Each member of the project team is uniquely positioned to reach the broader community in their area of expertise, and the team will propagate the resulting software artifacts, best practices, and results of research activities in order to bolster the atmospheric science community and other science and engineering (S&E) communities, provide improved tools to developers of computational software, and extend expertise across the network of CI providers that support computational scientists.
The resulting activities from the project will put usable tools for atmospheric science research in the hands of a larger number of next-generation researchers, incorporate the best practices for compilation, configuration, and deployment for cyberinfrastructure professionals, and facilitate the more productive and flexible use of the advanced HPC and cloud computing supported by previous investments of the NSF.
The project team will directly target undergraduate students in multiple initiatives and provide training to graduate students and early career researchers to expand and diversify the atmospheric science and S&E workforce. Undergraduate students will be recruited through two federal and state programs designed to increase diversity in the STEM disciplines: the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) and McNair Scholars Program for first-generation students with financial need and underrepresented graduate students. We will also seek opportunities to engage with two NCAR programs: Summer Internships in Computational Science (SIParCS) and Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS), the undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program designed to broaden participation of historically underrepresented communities. REU funds will be requested to bring additional undergraduates into the project.
Three Postdoctoral Fellow will be funded and based at Cornell with extended research stays at NCAR. Cornell M.Eng. students will be actively encouraged to participate as will students in Cornell’s newly created 5-year Masters in Atmospheric Science program.