Update: The workshop is now finished and the summary can be found here

First Workshop on Satellite Imaging of the Arctic

August 20-21, 2008
Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

General information

The Workshop will take place at the Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen on August 20-21, 2008. Total number of participants is limited to 40.

Lunch will be provided free of charge to the participants on both days of the Workshop. A dinner will be hosted by the organizers at an off-site restaurant in the evening of August 20. There is no registration fee.


Three decades of experience with geostationary imagery has demonstrated the astonishing range of applications in both research and operations of these observations. The successes and limitations of NASA’s polar orbiting MODIS imager have made it clear that there exist strongly supported, but currently unmet, requirements for temporally and spatially coherent images for the regions poleward of 55-60 degrees that are not adequately imaged from geostationary orbit. A surprising fallout from MODIS is the successful application of feature-tracking winds over the polar regions in global assimilation and forecast systems, which has shown that high-latitude wind observations can have a very substantial impact on forecast skill – even though these observations are obtained from an orbit that is far from optimal for this purpose in terms of coverage, timeliness, etc.

As the effects of climate change are beginning to be felt throughout the Arctic region, numerous operational and scientific applications are seeing the need for time-continuous imagery of the high latitudes. Several independent mission proposals have been or are being developed by agencies in different countries to address these needs, and preliminary discussions about international collaboration on such systems are ongoing. However, so far these discussions have been focused on programmatics rather than on science.

The purpose of the First Workshop on Satellite Imaging of the Arctic is to bring together scientists and remote sensing experts from countries with an interest in the Arctic region to discuss the full range of scientific applications of high-latitude imagery data and thereby help to establish sound user requirements for the systems intended to acquire such data. In addition to the invited presentations listed below, contributed presentations to the workshop are solicited on satellite systems, and operational and scientific applications of high-latitude imagery.