Report from the Mainz Meeting and the Future of Troposat
22nd -23rd June 2009

From Andreas Richter, Thomas Wagner and Pierre Coheur

Dear colleagues,

Mainz Meeting
We think we had a very good AT-2 follow-up meeting a few weeks ago in Mainz. Many interesting science presentations were given and we discussed the possible future for the project both in a plenary session and during coffee breaks and dinner. Below we summarize our view of the outcome of the meeting. Any comments and suggestions you might have are highly welcome - in fact, there are some questions at the end of the message on which we hope to get replies from you.

As this meeting was a felt to be useful, we suggest to have another meeting summer 2010 in Bremen, possibly in association with the COSPAR conference.

For those interested in the presentations shown during the meeting you can find them at  together with an attendance list.

The consensus of those present at the meeting was to continue some type of TROPOSAT like activity in the future. Right now, there is no funding available so everything has to be started on best effort basis. Based on the
results of the discussion, we suggest the following

* To continue the AT2 type work for the next year in an ad-hoc way co-ordinated by Andreas Richter, Thomas Wagner, and Pierre Coheur. The existing structures from AT2 (steering committee etc.) should remain in
place and be reorganised in case of funding is found.

* To investigate funding options in the frame of a possible ACCENT follow-up project, COST actions or alternative funding support for individual meetings. John Burrows is currently in contact with the ACCENT coordinators
on a TROPOSAT like contribution to the ACCENT-2 proposal which will be submitted to the next EU call but will have much less funds.

* To have a workshop on a science topic once per year, accompanied by a TROPOSAT plenary  meeting before or after the workshop

* To try to focus work around science questions, not retrieval techniques or wavelength regions, taking into account the specific qualification of TROPOSAT to tackle these science questions.

* To stick to the PI system including annual reports to create commitment and visibility but to minimise reporting efforts by having rather short reports and web based publication. People interested in joining will be
asked for very short PI contributions later this year

* To make an effort to involve data users and modellers more in the project

* To make the number of people involved not too large but to keep workshops open for everyone and actively invite other people on these occasions

Questions for you
Our questions to you now are

* Does this summary agree with what you remember from the meeting?

* Do you agree with the suggestions?

* What are possible science topics for our future work?

* What should be the topic of the first workshop next year?

* What should be the name of our project?

Looking forward to your replies and to a continuation of our collaboration,

Andreas Richter (University of Bremen), Thomas Wagner (MPI Mainz), Pierre-Francois Coheur (ULB)


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