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Next-Generation Approach for Detecting Climate-Carbon Feedbacks: Space-Based Integration of Carbonyl Sulfide (OCS), CO2, and Solar Induced Fluorescence (SIF)

September 18-22, 2017
California Institute of Technology - Pasadena, CA 91125

Workshop Overview:

Terrestrial photosynthesis is the fundamental process coupling between global cycles of energy, carbon, and water. Photosynthesis is driven by incoming radiation and water availability, modulates atmospheric carbon and in turn releases water vapor that can drive cloud distributions and rainfall. But the most productive region on Earth, the tropical biosphere, remains a critical blind spot in our attempts to understand photosynthesis. Even groundbreaking satellite observations of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF) are largely obscured by the persistence of tropical clouds. What lies beneath these clouds is the central enigma of the carbon cycle.

The KISS workshop will be used to articulate a vision for coupled analysis of carbonyl sulfide (OCS) retrievals with satellite-based SIF and CO2 data, providing a new window into the carbon cycle and a revolution in our understanding of carbon-climate feedbacks and crop monitoring. Key workshop goals will be to move beyond the disparate analyses of OCS, SIF, and CO2, and create a platform for a common language, basic understanding of opportunities and uncertainties, shared data sets, and roadmap for an integrated space-based OCS-SIF-CO2 mission to address critical outstanding science questions answerable through the intersection of such measurements.

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Workshop Participants:

  • Ian Baker – Colorado State University 
  • Joe Berry - Carnegie Institution for Science/Stanford
  • Kevin Bowman – JPL
  • Elliott Campbell – UC Santa Cruz
  • Huilin Chen – University of Groningen
  • Roisin Commane – Harvard University
  • Josh Fisher – JPL
  • Christian Frankenberg – Caltech
  • Le (Elva) Kuai – UCLA JIFRESSE
  • Junjie Liu - JPL
  • Julia Marshall – Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry
  • Charles Miller – JPL
  • David Noone – Oregon State University
  • Nick Parazoo – JPL
  • David Schimel – JPL
  • Ulli Seibt – UCLA 
  • Wu Sun – UCLA
  • Ying Sun – Cornell University
  • Yuting Wang – University of Bremen
  • Paul Wennberg – Caltech (
  • Mary Whelan – Carnegie Institution for Science
  • John Worden – JPL
  • Yuk Yung - Caltech
  • Zhao-Cheng Zeng – Caltech

Lodging for out-of-town attendees

There are a number of hotels (4 pages pdf, 143KB) that are close to the Caltech campus where we have a negotiated rate. (Please note that this negotiated rate does not guarantee you the lowest rate as there may be internet specials or AAA rates that may be better.)

Please note that with enough notice, you can reserve rooms for attendees at the Athenaeum, which has been recognized as a Platinum Club of America. Newly refurbished, it is conveniently located on the Caltech Campus. Contact Janet Seid if you would like to check the availability of this option.

Visa Requirements

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Parking (for Visitors and for JPL Personnel)

For Visitors: From the Arroyo Parkway, turn right (east) on Del Mar Avenue. Proceed approximately one and a quarter miles. The Caltech campus will be on your right. Turn right (south) onto Michigan Avenue. Turn right into the outdoor parking lot and park in an unmarked spot. Buy a parking permit from the kiosks near the middle of the lot or request one ahead of time from KISS.

For JPL Personnel: JPLers may use their JPL hang tag for parking or request a special parking hangtag from the JPL parking office. Employees who do not have on-Lab parking privileges can obtain a hang tag created for this purpose from JPL parking coordinator Robert Kennedy (818-354-4586, Building 310-108B, 9/80 schedule). Please park in the outdoor parking lot located on Michigan Avenue in an unmarked spot.

Maps and General Information on Pasadena

Directions and Maps

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