NPP Users' Workshop

Organizers: John Furgeson, Lihang Zhou

Speakers: Changyong Cao, Ivan Csiszar, Michael Denning, Mitchell D. Goldberg, Jeffrey D. Hawkins, Tommy Jasmin, Heather Kilcoyne, Anthony Reale, Tom Rink, Fuzhong Weng

Duration: Half-Day

Description of Tutorial:

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 information on how NPP data products will be used to better meet users' needs.

Demonstration of obtaining data products and tools developed for analyzing the data and products (such as CLASS, NPROVS; McIDAS; NPOESS Userport and ESRC; and NexSat) will be given at the workshop.


Session I: 13:30-14:50
     13:30 - 13:50 NPP Program Overview and User Readiness (Goldberg)
     13:50 - 14:10 NPP Sensor Data Overview (Weng)
     14:10 - 14:30 NPP VIIRS SDR Data User Readiness (Cao/DeLuccia/Xiong)
     14:30 - 14:50 Overview of the NPP EDR Products (Csiszar)

Break and Discussion: 14:50 - 15:10
Session II: 15:10-17:30
     15:10 - 15:30 NPP Cal Val Updates (Kilcoyne)
     15:30 - 15:50 NPP Products from the NOAA NDE Project (Csiszar)
     15:50 - 16:10 NPP Data and Access - CLASS Tutorial (Graumann)
     16:10 - 16:30 NPP HDF5 Data Format and Usage (Denning)
     16:30 - 16:50 McIDAS Visualization Tool (Achtor)
     16:50 - 17:10 NexSat (Arunas)
     17:10 - 17:30 NPROVS (Reale)

About the Speakers

Biography of Presenter:

Changyong Cao is a research physical scientist specializing in the calibration of radiometers onboard NOAA's operational environmental satellites. In addition to the operational pre&post calibration support, he is responsible for developing and refining the methodology for inter-satellite calibration using the Simultaneous Nadir Overpass (SNO) method, which has been used for the long-term on-orbit instrument performance monitoring of all radiometers on NOAA's polar orbiting satellites, and is being used by scientists for quantifying inter-satellite calibration biases in developing long-term time series for climate change detection studies. His primary research interest is climate quality calibration for earth observing satellites. He is co-chair of the Calibration Product Oversight Panel (CalPOP), and the chair for the GOES-R calibration working group. He also chaired the CEOS/WGCV (Committee on Earth Observation Satellites/Working Group on Calibration/Validation), the international committee for all space agencies from 2007-2008.

Ivan Csiszar received his Ph.D. in 1996 in Earth Sciences from the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. From 1988 until 1997 he worked at the Hungarian Meteorological Service, during which time he also visited the Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie in Hamburg, Germany, and the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique in Palaiseau, France. He was a visiting scientist at NOAA/NESDIS between 1997 and 2001. From 2002 to 2008 he was an Associate Research Scientist at the Department of Geography of the University of Maryland, where he is currently a member of the Adjunct Faculty. He joined NOAA/NESDIS/STAR in 2008.

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.

Mitchell D. Goldberg received the B.S. degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, in 1981, and the M.S. degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1984, both in meteorology. He is currently with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, Office of Research and Applications, Camp Springs, MD, and is currently the chief of the Climate Research and Applications Division. His area of expertise is satellite-based passive infrared and microwave remote sensing. He has developed retrieval algorithms for deriving atmospheric temperature and moisture profiles from observations made by the HIRS, AIRS, MSU, and AMSU instruments. The products derived from these algorithms are used in weather and climate applications.

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.

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.

Fuzhong Weng is a physical scientist at NOAA / NESDIS and is the chief of the Satellite Calibration & Data Assimilation Branch (previously the Sensor Physics Branch) of STAR. Dr. Weng has been the deputy director for the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation from 2002-2004 and is a member of the NPOESS Microwave Operational Algorithm Team (MOAT). In 1985, Fuzhong Weng received his M.S. degree in radar meteorology from Nanjing Institute of Meteorology. He then worked as an instructor, teaching undergraduates about radar meteorology for two years. In order to enhance his background in atmospheric sciences, Fuzhong came to the United States in 1987 to pursue advanced studies at the Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University (CSU) and received his Ph.D. degree in 1992. Since then, he has been working for NOAA / NESDIS, initially as a contractor, then as a visiting scientist and then a government employee.

Dr. Weng is a leading expert in developing various NOAA operational satellite microwave products and algorithms such as the Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/I) and the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU) cloud and precipitation algorithms, land surface temperature and emissivity algorithms. These products are increasingly being utilized by the international community's to validate the numerical weather prediction model outputs and provide real-time monitoring of various severe weather events.