IRES ASI-Field Studies of Convection in Argentina Syllabus
The primary goals of the Advanced Study Institute (ASI) are as follows:
- Introduce students to the primary science objectives and instrumentation platforms for the Remote sensing of Electrification, Lightning, and Mesoscale/microscale Processes with Adaptive Ground Observations (RELAMPAGO) field campaign.
- Provide an intensive field research experience studying a spectrum of convective systems in an international setting.
- Provide professional development, outreach, and cultural experiences to enhance the student’s career and international connections.
The ASI will consist of one three-week (21-day) intensive course in Córdoba, Argentina and four sessions of remote course participation (2 hours each) prior to the ASI in Argentina. More specifically, the ASI will have two major components: (1) Field research with research mentors and (2) scientific and professional development lectures. The scientific and professional development lectures will encompass a cumulative ~20 hours of time over the 21-day institute. Course topics are listed below.
ASI Leadership Team:
- ASI Director: Dr. Kristen Rasmussen, Assistant Professor, CSU, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- ASI Assistant Director: Dr. Melissa Burt, Research Scientist and Graduate Diversity Director for the Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering, CSU, Email: email@example.com
- ASI Field Experience Coordinator: Dr. Angela Rowe, Research Scientist, University of Washington, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- ASI Professional Development Coordinator: Dr. Deanna Hence, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Email: email@example.com
- ASI Recruitment Coordinator: Rebecca Haacker, Director of SOARS/ASP Programs, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students will be expected to participate in all remote class sessions prior to the ASI. During the ASI, students will be expected to work collaboratively with a team of scientists to collect high-quality field observations during the RELAMPAGO field campaign. The students will be provided with training for the instrumentation platform for which they are assigned. On days when no field observations are taken, students will be expected to participate in ASI science and professional development lectures and activities. The students will be encouraged to participate in outreach events to the local Argentine community and in an NCAR/ASP-sponsored NCAR Explorer Series video production to provide outreach to the general American public about scientific research that NCAR supports in atmospheric science. At the beginning of the ASI, students will be encouraged to design a project that they will work on during the ASI. The projects can take the form of a literature review related to their research experience, analysis of an observed case during the campaign, or a different idea from the student that is approved by the mentors. A short report on their project (1-2 pages) and a 5-minute presentation to the group will be given during the last few days of the ASI. Finally, students will be encouraged to work collaboratively to produce a research publication using collected data from RELAMPAGO, as long as their graduate advisor supports this activity.
Lecture notes and supplemental materials will be available on the course website.
Please contact the ASI leadership team if you have special learning needs and accommodations.
Course lecture topics and related activities are listed below. Lecture topics that are italicized will be conducted as remote lectures (video conferencing) prior to the ASI.
||Lecture Topics and Activities
|Science of RELAMPAGO
Introduction to RELAMPAGO science objectives
Satellite studies of convection
Lightning in Argentina
Mesoscale convective systems
Radar studies of convection
Hydrometeorology of the La Plata Basin
||Kristen Rasmussen, Steve Nesbitt, Paola Salio, Rachel Albrecht, Eldo Avila, Adam Varble, Jeff Trapp, Matt Kumjian, Francina Dominguez, Larry Carey, Wiebke Deierling, Russ Schumacher, V. Chandrasekar, and others
|Instrumentation platforms and model simulations in RELAMPAGO
NCAR S-PolKa radar
Doppler on Wheels mobile radars
Lightning Sensors, Electric Field Mills and Electric Field Meters
Mesonets and Pods
Water Vapor DIALs
Forecasting convection in Argentina
Identifying good vs. bad data
Duties for instrumentation platforms
Field trip to the DOE CACTI AMF-1 site near Villa Yacanto
||Josh Wurman, Karen Kosiba, Angela Rowe, Russ Schumacher, Lynn McMurdie, Jeff Trapp, Scott Ellis, Deanna Hence, Adam Varble, and others
Developing research identity
Writing accountability and time management
Field safety and expectations
Field conduct and expectations
Transitioning from a graduate student to a postdoc
Applying, interviewing, and negotiating for scientific jobs
||Deanna Hence, Melissa Burt, Kristen Rasmussen, Rebecca Haacker, Lorena Medina Luna, Karen Kosiba
|Community and cultural outreach
K-12 outreach at local schools with ASI participants teaching the science of RELAMPAGO to the community
Field trip to Río Cuarto, the location of the hail maximum in the region, to meet with emergency managers (Defensa Civil) and airport controllers to discuss the impact of hail on their operations and community
Students will be interviewed for the NCAR/EO-sponsored NCAR Explorer Series video project
||Melissa Burt, Deanna Hence, Rebecca Haacker, Lorena Medina Luna, Kristen Rasmussen, Paola Salio