March 9 ~ 11, 2016
Howard International House, Taipei, Taiwan

The primary objective of the International Conference on GPS Radio Occultation (ICGPSRO) is to promote and appeal more GPS RO applications to the meteorology, climate, and space weather scientists and the related research and application community. The 1st ICGPSRO has been inaugurated and successfully conducted in 2011, the ICGPSRO is intended to be held in Taiwan in parallel with the continuing FORMOSAT-3 / COSMIC and the upcoming FORMOSAT-7 / COSMIC-2 Data Users Workshop. The 3rd ICGPSRO will be held in conjunction with the 10th FORMOSAT-3 / COSMIC Launch Anniversary Celebration and the FORMOSAT-7 / COSMIC-2 Satellite Readiness Status Review for the first Launch in 2016 Q3.
FORMOSAT-3 / COSMIC is a joint Taiwan/ U.S. science mission for weather, climate, space weather and geodetic research. The FORMOSAT-3 / COSMIC constellation satellites were successfully launched on 15 April 2006. The GPS-RO data have already demonstrated their value for operational weather forecasting, hurricane forecasting, and investigations of the atmospheric boundary layer. The GPS RO data also have been proven to be of great potential benefit with unprecedented accuracy to climate studies due to their demonstrated high precision and global and diurnal sampling coverage. The data have been used extensively to test ionospheric models and their use in operational space weather models is under development. Currently FORMOSAT-3 / COSMIC is providing ~ 1200 daily RO profiles in the neutral atmosphere, ~1000 daily electron density profiles even after near more than 9 years performance in orbit. Both CDAAC (COSMIC Data Analysis and Archival Center ) in the U.S. and TACC (Taiwan Analysis Center for COSMIC) in Taiwan have been processing the GPS RO data in near real time, and > 90 percent of RO profiles are delivered to operational weather centers within 3 hours of observation. The values of utilizing the FORMOSAT-3 / COSMIC GPS RO data have been demonstrated to be eminent among the worldwide weather and space weather communities. In viewing the potential greater societal impacts and continuing the supply of the critical RO data, NSPO and NOAA along with many other key U.S. agencies have jointly implemented a collaboration agreement in 2011 for a greater RO constellation, FOMOSAT-7 / COSMIC-2, a high-reliability next generation follow-on system, to replace the degrading performance of the FORMOSAT-3 / COSMIC satellite constellation system. NSPO and NOAA are pleased to announce that the first set of six (6) FORMOSAT-7 / COSMIC-2 satellites will be ready for the launch in 2016 Q3, the readiness status will be updated during the 3rd ICGPSRO.
The 3rd ICGPSRO will be held primarily to continue the ICGPSRO Objectives discussion as shown below. In addition, the 3rd ICGPSRO will be held in conjunction with the celebration of the FORMOSAT-3 / COSMIC 10th Launch Anniversary, a remarkable mission that has extended into a semi-operational constellation from an originally intended as a 2-year experimental mission, and the readiness review of the greater constellation implementation of FORMOSAT-7 / COSMIC-2 and its satellite launch in 2016 Q3. The worldwide RO interested researchers, operators, and system providers are encouraged warmly welcome to join the 3rd ICGPSRO in Taipei, Taiwan.