13th jcsda technical review meeting and science workshop on satellite data assimilation
May 13-15, 2015 - 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 primary scientific priority areas, approved by the JCSDA science steering committee:

  • Radiative Transfer Modeling (CRTM)

  • Preparation for assimilation of new data and data from new instruments

  • Assimilation of satellite data impacted by clouds and precipitation

  • Assimilation of land surface satellite observations

  • Assimilation of ocean surface satellite observations

  • Atmospheric composition; chemistry and aerosol

Additional focus areas have recently emerged across the JCSDA partners institutions. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Atmospheric Motion Vectors (AMVs) data assimilation

  • O2R/R2O activities

  • Data denials and Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSEs)

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.

Organization of the Meeting

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.

The JCSDA technical review meeting and science workshop on satellite data assimilation will include both oral presentations (in plenary session), including invited talks, 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.

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.

The duration of the meeting will be two full and one half days (finishing at lunch time on the third day).

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

Fee, Registration and deadlines:

To cover the cost of beverages and coffee break refreshments, a fee of $30 is requested from those wishing to attend the workshop. This fee can either be paid online ahead of time athttps://kloudcafe.wufoo.com/forms/jcsda, or in cash on site.

Boxed lunches will be available for $12 each on the first and second day of the workshop (Wednesday and Thursday). To request and purchase boxed lunches, please visithttps://kloudcafe.wufoo.com/forms/jcsda.

To register, visit: http://jcsda13thwkshp.eventbrite.com and enter your information, including your intention to give a presentation at the meeting. Registration should be made by April 1, 2015. If you have any questions regarding registration or this website, please contact Erin Jones.

Additional Information on Presentation Materials

Presenters (both oral and poster) are encouraged to submit their presentations (in pdf or ppt format) ahead of time to Erin Jones, with CC to René BrownJim Yoe, and Ana Carrion.


Please provide your poster in portrait/vertical format, and no larger than 36" x 46". 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 1th, 2015).