ASIC3 Workshop

Achieving Satellite Instrument Calibration for Climate Change

The National Conference Center

May 16-18, 2006
Lansdowne, VA

The Workshop on Achieving Satellite Instrument Calibration for Climate Change (ASIC3) was organized to formulate a national roadmap for developing the calibration systems to monitor long-term global climate change. Sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Integrated Program Office for the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS), and the Space Dynamics Laboratory of Utah State University, the Workshop was held at the National Conference Center, in Lansdowne, Virginia, May 16-18, 2006.

ASIC3 brought together some 100 participants, including instrument calibration experts, metrology scientists from the U.S. and U.K. national standards institutes, remote sensing specialists, and climate data analysts. The Workshop format consisted of plenary sessions with invited papers, and breakout groups that reported to plenary sessions. Invited papers covered the following topics:

  • Agency Roles
  • Review of Requirements for Measuring Global Climate Change
  • Calibration Status for Current Instruments and Plans for Future Instruments
  • Concepts and Methodologies for Achieving Calibration of Global Climate Change Measurements

Representatives of the key agencies involved in satellite instrument calibration reviewed their agencies’ contributions and commitment to improving satellite measurements. Mary Kicza, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services, gave the keynote address. Other agency presentations were made by Katharine Gebbie, Director, Physics Laboratory, NIST; Jack Kaye, Director, Earth Science Division Research, NASA Headquarters; and Al Powell, Director, NOAA Center for Satellite Applications and Research.

Final Workshop Report

The results of the ASIC3 Workshop were documented in a final report intended to be a reference for scientists, engineers, leader, and policy makers. The report is available at

Workshop Presentations Available for Download

Copies of all presentations are available at