Visualization of the GPM Core Observatory in space over a hurricane with constellation satellites in the background.

2013 GPM Applications Workshop


November 12-13th, 2013


NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction
University of Maryland M Square Research Park
College Park, MD 20740

Remote Meeting Information (WebEx)


Meeting Number: 190 840 131

Audio Connection:

  • Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3207
  • Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-855-244-8681
  • Access code: 190 840 131

Presentations from yesterday are now available at:


The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) and Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) will hold its first Applications Workshop on November 12-13th, 2013 at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park Maryland. This two day workshop will explore topics of weather forecasting, water resources, agricultural modeling, food security, hydrological modeling, disaster response, ecological forecasting and public health with respect to applications of TRMM and GPM satellite data. The goal is also to broaden the discussion to address the range of current and future applications of satellite data to science and societal applications and provide feedback to the TRMM and GPM teams with respect to data access, suggestions and questions.


  1. Update the Earth science and applications communities on TRMM and GPM including:
    • instrument specifications
    • data characteristics
    • access to data and data products
    • transition from TRMM
  2. Review applications of data from GPM in four elements of the Applied Sciences Program:
    • Weather Forecasting
    • Water Resources, Agricultural Forecasting and Food Security
    • Hydrological Modeling and Disaster Response
    • Ecological Forecasting and Public Health
  3. Provide an opportunity for community feedback to NASA on data products, data access and other user needs.

Intended audience:

Earth observation data users and end users in the science and applied science communities and all sectors – government, commercial, non-government organizations and academia

This will be the first of what the Applied Sciences Program intends to be a series of annual to bi-annual workshops on this mission to keep the community informed on GPM’s performance and use of data in applications.
There is no registration fee to participate in this workshop but registration is required.

Registration Deadline: November 1st, 2013

On-site Registration is also Available

Hotel Room Reservation Deadline: November 1st , 2013



Tuesday, November 12th

8:30 - 8:50 Greetings and Workshop Purpose  Lawrence Friedl, John Haynes, NASA HQ, Tony Busalacchi, ESSIC  Download
8:50 - 9:10 TRMM Mission Overview Scott Braun, TRMM Project Scientist, 
9:10-9:40 GPM Mission Overview Gail Skofronick-Jackson, NASA GSFC Download
9:40 - 10:00 Remarks from JAXA Riko Oki, JAXA  Download
10:00 - 10:20 TRMM and GPM Data Products George Huffman, NASA GSFC Download
10:45 - 11:15 Weather Forecasting Keynote Louis Uccellini, Director of the 
National Weather Service
11:15-11:40  The Use of TRMM / GPM Observations at The Weather Company Peter Neilley, The Weather Company  Download
11:40 - 12:00 GPM and Weather Forecasting Peter Bauer, ECMWF​ Download
12:00 - 12:20 The GPM Mission: An Invaluable Source for Model Evaluation and Forecast Improvement Svetla Hristova-Veleva, NASA JPL Download
Lunch & Brownbag Session
2:00 - 2:30 Water Resources, Agriculture and Food 
Security Keynote 
Jim Verdin, Physical Scientist, USGS​ Download
2:30 - 2:50 Challenges in Drought Monitoring and Prediction Kingste Mo, CPC NCEP Download
2:50 - 3:10 Drought Monitoring and Precipitation Data Brian Wardlow, University of 
3:10 - 3:30 Integration of GPM Rainfall Products into Operational USDA Crop Production Estimates Wade Crow, USDA-Agricultural 
Research Service

Wednesday, November 13th

8:40 - 9:10 Hydrology and Disaster Response Keynote Chris Chiesa – Deputy Executive 
Director, Pacific Disaster Center
9:10 - 9:30 GPM in the NOAA Integrated Water Forecasting Program Robert Hartman, NOAA/NWS Office 
of Hydrologic Development 
9:30-9:50 Examples and Comments on Use of GPM in Flood and Landslide Hazard Estimation Robert Adler, University of 
9:50 - 10:10 FEMA Geospatial Overview Christopher Vaughn, FEMA  Not Available
10:10 - 10:30 Excessive Rainfall Protection: A Parametric Satellite-based Insurance Solution Megan Linkin, SwissRe  Download
Breakout Sessions & Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 Ground Validation Walt Petersen, NASA GSFC- Wallops Download
1:30-2:00  TRMM and GPM data access and 
Chris Lynnes and Bill Teng, Goddard 
Earth Science Data and Information 
Services Center
2:00 - 2:30 Ecological Forecasting and Public Health 
Molly Macauley, Vice President for 
Research, Resources for the Future​​
2:30 - 2:50 The Weather, Climate, and Health Program at NCAR: Using NASA Products for Public Health Applications Mary Hayden, NCAR  Download
2:50 - 3:10 GPM Applications Public Health Pietro Ceccato, IRI Columbia 
3:10 - 3:30 Satellite Precipitation Data, Food Security, and Nutrition Outcomes Molly Brown, NASA GSFC Download
3:30 - 3:50 Env-DATA: New Tools for Studying Animal Movement and their Environment Gil Bohrer, The Ohio State 
Break, Summary & Wrap-up



Download the Agenda (PDF)

(updated 11/6/13)

Poster Sessions

To present a poster, please register your poster title and authors via the meeting registration page. The poster session will be held from 4:30-6:30pm on Tuesday, November 12th. There are a limited number of poster slots and participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Presenters are asked to limit posters to 4 ft x 4 ft  (1.2 m x 1.2 m) in dimensions to accommodate as many posters as possible. Poster boards and pushpins will be available to display your poster.



Room Reservations at:

Greenbelt Marriott, 
6400 Ivy Lane,
Greenbelt, Maryland 20770

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Greenbelt Marriott at a rate of $169 per night.  The hotel will provide shuttle services to and from the NOAA Conference Center. You can make reservations by calling 1-800-228-9290 and using the reservation code GPMO or by clicking on this link: 
Book your group rate: Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Applications Workshop

The block of rooms will only be held until October 14th  so please make your reservations prior to this time.

If you need to cancel your reservation, please do so 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival to avoid being charged a cancelation fee. Guests are responsible for any cancelation fees.

Hotel Parking

Complimentary on-site parking

Local attendees are responsible for confirming hotel accommodation rules with their companies.

Other hotels nearby

Holiday Inn in College Park
10000 Baltimore Av.
College Park, MD 20740

Hotel Front Desk: 1-301-345-6700
Hotel Fax: 011-301-441-4923
Book by calling: 1-800-315-2621

Hilton Garden Inn
7810 Walker Drive
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Hotel Front Desk: 1-301-474-7400
Hotel Fax: 1-301-474-7411



On-site Registration is also Available.

Registration Deadline: November 1st, 2013
Hotel Room Reservation Deadline: October 14th , 2013


Food Options

The NOAA Center offers little in the way of nearby restaurants. We recommend you order lunch in advance from the Kloud Café at the link set up for this conference:

The 17 different boxed lunches available include a sandwich with a side salad or a large specialty salad with chips and a beverage. The menu includes vegetarian and gluten-free options.

In addition to the above option, we will try to have some food trucks on hand for more diversity. If available, you can purchase these food options at the time.

We will reserve space at one to two restaurants on Tuesday, Nov. 12th for those that are staying near the Conference Center. Please stay tuned for this dinner option. Everyone will be required to pay for their own meal.



There are many options to travel to the National Center for Weather and Climate Prediction. There are three airports within 35 miles of the Hotel and NOAA Conference Center. Transportation options include metro, taxi, bus or commercial group shuttle. 
BWI Airport, MD 21240
2401 Smith Blvd
Arlington, VA 22202
1 Saarinen Circle
Dulles, VA 20166-7506

Local Transportation Information

UMD runs a shuttle from College Park Metro, to the NCWCP.   6am - 9am, 3pm - 6pm, every 15 minutes.
Super Shuttle
Provides door-to-door shared-ride service in the area from 5:30 am to 12:30 am daily. Twenty-four hour advance reservations are recommended.
Complementary parking is available at both the NOAA Conference Center and Greenbelt Marriott.
Transportation (via hotel shuttle) will be provided from the Greenbelt Marriott to the NCWCP (workshop site). No other hotels will have transportation specifically designated for the workshop.

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