Meetings: NASA

August 27-29, 2018
Santa Rosa, CA USA
NASA Physical Oceanography Program is sponsoring the Ocean Salinity Science Team and Salinity Continuity Processing meeting to be held at Remote Sensing Systems. The primary objectives of this meeting are to review recent work on sea surface salinity products and their applications, to discuss improvements in SMAP satellite SSS retrieval, and to develop a strategy for integrating SSS into the next Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space.
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March 12-13, 2018
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA USA
In March 2018, the SPURS-2 team met to collaboratively address science questions in several thematic science areas, including scales (e.g., large scale/seasonal, mesoscale/weekly, small scale/diurnal) and/or processes (e.g., air-sea interaction, upper ocean stratification, mixing). Presentations can also be accessed on the SPURS-2 website here.
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September 18-20, 2017
Arlington, VA USA
In September 2017, members of the Ocean Salinity Science Team (OSST) met in Arlington, VA for a three-day meeting. The objectives for the meeting were (1) a review of final recommendations for the Aquarius Version 5 data release, (2) evaluation of the Version 4.6 "testbed" product, (3) discussion of Calibration and Validation, and (4), analysis of scientific results, including results from SMAP and SMOS. In addition to these objectives, plans for documentation and ongoing OSST science objectives and plans were discussed.
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January 9-11, 2017
Santa Rosa, CA USA
In early 2017, an Aquarius Science Calibration/Validation (Cal/Val) workshop was held to plan the final data processing release (Version 5 or "V5"). Objectives included: evaluating performance improvements from recent algorithm changes (i.e., 4.5.x processing); re-assessing seasonal and regional biases to identify causes; using SMAP salinity retrievals to improve understanding of Aquarius data; assessing state of instrument calibration analyses; investigating in-water data to support Aquarius validation; discussing additional products (e.g., RIM) and finalizing V5 contents; and setting up a schedule for final documentation.
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March 29-30, 2016
Santa Rosa, CA USA
In late March 2016, the two-day Aquarius Science Calibration/Validation (Cal/Val) workshop was held at Remote Sensing Systems (Santa Rosa, CA). The meeting focused on understanding the path towards completing the Aquarius Version 5 (V5) processing algorithm. Participants addressed key issues related to possible seasonal and regional biases in Aquarius data, the need for additional evaluation products to assess algorithm performance, and how salinity retrievals from the SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive) mission could help to improve Aquarius V5 processing.
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November 17-19, 2015
Buenos Aires, Argentina
In November 2015, the 10th Aquarius/SAC-D Science Team meeting was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The goal of the meeting was to share and review science accomplishments and consider science objectives for sustained observations in the future with the Aquarius record as a foundation. The first two days of the meeting focused on the many ongoing and concluding Aquarius and SAC-D science projects, including the results of data and product applications from general users, algorithms progress, and education and public outreach activities. The final day of the meeting focused on a survey of the development of ocean research by NASA and CONAE in the South Atlantic, including prospects for further international collaboration.
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March 31-April 1, 2015
Santa Rosa, CA USA
In 2015, the Aquarius Science team met for the Science Calibration/Validation Workshop held in Santa Rosa, California. The two-day meeting focused on the path to Version 4 data processing.
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November 11-14, 2014
Seattle, WA USA
http://depts.washington.edu/uwconf/wordpress/aquarius/
In November 2014, the Aquarius/SAC-D satellite mission convened the 9th Science Meeting in Seattle, WA, USA. This was the 3rd science meeting since the mission was launched on 10 June 2011. This meeting was scheduled to coincide with the completion of NASA's Aquarius 3-year prime salinity measurement mission in November. The agenda emphasized the scientific achievements of these three years, validating the NASA mission science requirements, and to form future plans for Aquarius extended mission science (NASA Senior Review in 2015). The meeting focused on the Aquarius/SAC-D science team and the NASA Ocean Salinity Science Team (OSST) activities.
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November 12-14, 2013
Buenos Aires, Argentina
In November 2013, the eighth Aquarius/SAC-D Science Team Meeting was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The meeting focused on the mission health and status, data analysis, scientific results, instrument performance, data processing, calibration, validation and mission science requirements assessment. The program consisted of a series of plenary session covering science overviews, the latest algorithms for Aquarius and Microwave Radiometer (MWR) sensors, and a series of excellent presentations on data validation and science results with Aquarius data, in addition to more technical splinter meetings.
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April 15-17, 2013
Brest, France
In April 2013, over 120 members of the international science community met at IFREMER (Brest, France) to discuss understanding salinity using satellites (e.g., European Space Agency's "Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity," SMOS and NASA's Aquarius instrument), in-water instruments (e.g., Argo Program), and computer models. The goal of this workshop was to provide the SMOS and Aquarius science communities with an overview on the present quality of the provided data, and an outlook on future algorithm developments. Abstracts are available here.
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January 29-30, 2013
Online Workshop
In late January 2013, over 90 people participated in the online 3-day Aquarius Science Calibration/Validation (Cal/Val) workshop. Objectives included assessing the following: overall accuracy of the data; radiometer calibration performance; antenna pattern correction; performance of the radio frequency interference (RFI) mitigation algorithm; scatterometer performance; and accuracy of geophysical modeling algorithms. The workshop provided a thorough review of sensor calibration and science data processing status, leading to a successful dissemination of Aquarius V2.0 in winter 2013.
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October 29 - November 1, 2012
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD USA
Held at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the October 2012 Aquarius Science Calibration/Validation workshop focused on reviewing the post-launch Calibration/Validation plan, and making decisions on the path toward Version 2.0 processing.
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April 11-13, 2012
Buenos Aires, Argentina
http://www.conae.gov.ar/index.php/english/science-meeting-2/7-aquarius-science-meeting
The first post-launch Aquarius/SAC-D Science Team Meeting was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in April, 2012. More than 120 scientists and engineers from around the world shared scientific findings along with the status of each observatory instrument and its data. Presentations focused on the first data analysis, including the in-orbit checkout, data processing, calibration, validation and near-term data analysis.
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March 26-28, 2012
Santa Rosa, CA USA
The Aquarius Calibration/Validation Workshop took place in Santa Rosa, California in late March 2012. The objectives of the two day workshop were to (1) assess radiometer calibration performance, (2) review the RFI mitigation algorithms, (3) review scatterometer calibration performance and algorithm, (4) review the geophysical correction algorithms and performance, and to make decisions on the path towards Aquarius data Version 1.4 processing.
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November 15-17, 2011
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA USA
The objective of the 2011 Aquarius Calibration/Validation Workshop was to discuss post-launch plans for the Calibration and Validation of the Aquarius/SAC-D satellite. The three day workshop's objectives were to: (1) review the radio frequency interference (RFI) mitigation algorithms, review the (2) radiometer and (3) scatterometer calibration performance, (4) assess the performance of geophysical correction algorithms, and (5) make decisions that would lead to the processing of data Version 1.3.
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July 19-21, 2010
Seattle, WA USA
In July 2010, over 100 members of the international Aquarius/SAC-D Science Team community met in Seattle, WA. This was the 6th Science Team meeting and the last before the launch of the Aquarius/SAC-D satellite in June 2011. The meeting focused on the science team's preparations for launch, including the in-orbit checkout, data processing, calibration, validation and near-term data analysis, as well as near-term science applications.
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