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Summary of 10th JCSDA Workshop on Satellite Data Assimilation

photo: JCSDA 10th Workshop Group Photo from October 2012
Participants at JCSDA 10th Annual Science Workshop

October 10 - 12, 2012,         5830 University Research Court, College Park, Maryland 20740


More than 130 scientists from the JCSDA and its academic and private sector partners, including principal investigators, program managers and JCSDA management/staff, participated in the 10th Annual JCSDA Workshop on Satellite Data Assimilation, at NOAA's new Center for Weather and Climate Prediction on the research campus of the University of Maryland in College Park, October 10 - 12, 2012. The plenary sessions were held in the building's magnificent new auditorium with its state-of-the-art audio-visual and connectivity infrastructure.

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 Joint Center supports scientific development work with proposal-based, internally directed funds as well as with external grants awarded via a competitive process open to the broader scientific community. In addition, JCSDA individual partners undertake their own research contributing to the Center's objectives.

Dr. Louis Uccellini, Director, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction, welcomed the participants on behalf of the Center's Management Oversight Board. In the first session of the workshop, JCSDA Director Riishojgaard presented an overall program update and overview, in which he highlighted the Center's recent accomplishments, current activities, and future plans. A significant achievement during the past year was the operational implementation of the assimilation system for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sensor on the Suomi National Polar Partnership (NPP) satellite only seven months after its launch. Dr. Riishojgaard also highlighted the increasing use by JCSDA investigators of the Center's computers at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Wisconsin.

Focusing on topics related to the Center's scientific priority areas, the plenary session subjects covered: Radiative Transfer Modeling and Validation, Assimilation of Data from Advanced Sensors, Cloud and Precipitation Data Assimilation, Land Data Assimilation, Ocean Data Assimilation, Regional Data Assimilation, OSSEs and OSEs, and Atmospheric Composition. The workshop included 32 oral presentations and 22 poster papers. In the final plenary, breakout group chairs summarized issues and recommendations for their scientific areas to Joint Center management. Copies of the oral presentations and poster papers are all posted online


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