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Satellite Hyperspectral Sensor Workshop


March 29-31, 2011


NOAA, NASA and EUMETSAT, the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites

The NOAA, NASA and EUMETSAT Satellite Hyperspectral Sensor Workshop was held in Miami, Virginia Key, Florida, U.S., March 29 - 31, 2011. The workshop explored existing and future satellite-borne Fourier transform (FTS) interferometers and grating spectrometers, and their applications to greenhouse gas (e.g. carbon dioxide-CO2 and methane-CH4) monitoring, atmospheric chemistry, and weather forecasting.


This meeting is over and registration is closed.

Workshop Organizers

Dr. Mitch Goldberg
NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, Chief, Satellite Meteorology and Climatology
Dr. Robert Atlas
NOAA OAR, Director, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorology Laboratory (AOML)
Mr. Roger Heymann, PE
NOAA NESDIS Office of Systems Development
Advanced Satellite Planning and Technology, Senior Engineering Staff
Dr. Chris Barnet
Team Lead - hyperspectral sensing, climate/carbon issues, Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division
Dr. Ken Jucks
Program Manager for the Upper Atmosphere Research Program (UARP), NASA Headquarters
Dr. Rosemarie Munro
EUMETSAT, Germany, atmospheric chemistry

Submission of Presentation Files

Meeting agenda and presentation files.

photo: Moustafa ChahineWorkshop Dedicated to the Memory of
Dr. Moustafa Chahine

The Satellite Hyperspectral Sensor Workshop was dedicated to our colleague and friend Dr. Moustafa Chahine, who was a Science Team Leader for NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS). Dr. Chahine passed away on March 24, 2011. Read more about his career and work.



photo: Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of MiamiUniversity of Miami -
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Studies
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
(located on Virginia Key)
Miami, Florida

The Workshop was held at the University of Miami (UM), Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) in Miami, Virginia Key, Florida, in its auditorium.

RSMAS's campus is adjacent to and just across the Rickenbacker causeway road from the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic Meteorology Laboratory (AOML), the workshop host and is located on Virginia Key. RSMAS's auditorium address is: 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, Florida (FL), 33149. The University of Miami is a private university with RSMAS as one of the U.S.'s premier centers of oceanographic research and education.

Social Activities:

Tuesday, March 29 - Meet & Greet: was held at the Courtyard Marriott of Coconut Grove after the last talk on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. The Courtyard Marriott of Coconut Grove is located at 2649 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, Florida, a short ride from the Rosenstiel School.

photo: Rusty Pelican in MiamiWednesday, March 30 - Group Dinner: A Hyperspectral Workshop group dinner, self-funded with each individual paying, was held Wednesday night, March 30 at The Rusty Pelican, a nearby restaurant overlooking Key Biscayne Bay/Virginia Key. About 50 participated. The dinner was open to all workshop attendees and their guests.

Participating Organizations

The Hyperspectral Workshop was organized by staff of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - two U.S. Federal government agencies, and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), representing 26 member states.

This workshop has grown into a multi-national government collaboration including participation by:


  • SPECAT/ULB-Spectroscopie de l'Atmosphere, Université Libre de Bruxelles


  • National Institute for Space Research - Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais-INPE
  • Center for Weather Forecasts and Climate Studies - CPTEC
  • Numa-UFPa


  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Environment Canada


  • Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES)
  • Laboratoire des Sciences de Climat et de l'Environment
  • LMD Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique
  • LATMOS-Institut Pierre Simon Laplace


  • Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie on behalf of ESA
  • University of Bremen, Institute of Environmental Physics on behalf of EUMETSAT


  • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

United Kingdom

  • Met Office