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logo: NOAA2nd NOAA User Workshop on the
Global Precipitation Measurement
(GPM) Missions

29 November - 1 December 2011

Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center
University of Maryland Research Park (M-Square)
5825 University Research Court
College Park, MD


Group Photo: GPM 2011 Attendees

Group Photo: GPM 2011 Attendees - Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Meeting Objectives

This three-day meeting, co-sponsored by NESDIS/STAR and NWS/OHD, will follow up on the highly successful first workshop in August 2010 and will focus on user applications of GPM-era data and products. The meeting will be organized around the five high level recommendations from the first workshop with anticipated outcomes for each topic as follows:

1. How can NOAA prepare for and accelerate the use of GPM data?
Expected outcome:
An action plan that utilizes existing and planned NOAA test beds and defines a NOAA GPM proving ground.
2. How can NOAA enhance its R&D and encourage scientific and technological innovation to maximize use of GPM-era data?
Expected outcome:
A prioritized list and action plan of envisioned R&D which will utilize GPM-era data
3. How can NOAA develop synergy with other existing and developing programs that are likely to have budgets over the next five years?
Expected outcomes:
Identify linkages to major NOAA LO programs related to hydrology and their associated observing systems and a set of specific actions to get them engaged with GPM. Preliminary draft plan for the proposed "One-NOAA-One Precipitation" project
4. What is the path forward to provide GPM-era data operationally at NOAA with minimal data latency and in the necessary format?
Expected outcome:
A clear definition of the full spectrum of user needs in terms of both the continuity of current data products and potential products from GPM-era sensors.
5. How can NOAA integrate GPM-era satellite data into "merged" products (e.g., Q2, CMORPH, etc.) and move toward a "One NOAA" suite of precipitation products?
Expected outcome:
An action plan describing how GPM data could be utilized for multi-sensor precipitation estimation and the anticipated benefit to current NOAA precipitation product(s)
map: location of ESSIC in College Park, MD

Intended Participants:

Current and future users of satellite based precipitation and water cycle products and radiance data from government, private sector and academia.

For more information, contact the workshop organizers:

If you are interested in attending, please contact Ralph Ferraro at