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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

5th Interagency Surface Dynamics
Working Group meeting

March 1-3, 2011

USDA Southwest Watershed Research Center

Tucson, AZ




Tuesday, March 1, 2011



08:30 -                  Welcome and Introductions  (Dr. Nearing & Dr. Harmon)

08:45 – 09:15      Meeting overview and goals (Eylander)

09:15 – 09:45      Dr. Jeff Cetola & Mr. Chris Franks
                              Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA)
                              Operational Land Surface Modeling overview at AFWA


09:45 – 10:15      Dr. Christa Peters-Lidard

                              NASA-Goddard Hydrological Sciences Branch

                              The Land Information System as a Research-to-Operations Tool


10:15 – 11:00      Break



11:00 – 11:30      Gary McWilliams  (via telecom)

                              US Army Research Lab

                              Review of Joint Polar Satellite System and Defense Weather Satellite System


11:30 – 12:00      Dr. Enrique Vivoni

                              Arizona State University

                              Small catchment activities at Jornada and Santa Rita Experimental Range, and large-scale soil moisture network in Sonora



12:00 – 13:00      Lunch


13:00 – 13:30      Mike Tischler  (via telecom)

                              USACE Topographic Engineering Center (Alexandria, VA)

                              TEC soil property mapping update


13:30 – 14:00      Mike Follum

                              USACE ERDC Coastal & Hydraulics Lab (Vicksburg, MS)

                              Use of remotely sensed data in hydrologic prediction


14:00 – 14:30      Dr. George Mason

                              USACE ERDC Geotechnical and Structures Lab (Vicksburg, MS)
                              Utilization of Soil Moisture for Trafficability Studies


14:30 – 15:00      Hsu &Gao

                              Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing

                              UC Irvine


15:00 – 15:15      Break


15:15 – 15:45      Jingfeng Wang& Rafael Bras

                              University of California at Irvine

                              Modeling Surface Energy Balance Using the MEP Method


15:45 – 16:15      Dr. Scott Tyler

                              Univ. of Nevada, Reno Desert Research Institute

Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing for Soil Moisture and Environmental Studies: NSF's Community User Facilty.


16:15 – 16:45      Dr. Jan Hendrickx

                              New Mexico Tech

Assimilation of METRIC Evapotranspiration and soil moisture in a distributed hydrologic model



Wednesday,   March 2, 2011  Field Trip



Visit the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed (WGEW) and the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA).  SWRC has an active program at WGEW to develop knowledge and technology to conserve water and soil in semi-arid lands.  The Upper San Pedro Partnership - a consortium of 21 organizations and agencies - supports research to preserve the SPRNCA and ensure the long-term viability of Fort Huachuca.




8:30                 Depart SWRC Facility in multiple Government Vehicles


10:00               Visit WGEW (Hosts:  Susan Moran & Tim Keefer)


12:00-13:00     Lunch in Tombstone, Arizona


13:00               Visit SPRNCA (Host: Russ Scott)


17:00               Arrive back at SWRC Facility



Thursday,  March 3, 2011  SMAP Applications Workshop



08:30-08:45     SMAP SDT Presentation.  Descriptions of NASA missions, overview of SMAP Mission and Objectives (Susan Moran)


08:45-9:45       SMAP Products.  SMAP product development, explain the difference             between level products, break down the algorithms and data sets, Discuss the availability of the data (time line, pre launch and post launch) (Barry Weiss, JPL)


9:45-10:15       Overview of the SMAP Applications Plan and the details of the MOA.  Explain the expectations of Early Adopters and the Community of Practice.  Stress the importance of feedback loops and workshops (Susan Moran)


10:30 -11:00   Specific examples of multiagency collaborative efforts to incorporate SMAP data into Applications:


·        Work with the Maryland Emergency Operation Center (MEOC) is to integrate SMAP model data for weather related training exercises, e.g., flooding and snow events (Vanessa Escobar)

·        Ongoing efforts to integrate remotely-sensed surface soil moisture observations into the USDA’s global crop forecasting system to improve agricultural drought monitoring world-wide (Wade Crow, via telecon)


11:00-11:30   Group Discussion. Objective is to discuss different thematic group research, models and operations. Discuss how SMAP ties into capabilities that have been presented at this workshop (Facilitator: Susan Moran)

11:30-11:45     Overview of the workshop and adjourn.



Last Modified: 3/10/2011