NASA Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) Applications Workshop II

October 31 - November 2, 2017
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa
One Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, California 93940
+1 831-372-1234

You are cordially invited to attend the NASA CYGNSS Applications Workshop II at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa in Monterey, California on October 31 - November 2, 2017. The workshop will consist of plenary and breakout sessions over a period of 2.5 days. Sessions will be organized around scientific themes, with ample time for questions and answers. Following the workshop, a report will be developed summarizing the key highlights and actions from the workshop. The original workshop report from the 2015 CYGNSS Applications Workshop can be found here.

CYGNSS Mission

Launched in December 2016, CYGNSS is a constellation of eight microsatellites designed to measure surface winds in and near the inner core of hurricanes, including regions beneath the eye wall and intense inner rainbands that could not previously be measured from space. The CYGNSS-measured wind fields, when combined with precipitation fields (e.g., produced by the Global Precipitation Measurement [GPM] core satellite and its constellation of precipitation imagers - including the upcoming NASA TROPICS Mission), will provide coupled observations of moist atmospheric thermodynamics and ocean surface response, enabling new insights into hurricane inner core dynamics and energetics.

Learn more about the CYGNSS Mission by visiting the CYGNSS Mission website.

The CYGNSS data will enable scientists to probe key air-sea interaction processes that take place near the core of the storms – processes that are rapidly changing and play a critical role in the genesis and intensification of hurricanes. The surface wind data collected by the CYGNSS constellation of microsatellites is expected to lead to:

  • Improved spatial and temporal resolution of the surface wind field within the precipitating core of hurricanes.
  • Improved understanding of the momentum and energy fluxes at the air-sea interface within the core of hurricanes and the role of these fluxes in the maintenance and intensification of these storms.
  • Improved forecasting capabilities of hurricane intensification.

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CYGNSS Applications

In June 2015, a pre-launch applications development workshop was held in Silver Spring, MD to identify potential CYGNSS applications and to connect with end-users. Plenary and breakout sessions addressed applications related to tropical cyclones, large and small scale tropical and non-tropical oscillations, terrestrial applications such as soil moisture detection and water mapping, oceanographic applications for ocean currents and wave modeling, and data assimilation considerations related to all of these phenomena. The extensive report from that workshop is available for reveiw.

Now that the CYGNSS constellation is in orbit, collecting data and producing science data products on a regular basis, exciting new opportunities and some challenges have arisen to realize the full potential of the mission. This workshop will provide the applications science and end-user communities a dynamic forum to explore these new opportunities.

Workshop Objectives

  • Mission status update with a summary of routine and major operations and observations.
  • Applications community engagement to provide opportunity to fully develop applications science and data assimilation for CYGNSS observations.
  • End-user community engagement to address the development of specific applications for CYGNSS observations.
  • Broad stakeholder engagement to address issues such as data latency and the complementarity of CYGNSS with current and future satellite and non-satellite missions.