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2017 AMS 97th Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, January 27-30, 2017 

NOAA UAS Program’s SHOUT Project: A Case Study for the End-to-End Utilization of High- and Low-Altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” J. Walker

2016 AMS 32nd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology

“SHOUT – Assessing the utility of unmanned aircraft for improving operational forecasts of hurricanes and tropical cyclones,” G. Wick, R. Hood, J. Dunion, M. Black, P. Kenul, and J. Coffey at AMS 32nd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, San Juan, PR, April 2016.

“Initial assessment of NASA Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft remote sensing observations,” Hui Christophersen, University of Miami and NOAA/AOML, Miami, FL; and J. Dunion, A. Aksoy, and B. Dahl

“The Impact of NASA Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Observations on HEDAS Surface Wind Analyses,” Kathryn Sellwood, University of Miami CIMAS and NOAA AOML, Miami, FL; and B. W. Klotz, B. Annane, A. Aksoy, J. Dunion, H. Christopherson, and B. Dahl

“Impact of Global Hawk Observing Strategies on Vortex-Scale Tropical Cyclone Forecasts in an OSSE Framework,” Brittany Dahl, Univ. of Miami/RSMAS and NOAA/AOML, Miami, FL; and H. Christophersen, A. Aksoy, and J. Dunion

“Hurricane Outflow Jet Features Documented by Global Hawk Dropsondes and Satellite AMVs During HS3 as Targets for Future SHOUT Operations,” Peter G. Black, SAIC/NRL, Monterey, CA; and J. Dunion, S. A. Braun, and C. S. Velden

“Tropical Cyclone Warm Core Structures as Observed by Recent High-Altitude Aircraft and Satellites,” Derrick Herndon and Christopher Velden University of Wisconsin Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies

2016 AMS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 22, 2016

“Feasibility Evaluation of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Weather Observations for Operational Weather Prediction,” Robbie E. Hood, NOAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program, Silver Spring, MD; and G. A. Wick, M. L. Black, J. P. Dunion, S. Van Cooten, R. J. Moorhead II, and J. R. Walker

“Study of The Impact of NASA Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Dropwindsonde Observations on Tropical Cyclone Track, Intensity and Structure,” Hui Christophersen, NOAA/AOML and Univ. of Miami/CIMAS, Miami, FL; and A. Aksoy, J. Dunion, B. Dahl, L. Bucci, K. Ryan, and P. Dodge

“HAMSR Observations from Recent Field Campaigns,” Bjorn H. Lambrigtsen, JPL/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA; and S. Brown and M. Schreier

“Forecasting winter storms with Global Hawk UAS observations,” Lidia Cucurull, NOAA/OAR/ESRL, Boulder, CO; and J. M. English, H. Wang, T. Peevey, and A. Kren

“Ensemble Transform Sensitivity Method for Targeted Observations: An OSSE Case Study,” Hongli Wang, CIRA/Colorado State University, Boulder, CO; and T. Peevey, J. M. English, A. Kren, and L. Cucurull

Student Conference: “Intercomparison of Remotely Sensed Atmospheric Profiles with Dropsonde Observations from the Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft,” Rachel B. Norris, NOAA/ESRL/PSD, Boulder, CO; and G. A. Wick

2015 Fall AGU Meeting

Poster: “Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT): NOAA’S application of the Global Hawk aircraft for high-impact weather forecasting,” G. Wick, R. Hood, J. Dunion, M. Black, P. Kenul, and J. Coffey.

“The use of targeting techniques with the Global Hawk to improve storm forecasts over Alaska,” Peevey, T R*, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States, ESRL Global Systems Division, NOAA Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States, Wang, H

2015 AMS 31st Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, March 30 – April 4, San Diego CA

“Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology: NOAA’s multi-year plan to deploy the NASA Global Hawk aircraft for high impact weather,” Michael L. Black, NOAA/AOML, Miami, FL; and G. A. Wick and R. E. Hood

2015 AMS Annual Meeting, January 4-8, Phoenix AZ

“Impact of NASA Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Observations on Tropical Cyclone Track, Intensity and Structure: A Perspective from the NOAA SHOUT Program,” Altug Aksoy, University of Miami/CIMAS and NOAA/AOML/HRD, Miami, FL; and R. Atlas, M. Black, and K. J. Sellwood

“Tropical Cyclone Research with Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft: Future Plans and  Key Results from Previous NASA/NOAA Field Campaigns,” Michael Black, NOAA/AOML/HRD, Miami, FL; and R. E. Hood and G. A. Wick

CLIVAR Open Science Conference

Poster: “The NOAA El Nino Rapid Response (ENRR) Field Campaign by Dole et al., CLIVAR Open Science Conference,” Qingdao, China, September 2016

River Forecasting Centers

Mission Readiness Review, April 26, 2016, “Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT) River Forecasting Center Rapid Response ‘Alert 48,'” J. Coffey, R. Moorhead, E. Plumb, E. Saiet, R. Hood

NOAA-Environment Canada UAS Arctic Scoping Workshop, Boulder, CO, September 25-26, 2012.

Workshop for Optimal Unmanned Aircraft Systems River Observing Strategy, Boulder, CO, February 2012.


International Atmospheric Rivers Conference – Scripps, August 9, 2016

“Integrated Observing Strategies for Atmospheric Rivers:  Major Field Studies and Future Directions

Ryan Spackman,” Allen White, Gary Wick, Chris Fairall, Robert Webb, Marty Ralph, Ruby Leung, Laura Iraci, Chris Barnet

2015 AGU Fall Meeting

“Atmospheric River Observations with the HAMSR Aircraft Microwave Sounder,”  Richardson, M*, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, Brown, S T

2014 AGU Fall Meeting

“Total Water Vapor Transport Observed in Twelve Atmospheric Rivers over the Northeastern Pacific Ocean Using Dropsondes,”  Ralph, F M*, Iacobellis, S, Neiman, P J, Cordeira, J M, Spackman, J R, Waliser, D E, Wick, G A, White, A B, Fairall, C W

2013 AMS Annual Meeting, Austin TX

“Impact of AIRS Thermodynamic Profiles on Precipitation Forecasts for Atmospheric River Cases Affecting the Western United States,” Clay B. Blankenship, USRA, Huntsville, AL; and B. T. Zavodsky, G. J. Jedlovec, G. A. Wick, and P. J. Neiman

2012 AMS Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA

“The Winter Storms and Pacific Atmospheric Rivers (WISPAR) Experiment: Demonstrating NOAA Operational and Research Applications with the NASA Global Hawk,” J. Ryan Spackman, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO; and G. A. Wick, M. L. Black, F. M. Ralph, Y. Song, P. J. Neiman, J. Intrieri, T. Hock, B. H. Lambrigtsen, and R. E. Hood

2011 AGU Fall Meeting

“Aircraft Observations of Water Vapor Transport in Atmospheric Rivers: Synthesis from Seven Events Using Dropsonde Data from the NASA Global Hawk,” NOAA G-IV, and NOAA WP-3D, Ralph, F M*, Wick, G A, Neiman, P J, Spackman, J R, Song, Y, Hock, T

“Observing atmospheric rivers from the Global Hawk: HAMSR results from WISPAR11,” Brown, S*, Lambrigtsen, B.

“Global Hawk Dropsonde Observations of the Arctic Atmosphere from March 9-10, 2011,” Intrieri, J M*, Spackman, J R, Hughes, M R, Neiman, P J, Wick, G A, Hock, T, Nghiem, S V, Hood, R E.

“Real-time data transmission, processing, and dissemination of GPS dropwindsonde data from the NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft,” Black, M L*, Wick, G A, Spackman, J R, Hock, T, Hood, R

General Programmatic Talks

Federation of Earth Science Information Partners, Bethesda, MD, January 20, 2017

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technical Analysis and Applications Center (UAS TAAC) Conference, Santa Fe, NM, December 12-15, 2016

ICCAGRA Briefing, Arlington, VA, December 1-2, 2016

Drone World Expo, San Jose, CA, November 15-17, 2016

Alaska UAS Interest Group Conference, Anchorage, AK, November 7-10, 2016

NOAA Symposium and Commercial UAV Expo, La Jolla, CA and Las Vegas, NV, November 2, 2016

NOAA and AeroVironment Puma AE Research and Development in the Santa Barbara Channel Region,” T. Jacobs, AUVSI Channel Islands, October 21, 2016

National Weather Association 41st Annual Meeting, Norfolk, VA, September 10-15, 2016, “NOAA UAS Program Office Overview and Rapid Response Operations for NWS and EMA Damage Assessment,” J. Walker

AUVSI Pathfinder Symposium, August 2016, “UAS for Rapid Response Operations: NOAA UAS Program and Collaborating Partner Efforts and Developments”

Southeastern Coastal and Atmospheric Processes Symposium, March 2016, “NOAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Overview” 

North Alabama Mutual Aid Association of Emergency Managers Meeting, March 2016, “Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Rapid Response Disaster Operations” 

2015 Unmanned Maritime Systems Conference, Arlington, VA, December 22, 2015, “The NOAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program: Observations Improving Understanding of the Maritime Environment,” G. A. Wick and R. E. Hood

GOES-R Field Campaign Workshop, College Park, MD, April 8, 2015, “NOAA UAS Program Office Capabilities and GOES-R Support

2015 National Hurricane Conference, March 30 – April 2, 2015, “The Future of Hurricane Monitoring: NOAA Utilization of Unmanned Aircraft,” G. A. Wick, R. E. Hood, M. L. Black, and J. Dunion

AUVSI Pathfinder Symposium, March 2015, “NOAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Overview” 

Grand Bay NERR UAS Operational Assessment, March 2015, J. Coffey and R. Moorhead

NOAA UAS Program Activities to NASA SPORT,” January 2015, J. Walker and J. Coffey

2014 AGU Annual Meeting, San Francisco CA, Invited Talk: “NOAA Utilization of the Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft for Atmospheric Research and Forecast Improvement,” Wick, G. A.; Hood, R. E.; Black, M. L.; Spackman, J. R.; Ralph, F. M.; Intrieri, J. M.; Hock, T. F.; Neiman, P. J.

PECORA 19, Nov 17-20, 2014, Denver Colorado, “NOAA Utilization of the Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft for High-Impact Weather Research and Forecast Improvement,” G. A. Wick and R. E. Hood

EVS UAS Workshop, July 16-17, 2014

NOAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Activities,” J. Coffey

NOAA UAS Program Briefing, Robbie Hood, UAS Program Director, May 28, 2014