Workshop: Water Cycle Missions for the Next Decade

July 31, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

A CREW proposal submitted to NASA-ROSES-2012 E2: TWSC: Topical Workshops, Symposia, and Conferences (NNH12ZDA001N-TWSC), $49,400, 1 mo/yr, 10/01/2012 – 9/30/2013.

The objective of this proposed workshop is to gather wisdom and determine how to prepare for the next generation of water cycle missions in support of the second Earth Science Decadal Survey.
The workshop will start with a short plenary that briefly provides the historical context, reviews lessons learned from the post-2002 Easton workshop, the first Decadal Survey, results and gap analysis from a water cycle observations synthesis project, and presents an overview of relevant technology advancements and readiness.
Following the plenary, we will discuss the intersection between science questions, technology readiness and satellite design optimization in a series of breakout group discussions designed to form the seeds of a set of water cycle mission formulation groups. The workshop will formulate next-generation water cycle mission working groups and white papers, designed to identify capacity gaps and inform future NASA solicitations (e.g. ESTO, NEWS, THP, etc.?).
As the workshop will cover the breadth of the water cycle, an in-depth pre-meeting information packet will be provided prior to the workshop for participants to learn the “basics” of near-term planned missions and activities (e.g. GPM, SMAP, Earth Ventures).
The intended outcome of this workshop is to identify the vision for the next decade of water cycle satellite observations, and to develop a roadmap and action plan for developing the foundation for these missions. Achieving this outcome will result in optimized community investments and better functionality these future missions, and will help to foster broader range of scientists and professionals engaged in water cycle observation planning and development around the country, and the world.

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Dr. Paul R. Houser

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Dr. Houser in an internationally recognized expert in local to global land surface-atmospheric remote sensing, in-situ observation and numerical simulation, development and application of hydrologic data assimilation methods, scientific integrity and policy, and global water and energy cycling. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona in 1992 and 1996 respectively. Dr. Houser's previous experience includes internships at the U.S. Geological Survey and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Houser joined the NASA-GSFC Hydrological Sciences Branch and the Data Assimilation Office (DAO/GMAO) in 1997, served as manager of NASA’s Land Surface Hydrology Program, and served as branch head of the Hydrological Science Branch. In 2005, he joined the George Mason University Climate Dynamics Program and the Geography and Geoinformation Sciences Department as Professor of Global Hydrology, and formed CREW (the Center for Research for Environment and Water). Dr. Houser has also teamed with groundwater development and exploration companies (EarthWater Global and Geovesi) and has served as Science Advisor to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Dr. Houser has led numerous scientific contributions, including the development of Land Data Assimilation Systems (LDAS), the Hydrospheric States Mission (Hydros/SMAP), the Land Information System (LIS), the NASA Energy and Water cycle Study (NEWS), and the Water Cycle Solutions Network (WaterNet).

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