September 17, 2012 - September 19, 2012


Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF),
Fairbanks, Alaska
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Workshop Goals

  • Address value-added data products and science returns from combined SMAP/ICESat-2 data
  • Identify the challenges and needs of cryosphere, northern forests, land and ocean science applications
  • Identify new users for SMAP mapping radar and ICESat-2 altimetry data, e.g. vegetation mapping, sea-ice mapping, etc.
  • Motivate joint mission efforts and innovative applications with prelaunch hydrosphere and cryosphere applications using other mission products from existing missions.

Expected Outcome

  • Connect the mission science with the Alaskan communities in order to indentify the benefits from incorporating SMAP soil moisture, surface freeze thaw state and ICESat-2 products into existing research, operational applications and local decision-making agencies.

FInal agenda (PDF, 1.4 MB)


Day 1

1. Workshop welcome (Bob McCoy)
2. Welcome and mission introduction (Christine Bonniksen)
3. SMAP mission overview (Dara Entekhabi)
4. The ISESat-2 mission (Bea Csatho)
5. Mission applications strategy and pre-launch applications research (Molly Brown)
6. The role of NASA DAACs (Nettie LaBelle-Hamer)
7. SMAP freeze/thaw research (Kyle McDonald)
8. Assimilation of passive and active data from SMAP (Stephane Belair)
10. Radar instrumentation for airborne measurements on ice sheets and sea ice (Prasad Gogineni)
11. Remote sensing in support of the National Park Service (Parker Martyn) (PDF, 2.23 MB)
12. Permafrost in a warming Arctic (Guido Grosse) (PDF, 2.37 MB)
14. Water Management in Alaska - The Susitna Hydropower Dam (Anna Liljedahl) (PDF, 3.37 MB)
15. Airborne mapping and research at UAF: hydrologic applications (Jessica Cherry) (PDF, 5.88 MB)

Day 2

1. Alaska land management and an introduction to the North Slope Science Initiative (Bob Schuchman) (PDF, 7.07 MB)
3. Carbon cycle research (Kyle McDonald)
4. Bureau of Land Management - Alaska (Cindy Hamfler)
5. Sea ice and climate change (Andy Mahoney) (PDF, 4.76 MB)
6. Advancing Arctic domain awareness (Jon Zufelt) (PDF, 2.61 MB)
8. Combining data from multiple missions (Dara Entekhabi)
9. SMAP data description (Scott Dunbar)