Friday, January 18, 2013

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW in wave modeling for the 2015 PanAm Games - Environment Canada

Environment Canada is seeking a highly motivated and qualified wave modeler to contribute to the development of an ensemble wave forecast and a high-resolution coupled wave-atmosphere forecast system for the Great Lakes.  The work will initially focus on developing ensemble forecasts of waves over the Great Lakes.  Coupling with lake, land, and atmospheric models will also be investigated in a deterministic nest covering competition sites. Ensemble forecast systems that will result from this work are to be used to develop probabilistic forecasts.

High resolution coupled forecasts are to be used to evaluate the contribution of different forcings.  This is a challenging opportunity to work across several disciplines.  This is also a unique opportunity to carry out research in an operational environment and to interact with EC scientist and with the Canadian Coast Guard which can broaden future career options.

Essential Qualifications: A recent (i.e. less than 5 years) Ph.D. in physical ocean sciences, atmospheric sciences or a closely related field is required.  Experience with data processing, and knowledge of programming (Fortran, UNIX environment) are also required. Demonstrated ability to communicate results in the form of scholarly articles and the ability to work in a collaborative team are essential.

Desirable Qualifications: Experience with ensemble prediction methods, coupled modeling, WavewatchIII, running complex models on high-performance computers, analyzing large datasets and verification statistics are all important and will be considered as assets.  Skills in languages and programs such as Python, Matlab, R, IDL are also important.  Environment Canada is a bilingual work place, fluency in English is essential.  Fluency in French would be an asset.

Details: The successful candidate will be located at the RPN quarters of Environment Canada (EC) in Montreal QC.  Funding is available for 2 years pending satisfactory progression revision after 1 year.  The
prefered start date is 1 April 2013. Salary in the range of $50-60k and health coverage are guaranteed from the 3rd month of employment to the end of the appointment.

Application: To apply, please send a cover letter explaining how you meet the selection criteria, a current curriculum vitae, together with a list of publications, names of three persons who may act as references, and a brief statement of interest, to the address below. Review of applications will begin 11 February 2013.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Earth Science Week 2013 Theme Announced: "Mapping Our World"

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that the theme of Earth Science Week 2013 will be "Mapping Our World."
This year's event will promote awareness of the many exciting uses of maps and mapping technologies in the geosciences.

Earth Science Week 2013 materials and activities will engage young people and others in learning how geoscientists, geographers, and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, volcanic activity, weather patterns, travel routes, parks, businesses, population distribution, our shared geologic heritage, and more. Maps help show how the Earth systems -- geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere -- interact.

"With this theme, Earth Science Week highlights the ways that Earth scientists use maps to understand our planet and how humans use the land," says Geoff Camphire, AGI's Manager of Outreach. "For centuries, people have relied on maps to represent their knowledge of Earth and its systems. From old-world celestial maps and nautical charts to the satellite imaging and digital GIS technology of the 21st century, map-making provides an interactive way of knowing our world."

Reaching over 50 million people annually, AGI leads Earth Science Week in cooperation with its sponsors and the geoscience community as a service to the public. Each year, community groups, educators, and interested citizens organize celebratory events. Earth Science Week offers the public opportunities to discover the Earth sciences and engage in re¬sponsible stewardship of the Earth.

Earth Science Week is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey, the AAPG Foundation, the National Park Service, NASA, Esri, and the American Geophysical Union.

Earth Science Week 2013 will be celebrated October 13-19. For more about this week and ways to get in¬volved -- including newsletters, local events, and classroom activities -- please see the Earth Science Week web site at

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

NSF-TUES Proposal Writing Workshop March 14-17, 2013

We are pleased to call your attention to an upcoming workshop being held at the University of South Florida from March 14-17, 2013. The workshop is designed to help you write a TUES Type 1 proposal for submission in the upcoming round of the TUES program (tentatively May, 2013). Please help us by forwarding this announcement to others who might be interested.  The application deadline is January 28, 2013. 

Do you need time to write a proposal to improve undergraduate teaching and learning?
If yes, apply to attend the 3-day proposal writing workshop being held at the University of South Florida-Tampa.
Workshop Dates:  March 14-17, 2013
Location: Campus of the University of South Florida - Tampa

Participants cover their airfare. All other costs are covered through funding from the National Science Foundation.
Note: A limited amount of travel support is provided. For more information on travel or the workshop, contact either Jill Singer ( or Jeff Ryan ( for more information.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Midnight, January 28, 2013

Notifications will be made after February 1, 2013

Apply online now at:

Tentative Agenda:

Workshop starts: 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 14
Workshop ends: 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 17
Note: If accepted, do not plan your departure from Tampa any earlier than 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17th. Free shuttles will be departing from hotel starting at 1:30 p.m.
* All major and some minor airlines serve Tampa with good direct and connecting flights.

Eligibility Requirements:
Open to all geoscience faculty eligible to submit grant proposals to NSF. If unsure, check with your sponsored program office prior to completing an application. Preference will be given to tenured and tenure-track faculty from geosciences/geography departments. Applications may be submitted by individual faculty or teams of faculty. For teams of faculty, costs for only one member can be supported by this project. Note: Additional funding is available for faculty from two-year colleges and minority-serving institutions. Please contact Jill Singer and/or Jeff Ryan directly regarding additional support. IMPORTANT! Participants attending the workshop are expected to submit a Type 1 TUES proposal for the upcoming May 2013 deadline.
Note: Once notified of acceptance, participants will be required to complete:
  • form signed by their department/program chair and sponsored program representative confirming approval to submit a TUES proposal for the May 2013 deadline
  • template that outlines sections of the TUES proposal (this is your initial working draft to be shared with workshop facilitators)

Support for this project is provided by the National Science Foundation TUES program under grant DUE-1134954 and DUE-1134963

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The role of women in Earth Sciences - Experience sharing and future prospect

The role of women in the Earth Sciences - Experience sharing and future prospectsA workshop entiteld "The role of women in the Earth Sciences - Experience sharing and future prospects" was organized ISPRA and by the Ordine dei Geologi del Lazio (Regional Register of Geologists of Latium) on the 30th October in Rome (Italy). This special event, the first in Italy dedicated to women and Geosciences, aims to enhance the contribution offered by women to Earth Sciences. The organizing commitee was composed by four motivated earth scientists Rita Maria Pichezzi, Silvia Brini and Letizia Vita from ISPRA and Marina Fabri from the Ordine dei Geologi del Lazio. 
More than 100 participants, coming from universities, research institues, geological surveys, agencies, professional bodies, associations, policy makers, attend that event. The worshop, organized under the patronage of Consiglio Nationale dei Geologi, the EuroGeoServeys, the European Federation of Geologists, Federazione Italiana di Scienze della Terra and the Geologiocal Society of Italy, was also attend by the African Association of Women in Geosciences represented by its president Prof. Ezzoura Errami and the European Federation of Geologists represented by its executive director Isabel Fernadez Fuentes. YES network was represented via skype conference by Amel Barich.