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Photo: Hurricane Igor, 2010JCSDA-HFIP Workshop on Satellite Data Assimilation for Hurricane Forecasting

December 2-3, 2010

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML)
Miami, FL

Meeting Agenda

Introduction and Purpose

The primary goals of NOAA’s Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project are "to improve the accuracy and reliability of hurricane forecasts; to extend lead time for hurricane forecasts with increased certainty; and to increase confidence in hurricane forecasts".

The Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation has as its primary objective to increase and improve the utilization of satellite data and related research in operational environmental assimilation and prediction applications. Helping to improve the overall quality of US Numerical Weather Prediction has been singled out as the primary short- term goal of JCSDA. This is aligned with the primary goals of HFIP since improvements in hurricane track and intensity forecasts are among the most important results of progress in NWP from a societal benefits point of view.

In order to review the current status of satellite data assimilation specifically in the context of hurricane prediction, JCSDA and HFIP will host a workshop at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) facility on Virginia Key in Miami on Dec 2- 3, 2010. The Workshop will be tasked with generating a written record of the review, and one of the outcomes will be a set of recommendations to HFIP on future research and development directions specifically concerning the use of satellite data.


The Workshop format will include sessions structured along the following general topics: (i) Data assimilation systems currently used for hurricane prediction, (ii) Satellite data currently used for hurricane prediction, and (iii) Identification of current shortfalls and strategies and directions for closing them. Each session will feature invited presentations and ample time for discussion will be included. A fourth session will consist of working group discussions aimed at developing recommendations for future satellite data assimilation activities in support of hurricane forecasting. These will be included in the Final Report from the Workshop compiled by the Organizing Committee.

Organizing committee:

Participation and Registration:

The workshop is aimed at representatives from both research and operational organizations within the satellite data, numerical weather prediction and hurricane forecast communities.

Participation in the Workshop is by invitation only. Interested individuals can request an invitation by contacting one of the members of the Organizing Committee listed above. It will be possible for a limited number of non-attendees to follow the presentations remotely. Please contact for information on how to gain access to GoTo Meeting.

Venue and Logistics

The meeting will be held at the AOML facility on Virginia Key in Miami, FL (note that in case of larger than anticipated interest, the Workshop may be moved to an alternate, nearby venue).

There is no registration fee. A nominal daily fee will be charged to cover refreshments, coffee, lunch, etc.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the US Government rate at the JW Marriott Hotel on 1109 Brickell Avenue, Miami. For instructions on how to obtain the group rate, please contact:

Early reservations are encouraged. Once the original block of rooms has been sold out, the organizers will attempt to secure additional lodging at per diem rate. However, we have no guarantees that this will be possible.

An updated version of this flyer and other available information about the Workshop can be found on the Joint Center homepage:

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