AC-VC-14 & GEO-CAPE Joint Meeting

Event Dates: May 2nd - 4th, 2018


The 14th Meeting of the Atmospheric Composition Virtual Constellation

Location: College Park, Maryland, USA

Hosted by: The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (USA) Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP)

For security and logistics purposes, please register for this meeting by April 23rd, 2018 using the “Register” button above. Please note that this is a closed meeting; attendance is limited to members, grantees, and contractors of CEOS Agencies. Photo ID will be mandatory to enter the building. 

(For NASA attendees, this meeting is in NCTS, so submit the usual conference attendance request as needed: NCTS # 31658-18, CEOS AC-VC-14 and GEO-CAPE Joint Meeting.)

Venue/Travel Information

The meeting will be held at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP), 5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD, 20740.  Our NOAA colleagues Shobha Kondragunta and Larry Flynn are very kindly serving as our local hosts.  This location is in the Washington DC area and is accessible by taking the Green Metrorail line to the to the College Park/University of Maryland station.  The NCWCP link describes various transportation options to arrive at NCWCP, one of which is a 15-20 minute walk from the College Park Metro station.  Note that the free shuttle bus between the Metro station and the “M-Square” stop (stop #5) operates only during peak times (6-9AM, 3-6PM).

Ground Transportation from Washington DC area airports: Fly into BWI, DCA, or IAD.

DCA (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport) is on the Blue and Yellow Metrorail Lines.

BWI (Baltimore-Washington International) has an express bus to the Greenbelt Metrorail station. ($7.50 Cash fare)

IAD (Washington Dulles) has an express bus to the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station.  ($5 Cash fare)

Hotel Information

A room block has been arranged at The Hotel at the University of Maryland, 7777 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740 at a discounted rate of $199 per night.  The Hotel is approximately 2 miles from NCWCP and 1 mile from College Park Metro stop.  Free shuttle service is offered within a 3 mile radius.  Parking is $10 per night. Reserve here or by calling 301-277-7777 and referencing “Science Systems and Appliations, Inc. (SSAI) or our group number: 122785.

Please be advised, the cutoff date for the group rate is Friday, April 13, 2018.  Reservation requests after this cutoff date are subject to availability.

A less expensive option is the Sheraton College Park North Hotel, 4095 Powder Mill Rd Beltsville, MD, 20705, at a discounted rate of $139 per night.  This option is approximately 8 miles from NCWCP, but is an economical option for groups sharing a car.  A web link will be provided soon or you my book directly by calling +1 (301) 937-4422 and asking for the SSAI/GEO-CAPE rate.

Alternatively, you may wish to stay in one of the many hotels nearby in College Park or Greenbelt Maryland or in the downtown Washington, DC area and follow the transportation options in the NCWCP link.

Tentative week at-a-glance:

GEO-CAPE Community Workshop: May 1st, 2018

A community workshop for the atmospheric composition component of the NASA GEO-CAPE mission study will be held the day immediately preceding AC-VC-14. While primarily a team meeting focused on completing the formal GEO-CAPE mission study in 2018, AC-VC-14 participants are welcome to also attend this GEO-CAPE workshop.  

[ GEO-CAPE Community Workshop Agenda ]

AC-VC-14, May 2nd – 4th, 2018

  • May 2nd: Greenhouse Gases (GHG)
  • May 3rd: Air Quality (AQ, Trace Gases, and Long-term Ozone Records
  • May 4th: AQ Aerosols and GHG-AQ Synergies

We will discuss the two white papers on which AC-VC is actively working: a constellation for greenhouse gas observations and validation needs for the air quality constellation.  We will also discuss potential activities associated with the new theme on synergies of coordinated GHG and AQ observations.

We will also have a poster session for the discussion of contributed topics.  Please indicate your interest in presenting a poster on the registration form.

[ AC-VC-14 Agenda | Telecon & WebEx Connection Details ]