HFIP Observations Workshop

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11 - 12 May 2011


NOAA/Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149


An HFIP Observations Workshop will be held 11-12 May 2011 at NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) on Virginia Key Florida. The purpose of the meeting is two-fold: (1) For those gathering observations (aircraft, satellite, ocean) to present current data types to potential users, including information on data quality, availability, and access, and (2) for users to present their current and future observational needs in the areas of Physics, Diagnostics, Verification, and Data Assimilation. The ultimate goal is an observations plan for the near future to address needs and abilities.


Sim Aberson (sim.aberson@noaa.gov) Chair and aircraft observations
Altug Aksoy (altug.aksoy@noaa.gov) Data Assimilation
Jack Beven (John.L.Beven@noaa.gov) Operations
Chris Fairall (Chris.Fairall@noaa.gov) Physics
John Knaff (Knaff@cira.colostate.edu) Satellite observations and Diagnostics
Tim Marchok (Timothy.Marchok@noaa.gov) Verification
Nick Shay (nshay@rsmas.miami.edu) Ocean observations
Pam Johnson (johnsonp@ucar.edu) Logistics


Wednesday, May 11

  8:30     Aberson: Introduction and Logistics
  8:40     Atlas/Marks: Welcome
  8:50     Gall: Welcome

  9:00     Satellite Observations Session Chair: John Knaff

              Satellite Observations of Tropical Cyclones: Currently and Soon Available -
              J. Knaff, R. Ferrero, and M. DeMaria

  9:45     Discussion

10:15     Break

10:30     Ocean Observations Session Chair: Eric Uhlhorn

              Multi-Platform Ocean Observations In Support of HFIP: Progress and Plans -
              L. Shay and E. Uhlhorn

10:50      Discussion

11:00      Aircraft Observations Session Chair: Sim Aberson

              An Introduction to NOAA and Air Force Aircraft in Operations and Research
              - S. Aberson

11:15     WP-3D Cloud Physics Observations:  What We Already Have and What
              We Really Need More Of - R. Black
11:30     Flight-level Data from the NOAA WP-3D Aircraft: An Overview of the
              Instrumentation and Errors - J. Zhang
11:45     Analysis of Alternatives for NOAA WP-3D's over the coming years
              - R. Rogers
12:00     An overview of NOAA's SFMR: Data and Applications - B. Klotz

12:15     Lunch

13:40     Planned UAS operations in Hurricanes - J. Cione
13:50     Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel - S. Braun
14:00     Airborne Radar Observations in Tropical Cyclones: Their quality-control,
             analysis, and availability at AOML/HRD - J. Gamache
14:15     HRD's Hurricane Dropwindsonde Data Archive - K. Sellwood
14:30     A Web-based hurricane Obs and Model Data Visualization Framework
              - T. Quirino

14:45     Discussion

15:15     Break

15:30     General Discussion of Current Observations

             Enhancing the BUFR/PrepBUFR support to research and operational
             community - H. Huang

15:45     Discussion

17:15     Adjourn

Thursday, May 12

  8:30     Overview of IWRAP data, formats, and access - S. Frasier
  8:45     The JPL Tropical Cyclone Information System: A satellite database and
              analysis approach in support of hurricane forecast improvement through
              model validation and building the framework for data assimilation in
              precipitation - S. Hristova-Veleva

             Ocean Model Observational Needs Session Chair: George Halliwell

  9:00     Ocean Observational Requirements for Improving Ocean Model Initialization
              for Coupled Hurricane Forecasting - G. Halliwell

  9:20     Discussion

              Observational Needs for Physics Session Chair: Chris Fairall

  9:30     Observations of Physics/Processes to Improve Parameterizations in Models.
              C. Fairall, E. Walsh, K. Moran, J. Bao, C. Zappa

10:00     Discussion

10:30     Break

             Observations for Data Assimilation Session Chair: Altug Aksoy

10:45     Data assimilation for tropical cyclones: Advances and challenges - A. Aksoy
11:05     Global data assimilation for tropical cyclones with the hybrid GSI/EnKF
              system - J. Whitaker
11:25     Using observations for assimilation and diagnostics in the AHW model
              - R. Torn (remote)
11:45     U.S. Navy's data assimilation for tropical cyclones - P. Pauley

12:05     Discussion

12:30     Lunch

              Diagnostics/Verification/Operations Session Chairs:
              John Knaff/Tim Marchok/Jack Beven

14:00     The use of observations in real-time operations at NHC - J. Beven
14:15     The use of observations in the NHC best-tracking process: How good are
              the 'best tracks'? - C. Landsea
14:30     Observational needs for TC forecast verification - T. Marchok
14:45     An overview of Observational Needs of the HFIP Applications Development
              and Diagnostics (ADD) Team - J. Knaff

15:00     Discussion

15:30     Break

15:45     Discussions and plans

17:15     Adjourn


A block of rooms has been set up at the JW Marriott Miami at the government rate of $128 per night. The JW Marriott Miami is located at 1109 Brickell Ave, Miami, Fl 33131, and is close to shopping areas and restaurants. Reservations for the Event may be made with Marriott reservations at 1-800-228-9290 or 1-800-503-0598, on Marriott.com or directly with the Hotel. The Group Name is HFIP Observations Workshop.

For other hotels close to AOML, please see the Map of Coconut Grove, Virginia Key and Key Biscayne, including AOML and directions to convenient hotels.


Local transportation options can be found at AOML Visitor Page.

Map of the Miami Metro area, including directions from Miami International Airport to AOML.

Driving directions from Fort Lauderdale International Airport to AOML.


Email: Pam Johnson (johnsonp@ucar.edu) to register for the meeting.

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