Fourth Data Users Workshop

Fourth Data Users Workshop

Fourth FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop - Student Poster Competition

27 - 29 October 2009
Boulder, Colorado U.S.A

FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC (F3C) is a joint Taiwan/US science mission for weather, climate, space weather and geodetic research. The F3C mission was successfully launched on 15 April 2006. Six identical micro satellites, each carrying an advanced GPS radio occultation (RO) receiver, a Tiny Ionospheric Photometer (TIP) and a Tri Band Beacon (TBB) were deployed. The satellites have since been raised by Taiwan's National Space Organization (NSPO) to their final orbit altitude at 800km to achieve an operational constellation of six orbital planes separated by 30 degrees. The payload science data are currently being downloaded every orbit via two NOAA TT&C stations (in Alaska and Norway) and one NSF/NASA station in McMurdo, Antarctica and transferred to the COSMIC Data Analysis and Archival Center (CDAAC) at UCAR in Boulder. The CDAAC currently processes the COSMIC science data in near real time - 90 percent of RO profiles are delivered to operational weather centers within 3 hours of observation. CDAAC also reprocesses data in a more accurate post-processed mode (within 6 weeks of observation) for COSMIC as well as other missions including GPS/MET, CHAMP, SAC-C, and GRACE.

COSMIC is currently providing between 1000-2500 daily RO profiles in the neutral atmosphere, 1000-2500 daily electron density profiles and total electron content arcs, and TIP radiance products. The data have already demonstrated their value for operational weather forecasting, hurricane forecasting, and investigations of the atmospheric boundary layer. The data have been used extensively to test ionospheric models and their use in operational space weather models is under development. COSMIC GPS RO data also have the potential to be of great benefit to climate studies due to their demonstrated high precision and global and diurnal sampling coverage.

The Student Poster Competition will take place from Tuesday, October 27, 2009 through Wednesday, October 28, 2009 in the UCAR Center Green Building #1, South Auditorium.

The student session of this international workshop is sponsored by

  • The National Science Foundation Division of Atmospheric Sciences (NSF-ATM)
  • NSF Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE)
  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) COSMIC Program
  • National Space Organization (NSPO) Taiwan
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) Houston
  • National Science Council (NSC) and
  • Chinese-American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (COAA).

Tuesday October 27, 2009, 9:00am to 12:00pm: Student Poster Competition Participants should hang their posters in the South Auditorium. Poster areas will be assigned and a list with these areas will be posted outside of the South Auditorium. Each poster display board measures 60" tall by 47" wide. Please ensure that your poster will fit within these dimensions. Posting materials will be supplied.

Tuesday, October 27, 5:30pm to 7:30pm: Student Poster Competition Participants are required to stand with their posters to orally present their posters and answer questions from workshop participants and a panel of scientific judges.

Wednesday, October 28, 9:00am to 5:20pm: Student Poster Competition Participants are encouraged to be near their posters on breaks during the workshop to answer any questions that workshop participants and the judges may have.

Wednesday, October 28, 5:20pm: Student Poster Competition concludes

Thursday, October 29, 12:05pm: Student Poster Competition Award Ceremony

Evaluation criteria for the student competition will include:

  1. Originality and depth of understanding of the topic (1-5 points)
  2. Presentation: the clearance of the poster presentation (1-5 points)
5: excellent, 4: good, 3: fair, 2: not good, 1: bad.

Only the first author, who is presenting the work, is included in the student competition.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • First prize: iPod Touch, 32 GB
  • Second prize: iPod Nano, 16 GB
  • Third prize: iPod Nano, 8 GB

Dr. Shu-peng Ben Ho will be the chair of the Student Poster Competition. Please contact him at or +1.303.497.2922 with any questions.