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Call for contributions - Joint 2nd ISWG and 8th LSA-SAF Workshop

15 March 2018

The 2nd International Surface Working Group (ISWG) event will be held jointly with the 8th Land Surface Analysis Satellite Application Facility (LSA-SAF) Workshop in Lisbon, Portugal from 26 to 28 June 2018, at Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA).

The International Surface Working Group's aim is to gather requirements specific to surface observations to enhance both our understanding and ability to monitor the components of the Earth system including land, vegetation, snow, ice, and coastal and open waters. The EUMETSAT Land Surface Analysis Satellite Application Facility aims to increase the benefits accrued from satellite data, specifically for terrestrial processes, land-atmosphere interactions and biospheric applications. One of the target applications of the LSA-SAF product is to assess and improve the quality of land surface models.

Expected outcomes from the meeting include reviewing capabilities of existing technology and the capacity for their use in surface monitoring, data assimilation and modelling applications. This in turn should be used to provide expert recommendations and coordination guidance for surface observations.

The International Surface Working Group will:

  • provide recommendations to further the coordination and exploitation of Earth Observation data of terrestrial surfaces and land-atmosphere interactions;
  • provide recommendation as to the evolution of existing satellite systems and how to fill potential gaps in future observations;
  • formally propose itself to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Coordinated Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) as a new international science working group.

Oral and poster presentations are accepted; registration and submission of abstracts will close on 16 April 2018.

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