Day 1 -20 October- (Big Hall)
Welcome and Introduction
09:00 09:20 Welcome and introductory words  Mike Rast, ESA 
09:20 09:45 Key note: GEWEX scientific priorities and plans Peter  van Ovelen, GEWEX 
09:45 10:10 Key note: Scientific priorities and knowledge gaps in water cycle research Graeme Stephens, GEWEX/NASA 
10:10 10:35 Key note: NASA activities and plans in water cycle research Matthew Rodell, NASA 
10:35 11:00 Key note: EC activities and plans in water cycle research Marco Gemmer, EC
11:00 11:30 Coffee Break
Overview of the global water cycle -Chairs: Kevin Trenberth, Wouter Dorigo
11:30 11:50 Closing the global water cycle: recent results from analyzing long-term Climate Data Records Eric Wood, presented by Amanda Siemann, Princeton University, United States
11:50 12:10 Co-variability of top-of-atmosphere radiation,  temperature and precipitation:  observations and models Kevin Trenberth, NCAR United States
12:10 12:30 Trends in means and extremes of ESA CCI soil moisture Wouter Dorigo, Vienna University of Technology Austria
12:30 12:50 The oceanic source regions of the global water cycle Raymond Schmitt, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution United States
12:50 13:10 Can GRACE observe an intensification of the global water cycle? Annette Eicker, University of Bonn, Germany
13:10 14:10 Lunch
New and future EO Missions 1/2 -Chairs: Matthias Drusch, Michael Rast
14:10 14:30 The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission and the earth’s water cycle Gail Skofronick-Jackson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center United States
14:30 14:50 The NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission (SMAP) Status and Early Results Dara Entekhabi, MIT United States presented by Simon Yueh, JPL United States
15:10 15:30 The Megha-Tropiques Mission: status and review after 4 years Remy Roca, CNRS France
15:30 15:50 The EarthCARE mission: An Active View on Aerosols, Clouds and Radiation Presented by Jonas von Bismark, ESA
15:50 16:20 Coffee Break
New and future EO Missions 2/2 -Chairs: Peter van Oevelen, Graeme Stephens
16:20 16:40 A GLOBAL WATER CYCLE OBSERVATION MISSION (WCOM) Jiancheng Shi, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth China, People's Republic of
16:40 17:00 The problem of retrieving snowfall: Are multi-frequency radars a way forward? Stefan Kneifel, University of Cologne Germany
17:00 17:20 A New International Snow Mission Concept: Current Activities and Roadmapping Edward Kim, NASA United States presented by Juha Lemmetyinen, FMI Finland
17:20 17:40 Planetary Boundary Layer (PBL) Retrieval from Space: Challenges and Imperatives Joseph Santanello, NASA United States
17:40 18:00 Round Table discussion: Science and operational gaps for future water cycles missions (Michael Rast, Matthias Drusch, Graeme Stephens, Peter van Oevelen)
18:00 19:30 Poster session and cocktail
Day 2  -21 October- (Big Hall)
09:00 09:25 Wake-up key note: EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility on Support to Operational Hydrology and Water Management (H-SAF) Daniele Biron, Centro Nazionale Meteorologia e Climatologia Aeronautica
Precipitation (1/2) - Chairs: Christian Kummerow, Robert Adler
09:25 09:45 Global precipitation satellite products: current status and verification Chris Kidd, UMD/ESSIC & NASA/GSFC United States
09:45 10:05 Satellite rainfall error characteristics over a complex terrain region Viviana Maggioni, George Mason University United States
10:05 10:25 Advances in Satellite Precipitation Retrieval Algorithms Over Land Nai-Yu Wang, NOAA/NESDIS/STAR/IMSG United States
10:25 10:45 Uncertainties in Satellite-based Global Precipitation Observations Yudong Tian, NASA GSFC United States
10:45 11:05 Analysis and comparison of global precipitation datasets with gridded products from passive microwave retrieval
algorithms in the GPM era
Anna Cinzia Marra, CNR-ISAC Italy
11:05 11:35 Coffee Break
Precipitation (2/2) -Chairs: Chris Kidd, Vincenzo Levizzani
11:35 11:55 Filling the antarctic precipitation gap with satellites Tristan L'Ecuyer, University of Wisconsin United States
11:55 12:15 Means and variations in global precipitation during the satellite era (1979-2014) Robert Adler, U. of Maryland United States
12:15 12:35 Advances in Quantifying the Role of Frozen Precipitation in Polar Energy and Water Cycles Tristan L'Ecuyer, University of Wisconsin United States
12:35 12:55 Rainfall estimation by using SMOS soil moisture observations: a detailed scientific analysis Luca Brocca, Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection (IRPI), CNR Italy
12:55 13:15 New observations from GPM – old problems with process understanding Christian Kummerow, Colorado State University United States
13:15 14:15 Lunch
Clouds and Aerosols in the water cycle -Chairs: Susan van den Heever, Daniel Rosenfeld
14:15 14:35 Aerosol: An Active Agent in Perturbing the Water Cycles Zhanqing Li, U. of Maryland United States
14:35 14:55 Satellite observations of aerosols controlling cloud depth for rain initiation and its implications Daniel Rosenfeld, HUJI Israel
14:55 15:15 Towards a life-cycle based analysis of aerosol-precipitation interactions from space Philip Stier, University of Oxford United Kingdom
15:15 15:35 The Modulation of Aerosol Impacts on Convective Clouds and Precipitation Susan van den Heever, Colorado State University United States
15:35 15:55 Physical properties of mesoscale high-level cloud systems in relation to their atmospheric environment deduced from
Vertical Sounders
Claudia Stubenrauch, LMD France
15:55 16:25 Coffee Break
Water Vapour -Chairs: Marc Schroder, Juergen Fischer
16:25 16:45 The Envisat ERS-1/ERS-2 Microwave Radiometer time series: Toward fundamental and essential climate data records Ralf Bennartz, Vanderbilt University United States
16:45 17:05 The GEWEX water vapor assessment (G-VAP) – interim results from inter-comparisons and stability analysis Marc Schröder, DWD Germany
17:05 17:25 Spatially high-resolution decadal trend analysis  of Total Column Water Vapour above land surfaces using MERIS Juergen Fischer, Free University Berlin Germany
17:25 17:45 An assessment of upper-troposphere and lower-stratosphere water vapor in GEOS5, MERRA, and ECMWF analysis and
reanalyses using  Aura MLS observations
Jonathan Jiang, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory United States
17:45 18:05 Round Table Discussion: The atmospheric component of the water cycle (Christian Kummerow, Robert Adler, Chris Kidd, Vincenzo Levizzani, Susan van den Heever, Daniel Rosenfeld,  Juergen Fischer, Marc Schroder)
Day 2 -21 October- (Magellan Room)
09:00 09:25 Wake-up Key Note: WCRP and Earth Observation needs in context of Capacity Development Boram Lee, WCRP Switzerland
GroundWater -Chairs: Matthew Rodell, Martin Fuchs
09:25 09:45 Observing Water Cycle Extremes with GRACE Matthew Rodell, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center United States
09:45 10:05 Assessing the potential to increase the spatial resolution of water storage variations from a combination of GRACE
and GOCE
Christoph Haberkorn, Deutsches Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut der TU München Germany
10:05 10:25 The use of GRACE satellite data to validate the global hydrological cycle as simulated by a global climate model Marie-Estelle Demory, NCAS-Climate, University of Reading United Kingdom
10:25 10:45 Using satellite gravimetry for validating the water cycle in global and regional atmospheric reanalyses Anne Springer, Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation,  University of Bonn Germany
10:45 11:05 Assimilation of GRACE-derived total water storage grids into the WaterGAP Global Hydrological Model –
Status and Perspectives
Jürgen Kusche, University of Bonn, Germany
11:05 11:35 Coffee Break
Surface Waters -Chairs: Selma Cherchali, Nick van de Giesen
11:35 11:55 Water level variations within the Lower Mekong River network derived by satellite altimetry Eva Boergens, DGFI-TUM Germany
11:55 12:15 The performance of multi satellite altimetry missions for river monitoring Shirzad Roohi, Ph.D student Germany
12:15 12:35 Analysis of the hydrological conditions of the Yangtze River’s connecting lakes based on 15 years of DRAGON EO
time series and fields measurements
YESOU Herve,
SERTIT University of Strasbourg France
12:35 12:55 Observation of Hydrological Cycle Components on the Tibetan Plateau by Multisensoral Remote Sensing Methods Volker Hochschild, University of Tuebingen Germany
12:55 13:15 Reservoir operational rules derived from Sentinel products Nick van de Giesen, Delft University of Technology
13:15 14:15 Lunch
Water cycle of the Terrestrial Cryosphere -Chairs: Chris Derksen, Matias Takala
14:15 14:35 Snow Water Equivalent Processing system with improved resolution over Europe and hydrological applications Matias Takala, Finnish Meteorological Institute Finland
14:35 14:55 Toward improving the representation of the water cycle at High Northern Latitudes William Lahoz, NILU Norway
14:55 15:15 Quantifying the impacts of spaceborne radar performance on snow detection and intensity retrieval Norman Wood, University of Wisconsin, SSEC United States
15:15 15:35 Characterization of northern hemisphere snow water equivalent datasets, 1981–2010 Chris Derksen, Environment Canada Canada
15:35 15:55 Validation of active microwave soil moisture and soil freeze retreivals over a sub-arctic boreal forest site -
case study at the Sodankylä, Finland CAL-VAL site
Tuomo Smolander, Finnish Meteorological Insitute Finland
15:55 16:25 Coffee Break
The Water Cycle of Oceans -Chairs: Jacqueline Boutin, Nicolas Reul
16:25 16:45 Rainfall Imprint on SMOS Sea Surface Salinity Jacqueline Boutin, CNRS France
16:45 17:05 Salty-ocean water cycle variability and change Paul Durack, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory United States
17:25 17:45 SMOS for water cycle in the ocean: an overview of results and potential Nicolas Reul, IFREMER, France
17:45 18:05 Round Table Discussion: Surface and sub-surface waters  (Matthew Rodell, Martin Fuchs, Selma Cherchali, Nick van de Giesen, Chris Derksen, Matias Takala)