From the Interim Director

Dr. William Kuo

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This is my first column as the Interim Director for UCP. I want to take this opportunity to thank Emily CoBabe-Ammann for her leadership as the UCP Director over the past two years. It is a special privilege and an honor to serve as Interim Director for UCP, and I am most grateful to Tom Bogdan for making this appointment before his departure as UCAR President. UCP is a great organization, offering unique services to the UCAR member community. We have a wealth of talent and expertise, and are dedicated to our collective missions, and I am extremely proud to be part of our organization.

When UCP was established in 1982, its mission was simple – to manage a number of unique programs serving the needs of the geosciences community. Through these programs, UCP continues today to offer a suite of innovative resources, tools, and services to support the atmospheric and Earth science communities. Our activities include weather forecaster training, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, real-time data and software tools, meeting and conference support, fellowship programs, staffing solutions, and satellite-based earth observations. These activities strongly complement the basic and applied research being conducted at NCAR. Currently, UCP consists of eight unique programs, providing training and education services through COMET, GLOBE, SciEd, and DLS; science support services through JOSS and VSP; and data support services through UNIDATA and COSMIC.

While UCP has been extremely successful over the past thirty-three years, there have been significant changes in technologies since it was first established. The needs of the geoscience community that UCP serves have also evolved. I think it is time for UCP leaders to carefully reexamine our business development to ensure the continued success of individual programs. In addition, I see it as highly beneficial for UCP to strengthen its partnership with NCAR, which would also better position UCAR for the recompetition of the NSF Cooperative Agreement for the management of NCAR.

This month, the UCP program directors embarked on a strategic planning process to review our current capabilities, products, and services, and to assess how they need to evolve in response to changes in technology and the needs of our customers. We will look for ways to improve the efficiency of our operation, which would provide better support for future business development. We anticipate that the strategic planning process will lead to a stronger UCP – one that will offer even better services to our customers and our sponsors, and that will provide greater opportunities for the continued development of our valuable staff.

UCP remains strong in its commitment to serve the UCAR community, and the UCP directors and I look forward to expanding the reach of our programs in the community.

Finally, I want to congratulate Michael Thompson on his appointment as the Interim UCAR President. I look forward to working closely with Michael and Jim Hurrell, NCAR’s Director, and the rest of the President’s Council, in our renewed effort to move UCAR, NCAR, and UCP forward. 

 

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The UCAR Community Programs provide innovative resources, tools, and services in support of the research and education goals of the atmospheric and Earth system sciences community.

A major focus for UCP is making sure the science from NCAR and UCAR institutions is translated in novel ways to a variety of audiences and stakeholders.

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