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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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18 th operational mirs meeting

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
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
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
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

Mirs nde

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

    • Login

    • 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
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
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.