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ESA Storm Surge preparatory User Consultation

A user consultation meeting to prepare for a potential ESA Storm Surge project has been held in Venezia the 17-18 September.

40 + participants from ESA member states, Canada, Australia, Korea, Pakistan, Thailand, Puerto Rico attended. International organisation such as UNESCO and its Intergovernmental Oceaographic Commission were co-organizing the meeting with the Agency. The operation centre of the Venezia municipality for "Acqua alta" (high water events) as well as the North West Shelf Operational Oceanographic System (NOOS) laid down very clear requirement to access improved NRT wind field from scatterometer, SAR and altimeter data in Near Real Time.


The overall meeting conclusions report is available here.

If you would like to contribute your user requirements to ESA or become a Champion user for the storm surge project, please take a look at the User Requirements feedback template as well as the Letter of Commitment.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Introduction and opening

09:00 Opening and welcome address
Paolo Canestrelli, Istituzione Centro Maree del Comune di Venezia
09:20 Setting the Programmatic Context
O. Arino, European Space Agency
09:30 Objectives and Structure of the Workshop
C. Donlon, European Space Agency

Session 1: Use of existing satellite data for Storm Surges applications and development
Chair: O. Arino, ESA, Rapporteur: Kieren Millard

09:40 Ongoing activities and Plans for integrated storm surge applications
B.Lee, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
10:00 User requirements from the JCOMM Storm Surge Symposium
V.Swail, JCOMM Expert Team on Wind Waves and Storm Surges

Assessment and Analysis of Scatterometer Wind Vector in High Wind Conditions
Abderrahim Bentamy, IFREMER, France

10:40 User Requirements for storm surges and NWP
Oyvind Saetra,, Norway
11:00 Coffee break

Session 2: What is the current capability for Storm Surge models?
Chair: C. Donlon, ESA, Rapporteur: Abderrahim Bentamy

11:20 Wind, wave and storm surge hindcasts and scenarios and related coastal and offshore applications: the coastDat data set at the GKSS Institute for Coastal Research
Ralf Weisse et al., GKSS Institute for Coastal Research, Geesthacht, Germany
11:40 UK Storm Surge Prediction
Kevin Horsburgh, Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, UK
12:00 Danish Meteorological Institute applications and needs for storm surges
Jun She, Danish Meteorological Institute, Denmark

Operational storm surge modelling in Venice at the ICPSM (Venice Municipality)
P. Canestrelli, A. Massalin, A. Papa, A. Tosoni, L. Zampato, ICPSM - Istituzione Centro Previsioni e Segnalazioni Maree, Venice Municipality, Italy

12:40 Lunch break

Session 3: Users' Requirements for Integrated Storm Surge applications
Chair: B. Lee, IOC, Rapporteur: Jun She

14:00 Storm Surges: Forecasting and Quantifying the Risks
Kieren Millard, HR Wallingford, UK
14:20 Recent developments in storm surge prediction in the North Indian Ocean
Shishir Dube, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
14:40 Storm surge modeling for the Dutch coast: ambitions in a new century
Annette Zijderveld, Deltares, Netherlands
15:00 User requirements in Australia for storm surge monitoring and forecasting
Mikhail Entel, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia
15:20 Users requirement in the Caribbean region on storm surge monitoring and forecasting
Aurelio Mercado-Irizarry, Director of Coastal hazards centre of UPRM, University of Puerto Rico
15:40 Tea break

Session 3 (Cont.): Users' Requirements for Integrated Storm Surge applications
Chair: Shishir Dube, Rapporteur: Georg Umgiesser

16:00 User requirements in USA for storm surge monitoring and forecasting
Don Resio, US Army Corps. Of Engineers, Visburg, Miami, USA
16:20 User requirements in Africa for storm surge monitoring and forecasting applications
Alberto F. Mavume, Department of Physics, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique
16:40 Operational storm surge modelling for the city of Venice
Georg Umgiesser and Marco Bajo, Institute of Marine Sciences, National Research Council, Venezia, Italy
17:20 User Requirements in North Indian and Southwest Pacific Oceans for Storm Surge Monitoring and Forecasting Applications
Prof. Absornsuda Siripong, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
17:40 User requirements in Ireland for storm surge monitoring and forecasting applications
Prof. Robert Devoy, Dept of Geography/Coastal and Marine Resources Centre, University College Cork and joint with the Maritime and Energy Cluster (MERC), Ireland
18:00 Close

Welcome cocktail offered by ESA at San Servolo Island

Friday, 18 September 2009

Session 3 (Cont.): Users' Requirements for Integrated Storm Surge applications
Chair: Shishir Dube, Rapporteur: Georg Umgiesser

09:00 Extreme sea state and wind field measurements using SAR data
Xiao-Ming Li and Susanne Lehner, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, 82234, Germany
09:20 Near Real Time scatterometer winds as support to the operational storm surge forecasting in Venice
Stefano Zecchetto and Francesco De Biasio, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto Scienze dell'Atmosfera e del Clima (ISAC), Italy
09:40 'Total sea level' forecast products in connection with the Australian Bluelink project
Andy Taylor, Ocean Prediction Group, Centre for Australian Weather & Climate Research, Melbourne, Australia

Session 4: Breakout discussion groups


Breakout A – Priority User Requirements for a Storm Surge Project
Chair: Kevin Horsburgh (UK)
Rapporteur: Annette Zijderveld (NL)

Breakout B - Key challenges for Storm surges and earth observation
Chair: Val Swail (CA)
Rapporteur: Mikhail Entel (AU)

10:50 Coffee break
11:10 Breakout A (continued) Breakout B (continued)
12:30 Lunch break

Session 5: Breakout Session Reports and discussion

14:00 Summary, conclusions and recommendations to ESA from breakout A
14:20 Summary, conclusions and recommendations to ESA from breakout B

Plenary discussion: Meeting User Requirements for an ESA Storm Surge Project
Chair: Boram Lee (UNESCO-IOC)
Rapporteur: Craig Donlon (ESA)

Session 6: Conclusions

15:15 Summary and next steps
C. Donlon, ESA
15:45 Meeting Close