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JCSDA News Items - 2014

JCSDA 2015 Federal Funding Opportunity, Deadline Extended

The deadline for the JCSDA 2015 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) has been extended from January 15, 2014 to January 26, 2014. The call is for proposals for scientific projects in a variety of areas related to satellite data assimilation, including cloudy/rainy radiance data assimilation, optimization of satellite data assimilation, and improvement of the Community Radiative Transfer Model (CRTM). Applicants are encouraged to submit letters of intent. For more information, please see the full FFO.

Dr. Hendrik Tolman Named to the JCSDA Executive Team

photo: Dr. Hendrik Tolman11.11.2014

The JCSDA Management Oversight Board announced the nomination and unanimous approval of Dr. Hendrik Tolman to serve as the JCSDA Associate Director for the NWS. Dr. Tolman has also been very recently appointed as the new director of the NCEP/EMC. Prior to that, Dr. Tolman served as the Branch Chief of the Marine Modeling and Analysis Branch (MMAB) of the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) of NCEP.

Please join us in congratulating Hendrik!

JCSDA Partner Activities Toward the Assimilation of GPM Observations: GPM Data Assimilation Status and Plans: Update from NASA/GMAO

Scientists at the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center are investigating the assimilation of Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) Microwave Imager (GMI) radiance measurements. Current efforts are expanding the all-sky (clear, cloudy, and precipitating) data assimilation methodology under development in the GSI system while also determining how the system is reacting to the assimilation of only clear-sky observations. The ultimate goal is to routinely assimilate these data to improve weather forecasts including severe storms and hurricanes as well as to improve global cloud and precipitation analyses.


JCSDA 2015 Federal Funding Opportunity

The JCSDA is calling for proposals for scientific projects in a variety of areas related to satellite data assimilation, including cloudy/rainy radiance data assimilation, optimization of satellite data assimilation, and improvement of the Community Radiative Transfer Model (CRTM). The potential of the proposed effort to improve the U.S. operational system's forecasts skill will be key in evaluating proposals. Applicants are encouraged to submit letters of intent. For more information, see the full Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO).


Colonel Robert T. Swanson, Jr. Appointed to the Management Oversight Board for the JCSDA

Robert Swanson 10.2014
Colonel Robert "Rob" Swanson is Chief, Weather Strategic Plans and Interagency Integration Division, Directorate of Weather, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. The Division plans weather, climate and space environmental support for the Air Force Weather functional area and oversees integration of technology and weather into C4I and modeling systems.

Colonel Swanson earned his commission through the Airman Education and Commissioning Program graduating Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M University. He enjoys a diverse background that includes prior enlisted time, two Air Force Institute of Technology tours culminating in MS and PhD degrees, joint, coalition and special operations assignments, and a series of rigorous leadership, scientific, teaching and staff positions.

While deployed to Afghanistan as the Chief Meteorological Officer for the International Security Assistance Force, Colonel Swanson led 170 international troops across 58 locations delivering expert weather support enabling over 42,000 sorties, 700 ground ops and 1,000 troops in contact events in support of Operation HAMKARI - the largest/most decisive surge to date. While there, he was hand-picked to lead the Secretary of Defense's $850M Persistent Surveillance Systems Operation ENDURING FREEDOM deployment.

Previously, as the Commander of the 607th Weather Squadron in the Republic of Korea, he led combined weather operations during north Korea nuclear and missile tests/crises. As executive officer to the PACAF Director of Operations, he led support for tsunami-ravaged Indonesia and south Asia.

Finally, as Director of Operations for the 17th Operational Weather Squadron he led the unit to full operational capability while supporting vital Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM missions, presidential and Secretary of Defense support, typhoon evacuation, as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission support across the entire Pacific Command.

Commander Nick Vincent Named Chairman of the Management Oversight Board for the JCSDA

Nick Vincent 8.2014
Nick joined the Navy as a Special Duty Oceanography Officer in 1994 after graduating from Texas A&M University at Galveston with a B.S. in Marine Science. After tours of duty at the Naval Oceanographic Office at Stennis Space Center, MS and at the Naval Atlantic Meteorology and Oceanography Facility in Jacksonville, FL, Nick earned his M.S. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography in 2003 and his Ph.D. in Meteorology, in 2006, from the Naval Postgraduate School. During his graduate work, he specialized in aerosol optical depth retrievals from high resolution commercial satellite imagery. After graduate school, Nick served as the Ship's Meteorologist aboard the aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, as well as tours back at Stennis Space Center with the Fleet Survey Team and on the staff of the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. Following staff duty, Nick served as Commanding Officer of the Naval Oceanography Antisubmarine Warfare Center in Yokosuka, Japan, providing oceanographic support to Navy ship in the Western Pacific, as well as weather support coordination for Commander, Naval Forces Japan. In 2013, Nick reported to the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy as the Deputy Technical Director and was appointed to the JCSDA Management Oversight Board, and, most recently, relieved Dr. Bob Atlas as the Chairman of the Management Oversight Board in June 2014.

GSI Goes Operational
at the Air Force Weather Agency

The Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA) has been utilizing the Weather Research & Forecasting (WRF) model as its numerical weather prediction model of choice since 2007. From the first operational WRF model run, AFWA has employed the three- dimensional variational analysis (3DVAR) data assimilation (DA) system developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to produce the initial conditions for the forecast model. In 2012, AFWA began preparing its infrastructure to transition its DA system to the Gridpoint Statistical Interpolation (GSI) DA system developed at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) and used operationally in their suite of models. AFWA's Initial Operational Capability (IOC) was met when the first operational domain began using GSI in July 2013. By the end of 2013, all of AFWA's regional modeling efforts had transitioned to GSI.


A Near Real-Time Regional Satellite Data Assimilation System for High Impact Weather Research and Forecasts

Under the NOAA JPSS, GOES-R and JCSDA support, scientists from the Cooperative Institute of Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have recently developed a near real time (NRT) regional Satellite Data Assimilation system for Tropical storm forecasts (SDAT). The purpose of SDAT is primarily to demonstrate the use of JPSS and GOES-R observations toward forecast improvement of these high impact weather events.


Dr. Nancy L. Baker Named Associate Director for Navy for the JCSDA

Nancy Baker 3.2014
Dr. Baker joined the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Marine Meteorology Division (MMD) in Monterey, CA in 1985 and has been Data Assimilation Section Head since 2004. Dr. Baker received her B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from Oregon State University in 1981, her M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington in 1985 and her Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2000. Dr. Baker is an internationally recognized expert in the assimilation of atmospheric data into Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models. Her specialties are very broad, and include many aspects of data assimilation; including both 3D and 4DVar, and hybrid ensemble-variational assimilation. As head of the Data Assimilation Section, she led NRL's program to develop, implement, and refine the Navy's operational data assimilation systems NAVDAS, NAVDAS-AR and COAMPS-AR. The adjoint-based observational impact technique she co-developed has been adopted at several NWP centers. She led the Division's efforts to assimilate various satellite sensor observations, such as AMSU-A, SSMIS, MHS, IASI, AIRS, GNSS, MODIS AOD, and WindSat, into Navy operational DA systems. Recently, her group successfully developed the capability for the Navy to assimilate NPP SUOMI data.

Dr. Baker has served as a member of the American Meteorological Society Committee on "Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography," and as a committee member for National Academy Panel "NOAA's Role in Space- Based Global Precipitation Estimation and Application." She has served as a research advisor for both the National Research Council and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). She has been a Technical liaison for the Navy to the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation since 2002.

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