Sylvia Jean Murphy
4 March 2015
M.S. Management, Regis University, 2007
M.S. Physical Oceanography, Florida State University, 1995
B.A. Marine Science, Jacksonville University, 1987
NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
Boulder, CO 80305
Work History (Dates and official positions)
Technical Project Manager, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) University of Colorado at Boulder
Director of Exercises and Training (J7) for the Standing Joint Task Force Colorado, Colorado National Guard
Technical Project Manager, Earth System Modeling Framework, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Deputy Commander (Executive VP), 169th Fires Brigade Colorado Army National Guard
Communications Planner and Coordinator, Joint Task Force Democratic National Convention, Colorado National Guard
Software Engineer, Earth System Modeling Framework, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Commander (CEO), 891st Troop Command Battalion/193rd Military Police Battalion, Colorado Army National Guard
Software Engineer, Atmospheric Chemistry Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Deputy Director for Communications and Computers (J6) Joint Staff Colorado National Guard
Deputy IT Manager for Computers and Information Systems (DCSIM), Colorado Army National Guard
Associate Scientist, Climate and Global Dynamics Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Oceanographer, Office of Naval Research Detachment, Houston
Oceanographer, Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center
Executive Officer/Training Officer Naval Oceanography and Meteorology Command Detachment Bell Chase Louisiana
Oceanographer, Planning Systems Inc.
Research Fellow, Florida State University
Staff Oceanographer, Commander and Chief, Naval Forces Europe Command Detachment
Chief Executive (Officer-in-Charge), Naval Oceanographic Command Detachment, Agana Guam
Division Officer, USS Acadia (AD-42), San Diego
Student, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville Florida
Current Position (2009-Present)
Technical project manager and developer for the Earth System CoG Project to develop a collaborative workspace that blends data archival with project collaboration services. Responsibilities include requirement analysis, issue tracking, release coordination, meeting coordination, testing, documentation, and development.
Operations manager and webmaster for the NOAA Environmental Software Infrastructure and Integration Group at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences: Responsibilities include the maintenance of section infrastructure and tools and the development of policies, procedures, tools, and processes to improve the overall efficiency of the section. Specific focus is on the design, organization, and maintenance of the Section’s collaborative environments including the Web and various cloud-based portals. Also responsible for visitor and employee coordination, computers, and computer accounts.
Scientific/Technical/Managerial Accomplishments (Highlights from various positions)
Currently coordinating the continued development of a collaboration environment designed to support distributed, complex, multi-part projects that require data sharing, such as model intercomparison projects (MIPs). The software integrates wiki-based project websites that are organized into networks. The effort includes requirement analysis, issue tracking, release planning and coordination, meeting coordination, documentation, testing, development, and promotion at various scientific conferences. The software was used to support the 2012 Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project, the 2013 Quantitative Analysis of Downscaling Workshop, and has been chosen as the new web front end to the Earth System Grid Federation.
Coordinated the development of a prototype version of the Community Earth System Model (CESM) containing Common Information Model attributes (the same standard being used for the 5th Coupled Model Intercomparison Project) and the integration of that model into the new CESM portal at Purdue University. Also coordinated the use of the portal for a paleoclimate research project at the University of California at Davis.
Coordinated the effort to develop a prototype hydrological/atmospheric coupled modeling system. The effort involved the SWAT hydrological model running on a personal computer using the OpenMI standard and the Community Atmospheric Model running on a supercomputer utilizing the newly developed Earth System Modeling Framework Web Services. The project involved scientists from two universities, several summer interns, and a contracted scientific programmer.
Coordinated project move from the National Center for Atmospheric Research to the University of Colorado. In addition to coordinating the physical move, the effort involved coordinating the movement of 10 mailing lists to a new server, transferring 6 project member files to their new computers, moving four websites to new servers with new domain names, transferring a support archive, and the purchase of two new testing platforms.
Coordinated the effort to provide modeling metadata and dataset infrastructure support to NCAR’s 2008 Summer Colloquium on Atmospheric Dynamical Cores. The effort included the development of an Atmospheric ontology, the creation of a user’s interface for metadata discovery and comparison, the creation of over 300 simulation instances, and a data harvesting ability.
Planned and executed a comprehensive communications architecture for National Guard and Active Duty Forces supporting the 2007 Democratic National Convention, a major National Special Security Event (NSSE). Infrastructure put in place included Very High Frequency (VHF) radio communications, satellite radio, video teleconferencing, networking, internet-based common operating picture (COP) and chat tools, and trunked, civilian interoperable 800 Mhz radio communications.
Researched, recommended, and adapted distributed software solutions (including customer support and client relations’ applications) for the Earth System Modeling Framework, a multi-agency high performance computing software project
Team lead for effort to develop a new Web developer job classification matrix at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Participation included principal vision; team recruitment, moderation, planning, and organizing, and coordination with human resources.
Designed, developed, tested, and placed into daily operation an atmospheric tracer analysis package in support of MIRAGE and Intex-B. This included creating a linear model post-processing visualization package using the NCAR Command Language for a single threaded SGI supercomputer and later porting the package to run as a parallel application on an IBM supercomputer. Over 1600 daily images were transferred to a web server and viewed and analyzed by field scientists via a web portal.
Elected chairman of the Software Engineering Assembly at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a representative body whose mission is to improve software engineering practices through greater professional development and the development of best practices. Provided both vision and organizational oversight of 5 committees and their participants.
Commanded 10 Company and Detachment sized elements (over 700 personnel) for the Colorado Army National Guard and guided them through the largest functional transformation in Colorado history. Specific actions included project/mission planning and change management.
Elected Chairman of the Web Advisory Group at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Directed and coordinated representatives from across the organization on the future of Internet related architecture and best practices.
Developed, managed, and taught over 25 4-day NCAR Command Language (NCL) workshops (trained 280 students). Efforts involved initial vision; curriculum development; handout preparation; computer exercise preparation; instruction, computer systems administration, setup and testing; registration and student tracking, and student surveys. Invited workshops were conducted at UCLA (twice), the Naval Research Laboratory, University of Alaska, UC Santa Cruz, Purdue University, and NOAA Silver Springs, MD.
Designed and developed comprehensive e-learning portal for the NCAR Command Language including over 400 script examples, 800 separate images, comprehensive users manuals, and online documentation. This portal is extensively used by government, university, and international researchers.
Participated in the NCAR Command Language project governance to include prioritizing feature requests, interfacing with users, and translating scientific requirements into technical features understood by software developers.
Conducted oceanographic research into ARGO buoy float optimization using the Navy Layered Ocean Model (NLOM) history files and an advection model run on the Naval Oceanographic Office’s supercomputer.
Conducted research in coastal ocean modeling using the Princeton Ocean Model (POM) including temporal interpolation techniques for tidal boundary conditions, nesting to larger scale model and using history files to force an external sediment transport model.
Invited by the Colombian Navy to assist in the development of a Columbian numerical modeling program.
Conducted research into mesoscale eddy variability in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico using the US Navy’s Layered Ocean Model (NLOM). Demonstrated how potential vorticity can survive passage through the Lesser Antilles and influence eddy shedding of the Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico.
Conducted typhoon preparedness training to civilians and foreign nationals throughout Micronesia including the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. Efforts included curriculum development, collaboration with local civil defense officials, instruction, island infrastructure assessment, and discussion with the U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia.
Operations manager for a joint Navy, National Weather Service Forecasting Office with at 2.5 million square mile area of responsibility. Unique responsibilities included chairmanship of a 5-country NOAA weather radio coordination committee.
Technical and managerial bridge between Japan Airlines and the United States Navy on a NEXRAD weather radar installation.
Managed the operations division (10 personnel) aboard the the USS Acadia (AD-42) responsible for the navigation of the ship. Navigated to the Persian Gulf and back. Qualified as Officer of the Deck Underway and received Surface Warfare Qualification.
Managed two Naval Divisions (100 personnel) aboard the USS Acadia (AD-42) responsible for the ship’s sides, deck, anchors, mooring stations, and storerooms. Also served as the helicopter control officer for 64 flight deck operations and 4 vertical replenishment operations.
Publications in Refereed Journals
Goodall, J., K. Saint, M. Ercana, L. Briley, S. Murphy, H. You, C. DeLuca, and R. Rood, Coupling Climate and Hydrological Models: Interoperability through Web Services, 2013, Environmental Modeling and Software, 46, 250-259.
Guilyardi, E., V. Balaji, B. Lawrence, S. Callaghan, C. DeLuca, S. Denvil, M. Lautenschlager, M. Morgan, S. Murphy, K. Taylor, May 2013, Documenting Climate Models and their Simulations, BAMS, 94, 623-627.
Lawrence, B., V. Balaji, P. Bentley, S. Callaghan, C. DeLuca, S. Denvil, G. Devine, M. Elkington, R. Ford, E. Guilyardi, M. Lautenschlager, M. Morgan, M-P Moine, S. Murphy, C. Pascoe, H. Ramthun, P. Slavin, L. Stedman-Clark, F. Toussaint, A. Treshansky, and S. Valcke, 2012, Describing Earth System Simulations with the Metafor CIM, Geoscientific Model Development, 5, 1493-1500.
Turuncoglu, U., N. Dalfes, S. Murphy, and C. DeLuca, 2012, Toward self-describing and workflow integrated Earth system models: A coupled atmosphere-ocean modeling system application, Environmental Modeling and Software, 39, 47-262.
Turuncoglu U., S. Murphy, C. DeLuca, and N. Dalfes. 2011. A scientific workflow environment for earth system related studies, Computers and Geosciences, 37, 943–952.
Dunlap, R., L. Mark, S. Rugaber, V. Balaji, J. Chastang, L. Cinquini, C. DeLuca, D. Middleton and S. Murphy, 2008, Earth system curator: metadata infrastructure for climate modeling, Earth Science Informatics, 1, 131-149.
Murphy, S. J. and T. R. Keen, 2000. The Sensitivity of Relocatable Local Area Models to Temporal Interpolation Noise at Open Boundaries. J. Atmos. and Oceanic Tech., 17, 862-878.
Murphy, S. J., H. E. Hurlburt, and J. J. O'Brien, 1999. The Connectivity of Eddy Variability in the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean. J. Geophys. Res., 104, 1431-1453.
Zhao, L., C.Song, C. Thompson, H. Zhang, M. Lakshminarayanan, C. DeLuca, S. Murphy, K. Saint, D. Middleton, N. Wilhelmi, E. Nienhouse, and M. Burek, 2011, Developing an integrated end-to-end TeraGrid climate modeling environment, TeraGrid’11 Salt Lake City, Utah, July 18-21, 2011. Received award for best paper in the Science Gateways track.
Saint, K. and S. Murphy, 2010, End-to-End Workflows for Coupled Climate and Hydrological Modeling. Proceedings of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs) 2010 International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software Modelling for the Environment's Sake, Fifth Biennial Meeting, Ottawa, Canada, July 5-8, 2010
Keen, T. R. and S. J. Murphy, 2000. Developing a Relocatable Coastal Ocean Forecast Model in Enabling Technology for a Sustainable Environment Proceedings of the Oceanology International 99 Pacific Rim conference, Singapore, 1999, Spearhead Exhibitions Ltd, Surrey, UK, p. 47-57
Murphy, S., L. Cinquini, J. Chastang, C. DeLuca, D. Middleton, and V. Balaji (2009). “Collaborative Model Metadata Development with ESG/Curator/Metafor.” White paper.
“Earth System CoG and the Earth System Grid Federation: A Partnership for Improved Data Management and Project Coordination”, S. Murphy, L. Cinquini, C. DeLuca, A. Treshansky, Invited presentation at the monthly Boulder Earth and Space Science Informatics Group, Boulder, CO, March 18, 2014.
“Enhancements for Hydrology in ESMF”, C. DeLuca, R. Oehmke, D. Neckels, G. Theurich, R. O’Kuinghttons, R. de Fainchtein, S. Murphy, R Dunlap, Invited presentation at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 19, 2008.
“Connectivity Of Variability in the Intra-Americas Sea: Modeling and real-time operational prediction”, H. Hurlburt, S. Murphy, O. Smedstad, T. Townsend. S. Anderson, E. Chassignet, P. Hogan, J. Shriver, and A. Wallcraft, Invited presentation at the International Union of Geophysics and Geodesy General Assembly, Sapporo, Japan, June 30-July 22, 2002.
“Real-Time Eddy Resolving Ocean Prediction in the Caribbean”, H. Hurlburt, O. Smedstad, J. Shriver, T. Townsend, and S. Murphy, Invited presentation at the American Geophysical Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 10-14, 2001.
“The Connectivity of Mesoscale Variability in the Caribbean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico Murphy”, S.J. Murphy and H.E. Hurlburt, Invited presentation at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Workshop Report on the Transports and Linkages of the Intra-Americas Sea (IAS) Cozumel, Mexico, November 1-5, 1997.
“External Influences on Eddy Shedding in the Gulf of Mexico”, S.J. Murphy and H. E. Hurlburt, Invited presentation at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 15-19, 1996
“CoG: The New ESGF Web User Interface”, L. Cinquini, C. DeLuca, S. Murphy, ESGF Meeting, Livermore, CA, 9-11 December, 2014.
“Earth System CoG and the Earth System Grid Federation: A Partnership for Improved Data Management and Project Coordination”, S. Murphy, L. Cinquini, C. DeLuca, A. Treshansky, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory Seminar, Boulder, CO, 8 April 2014.
“The Earth System Documentation (ES-DOC) project”, S. Murphy, M. Greenslade, A. Treshansky, C. DeLuca, E. Guilyardi, S. Denvil, Fall AGU Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 9-13 December 2013
“The Earth System Documentation (ES-DOC) Software Process”, M. Greenslade, S. Murphy, A. Treshansky, C. DeLuca, E. Guilyardi, S. Denvil, Fall AGU Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 9-13 December 2013.
“The Earth System CoG Collaboration Environment: Connecting Projects in the Earth Sciences”, C. DeLuca, L. Cinquini, S. Murphy, L. Overeem, R. Rood, A. Treshansky, J. Wallis, Poster presented at the Fall AGU Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 9-13 December 2013
“Evaluations of the Earth System CoG Infrastructure in Supporting a Model Intercomparison Project”, J. Wallis, R. Rood, S. Murphy, L. Cinquini, C. DeLuca, Poster presented at the Fall AGU Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 9-13 December 2013
“Extensible, Open Source Solutions for Scientific Data Discovery”, L. Cinquini, D. Crichton, J. Hughes, G. Bell, C. DeLuca, S. Hardman, J. Harney, A. Hart, S. Kudikyan, C. Mattmann, S. Murphy, J. Padams, B. Tang, D. Thompson, A. Treshansky, K. Wagstaff, D. Williams, Poster presented at the Fall AGU Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 9-13 December 2013
“Enhancing the User Interface (UI) with CoG”, L. Cinquini, C. DeLuca, S. Murphy, A. Treshansky, ESGF/UV-CDAT meeting, Livermore, CA, 3-5 December 2013
“Earth System Documentation (ES-DOC) Eco-System Progress”, M. Greenslade, S. Murphy, A. Treshansky, C. DeLuca, E. Guilyardi, S. Denvil, ESGF/UV-CDAT meeting, Livermore, CA, 3-5 December 2013
“ES-DOC and ESGF: Documenting Climate Models and their Simulations”, E. Guilyardi, V. Balaji, C. DeLuca, S. Denvil, M. Greenslade, B. Lawrence, S. Murphy, K. Taylor, ESGF/UV-CDAT meeting, Livermore, CA, 3-5 December 2013
“The Earth System CoG Collaboration Environment”, S. Murphy, V. Balaji, L. Cinquini, C. DeLuca, P. Edwards, C. Jablonowski, I. Overeem, R. Rood, Poster presented at the Fall CIRES Rendezvous, Boulder, CO, 2 May, 2013
“The Earth System CoG Collaboration Environment”, S. Murphy, V. Balaji, L. Cinquini, C. DeLuca, P. Edwards, C. Jablonowski, I. Overeem, R. Rood, Poster presented at the Fall AGU Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 5-7 December, 2012
“The Earth System CoG Collaboration Environment”, S. Murphy, C. DeLuca, and L. Cinquini, Ocean Sciences, Salt Lake City, UT, 19-23 February, 2012
“The Earth System CoG Collaboration Environment”, S. Murphy, C. DeLuca, and L. Cinquini, Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS) Meeting, Boulder, CO 9 February, 2012
“The Impact of the Earth System Curator Project on the CMIP5 Model Metadata Discovery and Display”, S. Murphy and C. DeLuca, NOAA SEE Meeting, Boulder, CO, 27 September, 2011
“Metadata and Associated Tools for the 5th Coupled Model Intercomparison Project”, S. Callahan and S. Murphy, CISL Seminar, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder CO, 29 August, 2011
“Building a Scientific Workspace Environment for Collaborative Analysis of Climate Data”, L. Cinquini, C. DeLuca, and S. Murphy, GO-ESSP Workshop, Asheville, NC, 13 May, 2011
“Semantic Technologies in the Earth System Curator Project”, V. Balaji, S. Murphy, C. DeLuca, H. Wilcox, Climate Knowledge Discovery Workshop, Hamburg Germany, March 30, 2011
“Earth System Curator and the Model Metadata Discovery and Display for CMIP5”, S. Murphy, C. DeLuca, and H. Wilcox, Metafor Dissemination Meeting, Abingdon UK, March 14, 2011
“Introduction to the Earth System Curator Project”, S. Murphy, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, March 10, 2011
“End-to-End Workflows for Coupled Climate and Hydrological Modeling”, K. Saint and S. Murphy, iEMSs 2010, Ottawa Canada, July 5-8, 2010
“Implementation of CMIP5 Metadata in the ESG Gateway”, S. Murphy, C. DeLuca, L. Cinquini, J. Chanstang, D. Middleton, and V. Balaji, Supercomputing 2009, Portland, OR, November 17-19, 2009.
“Implementation of CMIP5 Metadata in the ESG Gateway”, S. Murphy, C. DeLuca, L. Cinquini, J. Chanstang, D. Middleton, and V. Balaji, GO-ESSP, Hamburg, Germany, October 7, 2009
“CCSM Metadata for IPCC AR5”, S. Murphy, Community Climate System Model Annual Meeting (Software Engineering Working Group), Breckenridge, CO, June 16-19, 2009
“Towards CCSM Self-Describing Workflows,” U. Turuncoglu, S. Murphy, and C. DeLuca, Poster presented at the Community Climate System Model 14th Annual Workshop, Breckenridge, CO, June 15-18, 2009.
“ESMF and Curator: A Comprehensive Approach to Model Metadata”, S. Murphy, ESMF Advisory Board Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 17, 2008.
“ESMF and the Future of End-to-End Modeling”, S. Murphy, International Conference on High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis; Austin, Texas, November 15-21, 2008
“Application of RDF-OWL in the ESG Ontology”, S. Murphy, 2008 GO-ESSP Meeting, Seattle, WA, September 17-18, 2008
“Earth System Curator”, S. Murphy, NCAR Advanced Study Program Colloquium: Numerical Techniques for Global Atmospheric Models, Boulder, CO June 1-13, 2008.
“Metadata Support for Model Intercomparison Projects”, S. Murphy, Community Climate System Model Annual Meeting (Software Engineering Working Group), Breckenridge, CO, June 17-19, 2008
“Documenting and Comparing Models Using Earth System Curator”, S. Murphy, 7th Annual ESMF Community Meeting, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, May 28-30, 2008.
“ESMF Usability and Training”, S. Murphy, Battlespace Environments Institute Technical Review Meeting, Boulder, CO, May 7, 2008
“ESMF and the Transformation of Earth System Modeling”, S. Murphy, Computing in Atmospheric Sciences, Annecy, France, September 10-13, 2007
“Metadata Harvesting: Problems and Solutions”, S. Murphy, Department of Energy Interlab 2005, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington, December, 14-16, 2005.
“CCSM Scripts Tutorial”, M. Vertenstein, S. Murphy, B. Kauffman, 5th Annual Community Climate System Model Workshop, Sante Fe, NM, 7-9 July, 2004
“Tour of the Web-Based CCSM Support Network (data processing and visualization)”, 5th Annual Community Climate System Model Workshop, Breckenridge, CO, 27-29 June, 2000
“CCSM Data Processing and Visualization Tools”, S. Murphy and D. Shea, 5th Annual Community Climate System Model Workshop, Breckenridge, CO, 27-29 June, 2000
“Presentation and Discussion of the Component Model Processing Suite (CMPS)”, S. Murphy, 4th Annual Climate System Model Workshop, Breckenridge, CO, June 22-24, 1999
“Component Model Processing Suite (CMPS). S. Murphy, Community Climate System Model Scientific Steering Committee Meeting, Breckenridge, CO, June 21, 1999.
“The Sensitivity of a Coastal Oceanographic Model to Wind Forcing”, S. Murphy and T. Keen, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 6-10, 1998.
“Temporal Interpolation Error in Tidal Boundary Conditions”, S. Murphy and T. Keen, American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, Boston, MA May 26-29, 1998.
“Spatial and Temporal Sedimentation Patterns in Event Beds”, S. Murphy, T. Keen, and S. Glenn, Ocean Sciences Meeting, San Diego, CA, February 13-19, 1998.
“The Connectivity of Mesoscale Variability in the Caribbean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico”, S. Murphy and H. Hurlburt, Ocean Sciences, San Diego, CA, February 12-16, 1996.
“A Nested Model of the Nearshore Middle-Atlantic Bight” S. Murphy and T. Keen, American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, Baltimore, MD, May 20-24, 1996
“Mesoscale Variability in the Caribbean in Response to an Intradecadal Cycle”, S. Murphy, H. Hurlburt, and J. O'Brien, Data Assimilation and Model Evaluation Experiment-North Atlantic Basin Information Exchange Meeting, Miami, FL, March 1995.
“An Investigation of Caribbean Mesoscale Variability Utilizing NRL Global Ocean Model Data”, S. Murphy, H. Hurlburt, and J. O'Brien, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Chapman Conference on the Circulation of the Intra-Americas Sea, La Parguera, Puerto Rico, 22-26 January, 1995
Army Legion of Merit
Army Commendation Medal
Promoted to Colonel, US Army
Special Recognition Award, Computational and Informational Systems Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Meritorious Service Medal
Special Achievement Award, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Army Meritorious Service Medal
Performance Award, Naval Research Laboratory
Commander Joint Typhoon Warning Center Letter of Commendation for Contributions to Operational Efficiency
Commander Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region Eight Letter of Commendation for Superior Performance
Navy Achievement Medal
Commander Naval Oceanography Command Letter of Commendation for Superior Performance in the Wake of Typhoon Omar
Department of Commerce Certificate of Excellence for Public Environmental Support