Minimize APVE II Workshop: Arctic Products Validation & Evolution Workshop II
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Programme (20 October 2015)
Day 1: Tuesday, 27 October 2015






Ulrika Willén

SMHI, Sweden

Welcome and introduction


Bojan Bojkov

ESA, Italy

EO challenges in the Arctic and high-latitudes and the workshop objectives


Ralf Döscher

SMHI, Sweden

Challenges for climate science in the Arctic


Dennis Nazarenko

LOOKNorth, Canada

Overview of the first APVE Workshop: Canadian perspective


Yves Crevier

CSA, Canada

Coordination Framework for Satellite-Based EO Monitoring in the Government


Cofee Break


Cryosphere Session (1/2) - Chair: C. Duguay


Kari Luojus

Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland

Integrated Monitoring of the Land Cryosphere Utilizing Active and Passive, Optical and Microwave Instruments


Thomas Nagler

ENVEO, Austria

Advancements in Snow and Ice Monitoring by the Sentinel Satellite Constellation


Birgit Heim (On Behalf of Annett Bartsch)

AWI, Germany

Permafrost long-term monitoring sites (Arctic and Antarctic) as focus areas for monitoring by satellite data


Michael Linden-Vørnle

National Space Institute, Denmark

Arctic infrastructure using satellites and unmanned systems


Land Session (1/2) - Chair: G. Leblanc


David Gustafsson

SMHI, Sweden

Assessment of in-situ and satellite based snow cover data for improving land to ocean discharge predictions with a pan-arctic hydrological model


Sébastien Saunier

TPZ/Magellium, France

The use of Landsat MSS historical data in the case of climate studies


Raymond Soffer

NRC, Canada

The Mer Bleue Arctic Simulation Study (MBASS)


Birgit Heim

AWI, Germany

User and Expert-supported Validation and Evaluation Experiments for high-latitude permafrost landscapes: ESA DUE PERMAFROST (2009-2012) and ongoing programs EnMAP, PAGE21, HGF-EDA




Lake and Coastal Session (1/2) - Chair: P. Kowalczuk


Claude R. Duguay

University of Waterloo, Canada

Development of Arctic Lake Ice Products from MODIS and VIIRS Data


Dmytro Kyryliuk

Stockholm University, Sweden

Total suspended matter derived from MERIS data as indicator of coastal process extent in the Baltic Sea


Elina Kari

Stockholm University, Sweden

Retrieval of suspended particulate matter from turbidity­ model development, validation, and application to MERIS data over the Baltic Sea


Atmosphere (1/2) - Chair: R. Preusker

14:40 Susanne Crewell University of Cologne, Germany (AC)3:  A German initiative to study ArctiC Amplification: Climate Relevant Atmospheric and SurfaCe Processes, and Feedback Mechanisms
15:00 Kathleen Wilmot(On behalf of Ralf Bennartz) Vanderbilt University, US High-latitude satellite product validation at Summit-Greenland


Coffee Break

15:05 Salomon Eliasson SMHI, Sweden The CMSAF CLARA-A2 satellite dataset simulator - a general description and demonstration assessing EC Earth modelled Arctic cloud response to changing sea-ice cover
15:20 Karl-Göran Karlsson SMHI, Sweden Performance of Arctic cloud products in the CLARA-A2 AVHRR dataset
16:30 Discussion
17:30 End of day 1
17:30-19:00 Icebreaker
19:00 Non-hosted dinner


Programme (20 October 2015)
Day 2: Wednesday 28 October 2015


Review from Day 1


Bojan Bojkov

ESA, Italy

Overview and outcomes from Day 1


Cryosphere (2/2) - Chair: D. Gustafsson


David Small

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Sentinel-1 Backscatter Composite Products for Wet Snow Mapping


Jacob L. Høyer

Danish Meteorological Institute, Denmark

Validation of satellite ice surface temperature using field campaign observations in the Arctic


Steffen Tietsche

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, UK

Using satellite products to evaluate Arctic sea ice in the new ECMWF ocean reanalysis ORAP5




Atmosphere session (2/2) - Chair: S. Crewell


Daniel Klaus

Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

New insight of Arctic cloud parameterisation from regional climate model simulations, satellite-based and drifting station data


René Preusker

FUB, Germany

Water Vapour and cloud observations in the Arctic


Joseph Sedlar

Stockholm University, Sweden

Should we trust AIRS thermodynamic profiles over the remote Arctic Ocean?


Abhay Devasthale

SMHI, Sweden

Towards improved understanding of the vertical structure of the Arctic atmosphere: Contributions from the A-Train convoy and relevancy for ESA missions




Coffee Break


Lake and Coastal Session (2/2) - Chair: C. Duguay


Miroslaw Darecki

Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Remote sensing of the euphotic zone depth in stratified Arctic waters.


Tiit Kutser

University of Tartu, Estonia

Validation of ocean colour products in inland and coastal waters of Northern Europe


Piotr Kowalczuk

Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Bio-optical properties of the West Spitsbergen Shelf. The baseline for the validation and uncertainty characterisation of Earth Observation products in the European Arctic.


Brigit Heim

AWI, Germany

From Ocean Colour to Organic Carbon





Land Session (2/2) - Chair: F. Gascon

13:30 George Leblanc (On behalf of N.T Roulet) NRC, Canada Long-term measurements of the ecology, hydrology and carbon biochemistry of a northern peatland – projects for remote sensing calibration
13:45 George Leblanc NRC, Canada Airborne hyperspectral vegetation products over Mer Bleue Canada: its use as a surrogate northern bog
14:00 Said Kharbouche Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UK Assessment of different Satellite reflectance Products over the Arctic Region from the NASA CAR instrument
14:15 H. Peter White NRCAN, Canada Spectral image simulation of the Mer Bleue Arctic surrogate study site (MBASSS) and ISDAv2
14:30 Discussion
15:30-15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 Conclusions and recommendations – Way forward
Chairs: B. Bojkov and U. Willén
17:30 End


Minimize Author Instruction

Oral presentations:

15 min talk: the talk should be 12 min. actual presentation + 3 min. discussion. Max 10 slides.
(please bring a poster if you want in addition to your talk)

Poster instructions:
There will be a general poster session/icebreaker at the end of the Workshop: Day 1
Poster dimension must be: Height: 119cm and Width: 84cm

Participation at the workshop is free of charge.

Minimize Logistic Information

The venue for the meeting will be at the Museum of Work - Arbetets Museum


How to reach Norrköping

By flight:

Norrköping airport ( has direct connections to Helsinki.

Stockholm Skavsta airport (, situated 50 minutes by bus from Norrköping, has connections by e.g. Ryanair.

Linköping airport (, situated 30 minutes by taxi from Norrköping, has direct connections to Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

Stockholm Arlanda airport (, situated 2 hours by train from Norrköping, has international connections.

By train:

Train connections to Norrköping from Arlanda (2-2.5 h), Stockholm (1.5 h) and Copenhagen (4 h). More information:


Hotel information:

Block reservations with SMHI rates have been made at 4 hotels

Hotel Kneippen (15 rooms) 650 SEK including breakfast
Last day to book 16 October 2015 – booking reference APVE

Hotel President (20 rooms) 875 SEK including breakfast  
Last day to book 5 October 2015 – booking reference 14070278 

Elite Grand Hotel Norrköping (25 rooms) 890 SEK including breakfast
Last day to book 28 September 2015 – booking reference –GSMH261015

Scandic Norrköping City (25 rooms) 885 SEK incl breakfast
Last day to book 25 September 2015 – booking reference SMH261015