Eighth Data Users' Workshop

Eighth Data Users' Workshop

Eighth FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users' Workshop
30 September - 2 October 2014
Boulder, Colorado U.S.A.

Workshop Overview

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum for scientific discussions between the RO community and the weather, climate, and space weather communities. These discussions are crucial for maximizing the scientific opportunities provided by past, present, and future RO missions. A dialogue between the RO data provider and the data users is also important to ensure optimal use of these data for both research and operational applications.


Since the launch of the first COSMIC constellation in 2006, seven COSMIC Data Users' Workshops have been held for the purpose of highlighting accomplishments in the areas of RO operations and algorithm development, meteorology, climate, and ionospheric applications using COSMIC data accessed from the COSMIC Data Analysis and Archive Center (CDAAC). CDAAC is now transitioning from FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC to FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2, as well as processing data from other missions. CDAAC will continue to process multiple RO missions using consistent RO inversion algorithms. The COSMIC-2 mission will provide a revolutionary increase in the number of atmospheric and ionospheric observations that will greatly benefit the research and operational communities. Workshop participants will be able to learn more about the status of this exciting new mission. Several of the topics will focus specifically on creating a bridge from the current COSMIC mission to new RO missions and will facilitate a connection between the RO community and the broader science communities.

The workshop will include the following:

  • Dialogue between data providers and data users
  • Update the user community on the status of current and planned missions
  • Status of CDAAC data processing and data availability
  • Scientific investigations with COSMIC data
  • Results obtained with GPS RO, TIP, and TBB data
  • Data validation experiments
  • Comparisons with other sensors - including other RO missions (CHAMP, SAC-C, GRACE, TerraSAR-X, METOP/GRAS, TechSat-21)
  • Status of Precise Orbit Determination and Excess Atmospheric Phase Processing - Algorithm improvements and validation studies
  • GPS RO retrieval improvements in the lower troposphere and upper stratosphere
  • Reduction of the large- and small-scale ionospheric residuals in RO neutral atmospheric retrievals
  • Data assimilation into numerical models - Impact studies from NCEP, ECMWF, UKMO, and other leading weather centers
  • Climate studies with RO data - climate trend detection, climate model verification and improvement
  • Ionospheric weather, climate, variability, data assimilation, model verification and improvement
  • NWP model verification and improvement using RO data - improvement of micro-physical processes and parameterizations of planetary boundary layer, cloud/convection schemes, and gravity wave activity
  • Plans for future validation experiments, campaigns, or other projects in the neutral atmosphere and ionosphere
  • Update on the status of the FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 mission
  • Studies related to the FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 mission

Dates and Location

The workshop will be held Tuesday, 30 September through Thursday, 2 October 2014 at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research's CG1 conference facility (Center Green Building #1, Main Auditorium) located at 3080 Center Green Drive, Boulder, Colorado U.S.A.


Registration Opens: 1 April 2014
Abstract Submission Deadline: 14 July 2014
Acceptance of Abstract Notifications: by 1 August 2014
Payment Due for Registration: 31 August 2014
Late Registration Begins: 1 September 2014
No Refunds for Cancellations Begins: 22 September 2014

Registration and Fees

250 USD if registration and payment are completed before or on 31 August 2014.
300 USD if registration and payment are completed on or after 1 September 2014.
100 USD if you are a student participant.
100 USD if you are participating for one day.

Note: the Field Trip is a complimentary event sponsored by COSMIC.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration for the workshop, please be aware of the following:

Cancel prior to or on
31 August 2014:
A full refund of the registration fee, less 25 USD to cover administrative fees, will be issued.
Cancel between
1-21 September 2014:
A 50% refund of the registration fee will be issued.
Cancel on or after
22 September 2014:
No refunds for registration fees will be issued.

A full refund of the guest fee for the Field Trip/Dinner will be issued at the time of cancellation.

You can cancel your registration at any time by re-signing into the registration website and clicking on "Cancel."

Call for Abstracts

Presentations (poster or oral) on these and related topics will be welcome:
  • RO Data Processing and Technique
  • RO Data Applications for Meteorology
  • RO Data Applications for Climate
  • RO Data Applications for Ionosphere
  • COSMIC-2 and Future Missions

Abstracts will be accepted through 14 July 2014. Participants will be notified of abstract acceptance by 1 August 2014.

To submit an abstract, please go to the registration website.

If you would like to upload an abstract after completing registration or replace an abstract that you have already submitted, re-sign in to the registration website at your convenience and click on "Registration" under the Edit column.

If you would like to make changes to an abstract that you have already submitted after the abstract submission deadline, please send the revised abstract to cosmicworkshop@ucar.edu.

Visit the Presenter FAQs page for more information.

Student Program

COSMIC will be hosting a Student Poster Session with the option to compete for an Outstanding Student Poster Award this year. Please visit the Student Program page for additional information.

COSMIC will provide travel support for select students who submit poster abstracts as part of the registration process (subject to availability of funding and approval of the abstract by the Program Committee). When registering, students submitting abstracts should select "Pay at the Event" and NOT submit any payment. Students will be notified individually of the Program Committee's decision about support.

Informal discussions and Field Trip to Wildlife Sanctuary

On Wednesday afternoon we have arranged a special tour of the Wild Animal Sanctuary, which is located about 50 miles from Boulder. During this trip we will continue informal discussions related to the Workshop.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary ( http://www.wildanimalsanctuary.org/home1.html ) is a unique facility that provides habitat and protection for a variety of large wild animals that have been abused or mistreated in zoos from around the world. Inhabitants include lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other carnivores, which are free to roam freely in a large protected open space on the eastern Colorado plains. Its mission is "to prevent and alleviate cruelty to animals which are abandoned or that are subject to deprivation or neglect by providing care and boarding for such animals."

The Sanctuary and the animals may be viewed by walking along the monumental "Mile Into The Wild" Walkway, which stretches over 4,800 feet in length and gives visitors access to 300 large Carnivores roaming freely in natural habitats.

Bring your camera; this is an experience not to be missed!

Following the tour of the Wild Animal Sanctuary buses will take us to the Star Kitchen Seafood Restaurant in Denver, CO for a special Chinese banquet http://www.starkitchendenver.com/


Federal Attendees Meal Information

Federal attendees and those on federal travel orders are requested to contribute 109 towards their lunch. This amount represents the following:
Tuesday, 30 September - Working Lunch: 15
Tuesday, 30 September - Refreshments for Poster Session Collaborative Discussion: 17
Wednesday, 1 October - Working Lunch: 16
Wednesday, 1 October - Dinner: 50
Thursday, 2 October - Working Lunch: 11

If necessary, you may reduce your payment amount for only those meals attended.

Cash or check are acceptable forms of payment. If you prefer to pay by check, please make it payable to "UCAR," and mail it to Silvia Agnona at:

Silvia Agnona
3090 Center Green Drive
Boulder, CO 80301

Receipts for check payments will be provided upon request following the workshop.


The Eighth FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users' Workshop is organized by the:

  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research's (UCAR) COSMIC Program
  • National Space Organization (NSPO) Taiwan

The workshop is sponsored by the:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Space Organization (NSPO) Taiwan
  • National Science Council (NSC) Taiwan

The FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC mission has been sponsored by the:

  • National Science Council (NSC) Taiwan
  • National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL) Taiwan
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Navy

Workshop Science Committee

Dr. Zhen Janet Zeng
Dr. Rick Anthes
Dr. Chi Ao
Dr. Tiger J.Y. Liu
Dr. Andrea Steiner
Dr. Nicholas Pedatella

Workshop Contact Information

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at:

Email: cosmicworkshop@ucar.edu
Phone: +1.303.497.8346 (Michelle Harrison)