Hosted by JPL's Center for Climate Sciences; co-sponsored by the World Climate Research Programme's Global Energy and Water Cycle Exchanges Project (GEWEX) and Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) scientific steering bodies.

July 15-17, 2013

Hameetman Auditorium, Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology


About the Workshop

The Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment (GRACE) team and NASA JPL’s Center for Climate Sciences are pleased to announce a workshop on the use of GRACE data to monitor, simulate and understand ongoing changes in the Earth’s hydrosphere and water cycle. Since 2002, the GRACE mission has been measuring Earth's gravity field variations and continues to do so in unprecedented detail, revealing key insights into Earth’s water storage and transport processes over land, ice and oceans. GRACE Follow-On, scheduled to launch 2017, will continue that legacy and provide valuable climate-scale observations.

The workshop aims to explore:

  • How our current understanding of the terrestrial water budget components, global and regional water cycle, ocean circulation and sea level change can be advanced by the decade-long GRACE data record;

  • How hydrology, ocean, ice, as well as coupled climate models can be evaluated and improved using GRACE data (e.g., via data assimilation);

  • How science data from GRACE and GRACE Follow-On can be optimized for model applications and water resources decision support.

View the workshop agenda ›


Thanks for your interest in our workshop. Registration is open, please follow the link below. 

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Logistical Details


The Vagabond Inn Executive is located in East Pasadena (1203 East Colorado Boulevard,Pasadena, CA 91106), and a short 15 minute walk through the beautiful Caltech Campus from the meeting location. A special Caltech Campus rate is available ($80), but you need to call in to qualify for this rate (626 449-3170).

A block of rooms for this workshop is reserved at the Courtyard Marriott Old Pasadena (room block code is GRAGRAB). The Marriott is located at 180 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, California 91103. The hotel is centrally located in downtown Pasadena, and about 2.5 miles from the meeting location.

Please Note: Unfortunately, we cannot provide transportation from the hotels to the meeting venue, so participants are urged to make their own arrangements (see below for parking information). 



The closest major airport to the Workshop venue on the campus of the California Institute of Technology is the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), about 28 miles from Pasadena.



You will be responsible for securing your own transportation from the airport to the Workshop site and vice-versa. Shuttle van services run to and from the airport 24 hours a day, and cost about a third less than taking a taxi. Advance reservation is not required for service to Pasadena from the airport; however, a return reservation is required. Note that the airport shuttles have five discounted stops (map PDF) on campus for return trips to the airports.

Alternatively, the LAX FlyAway Shuttle runs between LAX and Union Station ($8 one way), from where the Metro Gold Line can be taken to downtown Pasadena ($1.50 one way; exit 'Memorial Park', just two blocks from the Marriott hotel).


Meeting Venue and Parking

The GRACE Workshop will be held at Hameetman Auditorium at the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology. The Cahill Center is located on the south perimeter of the Caltech Campus at 1216 East California Blvd, and is adjacent to the Keith Spaulding building and the Caltech athletic facilities. In the campus map below, the Cahill Center is building number 17.

Caltech campus map › 

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Dr. Felix Landerer or Dr. Carmen Boening: