstract submission is December 15. 
2015 Aquatic Sciences Meeting
February 22-27, 2015, Granada, Spain

The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) will host its next meeting in Spain to focus on global and regional patterns of aquatic systems in diverse northern and southern inland water biomes and oceanographic provinces. There are a variety of sessions of interest, such as atmospheric deposition and ocean biogeochemistry, deep sea carbon flux dynamics, and assessing marine ecosystem health. Registration is open and abstracts are due by October 10.
March 8-11, 2015, Pacific Grove, CA

The theme for the 2015 PACLIM workshop is Droughts: Reconstructing the past, monitoring the present, and modeling the future. PACLIM is a multidisciplinary workshop that broadly addresses the climate phenomena occurring in the eastern Pacific Ocean and western North America. Early registration and abstracts are due December 10.  
Dynamics of Atmosphere-Ice-Ocean Interactions in the High-Latitudes
March 23-27, 2015, Rosendal, Norway

 In early 2015, a workshop to understand small-scale processes in the coupled atmosphere-ocean-ice climate system at high latitudes in order to assess and reduce bias and uncertainties in weather predictions and climate models will take place in Norway. The workshop will be limited to 90 participants and the deadline for applications is October 8.  
Polar Climate Predictability Initiative Workshop: Large scale climate variability in Antarctic and the Southern Ocean over decades to centuries and links to extra-polar climate
                          March 24-26, 2015, San Diego, CA

This international workshop will bring together expertise across the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and paleoclimate communities to connect historical records with the recent past to compare model behavior and study changes in large-scale patterns of Antarctic climate variability and extra-polar connections. Applications are currently being reviewed. 

For a full calendar of upcoming events and deadlines, check the website

Community News

New Interdisciplinary Initiative to Study the Southern Ocean

A six-year, $21 million NSF-sponsored program to study the Southern Ocean and surroundingregion wasjust launched. The SOCCOM (Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling) project is housed at Princeton University and brings together investigators from 11 institutions to study the role of the Southern Ocean in climate change and biogeochemistry through observations and modeling. Another goal for the program is to cultivate new scientists and conduct outreach to disseminate the results and broader impact. Furthermore, SOCCOM is deploying Argo floats with biogeochemical sensors that will increase monthly measurements by 10-30 times in the region. 
NOAA’s MAPP Program Kicks-Off 2014-2015 Webinar Series

The Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program at NOAA has released its 2014-2015 webinar series schedule. Last week kicked off the first webinar with a talk on Tropical Cyclones: Predictions and Projections, featuring Suzana Camargo of Columbia University, Kerry Emanuel of MIT, and Shian-Jiann Linn of NOAA GFDL.
The next one is Seasonal Prediction: Achievements and New Frontiers on October 14. 
According to a new report from NSF, federal support for basic research at universities and colleges has not changed much in recent years and the latest data shows a 0.3% decrease from FY2011 to FY2012. The report further outlines federal obligations by agency and discipline with environmental sciences receiving $930 million and physical sciences receiving $1.75 billion in FY2012. 

Funding Opportunities

NSF Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change
Deadline: October 15
The Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2) competition is a coordinated paleoclimate science initiative that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Divisions of Atmospheric and GeoSpace Sciences (AGS), Earth Sciences (EAR), Ocean Sciences (OCE), and Polar Programs (PLR) in the Geosciences (GEO) Directorate. The annual P2C2 competition supports the scientific objectives of the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) by fostering interdisciplinary research and synthesis of climate data.
The goal of research funded under the interdisciplinary P2C2 solicitation is to utilize key geological, chemical, atmospheric (gas in ice cores), and biological records of climate system variability to provide insights into the mechanisms and rate of change that characterized Earth's past climate variability, the sensitivity of Earth's climate system to changes in forcing, and the response of key components of the Earth system to these changes. Important scientific objectives of P2C2 are to: 1) provide comprehensive paleoclimate data sets that can serve as model test data sets analogous to instrumental observations; and 2) enable transformative syntheses of paleoclimate data and modeling outcomes to understand the response of the longer-term and higher magnitude variability of the climate system that is observed in the geological and cryospheric records.

NSF Division of Polar Programs: Arctic Research Opportunities
Deadline: October 21
NSF Arctic Sciences invites investigators at US organizations to submit proposals to advance understanding of the Arctic, from projects that seek to advance fundamental disciplinary understanding to complex interdisciplinary work needed to understand the Arctic system as a whole. 
Arctic Observing Network (AON): Invites proposals that will improve long-term measurement of Arctic system variables required for the scientific investigation of Arctic system change and its global connections, including the development of resilient sensors, platforms, real-time communications packages, and measurement systems that are critical to AON; observing network design, including optimization of the system of networks for informed deployment and systematic observation; and development of value-added products that leverage AON-supported information streams.
Arctic Natural Sciences (ANS): Invites proposals to investigate Arctic processes and phenomena, with particular emphasis on understanding the changing Arctic environment and the development of predictive tools. Areas of special interest include marine and terrestrial ecosystems, Arctic atmospheric and oceanic dynamics and climatology, Arctic geological and glaciological processes, and their connectivity to lower latitudes.

Arctic System Science (ARCSS): Invites proposals to advance understanding the Arctic as a system. Successful projects address one or more of the following: important relationships among the various components of the Arctic system; self-regulatory processes, feedbacks, or non-linear responses of the arctic system to physical or biogeochemical drivers; understanding of the arctic system and its behavior through synthesis or modeling; the consequences of environmental change on the Arctic system (e.g., through impact scenarios or evaluation of vulnerability to multiple drivers); linkages between the Arctic and Earth systems.
Two additional programs, Arctic Social Sciences and Polar Cyberinfrastruture also invite proposals under this solicitation.
NOAA National Ocean Service: Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program
Deadline: November 18
NOAA National Ocean Service Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research is soliciting proposals under the Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise (EESLR) Program to improve the management of regional and local ecosystem effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation. The overall goal of EESLR is to integrate dynamic physical and biological processes with sea level rise and coastal inundation to improve the prediction of coastal ecosystem effects to enable enhanced coastal resiliency. This information will be used to advance the capacity and capabilities of the NOAA Sentinel Site Program. Funding is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2015 Federal appropriations. Funding for approximately 2 to 5 projects, 2-3 years in duration, can be anticipated at the level of $150,000 to $200,000 per year per proposal. 
NSF Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
Deadline: December 8
The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) offers postdoctoral research fellowships to provide opportunities for scientists early in their careers to work within and across traditional disciplinary lines, develop partnerships, and avail themselves of unique resources, sites and facilities. The fellowship program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential, and provide them with experience that will establish them in positions of leadership in the scientific community. During tenure, fellows will affiliate with an appropriate research institution(s) and conduct research on topics supported by OCE. The OCE fellowship program has two tracks: 1) Track 1 (Broadening Participation) and 2) Track 2 (International). Fellowships are awards to individuals, not organizations, and are administered by the fellows.


Student/Early Career Opportunities

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship – Washington, DC
Deadline: November 1
Postdoc – Advection Algorithms for Climate Models – Computational Physics Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
Postdoc – Climate Dynamics – Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Purdue University
Deadline: October 1
Postdoc – NCAR Earth System Laboratory – Climate and Global Dynamics Division, UCAR, Boulder, CO
Deadline: October 10
Postdoc – Oceanic Circulation Modeling – University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Postdoc – Ocean Modeling – University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
Postdoc – Sea Surface Temperature Team – Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University, College Park, MD
Deadline: September 22
Postdoc – Tropical Pacific Biases in GFDL Climate Models – NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ
Professional Research Assistant – Climate Data Analysis – Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Open Positions
Research Associate – Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)/NOAA Physical Sciences Division, Boulder, CO
Associate Research Scientist – Center for Climate Systems Research at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY
Assistant/Associate Scientist – Physical Oceanography Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA
Deadline: November 1
Career Scientist – Climate Modeling and Analysis Group, Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
Tenure Track Scientist – Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA
Deadline: November 1
Assistant Professor in Oceanography (2 positions available) – Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, University of Georgia, Savannah, GA
Deadline: October 24
Assistant Professor in Atmospheric Science (2 positions available) – Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Deadline: November 1
Section Head, Division of Ocean Sciences – NSF, Arlington, VA
Deadline: October 30
Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research – NOAA, Silver Spring, MD
Deadline: September 26
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