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Cold Land Processes Workshop


I am pleased to announce that the 2002-2003 Cold Land Processes Field Experiment has successfully concluded its six major field campaigns. Many, many thanks are due to the large number of you who helped plan, support, and execute the experiment. Over 150 representatives of the science community participated in the series of planning workshops that led to the CLPX Experiment Plan. Visit the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center Web site to view the CLPX Experiment Plan.

With few exceptions, we were able to follow the experiment plan closely and collect the data sets as indicated (see data sets). Some new opportunities arose that allowed us to collect additional data sets, including airborne imaging lidar and very-high resolution digital CIR imagery of the nine intensive study areas. We had exciting new opportunities for education as well. During the last campaign, two webcasts were broadcast live from the field sites by the NASA Special Projects Initiatives Office, and a documentary film is now being produced about the CLPX and the Scientific Method. In all the experiment was a huge success, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of this community and the CLP Working Group. Thanks to everyone.

Now we begin to turn our attention to the next phase - conducting the science for which these data were collected. To begin this process, we will have an open workshop May 28-29 in Boulder CO.

We will begin on May 28 by reviewing the status of each dataset, so that everyone has an opportunity to learn firsthand what data were collected, what format the data are in, the current status of the data, and how the data can be accessed. This will be followed by a group discussion of NASA's overarching earth science roadmaps, the major research issues associated with understanding and predicting the terrestrial cryosphere, and how the CLPX data fit into this overall picture. If you are interested in submitting research proposals to current or upcoming research announcements, and are considering using CLPX data sets, you should attend this workshop to be certain of the data available to you.

On May 29 we will review several new developments related to the broader cold land processes objectives, including recent activities and investments in new technology development to support future measurement of terrestrial snow characteristics, and an exciting new mission concept under consideration to measure cold land processes. Participants will be tasked during the second day to help develop this new mission concept further - by refining and possibly expanding the science objectives, and identifying areas where research is needed to ensure that these measurements would successfully address the science objectives (e.g., algorithm development, modeling, data assimilation, etc.). As a science-driven mission, the working group plays a large and critical role in the process. Don't miss out on this important opportunity!

I look forward to seeing you in Boulder.

Don Cline
Chairman, NASA Cold Land Processes Working Group