SSEC/CIMSS at the 89th Annual AMS Conference

SSEC and CIMSS scientists polished their work in presentations and posters to roll out at the 89th Annual American Meteorological Society (AMS) Conference held 11-15 January 2009 in Phoenix, AZ. Throughout the conference sessions our researchers could be seen and heard discussing and demonstrating the latest innovations in satellite remote sensing, software development, and education:

  • Beginning on Sunday, SSEC engaged K-12 teachers, kids, and the public in learning about meteorological concepts through computer-based applets at Weatherfest.
  • The Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography Conference featured many CIMSS researchers presenting on topics from fire detection to aviation weather to satellite-based convective nowcasting techniques.
  • Presentations at the GOES-R / NPOESS Symposium highlighted how SSEC and CIMSS provide strong instrument and algorithm development support to NOAA, NASA and the IPO in developing their future operational satellite programs.
  • SSEC debuted the beta release of McIDAS-V at the Interactive Processing Systems session. McIDAS-V brings powerful new data analysis and visualization tools to support scientists in this new era of multi- and hyperspectral environmental satellite data.
  • SSEC’s and CIMSS’s dedication and expertise in satellite education and outreach were evident through presentations on K-12 professional development opportunities, online education and training tools, as well as a talk by CIMSS’s very own Director, Steven Ackerman, discussing what we have learned in the last decade of e-Learning.
  • SSEC and CIMSS also staffed a popular exhibit booth to publicize our work, in particular demonstrating the powers of McIDAS-V and Google Earth using MODIS data from our very own direct broadcast (DB) site as well as DB CRAS (CIMSS Regional Assimilation System).
  • Several CIMSS researchers were recognized with awards during the conference banquet: Director Steven Ackerman received the AMS Teaching Excellence Award, Chris Velden was elected a new AMS Fellow, while CIMSS undergraduate student Anneliese Lenz received the AMS Macelwane award for original student research paper.

Below are links to many of the SSEC and CIMSS presentations and posters made at the 89th Annual AMS Conference.

Sunday, 11 January 2009

5:30 PM-7:00 PM, Hall 5, Poster Session 1, Student Conference Posters
P1.17 Jordan Gerth How Integrating MODIS Data Enhances Numerical Predictions of Sea Breezes
P1.39 Sarah Monette and M. H. Hitchman Influence of the El Niño Southern Oscillation on Seasonal Global Clouds
P1.51 Luke Schiferl, S. Ackerman, and M. Mooney CIMSS Educational Outreach Activities: Summer 2008
P1.62 Jacob Beitlich and P. K. Wang Distribution of Hydrometeors Inside Regions of Vertical Motion in Thunderstorms
P1.66 Emily Niebuhr and M. H. Hitchman A case study of a Coastally Trapped Wind and Stratus Event along the Northern Coast of the Gulf of Alaska


Monday, 12 January 2009

1:30 PM-2:30 PM, Room 224AB, Joint Session 3, Retrievals and Clouds
J3.3 Steve Ackerman, R. Frey, and R. Holz The challenge of passive remote sensing of clouds from satellites over Polar Regions in winter

2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Hall 5, Joint Poster Session 1, Satellite Retrievals and Clouds
JP1.17 Tom Greenwald Enhanced satellite cloud products for climate studies
JP1.20 Jinlong Li, J. Li, E. Weisz, and E. Borbas Global hyperspectral resolution surface IR emissivity spectra derived from AIRS measurements
JP1.23 Timothy Schmit, J. Li, J. Gurka, J. Daniels, M. Goldberg, and P. Menzel Soundings from Current and Future Geostationary Satellites
JP1.24 Zhenglong Li, J. Li, P. Menzel, T. J. Schmit, and J. Nelson High Temporal GOES Sounding Retrievals in Cloudy Regions and Applications
JP1.25 Sarah Bedka, P. Antonelli, R. Knuteson, H. E. Revercomb, W. Smith, D. Tobin, and H. Woolf Retrievals of Upper Tropospheric Temperature and Water Vapor using UW/SSEC S-HIS data collected during the Joint Airborne IASI Validation Experiment (JAIVEx)

4:00 PM-5:30 PM, 125B, Session 3, K-12 and Informal Educational Outreach in the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Hydrologic Sciences: Part 2
3.5 Margaret Mooney, S. Ackerman, L. Schiferl, J. Martin, and T. Whittaker Promoting Climate Literacy through K–12 Professional Development Opportunities


Tuesday, 13 January 2009
9:45 AM-11:00 AM, Hall 5, Joint Poster Session 2, GOES-R
JP2.5 Eva Borbas, R. O. Knuteson, S. W. Seemann, L. Moy, T. Greenwald, D. Tobin, and H. L. Huang The UW/CIMSS global land surface infrared emissivity database for GOES-R ABI simulation studies
JP2.11 William Straka III, A. Walther and A. K. Heidinger Comparison of the GOES-R cloud Algorithm Working Group's daytime cloud optical property products to those from MODIS, AVHRR and VIIRS
JP2.12 Corey G. Calvert and M. J. Pavolonis The introduction and evaluation of a prototype GOES-R fog/low stratus algorithm using SEVIRI, CALIPSO and surface observations
JP2.13 Sarah Bedka, J. Cychosz, M. Evansen, R. Knuteson, H. E. Revercomb, D. Tobin, and D. D. Turner An analysis of the seasonal and diurnal variation of total precipitable water (TPW) from satellite and ground-based instruments over the ARM-SGP site
JP2.16 Xuanji Wang, Y. Liu, and J. Key Sea and lake ice characteristics from GOES-R ABI

9:45 AM-11:00 AM, Hall 5, Joint Poster Session 3, Npoess
JP3.47 Thomas D. Rink McIDAS-V applications: multi- and hyper-spectral analysis and visualization

9:45 AM-11:00 AM, Hall 5, Joint Poster Session 4, Satellite Education
JP4.1 Tommy Jasmin, and S. Ackerman Satellite Observations in Science Education
JP4.3 Timothy J. Schmit, J. Sieglaff, K. Bah, J. Gerth, G. S. Wade, and J. Gurka GOES-R Proving Ground Plans for a Weather Event Simulator

1:30 PM-3:00 PM, Room 130, Session 6, Mesoscale Data Assimilation and Impact Experiments— III
6.6 William E. Lewis, and G. J. Tripoli Tropical cyclone intensity and rainfall forecasts: sensitivity to assimilation of microwave satellite observations

1:30 PM-3:00 PM, Room 224AB, Joint Session 10, Satellite Education and Public Outreach
J10.3 A. Scott Bachmeier and J. Gerth Satellite Training Activities at CIMSS: Helping to Prepare Forecasters for the GOES-R and NPOESS Era
J10.4 Steven A. Ackerman After more than 10-years of e-Learning, what have we learned?
J10.6 Paul Menzel, P. Antonelli, T. D. Rink, K. I. Strabala, L. E. Gumley, A. Huang, S. Ackerman, H. Revercomb, and B. Smith International Training Events and Educational Seminars on Satellite Remote Sensing

3:30 PM-5:00 PM, Room 122A, Session 5, Lidar Application Studies in The Boundary Layer and Lower Troposphere - II
5.2 Edwin W. Eloranta Lidar-radar measurements of snowfall


Wednesday, 14 January 2009:

10:30 AM-11:30 AM, Room 121BC, Session 9A, Interactive Processing Systems II
9A.4 Thomas H. Achtor, T. Rink, T. Whittaker, and D. Santek McIDAS-V - A powerful data analysis and visualization tool for multi and hyperspectral environmental satellite data

1:30 PM-2:30 PM, Room 224AB, Joint Session 15, Advances in Natural Hazards Monitoring
J15.1 Michael J. Pavolonis and J. Sieglaff New automated methods for detecting volcanic ash and retrieving its properties from infrared radiances
J15.2 Kristopher M. Bedka, W. F. Feltz, J. Sieglaff, R. Rabin, M. J. Pavolonis, and J. C. Brunner Toward an end-to-end satellite-based convection nowcasting system
J15.4 Christopher C. Schmidt, E. M. Prins, J. C. Brunner, J. P. Hoffman, S. S. Lindstrom, and J. M. Feltz Geostationary detection of fires and the global and long-term datasets of the WF_ABBA

2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Hall 5, Poster Session 1 : Advances in Lidar Applications
P1.7 Timothy J. Wagner, D. D. Turner and S. A. Ackerman Remote retrieval of cumulus cloud entrainment rates
P1.14 Erin P. Wagner and D. D. Turner Boundary layer turbulence measurements via Raman lidar water vapor detection

2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Hall 5, Joint Poster Session 5, Climate
JP5.21 Yinghui Liu, J. Key, X. Wang, B. Maddux, and S. Ackerman The Response of Arctic Clouds to Surface Changes
JP5.23 Yong-Keun Lee, T. Greenwald and H. L. Cloud regime determined by reflectivities of Cloud Profiling Radar
JP5.8 Mathew M. Gunshor, T. J. Schmit, D. C. Tobin, and P. Menzel Intercalibration of the world's geostationary imagers with high spectral resolution data

2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Hall 5, Joint Poster Session 6, Improvements to NWP and Short-term Forecasting
JP6.13 Jason Otkin, J. Sieglaff, T. Greenwald, and Y. K. Lee Using satellite observations to validate a large-scale high-resolution WRF model simulation

2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Hall 5, Joint Poster Session 7, Natural Hazards
JP7.4 Ralph A. Petersen, and R. M. Aune Optimizing the impact of GOES sounder products in very—short—range forecasts—recent results and future plans
JP7.5 Kristopher M. Bedka, J. C. Brunner and W. F. Feltz Development of objective overshooting top and anvil temperature couplet detection algorithms for GOES-R ABI
JP7.6 Pao K. Wang, M. Setvak, R. Rabin, and A. S. Bachmeier Cloud model based interpretation of satellite observed IR features of enhanced-V and cold ring on top of severe thunderstorms
JP7.7 Justin Sieglaff, K. M. Bedka, W. F. Feltz, and M. J. Pavolonis Using geostationary imagers for convective and lightning initiation nowcasting
JP7.9 Jason C. Brunner, C. C. Schmidt, E. M. Prins, J. M. Feltz, J. P. Hoffman, and S. S. Lindstrom WF_ABBA Version 6.5: An overview of the improvements and trend analyses of fires from 1995 to present over the western Hemisphere
JP7.10 Jay P. Hoffman, C. C. Schmidt, E. M. Prins, S. S. Lindstrom, and J. C. Brunner Recent WF_ABBA fire detection and characterization algorithm validation efforts at CIMSS
JP7.17 Anthony Wimmers and W. Feltz Nowcasting aircraft turbulence from tropopause folds operationally for GOES-R

2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Hall 5, Joint Poster Session 8, Operational Products and Transition from Research to Operations
JP8.3 Christopher S. Velden, D. C. Herndon, T. L. Olander, and A. Wimmers Estimating hurricane strength using multiple integrated satellite data sources

4:00 PM-5:30 PM, Room 224AB, Joint Session 16, Operational Products and the Transition from Research to Operations
J16.5 Jordan Gerth and A. S. Bachmeier Transitioning Satellite Products to National Weather Service Operations, and Future Directions for the GOES-R Era


Thursday, 15 January 2009

10:45 AM-11:00 AM, Hall 5, Joint Poster Session 9, Remote Sensing Applications of GEOSS to the Hydrologic Cycle
JP9.3 W. Y. Leung, A. V. Mehta, A. Mugnai, E. A. Smith, and G. J. Tripoli Potential reduction of uncertainty in passive microwave precipitation retrieval by the inclusion of dynamic and thermodynamic constraints as part of the cloud dynamics and radiation database approach

11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Room 122A, Session 9, Satelite Studies and Lidar Observations - II
9.4 Sebastien Berthier, A. Heidinger, P. Chazette, and B. Baum Comparisons of Cirrus cloud statistics derived from CALIOP spaceborne lidar and MODIS measurements

3:30 PM-5:00 PM, Room 126BC, Session 3, Special Session on Latest Developments in Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
3.1 Hank Revercomb, B. Smith, G. A. Bingham, and C. Velden Geosynchronous Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer (GIFTS): An advanced sounder offering two orders of magnitude improvement
3.2 Justin Sieglaff, T. J. Schmit, P. Menzel, and S. Ackerman Inferring convective weather characteristics with geostationary high spectral resolution IR window measurements: A look into the future
3.3 Jun Li, E. Weisz, T. J. Schmit, J. P. Nelson, J. Li, and Z. Li Comparisons between GOES and LEO hyperspectral IR soundings over CONUS



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