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 http://joseba.mpch-mainz.mpg.de/AT3/
together with an attendance list.Troposat-3
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
place and be reorganised in case of funding is found.
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
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
* To make an effort to involve data users and modellers more in the
* To make the number of people involved not too large but to keep
workshops open for everyone and actively invite other people on these
occasionsQuestions for you
Our questions to you now are
* Does this summary agree
with what you remember from the meeting?
* Do you agree with the
* What are possible science topics for our future
* What should be the topic of the first workshop next
* 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