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NIST Lunar  Calibration Workshop


MoonPurpose: The Lunar Calibration Workshop will bring together representatives from different communities to discuss the need to establish the Moon as an absolute calibration standard and solutions for how to do so. Emphasis will be on the reflected solar regions from 380 nm to 2500 nm.

2012 NIST Lunar Calibration Workshop

May 14-15, 2012
NIST Gaithersburg, Maryland

The NIST Lunar Calibration Workshop will be held at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland on May 14-15, 2012. The first day will be devoted to identifying calibration needs, the current state of lunar calibrations at visible to short-wave infrared wavelengths, and lunar irradiance models. The second day will focus on how to establish improved calibrations that will meet the needs of various communities. There will be sessions on ground-based lunar observations, atmospheric monitoring for ground-based observations, and above-the-atmosphere calibrations. Our intent is to have a set of focused, technical presentations and include ample time for discussion.

Pre-registration is required and acceptance is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who Should Attend:

Experts in lunar metrology and calibrations using celestial objects; anyone with a well-defined calibration need that could be addressed by an absolute calibration of the Moon at visible to short-wave infrared wavelengths. We anticipate that most participants will be from the remote sensing community, but we encourage participation from other interested groups.


The tentative workshop agenda is:

Monday, May 14, 2012:
9:00am to 12:00pm
Introduction and overview
  The current state of lunar calibrations and modeling
1:00pm to 5:00pm Use of lunar calibrations in remote sensing
  Applications outside remote sensing
   Summary discussion: what are the calibration needs?


Tuesday, May 15, 2012:

9:00am to 12:00pm
Ground-based observations and atmospheric monitoring
  Above-the-atmosphere measurements
1:00pm to 5:00pm Agency perspectives (NIST, NASA, NOAA, USGS)
  Summary discussion: how do calibration solutions map onto needs?


Start Date: Monday, May 14, 2012
End Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Location: NIST Gaithersburg
Format: Other


There is no registration fee for the 2012 NIST Lunar Calibration Workshop. However, pre-registration is required to assure entry to the NIST site. Registration information will be available shortly. To register, complete the online form by Friday, May 4. Non-US citizens who are not permanent residents must also submit a NIST 1260 form. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the NIST 1260 form if it required.


Workshop registration does not include your hotel reservation. For information about local hotels, see
NIST visitor Information.


This course will be held at the NIST AML Complex Building (217), Room C103 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. For transportation information and driving directions, see Transportation to NIST.

Technical Contact:

Claire Cramer
301-975-4845 Telephone

100 Bureau Drive, M/S 8444
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8444