2014 US CLIVAR Summit

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2014 US CLIVAR Summit
July 8-11. 2014
Denver, CO

About the Summit

Following on the release of the new Science Plan, the 2014 US CLIVAR Summit brought together the members of the Scientific Steering Committee and its three implementation Panels, science team and working group leads, agency managers, and invited speakers to review progress, identify opportunities, and develop strategies to advance US CLIVAR goals. The meeting had a particular focus on benchmarks and metrics for evaluating improvements in monitoring and analysis, model development, and prediction. 

To kick off the meeting, an evening session on ENSO Monitoring, Analysis, and Prediction Challenges provided an engaging discussion considering the 70% chance of an El Niño event occurring this summer. Another special session, Progress and Prospects for Connecting Predictions, Applications, and Decision-Making, initiated dialogue with climate services providers to exchange knowledge on the prospects and limits of climate information and the concerns and needs of climate service organizations. Check out the Presentations link to download the talks from the Summit. 

Logistics

Meeting Location:  Warwick Hotel Downtown Denver

Hotel Reservations

Please make reservations through Jill Reisdorf (reisdorf@ucar.edu) so we can be sure your room is counted in the contracted meeting block.  Let Jill know if you need a special type of room or extended dates. When making reservations you will not need to provide a credit card for payment until you check in.

Warwick Hotel
http://www.warwickdenver.com
1776 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203
Ph:  303-832-0319
Fax: 303-832-0307

Cut off date for making hotel reservations is:  June 9, 2014
Room rate is:  $156 + 14.75% tax Single or Double.
Group name is UCAR-2014 CLIVAR Summit

Hotel Location

The Warwick Hotel is just two blocks from the 16th Street Mall area where you will find shops and restaurants. There is a free north south light rail mall shuttle that runs the length of the 16th street mall..  You will not need a car to get around the local Denver area. www.denver.org

Parking

Parking at the Warwick is valet only.  The discounted price for day guests is $10 per day.  The discounted price for overnight guests is $21 per day with in and out priveleges. 

Internet Connectivity

Free WiFi is available in all guest rooms and meeting space as part of our meeting package.

Local Airport

Denver International Airport (DEN) is a 30-minute taxi or shuttle ride from downtown Denver. DIA is a hub for most major carriers and is also served by discount airlines Jet Blue, Frontier and Southwest. www.flydenver.com

Ground Transportation

Super Shuttle is the recommended shuttle service from Denver International Airport to Warwick Denver Hotel. The rate is $22 one-way.
or call: +1 303-370-1300.

Taxi

Taxis are a flat rate of about $50 from Denver International Airport to Warwick Denver Hotel and can be obtained at taxi stands outside the baggage claim area. A gate fee of $3.50 for up to three persons is added to your fare.  Local taxi companies are Metro Taxi: +1 303-333-3333 and Yellow Cab: +1 303-777-7777.

Travel Support

Non-federal employees who are current US CLIVAR Panel Members will receive travel support though UCAR.  Jill Reisdorf (reisdorf@ucar.edu) will contact you prior to the Summit to make sure your travel support is in place.  Federal employee may contact Mike Patterson mpatterson@usclivar.org regarding travel support.  Rental cars are typically not supported for US CLIVAR Meetings.  If you have a special circumstance that requires you to rent a car please let us know in advance.

Local Weather

Summer temps are hot and dry.   You can expect highs in the 80s and 90s with a good chance for afternoon thunder showers

Federal Employee Meal Reimbursements

Following are the directions for Federal employees who are required to reimburse UCAR for meals.  Please make payments anytime before, during or after the Summit.   You will receive an e-mail confirming your meal payment.  

Got to https://www.fin.ucar.edu/epayment/startEpayments.do

To the right of "Select Payment Option", click on "Select Items From Here" and then from the drop-down menu, choose " 2014 US CLIVAR Meal Payment… “ Click the Next button in the gray bar below and proceed to the payment process. 

On the following screen, enter the amount $16 for each lunch and  $34 for dinner.  Fill in your billing information. When you are ready, click on the "Start Process" button.

Logistics and Travel Support Contact

Ms. Jill Reisdorf
Project Coordinator
UCAR-Joint Office for Science Support
3300 Mitchell Lane, Suite 2312
Boulder, CO 80301
PH: 303-497-8636
FX: 303-497-8633
reisdorf@ucar.edu
www.joss.ucar.edu