12th JCSDA Technical review meeting and science workshop on satellite data assimilation
May 21-23, 2014 - College park, MD


The purpose of the annual JCSDA technical review meeting and science workshop is to review the ongoing and planned scientific development sponsored by the NASA-NOAA-DOD Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation, and to coordinate these efforts, both internally and with the outside research community involved in the satellite data assimilation (especially those directly funded by the JCSDA through FFO and/or ROSES programs). Two full and one half days will be devoted to the meeting with plenty of time for discussions, interactions, scientific exchanges and formal presentations, both among scientists from all JCSDA partners and with JCSDA managers. Formal recommendations from working groups discussions that take place during the meeting, are reviewed by the JCSDA management on an annual basis, and serve as one of the inputs when developing technical directions of the JCSDA future activities. The JCSDA has the following six scientific priority areas:

  • Radiative Transfer Modeling (CRTM)

  • Preparation for assimilation of data from new instruments

  • Clouds and precipitation

  • Assimilation of land surface observations

  • Assimilation of ocean surface observations

  • Atmospheric composition; chemistry and aerosol

The JCSDA supports scientific development work in multiple areas via internal, directed, and external research projects with the purpose of accelerating and optimizing the assimilation of satellite data. External research is funded via grants and contracts awarded through a competitive process open to the broader scientific community. In addition, the JCSDA partners conduct their own internal projects, some of which are directly related to the JCSDA priorities. These projects are labeled internal or in-kind contributions to JCSDA. It is essential that all these efforts be complementary and coordinated. The JCSDA technical review meeting and science workshop aims at facilitating this coordination. At the meeting, JCSDA Principal Investigators of internal, directed and external projects and affiliated scientists are expected to report on progress and participate in discussions about future plans of the Joint Center.

Organization of the Meeting

The JCSDA technical review meeting and science Workshop on satellite data assimilation will include both oral presentations (in plenary session) and posters. No parallel sessions will be held. In order to allow for open discussion, plenty of time will be available to presenters to interact with the audience. Adequate visibility will be provided to contributions from all scientific priority areas as well as emerging ones. Externally funded scientists are expected to attend and should give a progress report and indicate what they plan to do over the next year. An oral presentation is expected from the externally funded scientists. Break-out sessions will be reserved for group discussions of the plans and progress for the science priority areas and how ongoing efforts can be better coordinated. The discussions are expected to lead to ideas for improved collaboration and development of multiuse software; these ideas will be presented during the final plenary session.

There will also be a dedicated poster session. Note that posters will be mounted on their panels the first morning of the meeting and will remain on display until the end of the meeting. This arrangement will allow scientists to discuss the content of the posters not only during the poster session but also during coffee breaks and lunch breaks.

If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please contact René Brown.

Fee, Registration and deadlines:

Participation in the meeting is free of charge. Attendees may order food for breaks and lunches via the cafeteria order formhere.

To register, visit: http://jcsda12thwkshp.eventbrite.com and enter your information, including your intention to give a presentation at the meeting. If you have any questions regarding registration or this website, please contact Erin Jones.

Additional Information on Presentation Materials


Please provide your poster in portrait format. You can mount your poster with tape or pushpins.

  • Place the title at the top center of the poster.

  • Use 72 point letters.

  • Avoid hand drawn materials.

  • Keep it simple.

  • Do not post the pages of your paper.

  • Make sure it has a logical flow.

  • Use color, graphics, charts, and photos.

  • Key points should be in large type.

  • Do not try to tell the entire story on the panel.

  • Save some key points for the one-on-one discussion.

  • Check the program for the set up and presentation time for your session.

Oral Presentations

Please refer to the program for your session date and time. This program will be made available in a future circular, after the registration deadline (April 7th, 2014).