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Workshop on Data Assimilation in Terrestrial Systems, September 19-21 in Bonn, Germany

September 19, 2016 - September 21, 2016

By Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen and Insa Neuweiler

This workshop will provide a platform for scientific exchange among researchers working on data assimilation methods and applications in terrestrial systems. In particular, we hope to stimulate the interdisciplinary exchange among atmospheric researches, hydrologists, soil scientists, biogeochemists and engineers.

Topics to be discussed are the development, improvement and evaluation of methodologies both in synthetic and real-world studies, and operational applications of data assimilation including real-time forecasting, control and management.

This workshop wants to focus on operational applications and includes two invited talks which focus on operational data assimilation: the talk by Gabrielle de Lannoy (University of Leuven) addresses assimilation of remote sensing data from SMA, and the talk by Roland Potthast (German Meteorological Service) addresses operational data assimilation in the context of weather forecasts.

A further topic we especially want to focus on in this workshop is data assimilation for coupled models like atmosphere-land surface models or land surface-subsurface models. The invited talk by Henrik Madsen (Danish Hydraulic Institute) focuses on important aspects of data assimilation for such models. The invited talk by Ahmed ElSheik (Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, UK) addresses data assimilation for subsurface systems.

We invite participants interested in data assimilation developments and applications for the subsurface, land surface, and the atmosphere with the goal to analyze and/or predict terrestrial water and heat energy cycles, rainfall-runoff processes, and biogeochemical cycles.

We would like to attract contributions addressing method evaluation with both synthetical studies and studies on real systems. Studies which involve operational applications and multiple compartments of the terrestrial system are particularly welcome.

Abstract submission is possible until May 31, but likely it will be extended (contact the organizers).

The conference website provides further information on abstract submission and registration.


September 19, 2016
September 21, 2016


University of Bonn
Bonn, Germany + Google Map