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Improving Soil Moisture Retrieval with AMSR2

ESSIC/CISESS scientist Jifu Yin is the first author on a two-part series published in IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing on refining the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) soil moisture retrieval algorithm. The paper’s co-authors include ESSIC scientists Jicheng Liu, Huan Meng and Ralph Ferraro.

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Two animations made by Yongzhen Fan’s team using their snowfall rate product showing the evolution of the two winter storms.

Virtual Workshop on “Precipitation Estimation from LEO Satellites: Retrieval and Applications”

Last week, NOAA NESDIS held a two-day virtual workshop on “Precipitation Estimation from LEO Satellites: Retrieval and Applications”. The workshop was organized by CISESS Consortium Scientist Kuolin Hsu at University of California, Irvine through a task funded by NESDIS’ Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Program Office. The primary goal of the workshop was to determine future satellite observation requirements for global precipitation. The workshop had nearly 100 participants for each of the four sessions that spanned two days.

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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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Ralph Ferraro

Ferraro Joins PTK Working Group

ESSIC Associate Director Ralph Ferraro is a member of the new Professional Track (PTK) Working Group, a committee composed of PTK and Tenure Track (TTK) faculty, staff and administrators on behalf of Provost Jennifer King Rice to review and assess current issues related to PTK faculty. The goal of the Working Group is to develop a report of recommendations to Provost Rice on PTK issues.

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Figure: (Top panel) Rain-Rate predicted by eTRaP and observed by MRMS. (Bottom panel) Scatter plot and estimation metrics for Tropical Storm Fiona between September 18, 2022 12 UTC to September 19, 2022 12 UTC.

NPreciSe Evaluation of eTRaP during Tropical Storm Fiona

Tropical Storm Fiona struck Puerto Rico on September 17-18, 2022 causing catastrophic floods and leaving most of the island with a major power outage. Fiona is the first Atlantic storm this season to cause a major disaster. NPreciSe (NOAA Satellite Precipitation Validation System) led by the CISESS science team (Malar Arulraj, Veljko Petkovic, Ralph Ferraro, and Huan Meng), evaluated the performance of the Ensemble Tropical Rainfall Potential (eTRaP) forecasts during this event, using a recently added Multi-Radar/Multi-Sensor (MRMS) observation product over Caribbean Islands.

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The Dutch delegation meet in the ESSIC conference room

Dutch Delegation Visits ESSIC

On June 21, ESSIC hosted a delegation from the Dutch Space Innovation Mission, a consortium of government, academic, and industry sectors organized by the Netherlands Space Office. The meeting was coordinated by the University of Maryland Office of International Affairs and the Netherlands Embassy. The delegation consists of directors, lead engineers and business developers of the Dutch space sector focusing on new space and upstream high-tech components and equipment, knowledge institutes and representatives of the Netherlands Space Office including the director. For this visit, they sought to meet with technology specialists and high-level representatives in the US space ecosystem.

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A New NOAA Blended Soil Moisture Product that Does Not Rely on Model Climatology

ESSIC/CISESS Scientists Jifu Yin, Jicheng Liu and Ralph Ferraro published a new article last month that discussed their work with NOAA’s Soil Moisture Operational Product System (SMOPS). SMOPS is developed by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide the real time blended soil moisture (SM) for Numeric Weather Prediction and National Water Model applications.

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