CEDAR email: Research Collaboration Opportunities at National Centers for Environmental Prediction

Susanne Demaree sdemaree at ucar.edu
Fri Oct 6 12:43:51 MDT 2017


Short-term Research Collaboration Opportunities at

NOAA‘s National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)

*(**Managed by UCAR’s Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth
System Science (CPAESS)*

We are seeking research project proposals from scientists in academia,
government laboratories, non-profit and private sectors to interact with
colleagues at NCEP.

NCEP delivers national and global weather, water, climate and space weather
guidance, forecasts, warnings and analyses to a broad range of users and
partners. These products and services respond to user needs to protect life
and property, enhance the nation's economy, and support the nation's
growing need for environmental information.

This program offers an opportunity for the research community to be fully
integrated within a national scale operational environment for discrete
periods of time.  Researchers integrated within “operations” will provide
great benefit to NOAA research to operations (R2O) transition activities,
bringing new concepts, tools, processes, and innovation to the conduct of
“operations” more efficiently.  Their presence will enhance ongoing
activities and catalyze new efforts at several of the onsite test-beds
while promoting an environment ripe for innovation.  By immersing visitors
into the NCEP operational infrastructure, they can carry valuable insights
and capabilities back to their home institutions, thereby facilitating O2R

Opportunities are available at the NCEP locations listed below:

•       *Aviation Weather Center *

(Kansas City, MO)

·       *Climate Prediction Center *

(College Park, MD)

·       *Environmental Modeling Center*

(College Park, MD)

•       *National Hurricane Center *

(Miami, FL)

•       *NCEP Central Operations *

 (College Park, MD)

·       *Ocean Prediction Center *

(College Park, MD)

•       *Storm Prediction Center *

(Norman, OK)

•       *Space Weather Prediction Center*

(Boulder, CO)

•       *Weather Prediction Center *

(College Park, MD)

*Suggested Collaboration Subjects*

Please note that an important criterion for the funding is that the work be
truly collaborative. Examples of projects include the following:

·       Activities that improve understanding of forecasting problems.

·       Activities that address some critical aspect of operational model

·       Incorporation of social science knowledge and practices to
communicate forecast uncertainty.

·       Activities that will increase university research community’s
awareness of operational problems and needs.

·       Activities that will create new data analysis techniques with wide
application and usefulness in operational forecasting.

·       Activities that facilitate or improve the use of new observing

*Types of Appointments*

*Visiting Scientists:*  The program places a special emphasis on short-term
visits (e.g., one week to a few months) by experienced research
scientists.  Such visits will permit interaction with model developers and
diagnosticians in the Environmental Modeling Center and with forecasters
and technique developers in the various service centers of NCEP.

Proposed visits that offer the potential for improving the utility of
successful research projects in the operational framework are of particular
interest to NCEP, but scientists whose interest is principally on some
critical aspect of model or tool development are also strongly encouraged
to apply.

*Graduate Students**:  *Students interested in working on a thesis topic
specifically relevant to the efforts of the various service centers are
encouraged to apply with the appropriate center. Such student participation
will require a close collaboration between NCEP and the student home
institution, specifically the thesis advisor.  A sponsoring scientist
should initiate applications for graduate students.


This program will cover scientist visits that span one week to a couple of
months. Transportation, housing and per diem will be covered and
administered by the UCAR CPAESS office.

*Applications are accepted at anytime, and are reviewed on a rolling basis.*

Required Application Materials:

*1. Cover letter* stating the name of this program and the specific
center(s) to which you are applying.  Please address the following:

·       Proposed goals and objectives of visit;

·       Approximate time schedule;

·       General statement of how research project relates to the specific
activities of the NCEP center.

*2. Curriculum vitae* (3-page maximum)

*3. A two-page summary* (with a specific title) of the proposed project.
Please include the following:

·       Current area of work and new work you would initiate with this

·       Previous or potential collaborations with NCEP;

·       Description of the work in non-technical detail;

·       Specific resources required to do the work;

·       Describe the tangible outcomes you expect from the collaboration;

·       Budget of anticipated expenses including a timeline.

*4. Three professional references* (include names and contact information.

*Send applications as a single pdf attachment to: Kendra Greb **(kgreb at ucar.edu
<kgreb at ucar.edu>)*.
* (UCAR will not accept *.zip files)*

For additional information contact:

Genene Fisher, NCEP Executive Officer (genene.fisher at noaa.gov), or

Meg Austin, Senior Advisor, CPAESS (austin at ucar.edu).


*Susanne Demaree* | Web Developer

Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS)
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
P.O. Box 3000  |  Boulder, Colorado 80307
303.497.8627 <(303)-497-8684>  |  sdemaree at ucar.edu |  cpaess.uc
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