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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2019 can be found here.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  Regional Climate Modeling and Evaluation
Disciplines:  Earth Science, Computer Science
Mentor:  Duane Waliser, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 393-4094
Mentor URL:;  (opens in new window)
Background:  Modeling climate and Earth system processes on a regional scale is essential for projecting the impacts of climate change on society and our natural resources. Quantifying model biases is critical to characterizing the uncertainties associated with these climate change projections and is also an essential step in developing and improving Earth system models. The Regional Climate Model Evaluation System (RCMES) is designed to greatly facilitate regional-scale evaluations of climate and Earth system models by providing standardized access to a vast and comprehensive set of observations, as well as tools for performing common analysis and visualization tasks.
Description:  The candidate will work with the RCMES team at JPL/UCLA to explore the development and application of (satellite) observation-based model evaluation diagnostics and metrics to CORDEX and National Climate Assessment (NCA) related science and applied science issues.
Student Requirements:  Earth science degree or program in progress (e.g. atmospheric science, oceanography)
Python, c, IDL, matlab, etc
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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