Welcome to the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA)
Group photo from the 15th Annual JCSDA Science Workshop
6th AMS Symposium on the JCSDA
8-11 January 2018 - The Symposium was organized under the leadership of the JCSDA's Jim Yoe and conducted as an integral component of the 98th Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Organized into 4 topical sessions featuring a total of 20 oral presentations and 12 posters, the Symposium benefited from being scheduled at the peak of the Annual Meeting, with strong attendance and informal discussions that carried on over to supper and into the way late evening hours on Wednesday, January 10. Presentations and posters were offered by staff and contractors of the JCSDA partner agencies, the academic community, and by international representatives.
Jeff Cetola (USAF) and Jim Yoe (NCEP) cochaired the opening session, which featured six talks on the assimilation of Satellite Data to Improve the Forecasts of Land Surfaces, Oceans, and Air Quality. Another session, chaired by Will McCarty and Krishna Kumar, was devoted to the Development of Innovative Methods for Assimilating Satellite Observations in Environmental Analyses and Prediction, with emphasis on the evolution of the JEDI and the CRTM. Two more sessions, co-chaired by Kathryn Shontz, Tom Auligne, and John LeMarshall, featured impact assessments of assorted satellite observations in a variety of NWP systems. These included an invited keynote presentation by Florence Rabier on the ECMWF.
The JCSDA Symposium again cosponsored the Student Reception in Satellite Meteorology on the evening of Monday, January 8. This provided an excellent opportunity to meet and interact with students during the ‚ÄúSpeed Mentoring‚ÄĚ exercise, and to publicize the upcoming JCSDA Summer Colloquium for graduate students and early post-docs. Planning is already underway AMS Symposium on the JCSDA is currently being organized for the 99th Annual Meeting of the AMS in Phoenix, Arizona in January 2019.
First CRTM User and Developer Workshop
16 May 2017 - The First Community Radiative Transfer Model (CRTM) User and Developer Workshop took place May 16 at the National Center for Weather and Climate Prediction Center (NCWCP) in College Park, MD. This half-day event was intended as the first in an annual series of workshops on all things CRTM.
The workshop was divided into two sections, covering both use and development of CRTM. In the user section, 27 in-person participants came from a broad range of academia, operational centers, and federal research facilities all around the country. An additional 10 people participated online. The following topics were introduced through a series of 20- to 25- minute presentations/tutorials.
The second half of the workshop was aimed at CRTM developers, with a specific focus on improving its underlying scientific and technical basis as well as providing background on tools used to develop and release CRTM. This part of the workshop was attended by 40 people, with approximately 10 online participants. During the workshop, we identified several key goals for the future of CRTM: focusing on improving scientific accuracy and capabilities, performance optimizations, the development of user and developer toolsets, documentation and tutorial creation, and improved developer interaction with the CRTM team.
For the next CRTM User Developer Workshop we plan to create a series of tutorials to let attendees work through common use cases and allow developers to work with experts to learn how to modify and update CRTM in a consistent fashion. By this time, we also expect to have released a series of toolsets that enable users and developers to get the most out of CRTM. The CRTM team and the JCSDA would like to thank all the participants and tutors who made this workshop a success. If you'd like to keep up with regular developments of the CRTM, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to join the bi-weekly CRTM teleconference, where we discuss a wide range of scientific and technical issues.