SPARC scientist decries cutbacks at world-class New Zealand facility

Plans to disestablish numbers of measurement scientists positions and reduce or discontinue some measurements at the NIWA atmospheric-research centre in Lauder, New Zealand have prompted a barrage of international concern.

Find the full story on Nature News (13 July 2012).

Find the letter of concern prepared by SPARC’s co-chair Ted Shepherd and sent to the New Zealand Ministers for the Environment and for Science and Innovation (5 July 2012).

Find NIWA’s letter of acknowledgement (31 July 2012).

Find response from the NZ Minister of Science and Innovation, Hon. Steven Joyce (7 August 2012).

Vacant PhD position: Chemistry-Climate Modelling

We are seeking a PhD student to work in Davos, Switzerland within the project "Variability of Solar Irradiance, Seismology of the Sun, and its Implications on the Terrestrial Middle Atmosphere" funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The main goal of this project is to study the response of the middle atmosphere to the short-term variability of the solar irradiance. The PhD student will apply a state-of-the-art Climate-Chemistry Model to simulate the ozone and temperature variability in the middle atmosphere, analyze the results and compare them with observations.

The applicant should have a Master or Diploma degree in physics, mathematics, environmental, earth sciences or engineering and deep interest in the modeling of physical or chemical processes in the atmosphere at all scales or some experience in numerical climate and chemistry modeling. Good knowledge of mathematical fundamentals, FORTRAN-95 and IDL visualization package will be essential. Fluency in English will be a great advantage.

This 3-year position should be filled until October 2012. Applications including CV, statement of interest and contact information for two potential referees should be sent to Dr. Eugene Rozanov. For informal enquiries concerning this position, please, contact Dr. Eugene Rozanov (+41 81 4175135,

AMS Update: 5th Symposium on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions

Abstract submission deadline has been extended to Friday, 10 August.

  • Aerosol Direct and Indirect Radiative Effects: Insights from Models & Measurements

  • Aerosol Indirect Effects on Feedbacks and Characteristics of Deep Convective Storm Systems

  • Aerosol-Cloud Interaction Representations in Regional and Global Models and Associated Climate Impact

  • Aerosol-cloud Interactions in Weather Forecasting

  • Atmospheric Chemistry at the Climate / Policy interface

  • Chemistry-Aerosol-Cloud/Climate Interactions: From Ocean to Continents

  • Cloud Condensation Nuclei (CCN) and Ice Nuclei (IN) Properties of Aerosol: Measurement, Modeling and Impacts on Clouds

  • Impacts of Anthropogenic Aerosols on Clouds, Precipitation, Circulation, and Severe Storms
  • Impacts of Natural Aerosols (E.G., Biogenic, Dust, Sea Salt and Smoke) On Climate

  • Working at the interface: Policy/Atmospheric Chemistry/Climate

Find information on the symposium and a link to abstract submission.

Postdoc position at NOAA/GFDL

UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs is seeking an outstanding postdoctoral research scientist to engage in research on understanding climate variations in the Intra-Americas Seas (IAS) and their influence on climate extremes using global high-resolution coupled models. The research activities fall under the broad banner of climate variability, predictability and attribution. This is a new, full-time, two-year appointment, renewable for a third year. This position is located at the Climate Change, Variability Prediction Group at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Labotatory, Princeton, New Jersey.

Find more information.