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July CMC Meeting

July CMC Meeting

This is the second summer CMC meeting that we've held at the CIRES campuses to make it easier for non-CMC members to attend the meetings; please consider attending Monday's meeting at NSIDC if you have feedback, questions, or concerns you would like to share, of if you would like to learn more about the current CMC members and our typical meetings.

The CIRES Members Council (CMC) is a link between you as a CIRES member
and the CIRES administration. The CMC charter is here.

Please RSVP to lucia.harrop@noaa.gov if you plan to attend (so we can have an accurate head count). 

Brief agenda for Monday's meeting:

  • family housing
  • OPA language revisions summary

date

Monday, July 9, 2018
1:00pm to 2:00pm

location

NSIDC-RL2-153/155
2018-07-09
 
 
 
 
 
Flight Week Open House

Flight Week Open House

In mid July, two dozen small research drones will zip, hover and soar over parts of the San Luis Valley, collecting data on how and where clouds form, storms start, and rain falls. Improving weather forecasts requires better observations from parts of the atmosphere where it can be difficult to make measurements. So to get instruments to the right place at the right time, researchers are experimenting with small, remotely-piloted drones carrying state-of-the-art weather instruments.

Please join us at the beginning of Flight Week, Saturday, July 14, to learn more about what atmospheric scientists from around the world hope to learn about the atmosphere and regional weather through research right here in the San Luis Valley. The Community Open House at Leach Airport runs Saturday, July 14 from 8 am to noon. Participants in the International Society for Atmospheric Research using Remotely Piloted Aircraft (ISARRA)’s Flight Week and Community Open House will:

  • Explain their research and envisioned economic benefits
  • Showcase their Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
  • Demonstrate technology and run test flights
  • Calibrate and cross-compare instruments
  • Answer questions from the community

Panelists: 

  • Gijs de Boer, CIRES/University of Colorado Boulder and NOAA
  • Suzanne Smith, CLOUD-MAP/University of Kentucky
  • Brian Argrow, University of Colorado Boulder Aerospace Engineering Sciences
  • CAPT Phil Hall, NOAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems program

Supporters: ISARRA, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, UAS Colorado, NSF, DOE, NOAA (including the UAS Program), National Center for Atmospheric Research, Saguache and Alamosa counties, San Luis Valley UAS Program, Oklahoma State, University of Oklahoma, University of Kentucky, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Kansas State University, Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, BlackSwift Technologie, Alamosa County Economic Development, Heightened Path RV

Organizers: CIRES/University of Colorado Boulder, UAS Colorado

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Saturday, July 14, 2018
8:00am to 12:00pm

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Katy Human, kathleen.human@colorado.edu
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2018 BSRN Scientific Review and Workshop

2018 BSRN Scientific Review and Workshop

The NOAA/ESRL Global Monitoring Division and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States will be hosting the 15th Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN) Scientific Review and Workshop. The meeting will be held July 16-20, 2018 at the CIRES building on the University of Colorado campus.

All attendees must register to attend the workshop. To do so click the "Registration" tab above or the "Register Now" button.

NOTE: The deadline for accepting registrations was June 15, 2018. Similarly the deadline for submitting talk and/or poster titles and main author was also June 15, 2018. Send talk titles and main author in an email message to Chuck.Long@noaa.gov.

We have worked out discount pricing for four hotels in Boulder, near enough for walking to the meeting venue. Click on the "Lodging" tab above for links to these hotels for booking. In addition, one can also get day passes or "MYRIDE" refillable passes to ride the local busses. See the "Information" tab above for this and other useful information.

We will be offering a voluntary excursion on Wednesday afternoon that will transport by bus those interested to see the NOAA BSRN SURFRAD site at Table Mountain, north of Boulder. We will then take a tour of a local attraction "Celestial Seasonings" and end with free time to explore another Boulder landmark: the walking Pearl Street Mall. Bus transportation will be available on a rotating basis back to the four hotels. Those interested in participating please check the box register for the excursion so we can be sure to have enough bus spaces, as part of your registration.

On Wednesday evening we have made arrangements for special individual pricing for a group dinner at a local restaurant named "The Med" near Pearl Street Mall starting at 6:30 pm. Dinner will be at everyone's own expense. There will be a set cost for dinner established by the restaurant with costs between $38-$40 per person which will include a choice of one of three entrees, choice of soup or salad, plus tax and tip. Alcohol and other drinks will be charged separately. Bus transportation back to the four hotels with special BSRN arrangements will be available after the dinner. Again, those interested please register on the "Registration" page so we can get a head count for the restaurant folks and bus arrangements.

Citizens of some countries will not need a visa in order to enter the United States. Information on what countries and the details of needing a visa can be found on these web sites:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visa-w...
https://www.dhs.gov/visa-waiver-program-requirements

We are looking forward to another BSRN Workshop! See you here!

 

More: https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/bsrn/

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Monday, July 16, 2018 to Friday, July 20, 2018
8:00am

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CIRES
 
 
 
 
NSIDC Special Seminar

NSIDC Special Seminar

Using Drones to Study Mountain Snow and Ice by Dr. Oliver Wigmore CU/CIRES' Earth Lab and INSTAAR

Abstract:
Mountain regions provide critical water resources to downstream regions. Much of this water is stored as seasonal snow and glaciers. However, mountain regions are also highly heterogeneous with significant spatiotemporal variations driven in large part by topographic gradients. Often this variability occurs at sub 10m to sub 1m spatial scales, thus widely used satellite platforms may not resolve these dynamic processes, and point measurements may not scale up across the landscape. The rise of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones has facilitated the on demand capture of high-resolution (centimeter scale) multispectral imagery and digital elevation models on demand, at low cost. Opening up new avenues for research within the mountain cryosphere. This presentation will provide examples of how we are using UAS to study changes in the cryosphere of the Peruvian Andes and the Colorado Rockies. First, we will present research using UAS to study debris covered glacier dynamics and proglacial hydrology at 4000-5000m asl in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Second, we will present research investigating snow depth variability and ecohydrologic processes at the Niwot Ridge LTER using weekly return multispectral (visible, near infrared, thermal infrared) UAS surveys.

 

To join by ZOOM: 
From a computer: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/5409618610
Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16465588656,,5409618610#
Or Telephone, Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: 1-646-558-8656 
Meeting ID: 540 961 8610
International numbers available: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=n9ouFAK_Rco_IPQABq0Xs3hCfONRRvVt

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
11:00am to 12:00pm

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RL-2, Room 155

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Seminar

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mraleigh@nsidc.org
2018-07-18
 
Chemistry PhD Defense

Chemistry PhD Defense

Role of Multiphase Chemistry on the Formation of Aerosol from the Reactions of Monoterpenes with NO3 Radicals and O3 by Megan Claflin, ANYL Student, CU Boulder, Ziemann lab

"Secondary organic aerosols (SOA) have been shown to influence regional and global air quality, climate, and human health. To predict and mitigate the impacts of SOA formation, it is essential to better understand the detailed mechanisms of formation, atmospheric processing, and physical properties of SOA. In this thesis, the gas-and particle-phase reaction products and mechanisms involved in the formation of SOA from the oxidation of monoterpenes in an environmental chamber were studied in an extensive series of laboratory experiments that employed a variety of online and offline analytical methods. In addition, a limited selection of laboratory-generated samples and ambient aerosol samples collected from the Southeast US were analyzed to compare the utility two different methods of functional group analysis.

The research included four major studies. 1) Identification and quantification of the products that form SOA from the reaction of β-pinene with NO3 radicals. The results highlight the importance of ring-opening, alkoxy radical decomposition, and oligomerization reactions, and were used to develop gas- and particle-phase reaction mechanisms. 2) A detailed study of the thermal desorption characteristics of hemiacetal and acetal oligomers for use in understanding mass spectra obtained from the analysis of SOA containing these components. Oligomers formed by a single hemiacetal linkage, when subjected to thermal desorption analysis, will decompose to their precursor aldehyde and alcohol monomers prior to desorption and detection. Oligomers formed by more than one of these linkages, or an acetal or ester linkage, will desorb and be detected intact. 3) Quantification of the functional group composition of SOA formed from α- pinene ozonolysis over a range of α-pinene concentrations and humidities, including autoxidation conditions. The SOA analyses, when combined with results of modeling, provide insight into the effects of RO2• radical reaction regime, humidity, and particle-phase reactions in determining SOA composition. 4) Comparison of two methods for quantifying the functional group composition of organic aerosol: the Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy method developed by the Russell group at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and a derivatization- spectrophotometric method developed by the Ziemann group at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Results for laboratory-generated SOA and ambient aerosol samples show that the two methods agree quite well when results for certain functional groups are combined, and that either is adequate for measuring SOA functional group composition. This study also demonstrates that the functional group composition of SOA can help in elucidating the sources and environmental conditions under which the SOA was formed."

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Thursday, July 19, 2018
1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Ekeley 1B20

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Anne.Handschy@Colorado.EDU
2018-07-19
 
Atmospheric Chemistry Program Seminar

Atmospheric Chemistry Program Seminar

Please join us next week for the third and final Atmospheric Chemistry Supergroup of the summer.

Our speakers and topics will be:

Benjamin Nault, Jimenez group, CU Boulder: Secondary Organic Aerosol Production from Local Emissions Dominates OA Budget over Seoul, South Korea, during KORUS-AQ

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Aroob Abdelhamid, Browne group, CU Boulder: Measurements of Positive Ambient Ions in Lamont OK as Part of the Holistic Interaction of Shallow Clouds Aerosols and Land Ecosystems (HISCALE II) Field Campaign

 

Afterward we will adjourn to the Hill for happy hour.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018
4:00pm to 5:00pm

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Ekeley W166

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Anne.Handschy@Colorado.EDU
2018-07-19
 
Earth Lab Spatial Data in Python Workshop

Earth Lab Spatial Data in Python Workshop

Earth Lab invites you to a free Spatial Data using Open Source Python libraries workshop on July 20th from 9am-12:30pm in SEEC S372. In this workshop, you will learn:

-How to open, plot and manipulate vector data in Python using Geopandas
-How to open, plot and manipulate raster data in Python using Rasterio
-How to use Jupyter Notebooks to write code in Python

REQUIREMENTS: You will get the most out of this workshop if you have some experience using Python. Specifically you should know how to load packages and work with a numpy array. Experience with pandas is also helpful but not required. If you have experience with other programming languages such as R you may also be OK for this workshop!

The workshop will be led by Dr. Leah Wasser (Director of Earth Analytics Education), Dr. Jenny Palomino (Earth Analytics Course Developer & Instructor), and Joseph McGlinchy (Remote Sensing Scientist).

To register please RSVP using this form - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GdUMoZL1PJWtLm3P0x53OA_iBZoRUNPN6safSwx... - by noon on Wednesday 7/18. You will receive an email prior to the workshop confirming your acceptance. The workshop is open to all CU Boulder students, faculty and staff so please feel free to distribute this invitation to your colleagues.

Please RSVP only if you are certain that you will attend and can stay for the entire time. If you RSVP and can no longer attend, please email earth.lab@colorado.edu. We invest significant time preparing for these events, and as our workshops tend to fill up, your cooperation with this policy allows us to reach the maximum number of students.

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Friday, July 20, 2018
9:00am to 12:30pm

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Seminar
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Girls on Rock Presentations

Girls on Rock Presentations

Please join us for a series of science presentations by the young women of the 2018 Girls on Rock Team.

CU Mountain Research Station
818 County Road 116, Nederland, CO
6.30 8.00 pm


Please come show your support!
The girls will be fresh from a week in Colorado's wild Gore Range, ready to present their scientific findings.
For more information about Girls on Rock, please visit www.inspiringgirls.org. For questions, please contact Mylène Jacquemart at mylene.jacquemart@colorado.edu.

 

Please carpool!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018
6:30pm to 8:00pm
2018-07-31