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JCSDA: 8th Workshop on Satellite Data Assimilation - May 4-5, 2010
Group Photo of attendees at the JCSDA 2010 Workshop, May 2010
Some 100 scientists, representatives of JCSDA partner agencies, program managers, and JCSDA management/staff participated in the 8th Annual JCSDA Workshop on Satellite Data Assimilation, held at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, May 4 -5, 2010. The purpose of these annual workshops is to review the ongoing and planned scientific development sponsored by the Center, and to plan and coordinate future efforts. The JCSDA supports scientific development work with proposal-based, internally directed funds as well as with external grants awarded via a competitive Federally Funding Opportunity open to the broader scientific community. In addition, JCSDA individual partners undertake their own research that overlaps with JCSDA objectives.
In the first session, Director Riishojgaard presented a JCSDA Program Update and Overview, in which he highlighted progress in the development and planning of satellite data assimilation systems. Representatives of the JCSDA partner agencies then reviewed recent accomplishments at their organizations, and Chairs of the JCSDA Working Groups presented their respective progress reports.
The second and third sessions featured 36 oral and poster presentations by JCSDA investigators, related to all science priority areas (radiative transfer, advanced sensors assimilation, clouds and precipitation, land data assimilation, ocean data assimilation and atmospheric composition).
Session four consisted of breakout group discussions centered around the JCSDA science priority areas. In the final plenary, breakout group chairs summarized issues and recommendations to JCSDA management for their scientific areas. Copies of the oral presentations, poster papers, and breakout group summary reports from the workshop are all posted online. They can be downloaded from the Agenda links at right.
The purpose of the JCSDA Science Workshop is to review the ongoing and planned scientific development sponsored by the NASA-NOAA-DOD Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA), and to plan and coordinate future efforts. The JCSDA has the following six scientific priority areas:
The JCSDA supports scientific development work in these areas with proposal-based, internally directed funds (JSDI) as well as with external grants awarded via a competitive Federally Funding Opportunity (FFO) open to the broader scientific community. In addition, JCSDA individual partners undertake their own research that overlaps with JCSDA objectives. It is important that all these efforts be complementary and coordinated. The JCSDA science workshop aims at facilitating this coordination. At the JCSDA Science Workshop, JCSDA Principal Investigators are expected to report on progress and participate in discussions about the progress and plans of the Joint Center. In order to create open forums for scientific collaboration between the JCSDA partners and improve the links to the external investigators, JCSDA Working Groups have been formed in a number of areas, including radiative transfer modeling, hyperspectral IR sounding, microwave sensors, air-quality and oceans. Brief overviews of the current status of the scientific work within the various Working Groups will be provided by the respective co-chairs.
There is no registration fee to attend the JCSDA science workshop. Online registration has closed; if you would like to register late to attend, send an e-mail to Sid.Boukabara@noaa.gov. This will allow us to plan the agenda and to ensure that the facilities are adequate. Participants should send their names, e-mail addresses, affiliations, and whether they will have a presentation. In case a presentation is planned, authors should indicate a title, and specify if an oral presentation is preferred or a poster.
Registration is requested by April 16th, 2010.
Organization of the Workshop
In order to provide adequate visibility to both management-level presentations from the JCSDA partners and to contributed material, more time will be devoted to plenary and poster sessions, and the break-out sessions will be limited to relatively short group discussions of the plans and progress for the six science priority areas.