Goals of the Workshop

The Goals

To assess the state of the science related to space-based snowfall measurements, to recommend future directions in research and technology development, to develop candidate space-based mission concepts, and to establish a mission planning strategy and roadmap.

Topics of Interest

Include instrument development, retrieval techniques, assimilation systems, modeling of microwave radiative transfer within snow particles and snowy air, modeling of microphysical processes, surface snow measurement and ground validation, spaceborne-based measurement capabilities and mission concepts. (PDF of Final Program)


The workshop will be convened the morning of Monday, 6 May 2013, and end on the afternoon of Wednesday, 8 May 2013. A registration fee of $400 will be charged.

Sponsoring Organizations

The workshop is sponsored by the International Precipitation Working Group (IPWG), the GEWEX Data and Assessments Panel (GDAP), the Space Science and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of California Santa Barbara.

Scientific Program Committee

Ralf Bennartz (University of Wisconsin), Robin Hogan (University of Reading), Paul Joe (Environment Canada), Gail Skofronick-Jackson (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), and Graeme Stephens (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Local Organizing Committee

Jeff Dozier (University of California Santa Barbara), Tom Painter (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), and Deborah Vane (Jet Propulsion Laboratory).

For more information, contact Maria Vasys.