Ocean Platform Workshop:
High Precision GNSS Observations from Ocean Platforms
October 27-28, 2008
NCAR/UCAR Center Green (CG1) Main Auditorium
Enabling Scientific Opportunities Using High Precision Global Positioning System Observations from Ocean Platforms
Overview: Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) are increasingly being used to address scientific problems related to the Earth and its atmosphere. Geophysicists and geodesists use GNSS observations to study plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers. Atmospheric scientists can measure the refractive index of the atmosphere using GNSS observations and derive integrated water vapor observations (from ground based receivers) and density profiles (from space based receivers). A planning meeting is proposed to evaluate how high precision GNSS observations can be extended onto ocean platforms and what potential science questions these observations can address. These questions include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
- Do the continuous and all-weather water vapor observations from ocean platforms improve numerical weather forecasts, including hurricane intensity forecasts?
- Can satellite observations be improved and calibrated using vertically integrated PW estimates from ocean systems?
- Do satellite ocean altimetry observations benefit from ground truth observations in open oceans?
- Can GPS signals that reflect off the ocean surface be used to measure wave heights and surface roughness?
- Does precise monitoring of buoy motion provide a method to detect tsunamis?
- Can GNSS observations from buoys, oil platforms, and ships can be used to supplement satellite observations, especially in sampling diurnal signals of the ocean and atmosphere?
This two and a half day workshop will identify a number of key science questions, evaluate current observational capabilities, discuss logistical considerations, and measure the level of interest in pursuing a possible deployment of GNSS equipment on ocean platforms.
Travel Support There is a very limited amount of travel funding available for this workshop. Travel Funds are available for the broader university and research community. We are not able to provide funds to employees of the US government. You will be prompted during the registration process to input your request for travel funding. Deadline to apply for travel support is September 5. Those awarded travel funding will be notified on September 22.
There is no registration fee to attend this workshop.
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Local Logistical information
Lodging Rooms have been blocked for people attending the workshop at the Best Western Golden Buff Lodge and the Millennium Harvest House.
Please make your own reservation directly with the hotel by October 1. After that date, the hotel is not obligated to offer the group rate and will give it only based on availability. Please book under the name COSMIC.
Best Western Golden Buff Lodge
1725 28th Street
Boulder, CO 80301
Reservations Line: 1-800-999-2833
$69+tax. Includes deluxe continental breakfast coupons.
Please ask for your coupons at check in.
In addition to phone reservations, you may reserve your room by sending an email to email@example.com. Be sure to mention the group name COSMIC.
Millennium Harvest House Hotel
1345 28th St
Boulder, CO 80302
Tel: (303) 443-3850
Toll-free Res: 1-866-866-8086 (North America)
Direct Res. No.: 303-444-0868
Direct Reservation Fax No.: Fax 303-443-5835
For toll free dialing from other countries see: www.millenniumhotels.com/corporate/contact_us/enquiriesReservation.htm
$98 + tax per night including full breakfast buffet.
Ask for breakfast coupons at check in.
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Meeting Shuttle Daily morning and afternoon shuttle service will be provided to the Millennium and Golden Buff hotels. In addition, the Millennium has an on demand shuttle that can take guests to/from the meeting or around Boulder.
Local Airport Denver International Airport (DIA) is a 60-minute shuttle ride to the Boulder. DIA is a hub for most major carriers and is also served by discount airlines Jet Blue, Frontier and Southwest. www.flydenver.com
Boulder Supershuttle (303-444-0808 or www.yellowtrans.com for information). $25 one way, $46 round trip from DIA to Boulder. Boulder Supershuttle has a reservation desk at Denver International Airport found to your left as you exit the escalator from the inter-terminal train. Travel time between airport and hotel is about 60 minutes.
NCAR/UCAR Center Green
3080 Center Green Drive
Boulder, CO 80301
Boulder Weather Late October can bring snow or 70 degree temperatures in Boulder so bring a jacket as well as a short sleeved shirt.
Local Information www.bouldercoloradousa.com
Local Workshop Contact: John Braun, Project Scientist, COSMIC, Ph: 303-497-8018, Fx: 303-497-2610, firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Logistics Contact: Jill Reisdorf, Meeting Planner, UCAR-Joint Office for Science Support, Ph: 303-497-8636, Fx: 303-497-8633,