IGARSS 2010 - 2010 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium - July 25 - 30, 2010 - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

HD-3: NPOESS User's Workshop

Sunday, July 25, 08:30 - 12:30

Presented by

Karen St.Germain, Wendy Abshire, Jeff Hawkins, Tony Reale, Heather Kilcoyne, Carl Hoffman, Lihang Zhou


Goals for the workshop:

  1. Prepare users for NPP data products through education about sensors, data products, and available resources (such as proxy or simulated data; documentations, tools, etc.).
  2. Obtain infromation on how NPP data products will be used to better meet user's needs.

Demonstration of obtaining data products and tools developed for analysing the data and products (such as GRAVITE by IPO; NPROVS by NESDIS; NPOESS Userport and ESRC by COMET; and NexSAT by NRL) will be given at the workshop.

Speaker Biographies

Wendy Schreiber-Abshire is a Senior Project Manager in UCAR’s COMET Program in Boulder, CO where she leads efforts in the areas of satellite meteorology, Air Force Weather training, hydrology, and climate. She began her career as a Student Assistant at NCAR in 1983 where she participated in several field programs and research studies, including JAWS and microburst research, convection initiation investigations, and served as a radar meteorologist during GALE, 1986. She joined the COMET Program in 1990 as a staff meteorologist and contributed to training endeavors supporting the National Weather Service Modernization throughout the 1990s. In 2003, after years spent developing training modules on a variety of topics, Wendy became the COMET Residence Course Coordinator which provided her the opportunity to interact with many atmospheric science professionals. She was promoted into her current position in 2006. In her role at COMET, she is the editor of the online textbook Introduction to Tropical Meteorology and through the years has authored and co-authored over 30 scientific papers including journal articles and conference preprints. She earned a degree in Meteorology from Metropolitan State College of Denver (B.S. 1985) and a degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wyoming (M.S. 1989). Wendy is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, as well as a member of the National Weather Association, the American Geophysical Union, and the Satellite Educators Association. She is currently a councilor of the NWA and the President of the Denver-Boulder Local AMS Chapter. She was also a participant in the 2001 AMS Policy Colloquium. Wendy recently served 4 years as chair of the AMS Board on Outreach and Pre-college Education where she led the creation of the AMS statement on the value of K-12 earth science education. She is currently a member of the AMS Annual Meeting Oversight Committee, the AMS Planning Commission, and she serves on the UCAR President’s Advisory Committee on University Relations. She was also recently appointed as an Ombudsman for UCAR and is a member of the International Ombudsman Association.

Michael Denning received a Bachelor of Science in Imaging Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, in 2007. During his time as an undergraduate student, Mike supported remote sensing programs at The Boeing Company, Springfield, VA, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI, and the RIT Center for Imaging Science, Rochester, NY. Upon graduation in 2007, Mike was hired as a System Engineer by Integrity Applications Incorporated in Chantilly, VA. He joined the NOAA team shortly thereafter as a support contractor to the NPOESS Integrated Program Office in Silver Spring, MD. As a member of the Data Products Division and GRAVITE (Government Resource for Algorithm Verification, Independent Test, and Evaluation) team, Mike continues to support preparations for the NPP calibration and validation program. His responsibilities include NPP spacecraft and instrument end-to-end test data management and processing. Mike is also pursuing a Master of Science in Earth Systems Science at the George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. His background and interests include image processing, radiometry, optics, and remote sensing.

Jeffrey D. Hawkins received B.S. and M.S. degrees in meteorology from the Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL in 1976 and 1979 respectively, with an emphasis in synoptic meteorology. In 1979, he began is long-term interest in tropical cyclone (TC) research with NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division in Miami, FL by participating in the SeaSat scatterometer validation onboard the NOAA P-3 hurricane hunters. He has worked for 29 years at the Naval Research Laboratory, first as a satellite oceanographer (Stennis Space Center, MS) and the last 17 years as a satellite meteorologist in Monterey, CA, with an emphasis on monitoring TCs via passive and active microwave sensors and near real-time demonstrations of unique satellite products. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, recipient of the Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award and a member of two National Academy of Science panels. His current research interests include understanding TC structure changes during eyewall replacement cycles and the creation of novel satellite products to assist Navy real-time nowcasting and forecasting applications via his superb team and the excellent collaboration with the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, located next door in Monterey.

Tommy Jasmin is a Systems Developer at the University of Wisconsin Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC), in Madison WI. At SSEC, Tommy works primarily with scientific data processing systems and visualization tools. He has experience building servlet-based websites and satellite data ingest systems. Tommy is a Sun Certified Java Programmer and Java Web Component Developer. He received B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He previously acted as Vice Chair for the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners IT&I Committee.

Heather Kilcoyne is the Calibration/Validation Lead for the NPOESS Integrated Program Office (IPO) Data Products Division. She began her career as a Graduate Research Assistant with the Goddard Data Assimilation Office where she wrote a teaching tool on data assimilation. She began on the NPOESS Program in 1997 in aerosol algorithm development for VIIRS with Raytheon ITSS. In 2000, she worked on the development of the proposed calibration/validation program. Heather was awarded a NASA Graduate Fellowship in 2002 for work on retrieving aerosol optical properties from information from multiple satellites. She joined the IPO Data Products Division in 2005, and has worked on assessing data product performance, user tool development, and development of the Community Collaborative Calibration/Validation Program for NPP.

Robert Rank is the New Campaigns Manager for the NOAA Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (CLASS), at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) located in Suitland, MD. He was appointed the Government Task Monitor (GTM) for CLASS System Evolution, Development & Security. CLASS is an enterprise wide information technology system supporting long-term, secure storage of and common access for environmental datasets and information stewarded by the NOAA National Data Centers Since 2002, Mr. Rank serves as the primary technical interface with the Data Centers including establishment and maintenance of all CLASS technical linkages. He directs all phases of system development including requirements specification, trade studies, architectural design, integration and testing. He oversees the overall technical management of CLASS, including the establishment of direction, internal policies, implementation and evaluation. He has in depth knowledge of system design, system architecture, system development, software process and procedures.

Before joining NOAA, he had over 28 years working at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD., supporting the Earth Science Directorate. His primary technical role was supporting product generation systems, data acquisition systems, ingest/distribution archives, quality control, and image generation for earth flight observation sensor data for meteorological analysis, earth resources studies and real-time instrument calibration/performance testing.

Anthony Reale received B.S. degrees in Meteorology and Physics from the State University of New York, College at Oswego in 1976. Following three years as a research fellow at the University of Nevada, Reno, he received his M.S. degree in Atmospheric Physics in 1979. He then spent three years in the field conducting remote sensing measurements programs to establish background air-quality and meteorological profiles at selected locations in the pristine eastern Mohave Desert. Mr. Reale was hired as a NOAA support contractor in 1983 where he began working on the problem of deriving atmospheric sounding products from remote satellite sensors onboard NOAA operational polar orbiting satellites, and was hired on as federal employee in 1984. Since that time, he has provided technical guidance and direction to government and support contractor staff focused on the development of scientific algorithms and graphical evaluation techniques to respectively derive and evaluate global weather products NOAA polar satellites.

Tom Rink has been scientific and visualization software developer, and holds MS and BS degrees in Atmospheric Science. He’s been a key developer in the following projects at SSEC: IMAPP, a re-developed version of NASA’s Terra/Aqua data processing system for the Direct Broadcast community; VisAD, a state-of-the-art Java api for the development of interactive, collaborative, 4D visualization applications; HYDRA, a specific VisAD application developed for Hyper/Multi-Spectral Data Research and Analysis used around the world, and McIDAS-V, the next generation SSEC data analysis and visualization system for GOES-R and NPOESS and beyond.

Drew Saunders is the Project Lead for the Climate Raw Data Record (C-RDR) Project at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, NC. NCDC is the responsible NOAA Archive for the archive and stewardship of the NPP and NPOESS data. As a member of the NCDC Archive Branch he works with the Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (CLASS) team to archive the NPP and NPOESS operational data and information. Drew is employed by STG, Inc. Prior to NCDC, he worked at the Air Force Technical Application Center at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. At AFTAC he was a Program Manager for QTSI on the Seismic Analysis and Research Contract (SARC). On SARC he led a team of scientists and developers to develop and maintain seismic analysis tools. Before AFTAC, he worked on a number of software development projects at Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida. A couple of these projects include enhancements to the Defense Military Satellite Program (DMSP) and the Range Operations Control Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Drew has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University.

Richard Ullman is the lead for Data Products Engineering for NOAA/NASA's Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), the successor program to the civil portion of the National Polar Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). JPSS Data Products Engineering is responsible for oversight of algorithm implementation and product definition to support operational and climate needs of the program. Mr. Ullman has worked with NPOESS products since 2006 as Deputy Chief of the IPO's Data Products Division and as Systems Engineer for Data. As systems engineer for the GOES-R Ground Segment he contributed to data and metadata requirements definition for that program. Before NPOESS and GOES-R, Mr. Ullman was standards manager for NASA's Geosciences Interoperability Office in 2005 and lead for data usability at the NASA Earth Science Data Information Systems (ESDIS) Project from 1994 through 2005. Mr. Ullman was co-chair of the GRS Data Standardization and Distribution Technical Committee from 1999 to 2001. Since 2004, he is chair of NASA's Earth Science Data Systems Working Group for Standards. Richard Ullman received a B.S. degree in Physics from Dickinson College in Carlisle PA in 1985 and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University in 1995.

Lihang Zhou has many years of experience performing scientific algorithm development in the field of satellite remote sensing. Specifically, she has been worked on developing and implementing the statistical retrieval algorithms to derive the temperature, moisture, and ozone profiles as well as the surface properties from the hyper-spectral instruments, such as AIRS, IASI and CrIS. From 2006 to 2009, she was the Quality Assurance Manager for the GOES-R Algorithm Working Group (AWG), mainly responsible for planning and integration of the AWG algorithms and team management. She joined NPOESS Integrated Program Office (IPO) since 2009 and has been worked as the EDR Algorithm Performance Lead for the Data Product Division.

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