Minimize SMOS & Aquarius 2013 - Programme

SMOS & AQUARIUS SCIENCE WORKSHOP

15-17 APRIL 2013, IFREMER, Brest, France

The main objectives of this workshop are to:

  • Provide the SMOS and Aquarius science communities with
    o an overview on the present quality of the provided data, and 
    o an outlook on future algorithm developments.
  • Explore common L-band sensor and algorithm issues for sea surface salinity and soil moisture retrievals derived by SMOS and Aquarius data. 
  • Present broader science achievements of both missions, including modelling results.
  • Explore synergistic use of and validation approaches for SMOS, Aquarius and other sensors' data over land and ocean. 
  • Provide a forum for discussion on specific topics related to improving sea surface salinity and soil moisture retrievals through dedicated working groups.

TIME

DAY 1: 15 APRIL

     

11:00-14:00

Registration

 
 

Opening session & mission status.

 
 

Chairman: Susanne Mecklenburg

 

14:00-14:10

Workshop opening and objectives

Susanne Mecklenburg, ESA

14:10-14:20

Ocean Salinity Programme at NASA

Eric Lindström, NASA

14:20-14:30

Science programme at CNES

Juliette Lambin, CNES

14:30-15:00

From SMOS to Aquarius and beyond

Yann Kerr, CESBIO

15:00-15:30

Aquarius mission status

Gary Lagerloef, Earth & Space Research

15:30-16:00

SMOS mission status  from the ocean's perspective

Nicolas Reul, IFREMER

16:00-16:10

Working Group Intercalibration: introduction

David Levine, NASA

16:10-16:20

Working Group Stratification: introduction

Jacqueline Boutin, LOCEAN

 

 

Session 2 Instruments' performance and inter-calibration, algorithm development.

 

Chairman: David Levine and Yann Kerr 

16:50 - 17:10

Martin-Neira

Manuel

SMOS Instrument Performance and Calibration After 3 Years in Orbit

17:10 - 17:30

Cabot

Francois

Intercalibration of SMOS and Aquarius over land, ice and ocean.

17:30 - 17:50

Bindlish

Rajat

Intercomparison Of Aquarius And Smos Brightness Temperature Observations

17:50 - 18:10

Macelloni/ Skou

(combined presentation)

Macelloni: L-band brightness temperature at Dome-C Antarctica: 
intercomparison between DOMEX-3, SMOS and Aquarius data,Skou:  DOMECair Campaign in Support of SMOS Calibration

18:10 - 20:00

ICE BREAKER + POSTERS

 

DAY 2: 16 APRIL.

   

9:00 - 9:20

Misra

Sidharth

Development Of On-Earth Brightness Temperature References At L-Band For Characterizing Long-Term Calibration Drifts

9:20 - 9:40

Banks

Chris

Investigating the Temporal Variability in Salinity from Ascending and Descending Passes in SMOS and Aquarius

9:40 - 10:00

Colliander

Andreas

Ocean Reference for SMOS Zero-Baselines Based on Aquarius Brightness Temperature Simulator

10:00 - 10:20

Kainulainen

Juha

Long and short term radiometric stability of SMOS measurements with different NIR front-end models

10:20 - 10:40

Kao

Hsun-Ying

Remove the Detectable Errors in Aquarius from Inter-Beam Comparisons

10:40 - 11:00

Turiel

Antonio

New reconstruction algorithms for the improvement of SMOS L1c images: preliminary results

11:00-11:30

Coffee break

       

11:30 - 11:50

Tenerelli/ Gourrion

Joseph/ Jerome

Continuing Challenges in Salinity Retrieval for the SMOS Mission
& Towards an improved characterization of instrumental biases and forward model errors in SMOS observations over the Ocean

11:50 - 12:10

Yueh

Simon

Aquarius¡¦ CAP Ocean Surface Salinity and Wind Products and Their Applications to Water Cycle Research

12:10 - 12:30

Dinnat

Emmanuel

Sea Water Permittivity Model and Differences in Sea Surface Salinity Retrieved from SMOS and Aquarius

12:30 - 12:50

Meissner

Thomas

Recent Developments in the Aquarius Level 2 Salinity Retrieval Algorithm

12:50 - 13:10

Spurgeon

Paul

Evolution and application of the SMOS Level 2 Ocean Salinity Ocean Target Transformation

13:10 - 14:20

Lunch

   
 

SESSION 3 product validation & stratification.

 

Chairman: Jacqueline Boutin and Yi Chao

14:20 - 14:40

Asher

William

The Effect of Environmental Forcing on the Stability of Near Surface Salinity Gradients in the Ocean

14:40 - 15:00

Drucker

Robert

Comparison of Aquarius sea surface salinity with Argo near-surface salinity

15:00 - 15:20

Ward

Brian

Upper Ocean Profiles of Surface Salinity from the Air-Sea Interaction Profiler

15:20 - 15:40

Reverdin

Gilles

Upper ocean stratification from drifters for SMOS/Aquarius cal-val

15:40 - 16:00

Boutin

Jacqueline

SMOS and in situ salinity: rain and near-surface vertical stratification effects

16:00 - 16:20

Chao

Yi

Upper Ocean Salinity Stratification: Challenges To Validate Satellite Remotely Sensed Sea Surface Salinity

       

16:20 - 16:40

Coffee break

       

16:40-18:15

Working groups  on (in parallel)

 

Stratification: Chairman: J. Boutin, Y.Chao and Chris Banks

Intercalibration: Chairman: G. Lagerloef, D. LeVine, Y. Kerr, J. Font and M. Portabella

 

19:00-22:30

WORKSHOP DINNER

 
 

DAY 3: 17 April

9:00 - 9:20

Lagerloef

Gary

Aquarius V2.0 data accuracy assessment and residual errors

9:20 - 9:40

Abe

Hiroto

Evluation of Sea Surfase Salinity observed by Aquarius and SMOS  

9:40 - 10:00

Button

Nicole

Validation of SMOS and Aquarius Salinity Data in the Agulhas Region

10:00 - 10:20

Bulusu

Subrahman

Validation  of Aquarius and SMOS salinity measurements in the Indian Ocean

10:20 - 10:40

Vinogradova

Nadya

Estimates of Observational Errors Related to Small-Scale Horizontal and Vertical Variability in Salinity Fields

 

Session 4 SMOS and Aquarius science application and synergies

 

Chairman: Nicolas Reul and Antonio Turiel

10:40 - 11:00

Gordon

Arnold L.

Ocean Eddy Freshwater Flux

11:00-11:30

Coffee break

   

11:30 - 11:50

Duran

Fabien

SMOS Reveals the Signature of Indian Ocean Dipole Events

11:50 - 12:10

Lee

Tong

Aquarius brings new understanding to tropical instability waves

12:10 - 12:30

Vazuez

Jorge

Initial Results on the Variability of Sea Surface Salinity from Aquarius/SAC-D in the Gulf of Mexico

12:30 - 12:50

Sato

Olga

Salinity variability associated with changes in the hydrological cycle variables

12:50 - 14:00

Lunch

   

14:00 - 14:20

Xie

Pingping

NOAA In Situ & Satellite Blended Analysis of Sea Surface Salinity:  Preliminary Results for 2010 - 2012

14:20 - 14:40

Hasson

Audrey

Analyzing the Recent Signature of ENSO in the Tropical Pacific Ocean using In Situ, SMOS and Model Salinity Data

14:40 - 15:00

Liu

W. Timothy

Ocean Surface Salinity Features as Observed by SMOS and Aquarius

15:00 - 15:20

Reul

Nicolas

Eastern Pacific Fresh Pool SSS variability observed by SMOS  and Aquarius sensors over the period 2010-2012

15:20-15:50

Coffee break

   

15:50-16:30

Summary of Working Groups on stratification and intercalibration (20 min each)

16:30 -18:00

Discussion/ Summary of day's sessions

 

END OF WORKSHOP

 
             

POSTERS

Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Downscaling SMOS Soil Moisture using MODIS Land Surface Temperature 
Srivastava, Prashant K.; 
University of Bristol, Bristol, UNITED KINGDOM

The ESA SMOS+SOS Project: Oceanography using SMOS for Innovative Air-Sea Exchange Studies 
Banks, Chris; 
National Oceanography Centre, UNITED KINGDOM;

Validation of Surface Salinity Retrieved by SMOS and Aquarius Satellites in the Bay of Bengal 
Akhil, V.P;
CNES/LEGOS, Toulouse, FRANCE;

Inter-Comparison of SMOS and Aquarius Brightness Temperatures at L-Band over Selected Targets
Pablos, Miriam; 
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, SPAIN;

Dependence of SMOS/MIRAS Brightness Temperatures on Wind Speed: Sea Surface Effect and latitudinal Biases
Yin, Xiaobin;
LOCEAN, FRANCE; 2ARGANS, UNITED KINGDOM

Spatial Bias on SMOS Full-Polarimetric Images over the Ocean 
Wu, Lin; 
Remote Sensing Laboratory, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona and SMOS Barcelona Expert Centre, SPAIN;

Retrieval of Surface Roughness From Active and Passive Microwave Observations 
Gao, Y.;
Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, AUSTRALIA;

Tools, Services & Support of Aquarius/SAC-D Data Distribution through PO.DAAC 
Tsontos, Vardis; 
NASA/JPL, UNITED STATES

Current ESA Validation Campaigns in Support of SMOS 
Casal, Tânia; 
ESA/ESTEC, NETHERLANDS; 2ESA/ESRIN, ITALY

Microwave Remote Sensing Sensors On-Board Satellites Tracks Cyclone Thane: SMOS and OCEANSAT-II
Calla, Opn; 
International Center for Radio Science, INDIA

The Tropical Atlantic North Equatorial CounterCurrent Dynamics from SMOS and Altimetry 
Arnault, Sabine; 
IRD, FRANCE;


Reconstruction of Decadal Time Series of Sea Surface Salinity in the Amazon River Plume using SMOS and MODIS/Aqua Data 
Korosov, Anton; 
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, NORWAY;

Assessment of SMOS and AQUARIUS Performance in the Arctic 
Korosov, Anton; 
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, NORWAY

Towards an Optimal SMOS Bayesian-Based Inversion Scheme for Salinity and Wind Speed Retrieval Purposes 
Montuori, Antonio; 
Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope, ITALY;

SMOS and AQUARIUS SSS in and around the SPURS/STRASSE Experiment 
Hernandez, Olga; 
LOCEAN, FRANCE;

SMOS Level 3 and Level 4 Research Products Provided by the Barcelona Expert Center
Font, Jordi; 
ICM-CSIC & SMOS/BEC, SPAIN;

First Results of Aquarius SSS Data Assimilation in the Mercator Ocean System. 
Tranchant, Benoît
CLS/Mercator Océan, FRANCE;

Generating SMOS Sea Surface Salinity Maps with the Help of Data Assimilation 
Ballabrera, Joaquim; 
Institut de Ciencies del Mar, CSIC, SPAIN

Spatio-Temporal Coherence between Spaceborne Measurements of Salinity and Light Absorption in the Amazone Plume Region 
Fournier, Severine; 
IFREMER, FRANCE

Using Current and Future L-Band (1.4GHz) Missions for Sea Ice Thickness Retrieval. 
Miernecki, Maciej
INRA, FRANCE

Preliminary Analysis of Aquarius Data for Cryospheric Applications
de Matthaeis, P; 
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, UNITED STATES

Freeze/Thaw Detection Using Aquarius' L-band Passive/Active Data 
Xu, Xiaolan; 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, UNITED STATES

Quality Control of remotely sensed Sea Surface Salinity in The Yellow Sea
Kil, Bumjun; 
Department of Marine Science in University of Southern Mississippi, Stennis Space Center, UNITED STATES; 

Impact of Icebergs Size on SMOS Brightness Temperature Measurements
Slominska, Ewa; 
Space Research Centre PAS, POLAND

Sharing the Importance of Ocean Salinity Beyond the Scientific Community
deCharon, Annette
University of Maine, UNITED STATES

Inter-satellite Radiometric Calibration of Ocean Brightness Temperature between SMOS and Aquarius 
Jones, W Linwood; 
University of Central Florida, UNITED STATES

Coastal Salinity Variability over the East China Sea Monitored by the Aquarius/SAC-D Satellite 
Kim, Seung-bum; 
JPL, UNITED STATES;

Towards an Optimal Quality Control of L2 SMOS Data 
Martinez, Justino; 
ICM-CSIC & SMOS-BEC, SPAIN

Application of SMOS Ocean Salinity Data 
Davaasuren, Narangerel; 
IMARES, WUR, NETHERLANDS

Tropical Storm Monitoring with SMOS Sensor: An Overview of the SMOS+STORM Project 
Reul, Nicolas;
IFREMER, FRANCE;

Examination and Comparison of SMOS and MyOcean Global Salinity Data 
Samuel-Rhoads, Yianna; 
Oceanography Centre, University of Cyprus, CYPRUS

Retrieval of Snow Thickness over Thick Multi-Year Sea Ice using SMOS Data 
Maaß, Nina; 
Institute of Oceanography, GERMANY

Satellite-based T/S Diagrams and Surface Ocean Water Masses
Sabia, R; 
ESA, ITALY;

SMOS Derived Sea Ice Thickness in the Polar Regions 
Tian-Kunze, Xiangshan;
University of Hamburg, Germany, GERMANY

Using SMOS Data to Evaluate AMSRE and WINDSAT C-Band Radiometer Salinity Inversion in River-Influenced Basins 
Vandemark, Douglas; 
Univ. of New Hampshire, UNITED STATES;

Scales of Sea Surface Salinity Variability from In Situ Observations and Numerical Model Results
Sena Martins, Meike; 
Institute of oceanography, GERMANY;

Comparative Study of Sea Surface Salinity obtain from AquariusSAC-D Mission and Argo Floats over Indian Ocean 
Calla, OPN; 
International Center for Radio Science, INDIA

Retrieval and Validation of Sea Ice Thickness from SMOS-Data using Polarisation Information 
Huntemann, Marcus; 
University of Bremen, GERMANY

Ocean Roughness Correction for Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity Measurements
Hejazin, Yazan; 
University of Central Florida- Remote Sensing Lab, UNITED STATES;

SMOS Brightness Temperature Enhancement in Coastal Areas 
Gonzalez, Veronica; 
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS, SPAIN;

SMOS RFI Status Worldwide
Oliva Balague, Roger; 
ESAC, SPAIN;

A Comparative Study of Third Stokes Parameter from SMOS and Aquarius Measurements 
Chae, Chun-Sik; 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, UNITED STATES;

Comparison of SMOS and SMAP Retrieval Algorithms Based on In Situ L-Band Observations at the VAS Site. 
Miernecki, Maciej; 
INRA, FRANCE;

Fusion of SMOS and Aquarius Level 3 SSS Maps by Spatial Optimization of the Error Matrix 
Guimbard, S.;
Institut de Ciencies del Mar - CSIC, SPAIN;  

Improved GW Model Function Based on Additional Seawater Measurements 
Lang, R.; 
The George Washington University, UNITED STATES;

Seasonal Variability of Sea Surface Salinity on a Global Scale
Bingham, Frederick; 
University of North Carolina Wilmington, UNITED STATES;

Quantile Regression Methods Applied to Aquarius Data in the Eastern Tropical Pacific
Bingham, Frederick; 
University of North Carolina Wilmington, UNITED STATES;

Tropical Atlantic salinity variability: new insights from SMOS
Tzortzi, Eleni;
National Oceanography Centre Southampton- University of Southampton, UNITED KINGDOM;

South Atlantic Circulation and Salinity. 
Matano, Ricardo
Oregon State University, UNITED STATES

Cross-Frontal Exchanges of Salt in the Gulf Stream Monitored with SMOS Satellite 
Reul, Nicolas; 
IFREMER, FRANCE;