Surface Working Group (ISWG) Workshop
15-17 September, 2020
Dynamicum of the Finnish Meteorological Institute
We are happy to announce the 4th International Surface
Working Group (ISWG) will be held 15-17 September, 2020 in Helsinki, Finland at the
Dynamicum of the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI).
We again thank our gracious hosts at
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
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.
Focus of the Meeting
RegistrationRegistration for the meeting by 01 July 2020 can be performed via following this link. If you wish to present please enter your abstract in the form and indicate your preference between oral or poster presentation.
This Special Issue aims at documenting most recent progress in using land surface remote sensing observations (soil moisture, vegetation, snow extent and water equivalent, lakes and land surface temperature, land surface albedo, flooded areas) for Earth system modelling applications, including weather forecasts, climate modelling and hydrological forecasts. We welcome studies related to land surface data assimilation, land surface reanalysis, as well as land surface forward modelling (VIS/IR/MW), inverse modelling and machine learning. The Special Issue also encourages studies that investigate land surface parameter retrieval, coupled assimilation in land hydrology-atmosphere systems as well as intercomparison studies.
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:
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 reported directly to the ITWG, and thus indirectly to CGMS via ITWG. However the new group has a much clearer focus on the Earth 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. Further, the ISWG had been interacting with the Global Cryosphere Watch and has been working towards a more direct collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) primarily for support of the Earth surface modeling efforts. 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.
The 4th workshop continues following a recommendation from the International TOVS Working Group and is supported by Finnish Meterological Institute (FMI).