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ICESat-2: Applications: Events and Activities

ICESat-2: Applications: Events and Activities

Upcoming Events

Going to the 2015 American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Annual Water Resources Conference in Denver, Colorado? Join us for the one-day ICESat-2 Inland Water Focus Session on November 18, 2015 -- to be held as an ancillary event during the AWRA annual conference. For agenda and more details visit:

Going to the 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting? Join us:

The Applications Team will host at least one workshop, focus session or tutorial per year. These events are designed to bring developers and users together to engage in dialogue on how products are used and what can be done to improve them.

Past workshops, tutorials and town halls:

ICESat-2 Applications Workshop

Image: The Joint Mission Tutorial with SMAP and ICESat-2 held in Fairbanks Alaska in 2012. The meeting explored opportunities for joining mission data to create user driven products. The combined application of SMAP's Freeze/Thaw product with ICESat-2 Sea Ice Products is of significant interest to the Navy.

In March 2015, we hosted the 2nd ICESat-2 Applications Workshop.

  • Held at the Goddard Visitor Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Presentations can be accessed via the event page
  • Workshop Report available here.

In August 2014, we hosted the SMAP/ICESat-2 Sea Ice Focus Session.

  • Co-hosted by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory at the John C. Stennis Space Center
  • Presentations can be accessed via the event page
  • Focus Session Report available here.

In May 2014, we hosted a Joint Vegetation Tutorial with Landsat 8.

  • Co-hosted by the University of Michigan
  • Tutorial presentations are available here
  • Tutorial Report available here

In February 2014, we hosted a session at the 94th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting.

  • Title - ICESat-2 Mission Applications: Improving Science Applications Tools and Research
  • A recording of this presentation is available here

In April 2012, the applications team hosted the first ICESat-2 applications workshop.

  • Held at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Attended by 75 people
  • Workshop report available here

In September 2012, the Applications Team participated in a Joint Mission Tutorial with the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission focused on Freeze/Thaw.

  • Held in Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Attended by 45 people to include those attending remotely
  • Tutorial report available on the SMAP website

ICESat-2 Town Halls

Town Halls provide an opportunity for questions and answers with the project science team and the applications team.

  • 95th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting - January 7, 2015; 12:15-1:15 p.m.
  • 2014 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting - December 16, 2014; 6:15-7:15 p.m.
  • 2013 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting - December 12, 2013; 6:15-7:15 p.m.
  • 2012 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting - December 5, 2013; 12:30-1:20 p.m.

Workshops are defined as meetings with a broad diversity of topics that will be widely announced, open to all, and will facilitate information dissemination to audiences with diverse interests. The format will be primarily formal presentations and focus on getting information out to a diverse group of individuals that cover many different areas of science and applications. Presentations will be given by the project science team, product developers and application developers. Cross-discipline dialogue will be encouraged by engaging the different communities in a single meeting. Following the workshop a report will be prepared and disseminated by the Applications Team.

Focus Sessions will be smaller events focused on specific topics or tailored to specific communities to provide detailed information about a connected group of products or applications. The format will include some formal presentations but also more interactive sessions where there will be direct dialogue between developers and data users. The focus sessions are intended to give direct feedback to both the user and the developer on how the products will function and how they can be improved or better utilized.

Tutorials are multi-NASA decadal mission events designed to leverage innovation on how to best combine data sets from different missions with those of ICESat-2. These events are hosted by the end user group such as NRL or USDA but organized and managed by the ICESat-2 Applications Team. The format includes formal presentation on each mission's objective and product description and then transitions into open dialogs between the scientists and the end users. Panel sessions, thematic break out groups and exploratory discussion on new joint product development are the main focus for tutorials and intend to give opportunity for multi-mission data users to explore ways of developing a new products that will better utilized.

Cross Mission Development

ICESat-2, like most missions, is primarily a standalone mission that will provide distinct products for the user communities. In practice, the products from ICESat-2 may yield additional benefit by combining with information from other missions. Most decision-making applications utilize information from many sources and combine the information to produce a comprehensive management strategy. The Applications Team will identify complementary missions by engaging the project science team, Applications Working Group, and the SDT through direct feedback at workshops and tutorials. The missions may be current or future missions but will be identified by specific products that can be complementary to the products from ICESat-2. The Applications Team will identify the applications coordinator for these missions and develop cross mission activities that can include workshops and tutorials to facilitate communications between the different user communities.

Applications News

 Submission deadline for the 5th call of Early Adopters is February 29, 2016. Read more here.

 Join us for the ICESat-2 Inland Water Focus Session on November 18, 2015. Read more here.

 Join us at the 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Read more here.

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