Sixth FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users' Workshop

We would like to invite you to attend the “Sixth FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users’ Workshop.” This workshop will be held at UCAR’s Center Green (CG1) conference facility in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Dates: Tuesday through Thursday, 30 October to 1 November 2012

Place: UCAR’s Center Green 1 (CG1) Auditorium

The FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC is a joint U.S.-Taiwan mission, launched in April 2006. Since its launch, FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC has provided more than three million GPS radio occultation (RO) soundings to support research and operation. As of March 2012, more than 1,800 researchers from 63 countries have become registered users of the data. Currently, FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC is providing between 1,000-1,500 GPS RO soundings per day. At a recent meeting in January 2012, U.S. and Taiwan sponsors of the mission decided to support the continued operation of the mission for another four years. The success of COSMIC has also prompted U.S. agencies to move forward with a follow-on RO mission (called FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2) with Taiwan that will launch six satellites into low-inclination orbits in early 2016, and another six satellites into high-inclination orbits in early 2018. The continued operation of FORMOST-3/COSMIC and the execution of the FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 mission promise to provide continuous high-quality GPS RO data at unprecedented density, which could greatly benefit research and operations.

The series of FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users’ Workshops have been an excellent forum for a dialogue between RO data providers and data users, and with which to promote and broaden the applications of RO data in various science disciplines, including weather, climate, and space weather. A highlight of this workshop will be the development of the FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 mission, and the opportunities it will provide for the weather, climate, and space weather communities with its unprecedented RO data.

More information about the workshop can be found at: 

For more information, contact Dawn Williams at ext. 2600,

Will this event be webcast to the public by NCAR|UCAR?: 
Announcement Timing: 
Thursday, October 25, 2012 to Monday, October 29, 2012

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