The 4th Workshop
After three successful workshops in 2006, 2009,
and 2011 we are pleased to announce the upcoming 4th edition of "Remote
Sensing and Modelling of Surface Properties (RSMSP)" workshop which will
be held in Grenoble, France with the support of
CNRM-GAME/Centre d'Etudes de la Neige
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers de Grenoble
Programme national de télédétection spatiale (PNTS)
, and the
Centre National d'études spatiales (CNES)
Following the recommendation of the
International TOVS working group
, this workshop focuses on the identification of scientific challenges
facing surface modeling and ways to improve the use of remote
sensing observations in Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP). As in
previous RSMSP workshops, a special issue is expected to be published
in a peer-review journal, highlighting the contributions that will
be presented in the workshop.
Subject of the workshop
This workshop seeks to bring together scientists working
in the fields of remote sensing, modeling of the surface and its radiative
properties, and satellite data assimilation. Microwave, infrared, and visible
applications will be considered, both in passive and active modes. Topics
will include studies of the surface emissivity and temperature of land
surfaces, sea ice, open water, snow. A significant part of the workshop will
be dedicated to the exploitation of microwave, and infrared observations in
NWP with particular emphasis on impact studies with the assimilation of surface
sensitive observations. The workshop will also offer an opportunity for
assessments of recent results obtained from SENTINEL-1, SARAL-ALTIKA, SMOS,
GPM, and SMAP. A non-exhaustive list of the workshop topics is included below.
This focused meeting will have no
parallel sessions and only oral sessions. The
workshop format will encourage open discourse with
plenty of time for questions, and
Deadline for Abstracts: 21 December 2015
Final Program: 19 February 2016
RSMSP workshop: 14-16 March 2016
The meeting will convene in
the Maison Jean Juntzmann in the town of Saint Martin
Registration and submission of abstracts will close on December 21st, 2015.
We look forward to awarding sponsorship for the participation of selected Phd students.
Please follow the guidelines for abstract submission to be considered for support to attend.
The following non-exhaustive list of
scientific topics is suggested:
- Assimilation of surface sensitive observations: IR/MW,
active/passive remote sensing, methods for handling the surface
emissivity and spectral temperature; quality control issues and
methodology; atmospheric variable sensitivity studies; and
observation/background error specification.
- Land surface assimilation schemes: State of the operational
land surface modelling systems and recent developments; sensitivity
studies of surface model parameters to remotely sensed data; outcomes
of SMOS, GPM, SMAP missions; calibration issues, variable transforms
or PDF matching techniques
- Radiative transfer developments and emissivity/reflectivity models:
VIS/IR/MW, all surface types, review of current available parameterization
for forward modelling the surface boundary for remotely sensed data;
description of available land emissivity databases/atlases (MW and IR);
intercomparison/validation of physical models and retrieved emissivities
(MW and IR, including land, ocean, and ice surfaces).
- Retrievals of surface parameters: sea surface wind, salinity,
soil moisture, canopy parameters, vegetation water content, sea-ice
concentration, snow water equivalent, etc. and the resulting surface
- Other relevant topics
announcement in pdf format for more details.
This workshop is sponsored by CNRM-GAME/Centre d'Etudes de la Neige,
Météo-France, the Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers de Grenoble,
the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS),
the Programme national de télédétection spatiale (PNTS),
and the Centre National d'études spatiales (CNES),
following a recommendation from the International TOVS Working Group.