HAO: Newkirk Graduate Research Fellowship

By: miker  on: Tue., Jan. 12, 2021 11:22 PM EST  (413 Reads)
The High Altitude Observatory (HAO) of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) located in Boulder, Colorado announces the availability of Newkirk Fellowships. The Newkirk Fellowship provides financial support to graduate students for research visits to HAO, allowing for 3 to 6 months per year in a single visit. The total supported length is 9 months, which can be spread out over up to 3 years. Newkirk Fellows will work with guidance from HAO scientists and engineers on projects related to their thesis, qualifying exams, or other research projects within the scope of HAO research including study of the Earth's upper atmosphere, solar physics and solar-terrestrial physics through observation, theory and instrumentation.To be eligible for the fellowship, the student must be enrolled full-time in a university graduate program having common interest with HAO research goals. Application deadline for fellowships starting in 2021 is March 1, 2021. Program website: https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/partnerships/visitor-program/newkirk-fellowship(external link)
VT student and SuperDARN intern Ian Kelley is participating in the 2019 Greenland Climate and Space Science Research for Undergraduates program. He has reached Summit Station, located at the highest point on the Greenland ice sheet, 10,530 ft above sea level. He arrived in Greenland on a C-130 flight that landed in Kangerlussaq. Virginia Tech professor Bob Clauer is one of the program mentors (look for the grey beard). The purpose of the program is to enable research experiences in mapping climatic conditions for students from Hampton University, University of Albany, University of Michigan, and Virginia Tech.
>> Update: January 2021 >> This trip has been made into a documentary, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ-V2KL0boo(external link)
and click 'Read More' for an outline by Prof. Bob Clauer (ret.) who co-lead the expedition.


The 2021 NCAR Earth System Science Internship (NESSI) program

By: miker  on: Fri., Jan. 08, 2021 10:07 AM EST  (375 Reads)
The NCAR Earth System Science Internship (NESSI) is accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students interested in conducting research in the Earth system sciences with NCAR scientists. Research topics include but are not limited to atmospheric science, computational science, engineering, and solar & space physics. The NESSI program is hosted by the NCAR office of Education & Outreach. The program is designed to support and promote Earth system science through research, mentoring, and community building. The application deadline is February 7, 2021.

Program website: https://ncar.ucar.edu/what-we-offer/education-outreach/undergraduate-graduate-programs/nessi(external link)

How to acknowledge use of SuperDARN data

By: miker  on: Sun., Jan. 03, 2021 01:51 PM EST  (1284 Reads)
The research enabled by SuperDARN is due to the efforts of teams of scientists and engineers working in many countries to build and operate radars, process data and provide access, develop and improve data products, and assist users in interpretation. Users of SuperDARN data and data products are asked to acknowledge this support in presentations and publications. A brief statement on how to acknowledge use of SuperDARN data is provided below (click 'Read More').

Users are also asked to consult with a SuperDARN PI prior to submission of work intended for publication. A listing of radars and PIs with contact information can be found at Radar Maps/Tables/Links

NOAA / NASA data science competition: Predict the Dst index! Cash prizes available

By: miker  on: Fri., Jan. 01, 2021 05:16 PM EST  (332 Reads)
NOAA is sponsoring a competition with support from NASA involving prize money to "better forecast changes in Earth's magnetic field", specifically the disturbance-storm-time index, Dst, which is a measure of the severity of geomagnetic storms. In the words of the announcement, "..we seek solutions that work on the raw, real-time data streams and are agnostic to sensor malfunctions and noise." The sources of real-time data are NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite and NASA's Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) satellite. Prize money varies from $15k for first place to $2k for fourth place. The competition announcement can be found at https://www.drivendata.org/competitions/73/noaa-magnetic-forecasting/page/278/.(external link) The deadline for submissions is Feb. 12, 2021 11:59 PM
Art credit: NOAA MagNet website

SOLAR PREDICTION SCIENTISTS ANNOUNCE SOLAR CYCLE 25

By: miker  on: Thu., Dec. 31, 2020 09:53 PM EST  (820 Reads)
As reported on the SWPC website (swpc.noaa.gov) Solar Cycle 25 has begun. Quoting: "The solar minimum between Solar Cycle 24 and 25 - the period when the sun is least active - happened in December 2019, when the 13-month smoothed sunspot number fell to 1.8, according to the Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel, co-chaired by NOAA and NASA. We are now in Solar Cycle 25 with peak sunspot activity expected in 2025." The press release by the National Weather Service with more details is available at https://www.weather.gov/news/201509-solar-cycle(external link)

Photo: Solar image obtained with Solar Ultraviolet Imager aboard GOES-East on Dec. 15, 2019. This is the sun at its least active. Credit: NOAA
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