- Thu Jun 19 17:12:30 1997
- To: simbios-gen@seawifs
- Subject: SIMBIOS Science Team meeting
You are invited to participate in the First Annual SIMBIOS Science Team
meeting on 6 through 8 August 1997 in Solomons, MD. Team participation
and data access are open to anyone pursuing research contributing to the
joint validation of data from OCTS, SeaWiFS, POLDER, MOS, MODIS, MERIS,
and other satellite ocean color sensors, leading eventually to a global
bio-optical data products combining measurements from them all.
Although direct financial support is limited to U.S. investigators selected
under the SIMBIOS NRA, the SIMBIOS Project Office will provide data
base archival and access services, including preparation of custom data
sets/products, to support VALIDATION analyses by unfunded collaborators
from around the world. A distinction is made here between "VALIDATION"
and "APPLICATIONS" analyses: only "VALIDATION" and Multi-Sensor Data Merger
research will be supported by the SIMBIOS data basing and data set assembly
The meeting will open in a plenary session on Wednesday 6 August at 0800
AM (EDT) at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons. We
will divide into parallel focussed topic sessions Wed afternoon and Thurs, and
will meet again in a closing plenary session on Friday morning, adjourning
at 1130 AM (EDT).
The agenda topics for discussion at this meeting will include:
SIMBIOS PROGRAM REVIEW
Goals, Priorities, Approach
SIMBIOS Project Office: Roles, Plans, Organization
OCTS N. Am. ILAC processing & distribution
Data Management and Validation Analysis Team
Support of SIMBIOS Science Team (funded PI's and
SIMBIOS NRA PI's - 3-4 min each, thumbnail sketch of
planned SIMBIOS research activities.
OCEAN COLOR SENSOR PROJECT/SCIENCE TEAM STATUS & PLANS (10 min each)
(additional details may be presented in some breakout sessions)
Others - depending on availability of appropriate attendees
INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION ON OCEAN COLOR VALIDATION & DATA MERGER
Roles of Sensor and SIMBIOS Science Teams
Role of IOCCG
Data Exchange arrangements
in situ (SeaBASS & counterpart data bases)
Ocean Color imagery
Sensor Project Organization as Source
Direct "HRPT" or ILAC data as source
Format and Details of discussion TBD.
VALIDATION FIELD EXPERIMENTS& ANALYSES: Planning and Coordination
Plans and schedules
Opportunities for Collaboration
In situ Data Exchange mechanisms and logistics, arrangements for documentation,
quality assurance, etc.
SeaBASS data base format, procedures for access, metadata requirements and
formats, feasibility of providing tools to streamline documentation during
Ocean Color Image coverage coordination, match-up extraction, tools (existing,
planned and needs), .......
Breakout Topic Area(s)?
Instrument Cal Round-Robin (a low-cost SIRREX follow-on)
Discussion on other needs and contingencies, vs resource limits
INTRODUCTION AND TERMS OF REFERENCE (OPENING PLENARY - WED)
RESULTS OF DISCUSSIONS, PLANS, ACTION ITEMS (CLOSING PLENARY - FRI)
OPTICS PROTOCOLS REVIEW
Are we ready for Revision 2?
Breakout Topics? (IOP measurements and reflectance modeling, Spectrophotometric
Absorption workshop results, other..
- Above-Water vs In-Water determination of Water-Leaving Radiance is already
identified as a breakout topic area below)
OCEAN COLOR STEERING COMMITTEE:
Is one needed? If so, at what level? NASA Ocean Biogeochemistry Program as a
whole? Or Project by Project? SIMBIOS specific?
SIMBIOS IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF PRE-MEETING DRAFT (5 min - OPENING PLENARY)
SUMMARY OF POST-MEETING REVISION LIST (20 min- CLOSING PLENARY)
PARALLEL FIXED-TOPIC SESSIONS:
VICARIOUS CALIBRATION STRATEGIES AND METHODS:
VALIDATION MATCH-UP & TIME-SERIES DATA ANALYSES:
DETERMINATION OF AEROSOL OPTICAL PROPERTIES FROM SUN PHOTOMETERS, SKY RADIANCES,
AND LIDAR PROFILES:
AERONET island/coastal site priorities
Applications to vicarious calibration and match-up data analyses.
Focussed-topic workshop: Appropriate? When? Format? Data sets?
NORMALIZED WATER-LEAVING RADIANCE DETERMINATIONS FROM ABOVE-WATER, IN-WATER
PROFILE, AND IN-WATER FIXED-DEPTH MEASUREMENTS
Comparative Data sets
Uncertainty Budgets and Sources - theory and observation
Surface waves, ocean BRDF, Sky Radiance variability,...
Plaque Reflectance vs Incident Spectral Irradiance,
Focussed Topic Workshop goals, terms of reference,
format, schedule and location
Please send me comments and suggestions regarding these and/or additional
agenda topics. Suggested new topics, and critical comments/suggestions
regarding the ones above, are invited and welcome. Also, let me know
which topics you are especially interested in (including any new ones you
may suggest) to help me figure out which discussions can run in parallel,
and which can't.
Solomons, MD is located on the Western Shore of Chesapeake Bay, just inside
the mouth of the Patuxent River. Dr. Doug Capone, one of the SIMBIOS PI's, has
graciously arranged for his institution, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
(part of the U. of MD's Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies) to host
the meeting. Lodging is available at either a Holiday Inn [(410)326-6311 or
1-800-356-2009] or a Comfort Inn [(410)326-6303] located approximately a mile
from CBL. There are also several Bed & Breakfast establishments, and many
restaurants and pubs in this water-oriented community. There is a block of rooms
reserved for us at the Holiday Inn, so let them know you are with the meeting
when you call to reserve your room.
To reach Solomons from GSFC or the Washington DC area, one proceeds on
the beltway (I95/I495) to its intersection with Highway 4 (the extension
of Pennsylvania Avenue, which runs along the N side of Andrews Air Force Base),
exits and drives East on 4 approximately 50 miles to Solomons. Washington
National is the closest airport to Solomons, but it is not much further
from Baltimore-Washington if one proceeds from BWI south on I97, exits
on Hwy 3 South to Hwy 301 in Bowie, then S on 301 to Hwy 4 at Upper Marlboro,
and finally about 40 miles on Hwy 4 to Solomons. I'm not positive,
but I'd be surprised if it is practical (or indeed possible) to get to and
from Solomons via public transportation. It also straightforward
to get to Solomons from Dulles via I495/I95 to 4, but it is about 40 miles
or so further than from the other two airports. If any of you have
difficulty with driving to the meeting, for any reason, please advise me
and we'll try to set up a ride with someone else who's driving down and
Details on logistics, lodging, and maps will follow. Please advise Grey
Valenti (firstname.lastname@example.org, Ph: 301-286-3288, FAX 301 286-1775)
if you plan to attend.
Please communicate any questions on meeting content and format to me directly,
and I'll respond as quickly as I can. I hope you will be able to attend this
meeting, and I look forward with pleasure to seeing you there.
NASA/GSFC, Code 970.2
Greenbelt, MD 20771