GEWEX Integrated Product Workshop

Apr 11 - 13, 2023 | Toledo, Spain

Objective


The evaluation of climate data records related to water and energy fluxes are often complicated by assumptions in satellite algorithms that lead to state dependent errors. These errors are notoriously difficult to quantify as their dependence on state variables is rarely understood. This GEWEX sponsored workshop will attempt to make progress in one area by focusing on the consistency, closure and the underlying processes from both a satellite and a land model perspective. The workshop is thus intended not simply the components of the terrestrial water cycle, but how consistent it is as a function of state variables, including soil moisture, land surface temperature, turbulent fluxes, the boundary layer, and precipitation processes. While the ultimate objectives are global, the focus will be on using well instrumented ground based sites such as the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) facility in Oklahoma as well as GHP sites to guide the assessment and provide the additional high resolution physical information needed to develop a fuller understanding of the relevant processes. In addition to GEWEX, this workshop should be of interest to the International Precipitation- and Surface Working Groups sponsored by Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS).

Event Details:


Dates:
April 11 – 13, 2023 (In-Person only)

Venue
Lorenzana Palace Auditorium (Paraninfo) and Historical Library.
Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha in Toledo, Spain

Agenda and Registration
The Agenda is coming soon.

If you have received an invitation and want to attend the workshop, please Register at https://www.gewexevents.org/meetings/gewex-ip/registration/.

Outcome:
A letter to funding agencies advising them of potential new fruitful research related to integrated land surface-atmosphere process studies.

Organizing committee:

  • Christian Kummerow, Colorado State University, USA
  • Francisco J. Tapiador, U. Castilla – La Mancha, Toledo, Spain
  • Isabel Trigo, Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jim Mather, ARM, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Logistics:


Venue:
The meeting will be hosted by the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) in one of its historical buildings, the Cardenal Lorenzana Palace. You can find a lot of its history on the web. The easiest way to find the place is to just type ‘Edificio Cardenal Lorenzana, Toledo, Spain’ in Google Maps. We recommend you having google maps active or spending a few minutes in Google Maps to familiarize yourself with the place: notice the train station, the meandering river, the bridges into the city, the old historical city (‘Casco histórico’) and some of the main buildings such as the cathedral that will make it easier for you to navigate the historic city. While small, it is not difficult to get away from your planned route.

Palacio Universitario Lorenzana, Toledo
The meeting place is the courtyard you see in the picture of the palace above.

To join the meeting once you are in front of the palace use the stairs you can see in both sides at the front of the building or enter the building at ground level and use the elevator to get to the courtyard. It is not a busy place.

Once you’re in the courtyard it will become obvious as to you where the meeting is. Just in case, we have reserved the Paraninfo (‘Main Hall’) and the Antigua Biblioteca (‘Old Library’).


How to get there:
The meeting will be hosted by the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) in one of its historical buildings, the Cardenal Lorenzana Palace. You can find a lot of its history on the web.

The easiest way to find the place is to just type ‘Edificio Cardenal Lorenzana, Toledo, Spain’ in Google Maps. We recommend you having google maps active or spending a few minutes in Google Maps to familiarize yourself with the place: notice the train station, the meandering river, the bridges into the city, the old historical city (‘Casco histórico’) and some of the main buildings such as the cathedral that will make it easier for you to navigate the historic city. While small, it is not difficult to get away from your planned route.

Palacio Universitario Lorenzana, Toledo. The meeting place is the courtyard you see in the picture of the palace above.

To join the meeting once you are in front of the palace use the stairs you can see in both sides at the front of the building or enter the building at ground level and use the elevator to get to the courtyard. It is not a busy place.

Once you’re in the courtyard it will become obvious as to you where the meeting is. Just in case, we have reserved the Paraninfo (‘Main Hall’) and the Antigua Biblioteca (‘Old Library’).

Once in Toledo: 
To the hotel or the venue by taxi from the rail or bus station: Tell the driver to get to you the ‘Palacio Lorenzana, Universidad’ [meaning: ‘Lorenzana’s Palace, University’] or to your hotel. It is inexpensive and taxis are generally waiting at the train station.   
There is a city bus to the Casco right outside the station. Just follow the flow of people to the stop.  
By foot from the rail or bus station (not a big issue if you travel light with just a trolley): just ask Google for ‘Edificio Cardenal Lorenzana’. There are mechanical stairs (“Escalera mecanica del parque Recaredo” on google maps) to get to the top of the city. Free, scenic and healthy.  


Hotels:

Toledo is a touristic city plenty of options for accommodation. If you book in the old city quarter –‘Casco histórico’ in Spanish– then you can get by foot to the venue.  

Possible hotel options include: 

There are also large, fancy hotels with a view outside the Casco, but then you will need a taxi every time you move. Up to you.  

Please book well in advance.

Restaurants:

The Old City is full of restaurants and places where you can have lunch and dinner. Indeed, most of them are based on Spanish cuisine, which includes an ample choice of vegetarian options.  

Note that mealtimes are shifted in Toledo and some parts of Madrid to accommodate tourists: Because the climate and the way of life, Spaniards almost never have lunch before 2 pm and certainly do not enjoy dinner before 9.30 pm, but you will find places that are open for tourists at crazy times such as 11 am for lunch (that is a late breakfast in Spain) or 7pm for dinner (a late lunch). You will get real food but likely have a poor culinary experience.   

There is at least a nice vegan option: https://restaurantemadretierra.com

Best restaurant in the Casco is supposed to be Adolfo, but there are lots of very good places to eat all around the old part of the city.  

Best restaurant in town is this one: https://ivancerdeño.com. You need a taxi to get there. It is not for a quick meal. It is for having a culinary experience.  In general, good, fine-dining food is not cheap in Spain but worth it.  

Tipping is just an option – not compulsory at all. 

Maps


Toledo old city center (“Casco”), with a pin for the venue (“Palacio Universitario Lorenzana”), also featuring the rail station (on the top-right of the second map, in blue).

Click to view on Google Maps

Images courtesy of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)