Summer Colloquium

For several decades, the ASP has hosted at least one 2-week colloquium every summer on an emerging science topic of interest to the NCAR community. The colloquia are designed for graduate students in new or rapidly developing areas of research for which good course materials may not yet be available. In recent years, the colloquia have had both a lecture component and a hands-on tutorial component. NCAR Scientific staff members in partnership with one or more university collaborators write proposals for colloquia topics, and in the event that their proposal is selected, organize the colloquium curriculum with logistical support provided by the ASP.

Group photo of the 2017 colloquium students and organizer Rich Neale

In 2017, the summer colloquium was titled The Interaction of Precipitation with Orography and was held June 5 – 16, 2017.  The organizers were Dr. Richard Neale, NCAR/CGD and Prof. Dale Durran, Univ. of Washington – Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences. ASP hosted approximately 26 students from 21 Universities to attend the workshop.    The students spent two weeks at NCAR learning about the topic and working on hands-on activities to reinforce the knowledge gained in the lectures. The colloquium participants spent an afternoon at the Denver Botanic Gardens, which provided them with a unique opportunity to interact with their science and research activities relating to flora characteristics and sensitivities to meteorological and terrain environments, with a specific focus on Colorado. During another excursion, students were exposed to the instruments and research being conducted at the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station at 9000 feet in the mountains west of Denver. In other sessions, students also had a chance to explore some career development topics relevant to graduate students in the geosciences.