Pavlof Volcano, taken from the International Space Station

Volcanic ash from Pavlof Volcano as photographed by astronauts aboard the International Space Station on May 18, 2013 (credit: NASA)

Description of Meeting

In support of aeronautical meteorological services, WMO sponsored the Intercomparison of Satelliteā€based Volcanic Ash Retrieval Algorithms Workshop, which presented an excellent opportunity to improve the consistency of quantitative volcanic ash products from satellites. This meeting was hosted by NOAA and Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) at the University of Wisconsin in Madison WI, USA, on 29 June through 2 July 2015. The volcanic ash intercomparison activity is embedded in the WMO-sponsored SCOPE-Nowcasting initiative (Sustained Coordinated Processing of Environmental Satellite Data for Nowcasting), which aims at improved rapid access to satellite data by member states, and at improved confidence in satellite products for nowcasting. The meeting in Madison was supported by the WMO Space Programme, the Aeronautical Meteorological Programme, and the Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme.

The meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, 29 June, and concluded at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, 2 July 2015.

Group Photo


Pyle Center

The Pyle Center is the premier conference facility operated by the University of Wisconsin Extension Service. This venue provides free wireless Internet access. Parking is scarce on campus.

During the Volcanic Ash workshop, morning and afternoon breaks, lunches, and a banquet will be offered at the Pyle Center to allow the maximum opportunity for scientists to network. Accommodations throught the UW-Extension Service are available at the Lowell Center and include a continental breakfast.

702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706-1420 USA
Phone: 608.262.1122

For more information, contact Maria Vasys.