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.


Brian Breitsch
I am a graduate student at Colorado State University, studying under the direction of Dr. Jade Morton. My research interest is in using ground and air-based GNSS receivers to perform occultation inversions. I enjoy making music, running, and biking. I really don't like swimming, but can tolerate triathlons.

Xue Meng Chen
My name is Xue Meng Chen. I am currently pursuing a PhD degree in Atmospheric Science at the University of California, Davis. I grew up in Montreal, Canada, where I completed my undergraduate studies in 2008, and my Master's studies in 2010 at McGill University in RADAR meteorology. My interest in numerical modeling brought me to UC Davis, and the main focus of my present research is on the impact of data assimilation of airborne radio occultation measurements on hurricane prediction. In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors, gardening, cooking and baking.

Min-Yang Chou
Hi, my name is Min-Yang Chou. I am currently a first-year Ph.D. student in the department of earth sciences at National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan. I received my B.S. degree in physic from Fu-Jen Catholic university and M.S degree in space sciences from National Central university. My current work focus on developing the Ionospheric processing system for GPS/GNSS Radio Occultation (IGRO) for FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2. In my free time, I like working out, jogging, cycling, playing baseball, traveling and reading. I am looking forward to attending this workshop.

Nicholas Davis
Hi, my name is Nick Davis and I'm a second-year Ph.D. student in Colorado State University's Department of Atmospheric Science. I received my M.S. in Atmospheric Science from CSU in 2013. I use COSMIC GPS-RO as an independent, observational data set to assess model and reanalysis performance in simulating the width of the Hadley circulation and tropical belt. Outside of research, I'm a long-distance trail runner.

Michelle Feltz
Hello, my name is Michelle Feltz. I am a second-year graduate student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, which is also where I obtained my B.S. in atmospheric and oceanic science. My previous research experience has included using GPS RO as a way to validate hyperspectral infrared sounder temperature data. Newer topics include assessing the ability of the combination of RO and IR sounders to monitor stratospheric temperatures. I enjoy biking, hiking, ice-skating, and simply being outdoors, and am excited to learn more about current research topics within the RO community, as well as hopefully some of the RO data processing details.

Erin Griggs
Hi, my name is Erin Griggs. I am a graduate student in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder. I received my B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics and computer science from Colorado School of Mines. My research interests include GNSS signal processing algorithms for software receivers, orbital mechanics, filter development, precision clock estimation, and radio occultation receiver design. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, spending time outside, and playing ice hockey. Looking forward to meeting you all.

Chih-Ting Hsu
Hello everyone. My name is Chih-Ting Hsu. I’m a Ph. D. student in the Institute of Space Science at National Central University in Taiwan. I received my undergraduate degrees in both atmospheric sciences and physics and my master’s degree in space science from National Central University. I ‘m currently focus on assimilation of FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC radio occultation data for the ionosphere. I’m looking forward to attending this workshop and hoping can make new friends!

Ji-Eun Kim
Hello. My name is Ji-Eun Kim. I am a graduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. My research focuses on tropical waves in the troposphere to the stratosphere. I am currently studying how atmospheric waves affect temperature and winds in the tropical tropopause layer. I have found that GPS data are useful for studying waves in the tropical tropopause layer as they provide global, high vertical resolution observations.

Diana Loucks
Hi - my name is Diana Loucks and I’m currently a doctoral student at the University of Colorado Boulder. I received my M.S. From CU in 2008 and my B.S. in mathematics from the Texas Christian University. I am just beginning my research here at CU with a focus on GPS, the ionosphere and the Arctic with the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR) and funded by the Department of Defense. Outside of work and the classroom I sing, am an avid softball player and my husband and I enjoy spending time together and with our beagles.

Ryan McGranaghan
Hi everyone, my name is Ryan McGranaghan and I'm currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder. Before graduate school, I received my B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2011. Here in Colorado I work on several projects with the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR), including characterization of the magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere regime, modeling of the neutral density environment for the purposes of space situational awareness, and statistical orbit determination. I am funded to conduct this research as a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow. Away from school I love music, both discovering and playing, reading, the outdoors, and basically anything related to sports.

Brian Murphy
Hi, my name is Brian Murphy and I am currently a PhD student in the Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences department at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Previously I received a BA in physics from Hanover College, Indiana and a MS in physics from Purdue. My research is focused on airborne radio occultation using data collected during a field experiment in the Caribbean to study developing tropical cyclones. I am looking forward to widening my knowledge of radio occultation at the upcoming workshop.

Ramon Padullés
Hi everyone, my name is Ramon Padullés, and I am a second year PhD student in the Institute of Space Sciences of Barcelona, Spain. I received a B.S. and M.S. in physics and astrophysics in the University of Barcelona. My research is focused on the new concept of Polarimetric radio occultations, within the framework of the ROHP-PAZ mission. It includes both simulations of wave propagation and data analysis of real radio occultations from a ground campaign. My research time in Barcelona is complemented with visiting periods at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasdena, CA). Outside of school, I enjoy sports and hanging out with people. It will be my first time in Boulder, and I am looking forward to attending the workshop and meeting you all!

Therese Rieckh
Hi, my name is Therese Rieckh. I am from Graz in Austria, where I received my master's degree in Physics with focus on environmental physics and meteorology in 2013. For my master's thesis, I used GPS RO profiles to determine and analyze tropopause characteristics globally. I started my PhD in Graz in fall 2013, but I moved to Boulder last week. I will be working on applications of GPS RO data in weather models here at COSMIC for the next two years. In my free time, my interests include traveling, hiking, and rock climbing.

Muhammad Mubasshir Shaikh
After completing ‘MSc in Radio & Mobile Communication Systems’ from University of Hertfordshire, UK, Mubasshir worked as communication engineer in the area of planning, designing and development of data communication network for LEO/GEO satellite ground stations at the Satellite Research & Development Center Karachi, Pakistan. Mubasshir has also completed a 2nd level Master’s degree in ‘GNSS & Related Applications’ from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Currently, Mubasshir is working as an Early Stage Researcher on a Marie Curie project TRANSMIT (http://www.transmit-ionosphere.net/transmit/index.aspx) at Politecnico di Torino. Mubasshir is also enrolled as a PhD student at the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication, Politecnico di Torino.

Jeffrey Sussman
Hello, my name is Jeffrey Sussman. I am a Ph.D. student beginning my second year of study in the Climate Science and Geophysics departments at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego. I received a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from Cornell University. Currently, I am working on research using airborne GPS radio occultation data from the 2010 Concordiasi campaign over Antarctica. I am working on processing the data, and will assimilate the data into weather modeling as well. I look forward to attending to the conference to share my own work in radio occultation, and to learn more about the field.

Kuo-Nung (Eric) Wang
Hi, my name is Eric, and I am currently a Ph. D. student at Purdue University in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. I received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. My current research focuses on implementation of GPS open-loop tracking and the radio-holographic method for occultation signal processing. In my spare time, I enjoy slow rock music, movies, and traveling. I look forward to attending this workshop to learn more about COSMIC and to exchange great ideas.

Aaron Wilson
Hello! My name is Aaron Wilson, and I am currently a Research Associate with the Polar Meteorology Group at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University. I completed my B.S. degree in Geography-Atmospheric Sciences Track in 2002 along with my Masters (2010) and Ph.D. (2013) degrees in Atmospheric Sciences from The Ohio State University. My research interests focus mainly on the Polar Regions with concentrations on regional/global modeling techniques and high-latitude climate variability. The goal of my current work is to use the polar version of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model with the WRF Data Assimilation system to assess the impact of the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC) GPS radio occultation profiles in improving surface pressure fields and 3-D atmospheric mass distribution in Antarctica. This is a necessary step toward developing an atmospheric correction for Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) that will result in smaller uncertainty in ice mass changes and an improved measure of ice loss from Antarctica.

Thomas Winning
My name is Tommy Winning. I am a first year PhD student at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. My introduction to GPS Radio Occultation is the result of my M.S. work while at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa. My research involves using GPS RO refractivity profiles to estimate the height of the inversion base over the Hawaiian region and comparing these results with earlier studies that utilized radiosonde observations for the same purpose.