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NOAA Infrared Sounder Workshop

NESDIS is exploring moving towards a disaggregated and distributed low-Earth-orbiting (LEO) architecture with the goal of launching sensors and missions in a more agile way in future. A critical part of the distributed LEO formulation is to determine how the data from current sensors are used, their impacts, and opportunities for improvements in the next generation sensors for architecture studies and planning. As we formulate future infrared sounder satellite missions in LEO, we invite you to participate in a one-day virtual workshop on December 6, 2021 to provide feedback that will help us better understand needs for numerical weather prediction and other applications such as atmospheric chemistry.

The meeting summary report is available at

Time Speaker
8:25 – 8:30 AM Satya Kalluri, JPSS/NOAA: Infrared Sounding Workshop and Technical Information Meeting
8:30 – 8:45 AM Greg Mandt, JPSS/NOAA: Low Earth Orbit Infrared Sounding Activities at NOAA
8:45 – 9:10 AM Norio Kamekawa, Japan Meteorological Agency: Use of satellite Hyperspectral IR sounder observation in JMA NWP systems and expectation for future NOAA IR sounding mission
9:10 – 9:35 AM Tony McNally, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts: Data Assimilation considerations for future infrared sounder deployment
9:35 – 10:00 AM John Eyre, Met Office, UK: Infra-red soundings in NWP at the Met Office: experience and suggestions for future systems
10:00 – 10:25 AM Cathy Clerbaux, LATMOS/Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, France: On the utility and important of IR soundsings in atmosphereic chemistry and trace gas retrievals
10:25 – 10:50 AM William Smith, SSEC, University of Wisconsin at Madison: NOAA Infrared Sounder Workshop
10:50 – 11:15 AM William McCarty, Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, NASA: Infrared Radiance Assimilation at the GMAO
11:15 – 11:40 AM Andrew Collard, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, NOAA: Infrared Sounding in NWP
11:40 – 12:30 PM BREAK
12:30 – 12:55 PM Kaitlin Rutt, National Weather Service, NOAA: Forecaster Utilization of NUCAPS Products
12:55 – 1:20 PM Greg Frost, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, NOAA: Atmosphereic Composition from Infrared Sounding
1:20 – 1:45 PM Brad Pierce, SSEC, University of Wisconsin at Madison: An assessment of the value of IR sounder trace gas retrievals in chemical data assimilation
1:45 – 2:10 PM Kevin Bowman, JPL/NASA: Role of IR Sounders in climate, air quality and Earth System Science
2:10 – 2:35 PM Kazuyuki Miyazaki, JPL/NASA: Data assimilation applications of sounder composition products
2:35 – 2:50 PM Fiona Smith, Bureau of Meteorology, Australia: IR Satellites - current NWP impact and future considerations