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Scientific sessions will cover all topical areas and associated topics as follows:
  • Occultation methodology in general (math-physics basis, generic aspects):
    mathematical-physical basis of occultation sounding; generic aspects of the forward problem (signal propagation modeling); generic aspects of the inversion problem (geophysical retrieval algorithms); occultation data assimilation (into dynamical and chemical models); commonalities, differences, and synergies of specific methods; combined use of specific methods.
  • Use of occultation data in atmospheric physics, meteorology and NWP: atmospheric process studies (e.g., gravity waves, tropo-/stratosphere exchange, ozone chemistry, aerosol and cloud physics); operational meteorology (weather forecasting, atmospheric analyses).
  • Use of occultation data in climate monitoring and research: tropo-/strato-/mesospheric monitoring of climatic variability and change; global climatology algorithms and products (e.g., temperature, water vapor, ozone, aerosol climatologies); climate model validation and improvement; anthropogenic climate change detection and attribution; climate process studies (e.g., on climate feedbacks, tropopause changes, external climate forcings).
  • Specific occultation methods (GNSS, LEO-crosslink, stellar, solar/lunar): past, current, and planned missions and sensors; feasibility, sensitivity, and performance studies; occultation data analysis chains; data validation studies.
  • Occultations in ionosphere and planetary science: occultations in ionosphere and space weather research, planetary occultations, and the future of planetary occultation science.
  • Near real-time and post processing POD (precise orbit determination) for occultation and gravity applications; results of time-varying gravity variations from GPS tracking of COSMIC with GRACE data; proposed SLR station in Taiwan and novel techniques of SLR tracking data for orbit improvement. (Added 02/21/2011)
  • Current and future missions (FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2, Spanish PAZ mission, TanDEM-X, CICERO): past, current, and planned missions and sensors;
Should the response of the community indicate a need to allow for further contributions on other related topics, dedicated session(s) or a poster session will be allocated to these topics.

The followings are links to the other related Radio Occultation Workshops:

  • International Radio Occultation Working Group (IROWG) sponsored by Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS): IROWG 2010:http://www.irowg.org/