Joint COSMIC Tenth Data Users' Workshop and IROWG-6 Meeting


The COSMIC Data Users' Workshop and IROWG-6 Meeting is organized by the:

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research's (UCAR) COSMIC Program
International Radio Occulation Working Group (IROWG)

COSMIC Organizing Committee:

Nicholas Pedatella, Ph.D.
Richard Anthes, Ph.D.
Shu-Peng (Ben) Ho, Ph.D.
Bill Schreiner, Ph.D.
Sergey Sokolovskiy, Ph.D.
Yoke Yoon, Ph.D.

IROWG Organizing Committee:

Sean Healy, Ph.D.
Uli Foelsche, Ph.D.

This event is sponsored by:

Spire Global, Inc.

COSMIC Abstract Review Committee: 

Nicholas Pedatella, Ph.D.
Richard Anthes, Ph.D.
Shu-Peng (Ben) Ho, Ph.D.
Sergey Sokolovskiy, Ph.D.

The COSMIC-2 mission is sponsored by:

National Space Organization (NSPO) Taiwan
National Science Council (NSC) Taiwan
National Science Foundation (NSF)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
U.S. Air Force

Workshop Contact Information

Phone: +1.303.497.2662 (Pat Steinkamp)

Student Program Information

See more information about the Student Program.

Presentations (talks and posters) on these and related topics will be welcome:

  • Occultation methodology (generic aspects, math-phys basis, iono. influences)
  • Occultations in ionosphere and planetary science
  • Scientific investigations with COSMIC data
  • Results obtained with GNSS RO
  • Data validation experiments
  • Comparisons with other sensors - including other RO missions (CHAMP, SAC-C, GRACE, TerraSAR-X, METOP/GRAS)
  • Status of Precise Orbit Determination and Excess Atmospheric Phase Processing - Algorithm improvements and validation studies
  • GPS RO retrieval improvements in the lower troposphere and upper stratosphere
  • Reduction of the large- and small-scale ionospheric residuals in RO neutral atmospheric retrievals
  • Data assimilation into numerical models - Impact studies from NCEP, ECMWF, UKMO, and other leading weather centers
  • Climate studies with RO data - climate trend detection, climate model verification and improvement
  • Ionospheric weather, climate, variability, data assimilation, model verification and improvement
  • NWP model verification and improvement using RO data - improvement of micro-physical processes and parameterizations of planetary boundary layer, cloud/convection schemes, and gravity wave activity
  • Use of occultation data in atmospheric physics, meteorology, and NWP
  • Use of occultation data in climate monitoring and research

Abstracts will be accepted through July 1, 2017. Participants will be notified of abstract acceptance via email by July 31, 2017.

(If you need to modify your abstract after submitting it, please contact


Abstract Submission

What is the abstract that I submit used for?

On the abstract submission form you can indicate your preference for Oral or Poster presentation. If your submission is accepted as oral presentation this will help determine where to place your talk in the program.

Why do I need to select a topic for my presentation?

This is going to help the Organizing Committee make appropriate decisions on the placement of your presentation in the program.

How do I submit my abstract?

To submit an abstract, please go to the submission form (closed). Before uploading, please rename your file using the following convention: 
presenterLastName-presenterFirstName-abstract.pdf in lower case              
(e.g. smith-john-abstract.pdf) 
Please use dashes between the words.

Length of the abstract

Please keep the abstract to 400 words maximum, and in pdf format.

Style of the abstract

The abstract should include your name, abstract title, affiliation, your co-author names and affiliations (if applicable), and your e-mail address. Please proofread for spelling and grammar prior to submission, as abstracts will be posted as written.

How do I make changes to my abstract after I’ve submitted it?

If you need to modify your abstract after submitting it, please contact

Can I get a copy of all the abstracts submitted?

Abstracts will be posted on the workshop website once the program is generated.

What is the submission deadline date?

Abstract submissions will be accepted through July 1, 2017. Participants will be notified of abstract acceptance by July 31, 2017.

Will this abstract be posted or printed?

If your abstract is accepted it will be posted on the workshop website once the workshop program is generated.  It will not be printed.  If your accepted abstract is for the poster session you are responsible for printing the poster for the Welcome Reception/Poster Session to be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017.  


Where do I send my printed poster for the poster session?

You may send your printed poster to The Stanley Hotel for arrival no earlier than 3 days prior to the workshop start date. Please make sure your name is on the outside of the shipping package. Mail to:

The Stanley Hotel
Attn:  Mitzi South for (attendees name here)
333 E Wonderview Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517

Posters sent in advance to the hotel will be available for pickup on Thursday morning at the workshop registration desk in the Concert Hall.

What printed size is required for the poster?

Each poster corkboard stand is 6 foot x 4 foot (72 inches wide x 48 inches tall) (182.88 cm x 121.92 cm). Please ensure that your poster will fit within these dimensions. 

When can I put my poster on the display stand for the Welcome Reception/Poster Session?

Posters can be put on the corkboard stands from 5:00pm Wednesday, September 20 through lunch on Thursday, September 21. The poster corkboard stands will be located in the Piñon & Billiard Rooms in the Main building. All posters will stay up until Monday, September 25, 6:30pm. Please be sure to take your poster off the stand after 6:30pm on Monday.  All posters must be off the stands Monday evening.

Will my poster be on the website?

You will be able to submit a short Poster Upload Form (closed) for your poster and it will automatically be added to Poster Gallery on the website. (Please use the same email address that was used for the Abstract submission when using this form.) Please plan to upload a PDF of the poster AND a .jpg or .png image file of the poster.  The image file is necessary in order for the Gallery to have the thumbnail images.  When you click on the title or image the PDF will be displayed. 


Can I generate my presentation on a Mac?


Can I use my own computer?

Unfortunately in order to stay on time during the workshop, we cannot change computers in the middle of a session.

In what format should I prepare my presentation?

Please prepare your presentation in PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx) format and ensure that it will work once downloaded on a Mac laptop.

Will my presentation be on the website?

You will be able to submit a short Presentation Upload Form (closed) for your presentation and it will automatically be added to your Talk on the Agenda by Day page on the website. (Please use the same email address that was used for the Abstract submission when using this form.) 

This event will be held in the Colorado Rocky Mountains at The Stanley Hotel located in the beautiful mountain town of Estes Park, Colorado USA. Approximately 5 miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley Hotel offers panoramic views in all directions. 

The Stanley Hotel