São Paulo 2007


  • Hung-Lung Allen Huang, Ph. D. has been a research scientist in remote sensing data processing, algorithm development and data/product applications for more than 25 years. Dr Huang is currently directing both research and operational teams of information technology engineers, researchers, scientists, and professors responsible for operational algorithm development/implementation and innovative approaches to process hyperspectral infrared data. Dr. Huang has the overall responsibility for supervising projects that involve data compression, hyperspectral data sounding retrieval, cloud property derivation, instrument simulation and trade performance analysis, and NWP model assimilation of remote sensing data. Dr Huang is the principal investigator of International MODIS/AIRS Processing Package (IMAPP) and International Polar Orbiter Processing Package (IPOPP). Both projects provide the critical software system to enable international polar orbiting satellite direct broadcast users to process data and produce environmental products in real time. Dr Huang also supervises graduate students and with his colleagues have organized and taught DB MODIS/AIRS workshops in China, Australia, and Taiwan. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers in remote sensing and co-author a book chapter in remote sensing data compression.
  • Thomas Rink has been a software developer at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) and SSEC for the past 10 years.  He has a Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Science from Iowa State University (1994). His most notable efforts have been in the early development of IMAPP, and recently in VisAD system and application development an example of which is Hydra.
  • Tim Schmit is a member of the Advanced Satellite Products Branch whose main responsibilities include future GOES instruments (both imager and sounder ), GOES calibration issues, and turning GOES satellite data into meteorological data. Calibration work entails monitoring the operational sounder calibration and calculating radiance bias adjustments. Satellite product work consists of maintaining, improving, and validating several products from the GOES sounder and imager. These products include radiance information, retrieved temperature and moisture profiles, and cloud-top information.
  • Kathleen Strabala has been a Researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies for over 10 years. She received a masters degree in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in 1991. She worked as a Senior Forecaster at Kavouras, Inc., in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA for 3 years prior to receiving her degree. She has worked primarily on cloud detection and cloud composition as determined from MODIS, and has been co-author on several publications, including Ackerman, Strabala, Menzel, Frey , Moeller and Gumley, 1998: "Discriminating Clear Sky From Clouds with MODIS", Journal of Geophysical Research, 103, No.D24, 32141-32157. Kathy currently works on converting official NASA Aqua and Terra production software into direct broadcast compatible IMAPP software.
  • Gary Wade is a member of the Advanced Satellite Products Branch who advocates more extensive and easier application of satellite data, particularly products from the GOES Sounder. His support and monitoring of real-time GOES processing at CIMSS and the resulting dissemination of such data (as onto the World Wide Web) originate within a McIDAS environment. His evaluations, usually on a case basis, of the use of GOES data to improve depictions of the atmosphere focus on developing and using effective displays, enhancements, and animations of GOES Derived Product Images (DPI).