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2018 STAR Seminars

This page lists past seminars and presentations by STAR scientists and visiting scientists. These seminars include the STAR Science Forum and similar events. Presentation materials for seminars will be provided when available.

All seminar times are given in Eastern Time

January 15, 2018

Title: STAR 2018 AMS Presentation Summaries
Presenter(s): All STAR Scientists and Contractors who participated at AMS 2018 in Austin, TX
Date & Time: January 15, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET
Location: Online
Description:

STAR Science Seminars

Speakers: All STAR Scientists and Contractors who participated at AMS 2018 in Austin, TX

Sponsor: STAR Science Seminars / summary coordinated by Ralph Ferraro

Summary slides:
https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/star/documents/seminardocs/2018/AMSSummary20180214.pdf

April 30, 2018

Title: Machine Learning in Operational Remote Sensing
Presenter(s): Dr.-Ing. Diego Loyola
German Aerospace Center - DLR
Date & Time: April 30, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET
Location: Conference Room # 2552-2553 , NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, 5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD
Description:

STAR Science Seminars

Presenter:
Dr.-Ing. Diego Loyola
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Remote Access:

WebEx:
Monday, April 30, 2018 11:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Event number: 995 559 474
Event password: STAR
Event address for attendees:
https://star-nesdis-noaa.webex.com/star-nesdis-noaa/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2782d756fcae9a0874f485ff165d190b

Audio:
Tel:866-832-9297
Participant code: 6070416

June 21, 2018

Title: STAR / NWS Seminar on Use of Satellite Data in Operational Forecasting
Presenter(s): Alek Krautmann, NESDIS, Jennifer Vogtmiller, NWS, Christopher Gitro, NWS, Michael Jurewicz, NWS, Tim Schmit, STAR, Deb Molenar, STAR, Bill Line, NWS
Date & Time: June 21, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
Location: Auditorium, NCWCP, 5830 University Research Ct, College Park, MD 20740
Description:

STAR / NWS Seminar

Speakers: Multiple, see detailed agenda below

Sponsors: STAR and NWS; contact for queries is Ana.Carrion@NOAA.gov

Remote Access: Remote access via Webex

Webex Event address for attendees:
https://star-nesdis-noaa.webex.com/star-nesdis-noaa/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed752b41af9f3bd0c1794ad4e5a0ef7e0

Event number: 998 598 693

Event password: STAR


Conference Dial-In Number:

US:      866-832-9297
Int'l:     203-566-7610

Passcode:  6070416

Talk Schedule
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9:00 - 9:15 AM EDT
Opening Remarks - Harry Cikanek (Director, Center for Satellite Applications and Research - STAR)

9:15 - 9:45 AM EDT
Introduction to the NWS Operations - Alek Krautmann - (NESDIS Program Coordination Officer)

9:45 - 10:00 AM EDT
Break

10:00 - 10:45 AM EDT
Satellite Data during Severe Weather Ops - Jennifer VogtMiller (General Forecaster/ Satellite Focal - Weather Forecast Office, (WFO) Albany, NWS)

10:45 - 11:15 AM EDT
Discussion

11:15 - 12:00 PM EDT
Satellite Data in Operations - Christopher Gitro (Lead Forecaster/Satellite Focal WFO Kansas City, NWS) / Michael Jurewicz (Lead Forecaster/Satellite Focal WFO Binghamton, NWS)

12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT
Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT
Vision - Distance Learning Capabilities - Tim Schmit - Satellite Research Meteorologist (STAR & ASPB)

2:00 - 2:15 PM EDT
Break

2:15 - 3:00 PM EDT
AWIPS Access - SET/ABI - Deb Molenar - IT Specialist (STAR)

3:00 - 3:30 PM EDT
Discussion

3:30 - 3:45 PM EDT
Break

3:45 - 4:15 PM EDT
Satellite Liaison - Bill Line (Meteorologist/WFO Pueblo, NWS)

4:15 - 5:00 PM EDT
Path Forward/Discussion - Harry Cikanek (Director, Center for Satellite Applications and Research - STAR)

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July 18, 2018

Title: NESDIS snowfall rate product and assessment in NWS Forecast Offices
Presenter(s): Huan Meng, NESDIS/Center for Satellite Applications and Research, and Kristopher White, NWS/Huntsville, AL Weather Forecast Office and NASA/MSFC/Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center
Date & Time: July 18, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET
Location: Room 2554-2555, NCWCP, 5830 University Research Ct, College Park, MD 20740, USA
Description:

STAR Seminar Series

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series

Speakers: Huan Meng, NESDIS/Center for Satellite Applications and Research, and Kristopher White, NWS/Huntsville, AL Weather Forecast Office and NASA/MSFC/Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center

Sponsor: NOAA NESDIS STAR

Host and contact: Ralph.R.Ferraro@noaa.gov

Remote Access:

Webex - event address for attendees: https://star-nesdis-noaa.webex.com/star-nesdis-noaa/onstage/g.php?MTID=e6264cd9de7be3b4177ecc46f0791645e

Event number: 991 988 937

Event password: STAR

Audio:

Conference #:  1-888-396-1320

Passcode: 9371952

Presentation Slides:
https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/star/documents/seminardocs/2018/Meng20180718.pdf


Abstract:
An over land snowfall rate (SFR) product has been produced operationally at NOAA/NESDIS since 2012. The product utilizes the passive microwave measurements from the ATMS sensor aboard S-NPP and NOAA-20, and from AMSU and MHS sensor pair aboard the Polar Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) operated by NOAA and EUMETSAT. Recently, SFR product has also been developed for SSMIS aboard the DMSP satellites and for GMI aboard NASA's GPM core satellite. The SFR algorithm consists of two components: snowfall detection and snowfall rate estimation. Both components mainly rely on the high frequencies at and above 88/89 GHz due to their sensitivity to solid precipitation. The snowfall detection component is a statistical algorithm that optimally combines snowfall probabilities derived from a satellite-based module and a numerical weather prediction model-based module. The snowfall rate component is a physical, 1DVAR-based algorithm. The SFR product has been validated extensively against gauge observations and radar snowfall rate estimates with satisfactory results. As part of a project supported by the JPSS Proving Ground and Risk Reduction program, the SFR product retrieved from eight satellites was also evaluated at some NWS Weather Forecast Offices in winter 2017-2018. NWS meteorologists evaluated and provided feedback regarding the SFR product suite via an online survey, emails and a webinar. Evaluation results affirmed operational utility of the SFR product, especially as it pertains to the analysis and forecast of snowfall rates in regions that lack necessary radar and in-situ observations. Some data issues were also discovered and addressed during the evaluation period, highlighting the positive aspects of the intensive assessment process, which fosters direct interaction between product developers and end-users. Conclusions and recommendations for future iterations of the SFR product will also be discussed.

About the Speakers:

Huan Meng:

Huan Meng received her MS in Physical Oceanography from the Florida State University in
1993, and her PhD in Hydrology from the Colorado State University in 2004. She supported
STAR as a contractor between 1999 and 2006 and then joined STAR as a federal employee. Her
research interest is in the development of passive microwave products. She has received two
NOAA group bronze medals. One of them was for developing NOAA's first operational
snowfall rate product.

Kristopher White:

Mr. White received his B.S. in Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma in 2002. After graduation, Mr. White worked at the Reagan Missile Test Site on the Kwajalein Atoll, serving as lead mission meteorologist for several test missions, including introductory SpaceX launch tests.
Mr. White entered the National Weather Service (NWS) in Duluth, Minnesota in 2006, and was later promoted to journey and then lead meteorologist at the NWS office in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2011, Mr. White was promoted to Applications Integration Meteorologist, serving both as a lead meteorologist and principal liaison between the NWS and the NASA SPoRT program.

August 30, 2018

Title: Spaceborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) in Tropical Cyclone Monitoring
Presenter(s): Xiaofeng Li, NESDIS/STAR/SOCD/MECB
Date & Time: August 30, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET
Location: NOAA Central Library, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA, OAR - Library - GoToMeeting Account
Description:

OneNOAA Science Seminar

STAR Science Seminar

Seminar sponsor: NOAA Central Library


Presenter: Dr. Xiaofeng Li, GST at NOAA/NESDIS/STAR

Slides downloadable at:
https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/star/documents/seminardocs/2018/LiX_2018-SAR-Hurricane-NOAA-Seminar.pdf

Abstract: We present a suite of hurricane products (wind, wave, rain, pressure, eye location) that can be generated from the Spaceborne synthetic Aperture Radar onboard Canadian RADARSAT and ESA's Sentinel-1 satellites.

About The Speaker: Xiaofeng Li received his Ph.D. in physical oceanography from North Carolina State University in 1997. He has been supporting the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) tasks ever since. He has authored more than 130 peer-reviewed publications and edited 3 books. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing and the Ocean Section Editor-in-Chief of Remote Sensing

Remote access: Located outside Silver Spring? Please register for the webinar https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1938566935465839874
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Participants can use their telephone OR computer mic & speakers (VoIP).

Accessibility: If you would like to request an ASL interpreter in person or via webcam for an upcoming webinar, please apply through NOAA Workplace Management Office's Sign Language Interpreting Services Program.

Subscribe to the OneNOAA Science Seminar weekly email: Send an email to OneNOAAscienceseminars-request@list.woc.noaa.gov with the word 'subscribe' in the subject or body. See http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/seminars/

October 4, 2018

Title: IAC 2018 Global Technical Symposium Earth Observation Session
Presenter(s): Harry Cikanek of NESDIS/STAR
Date & Time: October 4, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm ET
Location: Conference Room # 2552-2553 , NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, 5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD
Description:

STAR Science Seminars

Presenter:
Harry Cikanek, NESDIS/STAR

Sponsor:
International Astronautical Congress

Remote Access:
If you are interested in joining the Earth Observation or other sessions remotely from other
locations (whether individually or as a group with other colleagues from your
institute), please register using the following link:
http://bit.ly/2LTz7OU
Registration is free. Upon completing your registration, you will be provided with a single
connection link which you can use to attend all of the 5 GTS sessions.

Abstract:
This year, 5 Global TechnicalSymposium (GTS) sessions will be held focusing on topics
such as Human Space Flight, Space Communication and Navigation, Small Satellite
Missions and Citizen Science in Global Earth Observation.
Of particular note to NOAA is the Earth Observation session, which will focus on citizen
science. The session will feature 6 speakers from Europe, Africa, and North America
(including our own Manoj Nair from NESDIS NCEI Boulder, Co Chair Harry Cikanek,
NESDIS STAR, co-rapporteur, NESDIS OSAAP Kate Becker) discussing various citizen
science projects and the policy implications of citizen science. The session will feature a
demonstration of CrowdMag, an app providing real-time crowd-sourced magnetic data; the
demonstration will include outputs using data gathered by those who downloaded the app
at last year's IAC.

October 10, 2018

Title: The SPOC (SPectral Ocean Color Imager) CubeSat Mission
Presenter(s): David Cotten, Research Scientist, The University of Georgia Small Satellite Research Laboratory, presenting remotely
Date & Time: October 10, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
Location: Conference Room #3555, NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, 5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD
Description:

STAR Science Seminars
with SOCD / NOAA Ocean Color Coordinating Group

Presenter:
David Cotten, Research Scientist     
The University of Georgia Small Satellite Research Laboratory
(presenting remotely)

Sponsor:

SOCD / NOAA Ocean Color Coordinating Group
The NOCCG is a NOAA organization founded in 2011 by Dr. Paul DiGiacomo, Chief of the Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division at NOAA/NESDIS/STAR.  The purpose of the NOCCG is to keep members up to date about developments in the field of satellite ocean color and connect ocean color science development with users and applications.  We have representatives from all the NOAA line offices, including National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Ocean Service, National Weather Service and from several levels of the National Environmental and Satellite Data and Information Service (where Paul is housed).  Dr. Cara Wilson of South East Fisheries Science Center is our current chair. We meet bi-weekly on Wednesday afternoons, 3 PM Eastern Time in room 3555 at the National Center for Weather and Climate Prediction building in College Park, MD with teleconferencing and Webex for out of town members and guests.  We host a guest speaker, usually about once a month.

Remote Access:
WebEx:
Event Number:    998 627 277
Password: NOCCG
Event address for attendees:
 https://star-nesdis-noaa.webex.com/star-nesdis-noaa/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3e2ab01b46387376f54953be0be5f502

Audio:  
USA participants: 866-564-7828 Passcode: 9942991

Abstract:
This work introduces the mission concept, technologies, and development status for the Spectral Ocean Color (SPOC) small satellite mission, which will use an adjustable multispectral imager to map sensitive coastal regions and off coast water quality near the state of Georgia and beyond.  SPOC is being developed by The University of Georgia's Small Satellite Research Laboratory (SSRL) with funds from NASA's Undergraduates Student Instrument Project (USIP). The project is led by undergraduates from a wide range of backgrounds and supervised by a multidisciplinary team of Principal Investigators. The mission will collect spectral data along a 300km swath using the grating spectrometer to diffract the incoming radiation into the 440-865 nm spectral range.  The resulting images will be 75 km x 300 km in size, have a 120 m spatial resolution, and a spectral resolution of 20 nm, covering 16 adjustable spectral bands.

October 18, 2018

Title: Instrument Calibration and Radiance Validation of GOES-R ABI
Presenter(s): Xiangqian "Fred" Wu of NESDIS/STAR/SMCD
Date & Time: October 18, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET
Location: Conference Room # 2552-2553 , NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, 5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD
Description:

STAR Science Seminars

Presenter:
Xiangqian "Fred" Wu of NESDIS/STAR/SMCD

Sponsor:
STAR Science Seminar Series

Remote Access:
WebEx Event Number:    994 102 241
Password: STARSeminar
Event address for attendees:
    https://star-nesdis-noaa.webex.com/star-nesdis-noaa/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea1573d2cb2ba8fa8087bdacc9ce7a9e7

Slides:
https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/star/documents/seminardocs/2018/20181018_FredWu.pptx

Audio:   USA participants: 866-832-9297
Passcode:  6070416

Abstract:
This seminar summarizes the plan, execution, and results of the instrument calibration and radiance validation for the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) onboard the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites R-Series (GOES-R). GOES-R is the new generation of NOAA's GOES that provides constant surveillance of the United States and its surrounding for the next two decades, with GOES-16 operational since December 2017 and GOES-17 to be operational in December 2018. We begin with a review of transition to Imager, the instrument for NOAA's 2nd generation of GOES, with emphasis on the technological advancement at the time that brought much improved performance to meet users' demands and calibration difficulties that challenge the instrument scientists. Some of these difficulties were anticipated, some even overly prepared, but some not so much. The transition to ABI, the key payload of NOAA's 3rd generation of GOES, resembles many of the last transition, meanwhile some new tools have become available (e.g., Global Space-based Inter-Calibration System or GSICS) or applicable (e.g., Rayleigh scattering). The GOES-R Calibration Working Group (CWG) planned and executed the ABI calibration and validation with all these considerations. We end with a summary of ABI performance.

About the Speaker:
Xiangqian (Fred) Wu leads calibration support for NOAA's operations of Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) on POES (since 2002), Imager and Sounder on GOES (since 2004), Ozone Mapper Profiler Suite (OMPS) on S-NPP (2011-2014), and Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on GOES-R (since 2014). He has been a member of the WMO-sponsored Global Space-based Inter-Calibration System (GSICS) Research Working Group since its inception in 2006, and served as its first chair.

November 7, 2018

Title: STAR Seminars - Uncertainty in the Retrieval of Coastal Aquatic Properties from Remote Sensing Imposed by Sensor Noise
Presenter(s): Dr. Steven G. Ackleson, Section Head, Oceanographer at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Date & Time: November 7, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
Location: Conference Room #3555, NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, 5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD
Description:

STAR Science Seminars
with SOCD / NOAA Ocean Color Coordinating Group

Presenter:
Dr. Steven G. Ackleson, Section Head
Oceanographer at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
(presenting in person)

Sponsor:

SOCD / NOAA Ocean Color Coordinating Group
The NOCCG is a NOAA organization founded in 2011 by Dr. Paul DiGiacomo, Chief of the Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division at NOAA/NESDIS/STAR.  The purpose of the NOCCG is to keep members up to date about developments in the field of satellite ocean color and connect ocean color science development with users and applications.  We have representatives from all the NOAA line offices, including National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Ocean Service, National Weather Service and from several levels of the National Environmental and Satellite Data and Information Service (where Paul is housed).  Dr. Cara Wilson of South East Fisheries Science Center is our current chair. We meet bi-weekly on Wednesday afternoons, 3 PM Eastern Time in room 3555 at the National Center for Weather and Climate Prediction building in College Park, MD with teleconferencing and Webex for out of town members and guests.  We host a guest speaker, usually about once a month.

Remote Access:
WebEx:
Event Number:    904 100 286
Password: NOCCG
Event address for attendees:

https://noaa-nesdis-star.webex.com/noaa-nesdis-star/j.php?MTID=m24421776bea92bc59a200ac492d83c49


Audio:  
USA participants: 866-564-7828 Passcode: 9942991



Abstract:

Satellite remote sensing systems designed for coastal aquatic applications strive to provide high quality data across the visible and near infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.  Data quality is driven by uncertainties related to sensor design and environmental variability.  The work is focused on the impact of sensor signal to noise (SNR) on the retrieval of key aquatic ecological parameters; water column impurity concentration (chlorophyll, colored dissolved organic matter, and suspended sediment) water depth, and benthic cover.  Uncertainty is defined as parameter variability producing a reflectance signal that is indistinguishable from the true condition.  The impact of sensor SNR is investigated using modeling methods and remote sensing data analyses.  The results quantify parameter retrieval uncertainty as a function of sensor design SNR and environmental noise attributed to surface glint.  The results will be discussed within the context of future satellite systems designed for coastal applications, such as the NASA Surface Biology and Geology sensor.

November 8, 2018

Title: STAR Seminars - Enterprise EDR Assessment at STAR
Presenter(s): Tony Reale of NESDIS/STAR/SMCD
Date & Time: November 8, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET
Location: Conference Room # 2552-2553, NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, 5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD, NCWCP - Large Conf Rm - 2552-2553
Description:

STAR Science Seminars

Presenter:
Tony Reale of NESDIS/STAR/SMCD

Sponsor:
STAR Science Seminar Series

Remote Access:

WebEx Event Number:    908 568 560
Password: STARSeminar
Event address for attendees:
https://noaa-nesdis-star.webex.com/noaa-nesdis-star/j.php?MTID=me248ee288f8f1f1719f234c2afd921ee


Audio:  
USA participants: 866-832-9297

Passcode:  6070416

Download slides at:

https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/star/documents/seminardocs/2018/20181108_Reale.pdf


Abstract:
A difference in current NESDIS STAR (post 2000) and pre-2000 Office of Research and Applications (ORA) infra-structure is the lack of an independent Research to Operation (R2O) sanctioning function for EDRs that is overseen by the government.  At least for operational atmospheric soundings, the responsibility for assessments leading to R2O transition currently lies mainly with the developer.   Enterprise assessment, in simplest form, means comparing “different” product suites for a given EDR to the “same” targets.  This seminar focuses on what enterprise validation should entail and then cites examples using the NOAA Products Validation System (NPROVS) currently operated at STAR for EDR soundings (vertical temperature and moisture profiles).  The seminar also explores enterprise validation scenarios for gas profiles and non-sounding products.  The goal is to “entice” STAR and developers that it is in the mutual best interest to reconsider the original ORA structure. 
In general, the underlying framework of enterprise validation consists of “routinely” compiled datasets of collocated “ground-truth”, models and EDR products from multiple satellites, sensors and product suites.  This is the carrot, STAR would inherit the mundane, time consuming dirty-work (when you consider monitoring, reprocessing missing data, etc) of creating and maintaining enterprise validation datasets.  Once compiled however, these datasets are a source for reliable, routine assessment across multiple EDR suites and highly useful to identify problem areas and provide a “stamp of approval” for proposed upgrades including for new satellites (Small Satellites, COSMIC-2 …).  This does not replace developer assessment, but shifts that assessment to focus on development and leaving the busy, mundane work of enterprise assessment to the government (STAR).  
Examples of enterprise validation and value to developers in product monitoring and identifying problem areas is demonstrated using NPROVS for atmospheric temperature and moisture soundings.  Soundings inherit the relatively large and diverse global radiosonde network including subsets of reference observations providing multiple targets for assessment.  This is not true for other products, so extending enterprise assessment to product suites such as of gases, surface temperature, clouds, aerosol, fires etc requires a separate “consideration” for each.   As discussed, the key for each suite is defining/accessing the available sets of products (including test products) and then underscoring them common sets of ground-truth targets, models, intensive observations, etc.  These steps clearly must leverage and integrate the existing capabilities and expertise from respective developers requiring extensive interaction.  Questions concerning why developers should bother when they can do it themselves (can they? do they?) and perceptions that STAR managed enterprise assessments would undermine (not enhance) developers are addressed.     


About the Speaker:
Anthony Reale received B.S. degrees in Meteorology and Physics from the State University of New York, College at Oswego in 1976. Following three years as a research fellow at the University of Nevada, Reno, he received his M.S. degree in Atmospheric Physics in 1979. He then spent three years in the field conducting remote sensing measurements programs to establish background air-quality and meteorological profiles at selected locations in the pristine eastern Mohave Desert. Mr. Reale was hired as a NOAA support contractor in 1983 where he began working on the problem of deriving atmospheric sounding products from remote satellite sensors onboard NOAA operational polar orbiting satellites.  Mr. Reale was hired by NOAA in 1984 where he provided technical guidance and direction to government and support contractor staff focused on the development of scientific software and associated graphical evaluation tools to assess atmospheric sounding products from operational satellites.  Beginning 2008, he became task leader for the development of the NOAA Products Validation System (NPROVS), designed to provide an “enterprise” approach for assessing atmospheric profiles from multiple satellites against in-situ (radiosonde) observations.  This was expanded in 2013 to include reference radiosondes from the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Reference Upper Air network (GRUAN). 


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