Second Announcement 10th International Winds Workshop 22 26 February 2010

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Second Announcement
10th International Winds Workshop
22 - 26 February 2010

Tokyo, Japan


One of the key meteorological parameters for weather forecasting, meteorological studies and climate applications is wind. It has therefore been a major task for the science and operational community to exploit the imagery data from satellites in order to derive Atmospheric Motion Vectors (AMVs) by tracking observed cloud and moisture features. The globally derived AMV fields are an established and essential product, especially for numerical weather prediction, and are complemented by other satellite-based observations of the atmospheric flow. The biennial International Winds Workshops are the forums used by the International Winds Working Group (IWWG) for co-operation in the operational and research community, and have strongly contributed to improvement in the quality of the derived wind fields.

The 10th International Winds Workshop (IWW10) will take place in Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) will host the Workshop and the local organiser is Akihiro Shimizu. The workshop is sponsored by JMA, EUMETSAT, NOAA/NESDIS, and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The Workshop is an opportunity to present advances and new ideas in this specialised field. We encourage participation from all organisations operating meteorological satellites, as well as from data users and the science community. Presentations on operational and experimental wind retrievals from satellite imagery data and their use for numerical weather prediction, nowcasting or climatological applications are welcome. In addition, research work on wind retrievals from active and passive microwave instruments and active optical systems (lidar) is encouraged.

Workshop Points of Contact
Local Organizing Committee

Akihiro SHIMIZU (Mr)

Satellite Program Division

Japan Meteorological Agency

1-3-4 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8122, Japan


TEL: +81 3 3201 8677

FAX: +81 3 3217 1036

Kazuki SHIMOJI (Mr)

System Engineering Division, Data Processing Department

Meteorological Satellite Center (MSC)

Japan Meteorological Agency

3-235 Nakakiyoto, Kiyose-shi, Tokyo 204-0012, Japan


TEL: +81 42 493 4990

FAX: +81 42 493 2433

Scientific Program Committee

Mr Ryo Oyama (JMA)

Mr Koji Yamashita (JMA)

Mr Arthur de Smet (EUMETSAT)

Mr Jaime Daniels (NOAA) IWWG Co-Chair

Dr Mary Forsythe (Met Office) IWWG Co-Chair


The Workshop will take place at the KKR Hotel Tokyo which is located very close to the JMA Headquarters.


The meeting will open on Monday, 22 February 2010 at 09h30, and will close on Friday, 26 February 2010 at 12h00.


Registration (no registration fee) will take place at the following times and locations:

  • Saturday 20 February 2010, 7 pm – 9 pm in the lobby of KKR Hotel Tokyo

  • Sunday 21 February 2010, 7 pm – 9 pm in the lobby of KKR Hotel Tokyo

  • Monday 22 February 2010, 9:00 am– 9:30 in the meeting room “Kujaku”

Working Language

The meeting will be conducted in English. All documents and information papers will be prepared in English only.

Visa application

Participants are encouraged to check visa requirements as early as possible. For information on countries with visa exemptions, please visit:

For those participants requiring a visa to enter Japan the local organisers can provide you with a letter of invitation if required. If this is the case please fill in the attached form and send to the Local Organizing Committee at your earliest convenience and no later than 8 January 2010. More information on applying for visas can be found at: Please ensure you leave enough time for this process.

Hotel Reservation

KKR Hotel Tokyo

1-4-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda- ku Tokyo 100-0004, Japan

TEL: +81 3 3287 2921

FAX: +81 3 3287 2913

Room Type

Floor Area

Rate/night including tax and service charge

Single type C

19.2 m2

JPY 10,000

Double type A

19.2 m2

JPY 10,000

Double type B

19.2 m2

JPY 12,100

Twin type A

19.2 m2

JPY 10,000

Twin type B

21.7 m2

JPY 14,100

Guest rooms details:

An additional JPY 1,200 is charged for breakfast.
A block reservation from 20 to 27 February 2010 (check-in 15h00/check-out 11h00), has been made at the KKR Hotel Tokyo.

In order to secure the hotel reservation, participants who wish to stay at the hotel are kindly requested to send their full name and arrival and departure dates to the Local Organizing Committee preferably no later than 20 December 2009. Rooms will be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis (Thank you for your understanding).

Airport Information and Transportation

Most international flights arrive at Narita International Airport, located about 60 km east of central Tokyo ( Every visitor to Japan is requested to be fingerprinted and photographed at immigration control.

There are many options to get to central Tokyo. The major transport services between Narita International Airport and Tokyo are as follows:

Two railway companies operate express trains from Narita International Airport to central Tokyo. Train stations are located in the basement of the terminal buildings of the Airport.

(1) The East Japan Railway Co. (JR) operates the Narita Express. It takes about an hour from Narita International Airport to central Tokyo (JPY 2,940). Although there are various destinations, all the trains stop at Tokyo Station, where you should get off the train. For details, please refer to
(2) The Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd operates the airport express Skyliner. It takes about an hour from Narita International Airport to Keisei Ueno Station (JPY 1,920). Please get off at Keisei Ueno Station (last stop). For details, please refer to

An airport limousine bus service is available between Narita International Airport and Tokyo City Air Terminal (TCAT,, located near Tokyo station, Buses leave for TCAT from Narita International Airport almost every 10 minutes costing JPY 2,900 (one-way) and JPY 5,200 (round trip). For details, please refer to

When you arrive at Tokyo Station, Keisei Ueno Station or TCAT, it is recommended to take a taxi to KKR Hotel Tokyo. It will cost about JPY 1,000. For further information on transportation, please refer to


The currency of Japan is Yen (JPY). One US dollar is equivalent to about JPY 97 as of 1 July 2009.
Bigger shopping centres accept major credit cards (e.g. Visa, Mastercard), while the smaller shops and the public transportation system expect you to pay in cash. Foreign currency is not accepted.


Delegates are strongly advised to take out personal travel and medical insurance. JMA and the workshop sponsors will not accept responsibility for any incident arising during the workshop period.


The climatological data in Tokyo for February and March are given below:

February March

Mean temperature 6.1 °C 8.9 °C

Mean maximum temperature 10.0 °C 12.9 °C

Mean minimum temperature 2.4 °C 5.1 °C

Total precipitation 60.2 mm 114.5 mm

Number of rainy days* 5.8 days 9.5 days

Relative humidity 51 % 57 %

* Precipitation of 1 mm or more

Access to internet and email (Internet access at JMA Headquarters)

Wireless Internet access is available at the venue of the meeting.

Lunches and Social Events

Lunches can be purchased at one of the five restaurants/bars inside the KKR Hotel Tokyo, where the workshop is being held.
Ice breaker: will take place on the evening of Monday 22 February
Conference dinner: will take place on the evening of Tuesday 23 February
Optional Tours: We plan to continue the IWW tradition of leaving Wednesday afternoon open for delegate free time. Suggested tours with details and costs will be made available at a later date.

Travel Support

Limited funds are available to help support travel costs and per diem for selected speakers. Financial requests should be addressed to Dr Mary Forsythe and Mr Jaime Daniels by 31 October 2009.

Workshop proceedings

The workshop proceedings (online and CD) will be prepared shortly after the meeting. The deadline for your final manuscript in photographic quality is 26 March 2010. This will enable the organising committee to provide the final proceedings in a timely manner. Further details of manuscript formatting and submission will be provided closer to the time.

Useful websites:

IWW10 website

IWWG website

JMA website

KKR Hotel Tokyo

Visit Japan Campaign

Tokyo Metro

Toei Subway

INFORMATION FOR “Letter of reason for invitation”


22-26 February 2010

Tokyo, Japan


Full name (first /surname): (Mr/Ms/Dr)
If you have name in Chinese character, please indicate:

Affiliation and full postal address:

Telephone No.:
Telefax No.:
Post or rank held at present:

Date and place of birth:
Sex: male/female
Full home postal address:
Passport type: diplomatic/official/general
Passport Number:
Date and Place of Issue:
Passport Expiry Date:
Place to apply for visa (generally nearest Embassy/Consulate of Japan):
Date of entry to Japan:
Date of departure from Japan:
Name of Airline (flight number):

Please return this form as soon as possible and no later than 8 January 2010 to:
Mr Akihiro Shimizu

IWW10 Local Host/Organizer



Mr Kazuki Shimoji

IWW10 Assistant to Local Host/Organizer



With a cc to:
Dr Mary Forsythe

IWW10 Co-Chair

Met Office


Mr Jaime Daniels

IWW10 Co-Chair



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