Workshop: Earth Imaging Spectroscopy and Thermal Infrared Measurements (HyspIRI) 17-19 Oct 17, Pasadena, USA


Dear Colleague,                          
This is the 2nd announcement for the HyspIRI Mission Concept Joint (JPL and GSFC) Science and Applications Workshop.
The workshop will be focused on new science and applications research enabled by global Imaging Spectroscopy and Thermal Infrared Measurements of the Earth.  This workshop builds upon and extends the objectives identified in the 2007 Decadal Survey HyspIRI mission concept and also addresses inputs to the ongoing Earth Science and Applications Decadal Survey.
The workshop will be held at the Caltech Beckman Institute Auditorium, Pasadena, CA, 17-19 October 2017.  Please register at:
The primary objective of this workshop will be to interact with the broad research and applications communities interested in global visible to shortwave infrared (VSWIR) imaging spectroscopy and global thermal infrared (TIR) measurements.
We will review the science and applications that can be enabled with these new measurements with a focus on inputs to the current NRC 2017 Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space ( 
Below are list of some of the Decadal Survey inputs and topic we expect to review and discuss at the workshop.
- Biodiversity, R. Pavlick  
- Carbon emissions from biomass burning, S. Hook
- Global terrestrial ecosystem functioning and biogeochemical processes, P. Townsend      
- Evapotranspiration: A critical variable linking ecosystem functioning, carbon and climate feedbacks, agricultural management, and water resources, J. Fisher           
- Understanding the controls on cryospheric albedo, energy balance, and melting ice and snow in a changing world, T. Painter              
- Predicting changes in the behavior of erupting volcanoes, and reducing the uncertainties associated with their impact on society and the environment, R. Wright    
- The role of fire in the Earth system, N. Stavros      
- Earth surface geochemistry and mineralogy: Processes, hazards, soils, and resources, W. Calvin 
- Global measurement of non-photosynthetic vegetation, P. Dennison
- Measuring the Earth’s surface mineral dust source composition for radiative forcing and related Earth system impacts, N. Mahowald
- From the mountains to the sea: Interdisciplinary science and applications driven by the flow of water, sediment, and carbon, T. Pavelsky
- Coral Reefs: Living on the edge, E. Hochberg
- Monitoring coastal and wetland biodiversity from space, F. Muller-Karger
- Scoping study for large scale airborne remote sensing of the aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity across a watershed, E. Hestir
- Global observations of coastal and inland aquatic habitats and progress in the remote sensing community, K. Turpie        
- High spatial, temporal, and spectral resolution instrument for modeling/monitoring land cover, biophysical, and societal changes in urban environments, D. Quattrochi
- The ECOSTRESS mission on the International Space Station: Using TIR imagery to understand water use by plants, S. Hook
- Understanding anthropogenic methane and carbon dioxide point source emissions, R. Duren              
- A thermodynamic paradigm for using satellite-based geophysical measurements for public health applications, J. Luvall
- Precursor applications activities for ECOSTRESS and HyspIRI missions, C. Lee
- Monitoring ecosystem stress and carbon uptake with reflectance and fluorescence measurements. E. Middleton
We will also review recent concept studies as well as engineering and technology developments supporting low cost options to acquire these global measurements in the future.
Early results will be presented from several related airborne campaigns:
- HyspIRI Preparatory Volcano and Coral Reef airborne campaign, Hawaii
- AVIRIS-NG Joint Asian Environments campaign and investigations, India
- AVIRIS-NG and related contributions to the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE)
This is also an opportunity to present new science and application results from the earlier HyspIRI Preparatory campaign in the western U.S.
At this time, we would like to solicit contributions from you of recent VSWIR and/or TIR research results (from both the US and international communities) for oral and poster presentations.  If you would like to give a presentation at the workshop, please email the title and short description to or
Additional details on the workshop including registration and hotel information is available on the HyspIRI Website:

A full agenda will be distributed in September.