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NDRC Webinar

Virtual NDRC Webinar Series

The NASA Direct Readout Conference (NDRC) Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the next in a series of webinars to facilitate communications among, and provide updates to, the Real-time (RT) and Near Real-time (NRT) remote sensing user communities. The focus of this webinar will be Real-time Volcanic Cloud Products for Aviation Alerts.

Webinar Series Details

The NDRC webinar series provides a venue for awareness and exchange of remote sensing science research and corresponding RT/NRT applications using Direct Readout and other low latency Earth observation capabilities. The series focuses on NDRC-9 themes, topics and priorities, including updates on relevant science, algorithms, technologies, applications and systems. The frequency and topics of webinars in this series will be based on input articulated by interested participants. Presentations, action items, and relevant meeting notes will be published on the NASA DRL Web Portal.

Webinar Agenda
Date: September 4, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (15:00 UTC)
  • Purpose/Objectives of the Webinar Series – Brad Quayle (USDA FS GTAC)
    Purpose and objectives of this effort related to NDRC, and relevant updates.

  • Real-time Volcanic Cloud Products for Aviation Alerts – Dr. Nickolay Krotkov (NASA/GSFC)
    Ingesting Direct Readout satellite volcanic cloud data is vital for improving reliability of volcanic ash forecasts by Volcanic Ash Advisory Centers (VAACs) and mitigating the effects of volcanic eruptions on aviation and the economy. In this presentation, the availability of an expedited distribution of satellite UV-based volcanic SO2 and Volcanic Ash (VA) data to decision support systems and end users will be discussed. This effort is a result of a partnership between GINA/UAF, NASA Direct Readout Laboratory (DRL), NASA OMI and OMPS ozone processing team, and Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI). The OMPSnadir software package is integral to the system and processes direct broadcast SNPP/OMPS data to produce volcanic SO2 and ash data in real time. The system runs operationally within the DRL's International Planetary Observation Processing Package (IPOPP) environment at both GINA and FMI. Together, these two ground stations provide nearly complete coverage of the Arctic, while DRL delivers the IPOPP applications framework that is also available to the broader low latency data user community worldwide. Ongoing system enhancement efforts include extending real-time VA and SO2 monitoring to night-time periods based on Thermal Infrared (TIR) data, and improvement of the accuracy of UV-based SO2 and VA retrievals.

  • Meeting Wrap Up and Planning for Next Webinar – Brad Quayle
    Identify potential topics and presenters for the next webinar. We value your feedback as we evaluate future software technologies and algorithms, and prioritize resources accordingly to meet the needs of the global user community. 
How to Register
The NDRC webinar series is free, but registration is required and participation is limited. Preference will be given to organizations that facilitate decision support systems, other applications of Earth observation data that provide societal benefit, and end users of such systems and applications. To register, please complete and submit the registration form below by August 21 for organizing committee consideration. Invitees will be notified via email by August 30 and provided with instructions to access the webinar.
Registration Form
1. Email Address:
2. First Name:
3. Last Name:
4. Address:
5. City:
6. Country:
7. User Type:
8. Company/Institution/Agency Name:
9. Title:
10. How do you anticipate you and your organization contributing to this overall effort and providing benefit?
11. Are you attending specifically as a member of one of the following organizations (click all that apply)?
DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) (e.g., UNISDR)
Conservation International
World Bank
12. Is there anything else you wish the workshop organizers to know or emphasize for RT/NRT applications?
13. Are you interested in proposing an oral presentation on a relevant theme for a future webinar? If yes, please enter the topic of your potential contribution here.