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Figure: ESSIC/CISESS Scientist Christopher Smith presenting his research as the Enterprise Proving Ground Satellite Liaison for the NWS Weather Prediction Center (WPC) and Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) to maximize satellite capabilities for weather forecasts.

ESSIC Hosts Annual UMD-NOAA Mini-Conference

The National Weather and Climate Prediction Center (NCWCP) and UMD’s Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) held a three-day mini-conference from February 27 to 29, a hybrid event held both at the ESSIC and online. The conference brought together ESSIC, CISESS, and NOAA scientists to share their presentations and posters from the recent AGU and AMS conferences. Peter Beierle was the conference organizer for UMD.

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Jifu Yin presents “Refinement of NOAA AMSR-2 Soil Moisture Data Product using an Optimal Machine Learning Model”

ESSIC Scientists Present at NCWCP-UMD Mini-Conference

Recently, researchers from NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP) and University of Maryland gathered for a mini-conference to share presentations from recent conferences such as the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and American Meteorological Society (AMS) annual meetings.

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English: A top view scene of someone doing some research and going through the pages of a book and using a magnifying glass on it. The scene happens on a wooden background. There are also some other research related items in the scene, such as: sticky notes, pencil, ruler or notebook

“Unseen Heroes” Awards for the S-NPP CDP Reset Recovery Team

On December 6, the NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Program Office announced that the “Unseen Heroes” award would go to the Central Data Processor (CDP) Reset Recovery Team. It was given “in recognition of efforts to restore the Suomi-National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite instruments after a central data processor reset.” This was a major effort in collaboration between the JPSS SDR teams and OSPO to recover the SNPP satellite after the instrument entered “Sun-pointing mode,” leading all of the onboard JPSS instruments to go offline and require restarting and revalidation. The CISESS and Consortium Scientist awardees were:

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NOAA bronze medal

ESSIC Scientists Earn NOAA Awards

Last week, NOAA Administrators announced the recipients of the 2022 Bronze Medal, Distinguished Career, Administrator’s Awards, and Recognition Awards for 50 Years of Service. Among the awardees were several ESSIC scientists.

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Caption: A class group project presentation slide: Seasonal shifts in U.S. east coast dusky sharks in response to water temperature, 2017-2018, based on tagged shark data from Smithsonian/SERC and satellite sea surface temperature (SST) from NOAA/STAR Coral Reef Watch. Class group project by Roxann Cormier (Univ Mass) and Matthew Larsen (Univ Central FL) for NOAA CoastWatch satellite training Fish-Telemetry Class.

Vogel and Abecassis Teach Class for Fisheries Research Community

Ron Vogel, ESSIC/CISESS Senior Faculty Specialist, and Melanie Abecassis, ESSIC/CISESS Assistant Research Scientist, designed and taught a specially tailored NOAA CoastWatch satellite training class for the fisheries research community. The fishery researchers use tagged fish to understand population dynamics and ecosystem change; however, use of satellite data in this research is still somewhat limited. In order to fill this gap, the class featured satellite parameters that are underutilized in this research but have been identified by the fisheries community as an area for research growth, such as satellite-derived seascapes, geostrophic currents, sea surface height anomaly and salinity.

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