Earth Surface Working Group (IESWG) Workshop
April, 2022 (Hybrid meeting)
Hosted by the Finnish Meteorological Institute
We are happy to continue the work of the
International Earth Surface Working Group (IESWG).
Currently, the group plans for IESWG-4 to be a hybrid
meeting held in April, 2022 online and for those possible
Seminar and Discussion Series
As COVID-19 as changed the outlook for rapidly convening a new
International Earth Surface Working Group (IESWG) meeting, we have
organized a three-part seminar and discussion series.
The aim of the International Earth Surface Working Group (IESWG) 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
The Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society is
seeking contributions for a new special issue
Coupled Earth system data assimilation
The IESWG has encouraged contributions to Earth surface modeling through special issues. Two such issues have been published in Remote Sensing (RS) Special Issues. One now expanded to an online book.
These can be found here:
Advancing Earth Surface Representation via Enhanced Use of Earth Observations in Monitoring and Forecasting Applications
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 IESWG 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