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Friday, March 16, 2018

U.S. Congressman & President Loh Visit CICS Proving Ground

U.S. Congressman Paul Sarbanes visited the CICS-MD office to tour the Proving Ground Training Ground's new Visualization Lab. He was joined by UMD President Wallace Loh.
Friday, March 9, 2018

Analysis of 2017 Precipitation

CICS-MD Scientist Robert Adler, who works with NCEI to produce a monthly Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP) precipitation product, has written a short summary for NOAA/NCEI of where the last year (2017) fits in to the long-term (1979-2017) global precipitation record using our GPCP CDR.


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Rep. Sarbanes

U.S. Congressman & President Loh Visit CICS Proving Ground

U.S. Congressman Paul Sarbanes visited the CICS-MD office to tour the Proving Ground Training Ground's new Visualization Lab. He was joined by UMD President Wallace Loh.

Mar 09, 2018 08:22 AM

Analysis of 2017 Precipitation

CICS-MD Scientist Robert Adler, who works with NCEI to produce a monthly Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP) precipitation product, has written a short summary for NOAA/NCEI of where the last year (2017) fits in to the long-term (1979-2017) global precipitation record using our GPCP CDR.

AMS Slides

AMS 2018 Summary Slides

The one-slide summaries of AMS talks and posters from STAR and the NESDIS Cooperative Institutes, annually collected by Ralph Ferraro, are now on the STAR website.


Ultrafine Aerosol Impact on Climate

CICS-MD Scientist Zhanqing Li and his graduate student Yuwei Zhang are co-authors of a new article in "Science." Their article, “Substantial convection and precipitation enhancements by ultrafine aerosol particles,” appeared in the January 26th issue.

Jan 22, 2018 05:23 AM

Geostationary Lightning and Meteor Mapper?

CICS-MD Scientists Scott Rudlosky and Michael Peterson found that the GLM on GOES-R/GOES-16 observed a fireball near Detroit, MI on January 16th, 2018 at 8:08:33 PM Eastern. While this meteor was not particularly large, it was widely reported because it occurred in a populated area.

CICS-MD Circular
Dec 21, 2017 08:28 AM

CICS-MD Issues its Winter Circular

The biannual newsletter for CICS-MD was released this week. It features articles by CICS-MD Scientists James Reagan, Alexey Mishonov, Emily Smail, and Brian Beck.

Scott Rudlosky

Rudlosky wins the NOAA Dave Johnson Award

The winner of the prestigious and highly competitive NOAA Dave Johnson Award has been announced and it is STAR/CICS Scientist Scott Rudlosky.

NOAA-20 ATMS Temperature
Dec 08, 2017 07:08 AM

A First Look at JPSS-1/NOAA-20 ATMS

The JPSS-1 satellite was launched on November 18 and the first data from the ATMS microwave instrument was received 11 days later on November 29th. CICS-MD Scientists Hu Yang and Chris Grassotti both worked on processing the data.

3D Hurricane Irma Lightning
Nov 28, 2017 06:53 AM

3D View of Hurricane Irma Lightning

CICS-MD Scientist Patrick Meyers has developed a three-dimensional animation of Hurricane Irma with lightning data from the GOES-16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper.

Spider Lightning Flashes
Nov 21, 2017 06:58 AM

Spider Lightning Flash via Satellite

CICS-MD Scientist Micheal Peterson has created a video that shows a spider lightning flash observed by the Lighting Imaging Sensor (LIS) on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite - a predecessor to GLM. It traces the lateral development of the optical energy of the flash as it evolves along its various branches.

Nov 16, 2017 09:00 AM

CICS Science Meeting Archive Available

The abstracts, slides, and posters presented at the recent CICS Science Meeting are now available for viewing on the CICS-MD website.

Oct 12, 2017 08:19 AM

Lightning for Hurricanes Harvey through Maria

Using the GOES-16 GLM and ABI data, CICS-MD Scientist Michael Peterson created an animation of lightning within and around Hurricanes Harvey through Maria. To go to the CICS-MD Lightning Page and see the full animation, click on "Read More."

Sep 22, 2017 01:30 PM

Can Satellites Measure Lake Surface Temperatures?

A recent CICS-MD project headed by Andy Harris is assessing whether NOAA can extend its lake surface temperature products for the Great Lakes to other U.S. lakes.

State of the Climate 2016
Sep 15, 2017 10:32 AM

AMS Releases State of the Climate 2016

CICS-MD Scientist Jim Reagan is one of the authors of "State of the Climate 2016," just released by the American Meteorological Association.

GPM Constellation
Sep 11, 2017 08:35 AM

Brightness Temperature Temporal Variation and Precipitation Rate

CICS-MD Scientist Yalei You (NESDIS/STAR/CRPD/SCSB) has a new paper published in the September issue of the Journal of Hydrometeorology. It shows how precipitation rate retrievals can be improved using brightness temperature temporal variation. You works on the CICS Task "Precipitation Research and Applications."

Sep 08, 2017 01:52 PM

CICS-MD Staff Promotions

On September 7, the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical & Natural Sciences, which oversees ESSIC and CICS, announced the promotion of 66 professional-track faculty. Sixteen of these promotions were earned by CICS-MD staff.

Hurricane Harvey Lightning
Sep 01, 2017 09:58 AM

Hurricane Harvey Lightning as seen by GOES-16

CICS-MD Scientist Michael Peterson has created an animation of GOES-R GLM images of the i lightning that Hurricane Harvey released when it made landfall.

Aug 28, 2017 08:14 AM

JPSS Posters on Display

The posters presented by CICS-MD at the recent STAR JPSS Science Meeting are currently on display at the ESSIC Building on the 3rd Floor. Feel free to come over and browse. Click on "read more" to see the list of posters.

Aug 16, 2017 05:28 AM

GOES-16 ABI Land Surface Temperature

CICS-MD Scientist Peng Yu describes the latest specifications for the GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager Land Surface Data Global and CONUS product releases.

Aug 07, 2017 07:17 AM

MiRS Land Surface Temperature

CICS-MD Scientist Chris Grassotti and his CUNY-CREST intern, Carlos Perez-Diaz, show the results of a comparison of Microwave Integrated Retrieval System (MiRS) land surface temperature from Soumi-NPP/ATMS measurements to SURFRAD ground-based measurement.

Michael Folmer
Aug 01, 2017 01:29 PM

Folmer Named Outstanding Communicator

CICS-MD Scientist Michael Folmer was awarded an Outstanding Communication Award by the GOES-R Series Program for his work as a Satellite Liaison to the National Weather Service.

Jul 31, 2017 07:31 AM

CrIS Cloud Emission and Scattering Index (CESI)

CICS-MD Scientists Xioalei Zou and Lin Lin, in collaboration with NOAA scientists, took an innovative approach for developing a cloud detection algorithm using Cross-Track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) observations.​

S-NPP Precipitation
Jul 28, 2017 08:43 AM

NOAA Knows Remote Sensing of Precipitation

SCSB Chief Ralph Ferraro is the lead author of the first chapter in a new volume on the Remote Sensing of Hydrological Cycle, part of the nine-volume set on Comprehensive Remote Sensing released by Elsevier.

Mar 07, 2017 01:34 PM

Rudlosky & GLM on the Weather Channel

Scott Rudlosky appeared on the Weather Channel to show the first images from the GLM aboard GOES-R/GOES-16.​

Tse-Chun Chen at AMS
Feb 21, 2017 11:49 AM

Tse-Chun Chen Wins AMS Student Speaker Award

Doctoral student Tse-Chun Chen, who works with CICS Scientist Eugenia Kalnay on proactive quality control using ensemble data assimilation techniques, was awarded Best Student Presentation at the IOAS-AOLS Conference at the 2017 AMS Annual Meeting.

J. Clim.
Jan 23, 2017 09:19 AM

Thomas Smith Tops Journal of Climate Citations in 2016

Thomas Smith is an author of three of the top 10 most cited articles over the past three years in the AMS Journal of Climate.

Dec 09, 2016 07:14 AM

Berbery Receives RAICES Award

CICS Deputy Director E. Hugo Berbery was awarded the RAICES Award for International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation from the Argentine Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation.

Nov 22, 2016 11:23 AM

Vintzileos Recognized for Week-3&4 Forecasts

CICS-MD Scientist Augustin Vintzileos received a Certificate of Recognition from the NOAA Climate Prediction Center for his work on improving Week-3&4 weather outlooks.

Tom Smith
Oct 03, 2016 01:02 AM

Tom Smith Honored with a DOC Gold Medal

Thomas M. Smith was awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Medal in a ceremony held this week. Tom is a NOAA Scientist co-located with the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites at the University of Maryland (CICS-MD).

Sep 30, 2016 11:51 AM

Dr. Berbery Named CICS Deputy Director

Dr. E. Hugo Berbery, the CICS-MD Director, has been promoted to CICS Deputy Director.

ESI 9-29-16
Sep 30, 2016 04:11 AM

Evaporative Stress Index Goes Operational

Christopher Hain, Li Fang, Zhengpeng Li, and the rest of their team at NESDIS/STAR/SMCD/EMB are happy to announce that their GOES Evapotransporation and Drought Production System (GET-D) system is now operational. It generates 2-, 4-, 8- and 12-week Evaporative Stress Index (ESI) composites over the North American domain.

NOAAPORT Satellite Broadcast Network (SBN)
Mar 04, 2016 08:29 AM

CICS-MD SBN Antenna Installed

A NOAAPORT Satellite Broadcast Network (SBN) antenna, receiver, and server have been installed at CICS-MD on the roof of the ESSIC building.

Blue Carbon
Jan 10, 2016 02:15 PM

Successful Blue Carbon Projects

CICS-MD scientist Ariana Sutton-Grier and her Hollings Scholar intern, Lindsay Wylie, have documented the keys to a successful Blue Carbon Project in her new article to be published in the March 2016 issue of Marine Policy.

VIIRS Day-Night Band
Dec 10, 2015 12:46 PM

CICS-MD Scientists win NESDIS Award

CICS-MD Scientists Xi Shao, Bin Zhang, and Yan Bai were named NESDIS Outstanding Science and Research Employees of the Year .

Eqisha Glenn
Nov 13, 2015 09:24 AM

CICS-MD Intern's Research on

CREST graduate student and former CICS-MD intern Equisha Glenn has a new journal article that is featured on the AGU website's Research Spotlight. It is entitled "Detection of recent regional sea surface temperature warming in the Caribbean and surrounding region."

Nov 05, 2015 12:34 PM

Yong Chen Wins Best Paper Award

CICS-MD Scientist Yong Chen was awarded the Best Proceeding Paper award during the 20th International TIROS Operational Vertical Sounder (TOVS) Study Conferences in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Likun Wang
Sep 10, 2015 09:54 AM

Likun Wang Selected for ADVANCE Faculty

CICS-MD Scientist Likun Wang has been selected for ADVANCING Faculty Diversity Program in UMD in year of 2015-2016.

Galápagos Penguin
Aug 06, 2015 09:18 AM

Galapagos "Cold Pool" Helps Endangered Penguins

Geophysical Research Letters has just accepted a new article from CICS-MD Scientist Christopher Brown and co-authors on Galápagos penguins and equatorial undercurrents. They found that the expansion of a Pacific cold pool near the islands coincided with a doubling of the penguin population over a 30-year period.



Pat's Lightning Movie

Jul 20, 2015 09:12 AM

Satellite Tools for Superstorm Sandy

CICS-MD Scientist Michael Folmer has just had a new article published online. This retrospective analysis focuses on what satellite products were critical to real-time hurricane forecasting, including new JPSS products and those expected from GOES-R.

SSMIS F18 bakcgorund with/without the bias correction

Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSEs)

The CICS-MD OSSE Project led by Kayo Ide is currently using the operational 3D-hybrid data assimilation system in two different ways: (1) Observing System Experiments (OSEs) using real observations, to investigate the impact of hyperspectral IR sensors (IAS, CR, CrIS, and AIRS); and (2) Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSEs) using simulated observations, to investigate the impact of the geostationary microwave observations.

Soil Moisture Operational Product System (SMOPS)

Soil Moisture Operational Product System (SMOPS): AMSR2 Contributions

The GCOM-W1 AMSR2 soil moisture product developed by CICS-MD Scientist Jicheng Liu and his team will play a significant role in the NOAA Soil Moisture Operational Product System (SMOPS), a blended product designed to produce “one-stop shopping” for all operational soil moisture products from different satellite sensors.

Land Surface Albedo

Improving Surface Albedo Estimation with VIIRS data

CICS-MD Scientists Dongdong Wang, Shunlin Liang, and Yuan Zhou improved the direct estimation algorithm to retrieve land surface albedo from VIIRS by considering surface anisotropy, impacts of aerosol type, and land cover type.

Snowfall Rate Product
Jan 30, 2015 01:20 AM

Blizzard of 2015 as Captured by Satellite

The 2015 Blizzard that clobbered the New England January 27th was well captured by the ATMS and AMSU/MHS Snowfall Rate product.

Nov 10, 2014 08:53 AM

Fall Foliage from VIIRS

CICS-MD Scientist Xiaoyang Zhang and NOAA Sponsor Yunyue Yu have developed a new method to monitor and predict short-term fall foliage coloration using the VIIRS daily vegetation index.

Oct 31, 2014 01:58 PM

New CICS-MD Acknowledgement

Please note that the CICS Award Number has changed from NA09NES4400006 to NA14NES4320003. This new number should appear in all acknowledgments for CICS Tasks.

Jul 31, 2014 09:20 AM

Likun Wang Interview

CICS-MD Scientist Likun Wang is featured in the July NOAA NESDIS Newsletter in the "Employee Spotlight."​

Jul 21, 2014 11:38 AM

Kenney Wins Editors' Choice Award

The Water Resources Research journal has just announced that a 2013 "Editor's Choice Award" will go to an article by lead author Melissa Kenney, an ESSIC/CICS-MD Scientist.

Jul 07, 2014 06:42 AM

CICS Contract Renewed

On June 20, NOAA signed the renewal of a Cooperative Agreement with the University of Maryland/Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) extending the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) for another five years: July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019.

TWC News
Jul 01, 2014 10:17 AM

TV Appearances by CICS-MD Scientists

Two CICS-MD scientists have recently been interviewed on TV to comment about current issues. Scott Rudlosky appeared on NBC 4 in Washington, DC, for Lightning Safety Week and Russ Dickerson spoke on the Time Warner Cable News in Austin,TX, about recent satellite data showing big improvements in air quality.​

CICS-MD Award Winners
Jun 04, 2014 11:04 AM

Award Winners at CICS-MD

Several CICS-MD scientists and students have received awards in the last month: Yong Chen, Likun Wang, Ralph Ferraro, Huan Meng, Mike Natoli, Kate O'Brien, and Katie Lukens.. Congratulations on this success! You have made us all proud,

Apr 14, 2014 01:02 PM

Climate Voices is Rolling Out

CICS-MD Scientist Melissa Kenney is one of the "Climate Voices" in the new social media push by the United Nations Foundation and UCAR. The goal is to provide a registry of climate scientists that are available for discussions with local groups to spark community discussions about climate change.

Mar 31, 2014 09:58 AM

Coccolithophores at the Poles

Christopher Brown's article on coccolithophores at the Poles was featured on the cover of the Journal for Plankton Research.

Mar 31, 2014 09:53 AM

Using CRTM to Validate ATMS Data

CICS-MD Scientist Quanhua Liu and JCSDA’s Sid Boukabara recently published an article documenting the application of the Community Radiative Transfer Model (CRTM) for Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) data validation in the journal Remote Sensing of the Environment.

Mar 31, 2014 08:47 AM

Improving Satellite-Generated Land Surface Phenology

CICS Scientists Mukesh Singh Boori and Ralph Ferraro just published a new article on microwave polarization and gradient ratio (MPGR) in the Journal of Geology & Geosciences.

Mar 28, 2014 09:53 AM

Performance Evaluation of OMPS

The Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite (OMPS) was launched aboard the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership spacecraft on October 28, 2011.CICS Scientist Chunhui Pan and her team have done a comprehensive evaluation of sensor performance and validation of on-orbit calibration. End-to-end data analysis has been performed to evaluate sensor critical parameters, detector dark current, system linearity, optical degradation, stray light contamination and wavelength registration.

Cessna 402B with aerosol inlet

Aircraft Aerosol Observations for Satellite Evaluation

CICS Scientist Xinrong Ren and his team collect aircraft aerosol observations over representative land surfaces under different meteorological and air quality conditions to evaluate, test, and improve satellite retrievals.


Retrieving Tropospheric Humidity from ATMS

CICS Scientist Isaac Moradi has developed a method of calculating layer-averaged tropospheric humidity from the observations of Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) water vapor channels.


Proactive Quality Control

CICS-MD Scientist Daisuke Hotta and Eugenia Kalnay have made a major breakthrough in quality control using the the Local Ensemble Transform Kalman Filter. The use of Ensemble Forecast Sensitivity to Observations (EFSO) on the GFS model is able to identify flawed observations in MODIS high latitude winds after only 6 hours.

Jan 23, 2014 12:37 PM

ClimateBits for Science on a Sphere

ClimateBits are essential Earth Science concepts made simple through minute-long videos for Science On a Sphere. The first video on Solar Radiation has just been released and more are coming soon.

Dec 02, 2013 10:52 AM

UMD and NOAA are Global Leaders in Remote Sensing Research

A new article in the academic journal Scientometrics found that the University of Maryland had the fourth and NOAA the fifth largest “institutional impact factor” based on their published research on remote sensing.

Atmospheric Rivers
Oct 16, 2013 05:00 AM

Atmospheric Rivers

Water vapor in the atmosphere as viewed by satellites appears to have a branching structure similar to liquid water on land. These “atmospheric rivers” play a central role in the global water cycle by transporting large quantities of water vapor. A new CICS-MD project seeks to identify, categorize, and study this phenomenon.

Aug 21, 2013 09:45 AM

MiRS for Megha-Tropiques Satellite Delivered

MiRS for Megha-Tropiques: A preliminary version of MiRS for Megha-Tropiques (using SAPHIR only) has been delivered to OSPO. This version is intended primarily to test sizing and resource requirements.​

Aug 21, 2013 07:57 AM

Global Tropics Hazards and Benefits Outlook

CICS-MD Scientist Augustin Vintzileos helped develop the Global Tropics Hazard (GTH) tool that provides weekly tropical forecasts for the following two weeks. The GTH issued on August 20, shown below, forecasts that the tropical Atlantic will become more active.

SST Anomalies
Aug 20, 2013 02:35 PM

Caribbean Low Level Jet and Moisture Transport

Summer intern Equisha Glenn gave a talk on Thursday, August 15 at NCWCP (and shown on WebEx & Teleconference) entitled "Influence of SSTs Changes on the Caribbean Low Level Jet and Moisture Transport Variability in the Intra-Americas Region."

NPOL Radar
Aug 20, 2013 02:29 PM

Wallace Island Precipitation Validation Sensors

Nai-Yu Wang and Scott Rudlosky visited NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility to meet with Walt Petersen and David Wolff.

Saharan Air Layer Product
Aug 20, 2013 02:23 PM

NOAA's Small Business Innovation Research Program Updates

Two new Phase I projects were awarded by NOAA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program: (1) Dynamic Frequency Passive Millimeter-wave Radiometer Based on Optical Up-Conversion - Phase Sensitive Innovations, Newark, DE (R. Ferraro, Technical Representative); and (2) Mobile VHF Lightning Mapping System (S. Rudlosky, Technical Representative).

Aug 20, 2013 01:23 PM

Satellite Drought and Soil Moisture Prediction

CICS-MD Scientist Christopher Hain has just published four journal articles on the use of satellite data in the ALEXI model to calculate a daily of Evaporative Stress Index (ESI).

S-NPP VIIRS Aerosol Products
Jul 31, 2013 09:57 AM

A New Eye to Monitor Global Aerosol Activities

The new Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) provides both the operational and scientific data user communities new enhanced capability in monitoring global aerosol activities. The NPP/VIIRS aerosol products will prove a valuable asset to the data user community in meeting the operational and research needs of air quality, weather forecasting, and climate impact studies. It recently tracked a large cohesive African dust cloud.

Hail Dip
Jul 05, 2013 10:23 AM

Moore, Oklahoma F-5 Tornado Viewed by Satellite

GCOM passed over the Oklahoma region approximately 15 minutes prior to the touchdown of the EF-5 tornado that ravaged central OK on May 20, 2013. Rain retrieval rates, brightness temperatures, and polarization differences were analyzed.

Evaporative Stress Index
May 23, 2013 05:05 AM

CICS Researchers Develop Tools for Monitoring Drought from Space

Researchers at the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites led by Christopher Hain, along with colleagues from NOAA and the USDA Agricultural Research Service have developed a unique satellite based methodology for mapping drought over the United States.

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