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[Met-jobs] 2 Support Scientists for the U.S. Coastal Act Project with UCAR (USA)

From Roger Brugge <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
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Date Fri, 2 Sep 2016 16:52:40 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Support scientists for the
U.S. Coastal Act Project


The UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs is seeking two visiting scientists
for projects supporting the U.S. Coastal Act.  The positions are for two
years and are located in College Park, Maryland at the National Centers
for Environmental Prediction, Environmental Modeling Center.

The deadline for applications is 30 September, but we will accept
applications until the positions are filled.
UCAR will provide a salary that is commensurate with education and
experience. UCAR benefits include group health and dental insurance,
paid time off, mandatory participation in the TIAA retirement fund, and
life insurance.

U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8
U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position. UCAR/NCAR will not
sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.

Wind, Gust and Surface Pressure Analyses Project
The successful candidate will work on developing an improved analysis
capability for atmospheric conditions (sustained wind, wind gust,
pressure and stability) near the surface and in the vicinity of where
named tropical cyclones reached landfall along the coasts of the United
States.  The candidate will work with and supplement an existing team at
EMC advancing the capabilities of the Real-Time Mesoscale Analysis
(RTMA) and the Unrestricted Mesoscale Analysis (URMA).  The work is in
the specific context of the Consumer Option for an Alternative System to
Allocate Losses (COASTAL) Act which requires NOAA to produce detailed
post-storm analyses following named landfalling tropical storms to
permit FEMA to “adjudicate” between wind-caused damages versus
water-caused damages.  A demonstration system is to be in place at the
end of a two-year period.

Qualifications and Requirements

The candidate is expected to have an M.S. with at least five years of
work experience or a recent Ph.D. (preferred) in meteorology or
atmospheric sciences with experience in one or more of the following areas.

•       Working with observational near-surface data both over land and over
water, including dealing with issues of quality control.  Familiarity
with BUFR would be beneficial.
•       Working with sophisticated objective analysis systems especially those
based on the variational technique.
•       Working with numerical prediction models, such as HWRF or NMMB,
especially when used as the background for objective analysis systems.
Familiarity with GRIB2 would be beneficial.
•       Knowledge and experience with scientific programming (e.g., FORTRAN,
C/C++, Perl, and/or Python), with parallel programming using MPI and/or
OpenMP, with shell scripts and/or workflows in a UNIX environment, and
with one or more graphics utilities (e.g., GrADS, GEMPAK, NCL, IDL,
and/or Matlab).

The candidate must have good communication skills and be able to work
with a diverse group of scientists across multiple organizations who are
involved in various aspects of the COASTAL Act project.
Wave – Surge Coupling Project
The successful candidate will support NCEP’s EMC with the wave modeling
development work involved in coupling the spectral wave model WAVEWATCH
III with the ADCIRC surge model from the National Ocean Service (NOS).
This task is part of an inter agency collaborative effort to develop a
modelling system for coastal flooding associated with ocean storms.

Duties
The candidate will perform the functions of the job in a high-quality,
independent and collaborative way, assisting in managing projects, and
developing and applying innovative methods for the primary work areas below.

The candidate will work with scientists at EMC and NOS to develop a
coupled wave – surge modeling system for inundation studies associated
with land falling hurricanes. The candidate will work on several tasks
including the development and implementation of the WAVEWATCH III model
on unstructured meshes for hurricane conditions, coupling of the wave
model with the ADCIRC model in NOAA’s NEMS (NOAA Environmental Modeling
System) coupling environment which is based on an ESMF framework,
development and testing of different physics packages to accurately
determine the total water level associated with inundation of land
falling hurricanes. The specific activities will include:

•       Training on the NEMS coupler environment and extending the WAVEWATCH
III framework to work with unstructured grids (currently works with
regular grids).
•       Implementation of the unstructured version of WAVEWATCH III on the
ADCIRC grids for hurricane inundation studies and the testing of
different physics packages for wave propagation and dissipation,
especially in shallow coastal waters.
•       Work with NOS to develop a two – way coupled WAVEWATCH III / ADCIRC
system using the NEMS framework. (ADCIRC development for NEMS will be
done separately by NOS).
•       Further validation of the performance of the coupled system, focusing
on impacts on coastal flooding.

Required skills
Education and Experience:
•       A Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography, Coastal and/or Ocean Engineering, or
a related physical or applied mathematical science, with at least 5
years of experience in the area of wave / surge modeling.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•       Experience with phase averaged wave models and shallow water
circulation models
•       Experience with code development in FORTRAN, scripting in Linux/Unix
shell environments and Matlab or Python,
•       Experience with running complex jobs, and processing large amounts of
observed and modelled output data,

Desired skills
•       Experience in using mainframe supercomputers and/or workstations in a
FORTRAN/UNIX environment, using statistical and display tools,
•       Proven ability to work well in a team environment,
•       Relevant peer-reviewed publications.
•       Good written and oral communication skills.
•       Good coding skills

For details and application instructions,
please visit the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs Website
vsp.ucar.edu/opportunities

COASTAL Act Goals and Objectives
The Consumer Option for an Alternative System to Allocate Losses
(COASTAL) Act was signed into law on July 6, 2012. The purpose of the
COASTAL Act is to lower costs to FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program
(NFIP) by better discerning wind versus water damage in the case of
“indeterminate losses;” that is, where little tangible evidence beyond a
building’s foundation (“slab”) remains for the proper adjustment of
insurance claims for homes totally destroyed by a tropical cyclone.

The COASTAL Act requires NOAA to produce detailed “post-storm
assessments” in the aftermath of a damaging tropical cyclone that
strikes the U.S. or its territories. Using output from a hindcast model
(termed the “Named Storm Event Model” (NSEM) by the Act), the
assessments will indicate the strength and timing of damaging winds and
water at a given location in the area impacted by the tropical cyclone.
If the assessment results for the location of a specific “slab” case can
be certified by NOAA as being greater than 90 percent accurate, those
results will be input into a FEMA-managed formula that considers a
variety of factors that may have contributed to structural damage. Based
on this formula, FEMA will determine the appropriate loss allocation
between wind and water.

The Act further requires NOAA to create a “Coastal Wind and Water Event
Database” (CWWED) to provide the public access to “covered data” (the
observations collected during the storm to assist with the assessment).
The CWWED will serve as the portal through which the gridded post-storm
assessment results and metadata will also be accessed by the public.



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