CALL FOR ABSTRACTS!
The Earth Observation for Water Cycle Science 2015will take place on October 20-23 2015
at ESA-ESRIN (Frascati, Italy)
Deadline: 30 April 2015
Five years ago, ESA, GEWEX, and EGU organized the first EO for Water Cycle Science Conference at ESA-ESRIN. For the 2015 Conference, we are again planning for a wide discussion and networking forum for the water and energy, climate, hydrology, modeling, and EO communities to review the latest advances in the use of EO for water cycle science and discuss the main scientific opportunities and research challenges for the future.
The objectives of this topical conference, jointly organized by ESA and GEWEX, are:
- Review the latest contributions of EO to water cycle science and related processes understanding, and identify the main scientific challenges for the future.
- Assess the advances in water cycle satellite observations, their uncertainties and consistency (e.g., precipitation, clouds, water vapor, soil moisture, water levels, surface water, and groundwater measurements as well as land and ocean heat fluxes and the Earth radiation budget).
- Identify novel and enhanced satellite-based geophysical data sets, algorithms and methods necessary to ensure an accurate and consistent characterization of the water cycle.
- Identify current gaps in observations and review emerging mission concepts and novel observational principles that may lead to future satellite observation systems.
- Assess the main needs in modeling and data assimilation of EO-based observations to improve our knowledge of the water cycle science and our ability to quantify future changes in water cycle, extreme events and hydrological hazards.
- Consolidate a scientific roadmap outlining the main priorities for the future.
On behalf of the organizing committee, I invite you to participate and contribute to this conference.
Please submit your abstracts before the 30th April 2015 using the dedicated link in the conference web site (http://www.eo4water2015.info/).
Diego Fenandez Prieto (ESA)
Graeme Stephens (NASA)
Michael Rast (ESA)
Peter van Oevelen (GEWEX)
Sonia Seneviratne (ETH-Zurich)
Dr Mike Schwank who is looking for a PhD student that would like to work within the project:
"Active/Passive Microwave Remote Sensing in Application to ”Vegetation & Soil” and “Snow & Soil” (MicroVegSnow) funded by the "Swiss National Science Foundation" (SNF).
A summary of the project goals and approaches can be accessed from:
Applicants interested in this position please go to:
Recently (12/2/2015) at 8:43 PST the SMAP radiometer was switched on while viewing deep space and before antenna deployment. The health check was fully satisfactory according to NASA GSFC which is very good news indeed. They are currently busy analysing the results but values look good.
This check can also be used to check the instrument calibration and it was thus decided to do two things on top of what is planned by the SMAP team.
The first one coordinated by François Cabot consisted in doing in a coordinated fashion a SMOS cold sky calibration.
track of SMAP when imaging deep sky and point viewed by SMOS during its calibration sequence
The second one was done by Arnaud Mialon with help of François Cabot and François Lemaître and consisted in looking at the same solid angle as SMAP horn with Lewis using SMAP ephemeris. It was done yesterday with apparently success as well.
SMAP ephemeris’s with those of SMOS and Lewis « box »( F Cabot)
Lewis following SMAP (A. Mialon)