The AMS Short Course on Remote Sensing Methods and Applications in Air-Sea Interaction, co-sponsored by the AMS Committees on Air-Sea Interaction and Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography, was held on 9 February 2003 preceding the 83rd AMS Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California. An interactive approach was used to provide sufficient background and experience for the novice in remote sensing to determine which of the available products are of use for solving a particular problem, how to validate the data against more conventional measurements, and how to take advantage of remotely sensed data to answer scientific questions. There were 20 attendees from a variety of organizations. Each attendee had a PC equipped with Powerpoint versions of the presentations and the MATLAB (Mathworks, Inc.) software package to run the interactive labs prepared by the instructors.
The course reviewed basic principle of satellite-mounted remote sensors, with an emphasis on the best uses and the limitations of the measurements. Methods for making comparisons between remote and in situ measurements were presented, along with examples of applications of the data to research in air-sea interaction and atmosphere-ocean coupling. Topics included vector winds from scatterometry (Dr. Michael Freilich, Oregon State University), sea level anomalies from the altimeter (Dr. Kathryn Kelly, University of Washington), sea surface temperature (Dr. Gary Wick, NOAA/ETL), precipitation (Dr. George Huffman, Goddard Space Flight Center), fluxes (Dr. Carol Anne Clayson, Florida State University), and comparisons with TAO data (Dr. Yolande Serra, NOAA/PMEL).
Three 45-minute presentations in the morning were followed by a 45-minute lab period, during which the instructors circulated among the attendees to assist with labs and answer questions. The same format was followed in the afternoon with a second lab session. The instructors found that the labs were particularly helpful in encouraging the attendees to ask questions about the material and applications of the data. Although the attendees were enthusiastic about the content and format, more time could have been allotted for the labs and a more uniform format for the labs would have improved the presentation. Suggestions from attendees included expanding the course to two days and including additional sensors. AMS computer support for the course was excellent. The coordinator for the course was Dr. Kathryn Kelly, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington. The Powerpoint presentations and the lab files are available at http://ultrasat.apl.washington.edu/ams_short.