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18 th Operational-MIRS Meeting. June 11 th 2008. Agenda. MIRS General Status [Sid] MIRS Operational Status[OSDPD] SSMIS Geo-location Issues [Tom] MIRS Science Improvements [Kevin] MIRS Software Improvements[Wanchun] MIRS Comparison to CLOUDSAT [Flavio]. New Hires.

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18th Operational-MIRS Meeting

June 11th 2008


  • MIRS General Status [Sid]

  • MIRS Operational Status[OSDPD]

  • SSMIS Geo-location Issues [Tom]

  • MIRS Science Improvements [Kevin]

  • MIRS Software Improvements[Wanchun]

  • MIRS Comparison to CLOUDSAT [Flavio]

New Hires

  • Two new members will be added to the MiRS project:

    • Steve Steggall, recent graduate from University of Arizona, will join on July 16th, 2008

    • Chris Grassotti, half time, senior scientist with previous experience in data assimilation, algorithm development, will join on July 21st 2008


  • A MIRS-dedicated machine is being ordered. Should be available for daily processing cronjobs and development of MIRS only. It’s a dual quad-core machine (3GHz) with one TB disk space.

  • This should solve the cluster issues we have been having and ease the usage of the cluster to other users

  • Expected delivery: August. Expected installation: a couple weeks/months after delivery.

General Status (Work in Progress)

  • The official version was made on June 15th 2008

  • Further improvements were made since, mainly:

    • Code robustness (using FORCHECK, VALGRIND)

    • Improvement of the temperature sounding using a better first guess

  • Comparison between MIRS and CLOUDSAT data (to be daily)

Work in the pipeline

  • Bottle-neck identification in the MIRS software (to further optimize speed)

  • Full F95 coding Standards compliance

  • Code reorganization (follow GOES-R model)

  • Further improvement to emissivity covariance matrices

  • CRTM newest version

  • Development of the Rain rate algorithm based on RWP, T, etc using CLOUDSAT and TRMM

  • Extend MIRS to ATMS


  • NDE will (very) soon be available (SADIE machine), so we will:

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    • Implement the ATMS footprint matching code (from UKMO)

    • Come up with an HDF-5 reader to decode IDPS files

    • Work on extending MIRS to ATMS (with Simulated Data)

    • Test MIRS within NDE environment

    • Hook MIRS to the DHS (Data Handling System) when available

MIRS Licensing Agreements

  • Six licensing agreements were requested and are in Al’s desk for signature:

    • 1- Chen Yingying from the Institute of Remote Sensing Applications, China

    • 2- Kozo Okamoto from JMA, Japan,

    • 3- Peter Wang, from MSC, Taiwan

    • 4- U. Jaya Prakash Raju, from CNRS, France

    • 5- Xiaoyang Liu form Peking University, China

    • 6- Peiming Dong from CMA, China

Once signed, passwords will be sent to them to download MIRS (a light version with further improvements if finalized)

MIRS Project Plan/ Funding

  • Provided no surprises, the MiRS project is in good shape for the next couple years:

    • The project plan for FY09, FY10, FY11 and FY12 is being finalized

    • More and more, the focus will shift towards NPP and NPOESS (for ATMS). It’s important we position MIRS for the long term.

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