Second Conference on Transition of Research to Operations: Successes, Plans, and Challenges
The Second Conference on the Transition of Research to Operations: Successes, Plans, and Challenges, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, will be held 22–26 January 2012, as part of the 92nd AMS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The successful transition of demonstrated research into long-term sustained operational capabilities in Satellite Observations, Modeling, and Data Stewardship is a topic of great interest to the Nation. This second conference will build on the success of the first conference held in January 2011, and begin to highlight the latest numerical modeling transition efforts (atmosphere, ocean, land, climate, and space weather), in addition to providing updates on the latest developments in the transition of satellite observations and data stewardship. This conference supports national imperatives for the successful transition of research missions into sustained operations (R2O). The dialogue at the conference will reflect ongoing Congressional and high-level Administration interest in these issues, but also the consistent funding challenges facing R2O missions.
Sessions include discussion on the following topics:
1. Impacts of Demonstrated Research Missions on Operational Meteorology, Oceanography, and Climate Applications. This session, to be held jointly with the 18th Conference on Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography and Climatology, will concentrate on requirements for transition of innovative new research measurements to improve operational services. The joint conference will focus on:
• Proven research satellite sensing capabilities that are being planned for transition to long-term sustained operations
• The development of innovative methods of processing and analyzing observations from satellites; and
• The display and use of satellite data for both research and operational purposes, including weather, ocean, and climate monitoring and forecasting.
2. Enhancing Operational Capabilities: Progress and Plans for R2O-Enabling Technologies. This session, to be held jointly with the 28th Conference on Interactive Information Processing Systems, will focus on Earth science technology innovations aimed at improving science and operational services. Special emphasis will be given to innovations that quantify the changing distribution of extreme weather events and enable improvements in weather, ocean, and climate prediction; such as:
• Advanced radiometer concepts supporting weather, ocean, and climate research;
• Innovative techniques for measuring winds, aerosols, and trace gases;
• New capabilities for measuring and monitoring all forms of precipitation; and
• Other anticipated technology advancements.
3. Pathway for Satellite Data Retrieval Algorithms. This session, to be held jointly with the 8th Annual Symposium on Future Operational Environmental Satellite Systems, will discuss the process of developing, calibrating, validating, and updating operational algorithms for retrieving data products from our new generation of polar-orbiting and geostationary environmental satellites. In the coming decade several new operational environmental satellites are planned for launch - including the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) and the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - R series (GOES-R) satellites. These satellite systems will deploy greatly improved sensor technology for observing the earth, sun, and near-earth space environment. To complement these advances in sensor technology, new science based retrieval algorithms are being developed. Topics of most interest relate to the life-cycle processes for development and maintenance of these new science based retrieval algorithm, as well as, the infrastructure needed to support them. Also of interest are topics that highlight the challenges of having a greatly increased data volume; the opportunities for improved services enabled by significantly reduced data latency; improved temporal, spatial, and spectral resolution; and the development of blended algorithms that take advantage of observations from multiple sensors and satellites.
4. Transition of Research to Operations in Numerical Weather, Ocean, and Climate Models. This session, to be jointly held with the 16th Symposium on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface, will explore Ocean and Atmospheric Observations from satellites specific to:
• How does a particular observing system complement other systems and contribute to a viable composite observing system appropriate for the atmosphere, ocean, or land surface?
• How effective is the assimilation of the observations into numerical models?
• What are the advantages and shortcomings compared with other observing systems?
5. Recent advances in Data Management Technologies and Data Services. This session, to be held jointly with the 28th Conference on Interactive Information Processing Systems, will explore recent advances in both data management technologies and the new generation of data services that are being enabled as a result of those technological advances. We envision presentations on end-to-end management of data flows from observations to archives, as well as access, analysis, visualization, integrity, provenance, stewardship, and citation of those data.
For additional information please contact the program organizing committee: please contact Elizabeth Nolan, Riverside Technology, (301) 713-1055 x156 (e-mail: Elizabeth.Nolan@noaa.gov) or John Pereira, NOAA/NESDIS Office of Systems Development, (301) 713-1055, ext 176, (e-mail: John.Pereira@noaa.gov).