Surface Working Group (ISWG) Workshop
15-17 July, 2019
L'Université du Québec
à Montréal (UQAM)
The ISWG-3 workshop will be joint with
We are happy to announce the 3rd International Surface Working Group (ISWG) will be held in Montreal, Canada at L'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in Montreal, Canada 15-17 July, 2019. This workship is kindly hosted by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) with support of the Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW) of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and European Space Agency.
The aim of the International Surface Working Group (ISWG) is to gather requirements specific to surface observations to enhance both our understanding and ability to monitor the components of the Earth system including land, vegetation, snow, ice, and coastal and open waters. The GCW Snow Watch is an effort to provide authoritative, clear, and useable data, information, and analyses on the past, current and future state of the cryosphere. One of the target applications of the GCW Snow Watch is to assess and improve the quality of land surface models.
Focus of the Meeting
RegistrationRegistration for the meeting by 17 May 2019 can be performed via following this link. If you wish to present please indicate your preference between oral or poster presentation.
This workshop aims at reviewing capabilities of existing technology and the capacity for their use in surface monitoring, data assimilation and modelling applications. This in turn should be used to provide expert recommendations and coordination guidance for surface observations. The International Surface Working Group will:
Directions and Hotels
175, avenue du Président-Kennedy, Montréal
Please find some hotel recommendations here.
Background for the workshop
The group was formed from an effort of a sub-group (Remote Sensing and Modelling of Surface Properties - RSMSP) of the ITWG and has organised four workshops over the past decade. The ITWG has hosted a website for the RSMSP. The RSMSP group reports directly to the ITWG, and thus indirectly to CGMS via ITWG. However the new group has a much clearer focus on the land surface, rather than as a boundary to better enable atmospheric sounding. Due to this growth we successfully convened the 1st International Surface Working Group in July, 2017 in Monterey Bay, CA. From this meeting we prepared recommendations and action items which were presented at the 21st International TOVS Study Conference (ITSC-21). Further, both at this workshop and in other opportunities we have conferred with representatives of the WMO and CGMS as to the possiblity of making a call for this group to establish itself with Coordinated Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) as a partner group. The ITSC is organized by the International TOVS Working Group. And is one of five current International Science Working Groups, which are recognized by the CGMS. The others are Precipitation (IPWG), Clouds (ICWG), Radio Occultation (IROWG), and Winds (IWWG). The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a member of the CGMS and works closely with satellite operators in the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) to get global meteorological and related user needs for satellite data addressed by satellite operators. We believe the Earth surface community has recognized the opportunity of a sister group addressing surface Earth Observations (EO) and we believe the effort and support from this group can be directed to a proposal for creation of such a body to the CGMS.
This workshop was created following a recommendation from the International TOVS Working Group and is supported by Environment Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and by the WMO GCW Snow Watch.