Advanced Study Program: Summer Colloquium

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Apr 1, 2020

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Conference

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Must travel to: Colorado

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Summer Colloquium

Every year ASP hosts a summer colloquium designed for graduate students. The colloquium brings together lecturers and graduate students to NCAR for three weeks for classroom presentations and other forms of instruction and interaction. The workshop generally includes about 25 student participants, and several lecturers from NCAR and the community at large. In recent years, the colloquia have included both lectures and hands on tutorials with student projects.

Participants will learn from international speakers with observational and modeling expertise across the range of the orographic precipitation environment. Practical exercises using both the Community Earth System Model (CESM) and the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF) will form the foundation for understanding the orographic precipitation processes in models.

Tutorials and computer-based exercises will provide experience with a broad range of material, extending across the sub-disciplines of theoretical flow over orography, observational case studies, simple models, moist physical processes, the representation of precipitation-orography interactions in forecast and climate models, and smaller-scale applications.

This colloquium will be held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO, USA. In addition to receiving excellent scientific training, participants will have the opportunity to explore the National Center, will receive guidance on career planning and professional development, and have access to additional seminars and activities at the Center, if time allows.

Motivation and Timeliness
Precipitation near significant orography has many climatological, terrestrial and human impacts. Gradients in orographic height lead to large variations in precipitation, land-surface type, vegetation and watershed properties. Dramatic flooding events linked to orography can also impact the local ecosystem and human activity. A complete understanding of the interactions among all these systems is key but remains illusive.

Expected Outcome
University researchers will gain an understanding of the role of the key precipitation-orography interactions. This will be a combination of the observed properties, and the challenges of representing these processes and interactions in short-term forecast and climate models.

The NCAR Advanced Study Program will fund travel and living expenses for ~25 participants during the colloquium. International students are encouraged to apply.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The summer colloquium is designed for graduate students.
  • International students are encouraged to apply.