Fourth Data Users Workshop

Fourth Data Users Workshop

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

27 - 29 October 2009 - Boulder, CO
Bill Kuo
Hi, my name is Bill Kuo. I graduated from the National Taiwan University in 1976, got my M.S. degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1979, and received my Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 1983. I have been working at NCAR/UCAR since then. I am a senior scientist at NCAR, serving as the Head of the Mesoscale Prediction Group of the Microscale and Mesoscale Meteorology Division. Our group, which consist of ~20 staff, is responsible for the development and research applications of the MM5 model and the WRF model. I am also the Director of the COSMIC Program (Constellation Observing Systems for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate) at UCAR. COSMIC consists of a constellation of six satellites and was launched on April 14, 2006. The constellation collects up to approximately 2,500 GPS radio occultation soundings per day, uniformly distributed around the globe. This is an exciting project, as COSMIC has already had a significant impact on operational weather prediction, climate analysis, and ionospheric research. Starting in April 2009, I also serve as the Director of Development Testbed Center, which has the primary responsibility to facilitate research and operation transition for numerical weather prediction in the U. S. My research interests include: Mei-yu (Chinese words for "plum rain") fronts, hurricanes, extratropical cyclones, mesoscale convective systems, mesoscale numerical weather prediction, and assimilation of remote sensing observations. In 1987, I served as the US Project Director for the Taiwan Area Mesoscale Experiment. In that experiment, we brought NOAA research aircraft and NCAR Doppler radar to Taiwan to study the Mei-yu front and mesoscale convective systems. Since then, I have developed many collaborative research projects with scientists in Taiwan, China, and Korea.
Shu-peng Ben Ho
Hi, my name is Ben Ho. I grew up in Taiwan, and had my B.S. degree in computer science in the Feng Chia University in 1987. I had my master degree in Meteorology from the Rutgers-the State University of New Jersey in 1992, and had another master degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995, and had my Ph. D degree also in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. After graduate school, I worked for NASA Langley center on the CERES (Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System) project in 1998. I came to NCAR in 2001. Now I am a project scientist II for COSMIC (Constellation Observing Systems for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate) at UCAR and Atmospheric Chemistry Division at NCAR. My research area is mainly focusing on using satellite data, especially GPS RO data from COSMIC, measurements from satellite sounders, and imagers to estimate the variation of temperature, moisture and cloud properties and their impacts on climate change.
Bill Schreiner
Hi, my name is Bill Schreiner. I received my undergraduate B.S. degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering in 1988 from the Ohio State University. In 1993 I received my Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado (CU) in Boulder. My dissertation involved real-time and post-processed precise orbit determination of low Earth orbit satellites using GPS data. In 1994, I came to UCAR to help develop a data processing system for the first proof-of-concept radio occultation (RO) mission known as GPS/MET. After the GPS/MET mission ended, I helped design and test the COSMIC (Constellation Observing Systems for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate) science mission and develop the COSMIC Data Analysis and Archive Center (CDAAC) at UCAR. I am currently managing the CDAAC. My research interests include satellite precise orbit determination, atmospheric and ionospheric remote sensing, and data processing and modeling of geodetic observations. In 2007, I received the UCAR Scientific and Technical Advancement Award for my contributions to the COSMIC mission.
Dawn Williams
Hello. My name is Dawn Williams and I am an Administrative Assistant for the COSMIC Program at UCAR. I received a BA in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but retired from Stage Management after working in professional theater for a few years. I recently joined the COSMIC Program and prior to that worked in Administration with an environmental consulting firm in Boulder, CO and the Open Society Institute in Baltimore, MD.
Sara Frank Bristow
Hi, all! I work as an Administrative Assistant in the exciting COSMIC program at UCAR, and am delighted to have a chance to work with students interested in atmospheric science careers. I received a BA in English from Reed College in Portland, Oregon (1996), and a Master's in Writing from Columbia University in New York (2001). From 2001 to 2006 I lived in England and then Canada, working at universities in both countries. Outside the office, I work as a freelance writer, researcher and editor.
Ingrid Moore
Hello. My name is Ingrid Moore and I am the Program Administrator for the COSMIC Program at UCAR. I have a B.S. in Biological Sciences/Physiology from Southern Illinois University, but I don't want to reveal the year! I have proudly worked at UCAR/NCAR since 1996 and with the COSMIC Program since 1998. I love working with the scientists at UCAR and feel privileged to be a part of this exciting project. In my spare time, I enjoy family, gardening, quilting, reading, and hiking.

Claudia Vogel Ely
Hi, my name is Claudia Vogel Ely. I graduated in physics by the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel) at Pelotas - RS, south of Brazil. Currently I'm doing my master at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) in Sao Jose dos Campos - SP, also in Brazil, advised by Dra. Inez Staciarini Batista. I'm studying the Brazilian ionosphere with data of the COSMIC satellites and ground based probes. I also enjoy to travel, reading and practice sports in my free time.

My intention in the FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC data users workshop is to learn more about the work with this data, see what other people are doing, exchange ideas and make contacts.

Kuo-Hsin Tseng
Hi, my name is Kuo-Hsin Tseng. I am currently a graduate student studying geodetic sciences at the Ohio State University. I received my Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan in 2005. In the summer of 2008, I spent one month visiting Ionosphere Sounding Lab in National Central University, Taiwan and involved the data product of COSMIC program in my project.
My research mainly focuses on ionosphere modeling and data analysis using multiple sources obtained from occultation, ground-based station, and altimetry data. In my spare time, I enjoy volleyball, golf, traveling and snow boarding.
Peichen Lai
Hi, my name is Peichen Lai. I am from Taiwan and obtained my Masters degree in Space Science from of Space Science, Center University in Taiwan. Currently I am a PhD exchange student at Institute for Scientific Research, Boston College. My research mainly focuses on TEC variations at large scale. We use COSMIC-GPS observations to analyze this phenomena. In my free time, I like to read, enjoy music and cheer for REDSOX. I look forward to meet other fellow researchers at the conference.
Sun Yang-Yi
Hi, my name is Sun Yang-Yi, a graduate student at Taiwan National Central University, and I major in space science. My current research involves data analysis method and El Niño - Southern Oscillation. I enjoy fishing, basketball, swimming, music and mountain climbing. I'm very happy to visit Boulder, not only for the workshop, but also new things, new friends, and it might snow there, there is no snow in Taiwan except the mountain. It shall be a wonderful tour.
Nick Pedatella
Hi, my name is Nick Pedatella and I am currently a graduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Aerospace Engineering Department. My research focuses primarily on studying the ionosphere using GPS signals with particular emphasis on using COSMIC data to study the topside ionosphere and plasmasphere. I received my undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007. Outside of work, I am an avid runner and skier
Xingqin Fang
Hi, my name is Xingqin Fang. I am currently a Ph.D student in Meterology at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, and also in the second year of a two-year UCAR/COSMIC Graduate Student Fellowship. I got my master degree from Sun Yat-sen University in 1994. After 11 years of work in air quality modelling and planning as an engineer and then senior engineer, I gradually remembered that I did a good job in my 7 years of bachelor and master study in Meteorology, why not start doing some weather and climate research? Anyway, my research interest now is the impact of GPS Radio Occultation (RO) observations on the analysis and prediction of tropical cyclones. I am working to assimilate COSMIC GPS RO soundings, together with other observations, using WRF 3DVAR and the WRF-based ensemble Kalman filter data assimilation system - WRF/DART. I am also interested in atmospheric dynamics, and trying to examine how COSMIC GPS RO data impact the genesis and development of tropical cyclones. After work, I like to get in touch with the nature and the environment, and certainly enjoy talking with my 10-year-old daughter in China despite I can't touch her now.
Shih-Ping Chen
Hello! My name is Shih-Ping Chen. Well, which means "world peace" in Chinese. I'm now a graduate student in Institute of Space Science of National Central University. I graduated from NCU as a B.S. in Meteorology, in 2008. I have great interest in GPS satellite data and all its application, for they can let us do lots of study! Doing the research that I am interested in is really a pleasure. On holidays, I like to spend my time with my family, traveling with friends, and doing something really silly that can make me laugh! Someone told me there are many bicycle paths in Boulder, I am wondering if I can finish all of them.
Chi-Yen Lin
Hi everyone, my name is Chi-Yen Lin. I am currently a graduate student at institute of space science, National Central University, Taiwan. I received a B.S. in meteorology in 2007 and a M.S. in space science in 2009 from National Central University, Taiwan. I'll be starting the first year of my Ph.D. in this fall, and my research will focus on using GPS signal to study ionosphere. I like traveling! It's my first time to Colorado, and I believe that will be a great experience of learning there.
Panagiotis Vergados
Hello everyone! My name is Panagiotis Vergados and I am currently a graduate student at York University in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. I have received a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece in 2003 and a M.Sc. in Atmospheric Physics from York University, Toronto, Canada in 2005. I am in my last year of my PhD studies and my research interests focus on: (1) developing a GPS RO processing package, in order to examine the sensitivity of atmospheric parameters on GPS and LEO orbital velocity variations. (2) As the ionosphere constitutes one of the major error source in GPS applications, I employ radio-astronomy techniques to estimate higher-order ionospheric effects and assess their impact on RO-derived atmospheric parameters.
Man Feng
Hi! Nice to meet you!! My name is Man Feng. I am currently a second year MSc student in Geomatics Engineering Department at the University of Calgary. My research area now is ionosphere modeling, and high latitude scintillation effects study. I received my first Masters degree (2007) in Space Physics at the Peking University, China. I received my B.S. (2004) in Computer Science and Technology at the Tianjin University, China.
Claire Yi-Ju Chen
Hello everyone, I am Claire Yi-Ju Chen, a graduate student from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. I received a B.S. in civil engineering from NCTU in 2007. Present in my second year of masters degree, I am glad to have the opportunity to do my research in the Ohio State University, which really broaden my sight. My research is using GPS data collected in the shipborne gravity measurement to determine sea surface heights (SSHs) for the purpose of marine gravity modeling, geoid mapping, datum refinement and oceanographic studies. Outside of school I enjoy listening to music, playing the piano, traveling, swimming and cycling. I am interested in learning more about the COSMIC Program and look forward to meeting new people at the workshop.
Dao Ngoc Hanh Tam
Hi everybody, my name is Tam. I am Master student In Institute of Space Science, NCU, Taiwan. I received B.S level in 2006 and then I worked in Department of upper Atmosphere in my country, Vietnam. I joined Master Course from Sept.2008. My major is Ionospheric physics. I would like to do my thesis on COSMIC satellite data, using RO technology to analysis data. Joining this workshop is a chance for me to discuss and learn more knowledge from other participants. I like reading, traveling, discovering, and playing sport. Nice to see you
Riccardo Biondi
Hi. I got my Master degree in electronic engineering in 2002 from University of Perugia (Italy) working in computation of integrated water vapour from ground based microwave radiometer. I worked for a couple of years as research assistant for the same university, analysing atmospheric water vapour content using satellite instruments like MERIS, MODIS, SSM/I and GPS. From 2004 to 2006 I realized my own project regarding the atmospheric monitoring of Trasimeno Lake. From 2006 to 2008 I worked for the European Space Research Institute as junior science support specialist. I'm now PhD student at DTU Space (Denmark), my project regards the computation of atmospheric water vapour above thunderstorms from GPS/GNSS measurements onboard the International Space Station.
Tzu-Pang Tseng
Tzu-Pang Tseng was born in 1980 in Taiwan. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from National Cheng-Kung University (NCKU) and National Chiao-Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan, in 2004 and 2006, respectively, and now he is working toward his Ph.D. degree in NCTU, Hsinchu, Taiwan. He is a member of American Geophysical Union (AGU) and his research focuses on precise orbit determination (POD) of FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC satellites and GPS data processing. He did his research work at Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM), Germany, on satellite data analysis in 2005 and 2008. The FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC satellite mission is first constellation mission in the world, so he is currently developing the application of FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC POD.
Erjiang FU
Erjiang FU has solid education and experience in computer and geospatial technologies. He received his bachelor degree in computer engineering in China and conducted postgraduate studies at the University of Auckland and the University of Melbourne specializing in geospatial information and environmental modeling. His current research focus is Global Positioning System (GPS) radio occultation technology and its applications for Australian Meteorology conducing at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University. He is also experienced teaching assistant for a number of geospatial courses since 2005 and he is project manager of key developer of a three-year teaching project at RMIT. He also holds a graduate certificate of research management and commercialization and is involved in some business programs. He is committee member of some professional associations. Through the past 15 year's professional developments, he has well formed his knowledge and skills toward a active researcher.
I-Te Lee
Hello everyone. My name is I-TE LEE, a PhD student in the Institute of Space Science at National Central University in Taiwan. I got my B. S. degree in atmospheric science and master degree in space science from National Central University. My research interests include Ionospheric radio science, Ionospheric typhoon signature, and Airglow. The current research projects for me focus on FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC RO data for mid- and low-latitude ionosphere. Beyond science, I enjoy baseball, softball, badminton, photography, and classical music. It is honor for me to award the grand prize in student competition program of 4th Asian Space Conference & FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC International Workshop. I am very excited to attend to student conference in this workshop. I think that should be a great opportunity making new friends and looking forward to the international collaboration and different cultural experience.