Schedule

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Pham Anh Tuan

Director General
Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC)
Dr. Pham Anh Tuan is currently the Director General of Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC) of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), Hanoi, Vietnam. He also served as Chairman of Project Management Unit of Vietnam Space Center Project which is one of the most important national projects for the Research and Development of Space science and Technology in Vietnam, as Co-Dean of the Aerospace Engineering Faculty of University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, as Secretary General of Vietnam Mechatronics Association.

Pham Anh Tuan is a key contributor in the cooperation of Vietnam with the Japanese Space Agency JAXA. He has been involved in Pico satellite programs, MICRO-STAR micro-satellite and in APRSAF satellite, making him a key person for small satellite projects in his country.

Receiving Dipl.-Ing in1984 at Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany where he also received Dr.-Ing in 1986, Pham Anh Tuan is an international expert in mechatronics and records an impressive list of contribution to national and international scientific meetings. Author of 40 publications and 1 patient.

26 October

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Ann Bartuska

Vice President for Land, Water and Nature
Resources for the Future
Anne Bartuska is Vice President for Land, Water and Nature in the organization Resources for the Future (RFF). She was previously Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics within the United States Department of Agriculture.

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Frances Blair

Senior Manager, Spatial Planning Division
National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA)
Frances Blair is a Senior Manager at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), a government agency which strives to promote sustainable development by ensuring protection of the environment and orderly development in Jamaica. She is actively engaged in the preparation of several land use related documents incorporating the use of Geographic Information Systems such as the National Spatial Plan, Development Orders as well as Environmental and Planning Guidelines. She has conducted and supervised research in several areas including environmental screening and assessments, development approval process, public sensitization and participation, urban and regional planning, sustainable development and issues related to climate change. She has also played a role in the development of policies and regulations as well as provided technical advice on land related matters to other government and private sector entities. Ms Blair in her capacity as Senior Manager has represented the Agency at several strategic planning sessions, conferences, workshops and seminars both locally and internationally. As an educator, she takes pleasure in sharing her knowledge with students at the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology where she is a guest lecturer.

Ms. Blair is a seasoned environmental and planning professional with over 20 years of experience. Her educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources Management and an Undergraduate Degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of the West Indies as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Planning and Environment Development from the University of Technology. As a current member and past Vice President of the Jamaica Institute of Planners, she is committed to raising the profile of the planning profession as well as advancing planning issues in Jamaica. She is also the Deputy Chairperson of the Environmental Impact Assessment Committee at NEPA.

25 October

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Jack Dangermond

Founder and President
Esri
A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Dangermond's leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS and GeoDesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide.

Dangermond fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development. Esri employs 2,700 people in the U.S.; many who
shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping our users be successful.

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Jon Davis

Chief Meteorologist
Riskpulse
Jon leads Riskpulse’s forecasting operations and consulting services for energy, agriculture, and supply chain logistics. Based in Chicago, Jon brings over 30 years of experience and is widely considered one of the foremost experts on the impact of weather and climate on global commodities.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in meteorology, he spent 18 years on Wall Street in the commodity divisions within Citigroup focusing on risk management in agriculture, energy, and the financial sectors. At the end of Jon’s tenure, he was Chief Meteorologist of Citigroup. At Citigroup, he was recruited by Chesapeake Energy in 2003 and spent 10 years as Chief Meteorologist responsible for monitoring global weather/climate and its impact on energy and agriculture. His team developed state of the art tools to aid in mid-range and intra-seasonal forecasting and applied them to energy and agricultural risk management/hedging.

In 2015, Jon was given the prestigious Award for the Outstanding Contribution to the Advance of Applied Meteorology at the national AMS (American Meteorological Society) meeting for a distinguished career in applying meteorological and climatological knowledge to the energy, industrial, and agricultural sectors. In January of this year, Jon was awarded the Kenneth C. Spengler Award for outstanding vision to advance to role of meteorology in the new energy economy and outstanding leadership of the AMS Energy Committee and its conference.

25 October

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John Firth

CEO and Co-Founder
Acclimatise Group Ltd.
John has over 25 years’ experience in assessing the impacts of climate change. Prior to Acclimatise he worked in the UK water sector for Severn Trent Water, where he led their strategic business planning team, with responsibilities for water resource, water supply and waste water planning, and environmental consenting.

John co-founded Acclimatise with Dr Richenda Connell in 2004. Acclimatise has now worked on nearly 400 adaptation and resilience projects in 70 countries, for both the public and private sectors. He has extensive experience of integrating climate change into business decision-making and risk management processes. He has a particular expertise in the impacts of climate change on SMEs, multi-national corporates and their supply-chains and the financial services sectors. John is also interested in the legal implications for business, disclosure of information to investors, the mobilisation of private-sector finance, climate funding in developing countries, and the integration of adaptation/resilience into national policy making.

John has worked on projects in Europe, Africa, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Australia, South and South-East Asia for banks, governments, institutional investors, development partners, and the private sector.

He has published numerous articles in professional journals and appeared as a speaker at conferences throughout the world. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics, a Postgraduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning and a Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Decision Making. John is a member of several professional associations: Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI), Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, Member of the American Meteorological Society and Member of the American Water Works Association. In 2013 John was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world on environmental investing and policy making by the Journal of Environmental Investing.

Acclimatise is one of the seven founding partners of the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation and John is working closely with the Netherlands Government, chairing the Preparatory Group for the Centre’s launch at COP23. John is an active member of the Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment (GARI) working group.

25 October

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Haishan Fu

Director of the Development Data Group
The World Bank Group

25 October

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Xingfa Gu

Executive Acting Director of Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Xingfa Gu is the Executive Acting Director of Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.

Dr. Gu has been working on the field of optical remote sensing since 1982. His distinguished achievements are consisting of contributions in the fields of optical satellites’ calibrations, quantitative retrievals, thematic applications and operational processing, as well as the strategic planning and design of national space infrastructure. He has already published 376 peer reviewed journal articles, 6 books, 10 special issues and 51 conference proceedings. In addition, he was authorized 18 patents and 45 software copyrights. Because of his outstanding works for the developments of China’s optical remote sensing technologies, he has received 12 Science and Technology Progress Awards.

Dr. Gu is now the Executive Acting Director of the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also the Chief Designer of the Applications Systems of Chinese High-Resolution Earth Observation Systems (CHEOS), Vice President of the China Association of Remote Sensing Applications. He served also as the Vice President of the China Association for Geographic Information Society (2011-2015).

Dr. Gu is an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) since 2007. He is one of the 15 international experts for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Implementation Plan Working Group (IPWG), the Deputy Secretary General of the Asian Remote Sensing Association (AARS) and the co-chair of “SPIE Earth Observing System Conference” since 2009. He also had been the Co-Chair of the CODATA Task Group of Preservation of and Open Access to S&T Data in Developing Countries (PASTD) (2008-2014).

26 October

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Peter Head

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Ecological Sequestration Trust
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Wei Huang

Vice Minister
Ministry of Science and Technology, China
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Philemon Mjwara

Director-General, Department of Science and Technology
Republic of South Africa
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Jennifer Morris

President
Conservation International

25 October

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Ryosuke Nakata

Chief Representative
Japan International Cooperation Agency
Mr. Ryosuke Nakata assumed the position of Chief Representative of the JICA USA Office on October 1, 2016. Prior to this role, he served as a Senior Representative of the JICA USA Office from 2006 until 2010.

Throughout his career at JICA, Mr. Nakata worked mostly in the field of macroeconomic analysis of partner countries, as well as in the field of concessional loan operations in Asian countries. His recent positions include serving as the Senior Advisor of JICA's Credit Risk and Environmental Review Department, Deputy Director General of the South East Asia Department, and Deputy Director General of the Economic Infrastructure Development Department. He also worked with International Monetary Fund, African Department, from 1999 to 2001.

Mr. Nakata was also a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan from 2015 to 2016. During that time, Mr. Nakata held courses on macroeconomic policies in developing countries.

25 October

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Tim Newman

Land Remote Sensing Program Coordinator
U.S. Geological Survey
Mr. Tim Newman is the Program Coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey's Land Remote Sensing Program, which operates the Landsat satellites and provides the portal to one of the largest archives of remotely sensed land data in the world.

Stationed at USGS Headquarters in Reston, Virginia, Mr. Newman is responsible for managing the $80 million/year program, providing program policy, oversight and guidance, formulating and executing budgets, interfacing with senior Administration and Congressional staff, building international earth observation partnerships, and interacting with the aerospace and remote sensing industries.

Beyond Landsat, his program also is responsible for developing earth observation application products, operating unmanned aerial vehicles, developing and assessing earth observation user requirements, and providing a conduit for national security space system data to civil agencies.

Prior to working for USGS, Mr. Newman served 21 years in the U.S. Air Force in a variety of space operations, engineering, architecture and policy positions, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2005. He also worked for The Aerospace Corporation as a space systems contractor, supporting the Air Staff and USGS Headquarters.

26 October

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Franklin Nutter

President
Reinsurance Association of America (RAA)
Frank Nutter is President of the Reinsurance Association of America (RAA).

Mr. Nutter currently serves on the Advisory Board of the OECD’s International Network for the Financial Management of Large Scale Disasters, the RAND Center on Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation, and the Carl H. Lindner III Center for Insurance and Risk Management Board of Directors. He has recently served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, an adjunct to the Harvard University School of Public Health, Council of the American Meteorological Society, and the Board of the University Center for Atmospheric Research, a consortium of universities managing the National Center for Atmospheric Research sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Worker’s Compensation Research Institute, the Board of Overseers of the Institute for Civil Justice, a subsidiary of the Rand Corporation and on the Board of the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences.

Mr. Nutter has a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Nutter was an officer in the U.S. Navy and is a Vietnam veteran.

25 October

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Carlos Felipe Prada Lombo

Deputy Director
National Department of Statistics (DANE)
Economist from Universidad Javeriana and Master in Economics from the same University. He has served in the public sector as advisor to General Director of National Department of Statistics (DANE) and Deputy Director of the same institution, advisor to General Director of National Planning Department (DNP), and advisor to Ministry of Health and Social Protection in Colombia. Recently. He was in charge of all statistical operations running by DANE. In addition, he was in charge of administrative, financial and planning topics of the third National Livestock Census, the main project of DANE in the last years. He also has worked as consultant and junior researcher in the Office of Chief Economist of Latin American and the Caribbean at World Bank and Fedesarrollo, most powerful think tank in Colombia. In these institutions he made a research in economic policy; labor economics, international trade and impact evaluation. His research focuses on Labor Economics and International Trade and has been published in Ensayos de Política Económica, journal of Central Bank of Colombia.

25 October

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Barbara Ryan

GEO Secretariat Director
Group on Earth Observations
Barbara J. Ryan is Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) located in Geneva, Switzerland. She is responsible for coordinating the activities of 105 Member States and 115 Participating Organizations who are integrating Earth observations in nine important areas, including agriculture, climate, energy, disasters and water.

Under her leadership, at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Landsat data policy was changed to release all data over the internet at no charge -- an action that has resulted in the global release of more than 42 million Landsat scenes to date.

She holds a Bachelor´s degree in Geology, State University of New York at Cortland, a Master´s degree in Geography, the University of Denver, and a Master´s degree in Civil Engineering, Stanford University. She was recently awarded on honorary Doctor of science degree from the State University of New York at Cortland.

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Robert-Jan Smits

Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
European Commission
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Carrie Stokes

Chief Geographer & GeoCenter Director
US Global Development Lab, USAID

25 October

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Philip Thigo

Senior Advisor on Data and Innovation
Office of the Deputy President, Kenya
Philip Thigo is a Technology & governance expert. He doubles is the Senior Advisor on Data and Innovation at the Office of the Deputy President and Advisor on Data and Communication for the Cabinet Secretary - Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Government of Kenya.

He has previously held executive positions, notably Infonet Africa and Foundation El Taller with experience spanning across Asia, Africa, Arab World and Latin America. Over the years, he has co-created unique technology driven initiatives such as Apps4Africa together with the US State Department, Uchaguzi to monitor Election, Budget Tracking Tool for citizen engagement, Sauti Yetu (Huduma) on public service delivery monitoring and The State House Summit where high level government officials engage with citizens through online media.

Mr. Thigo has also supported the African Union Commission, Bureau of the Chairperson & the African Governance Architecture (AGA) where he co-created the digital engagement of #DGTRENDS.

He currently serves as the Point of Contact for Open Government Partnership (OGP) and co-lead the coordinating mechanism of the newly formed African Intergovernmental Network on Agriculture and Nutrition Data.

He was honored at the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Achievement as Delegate.
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Stephen Volz

Assistant Administrator for Satellite & Information Services
NOAA
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Kenji Wakamatsu

Director EO Business
NTT Data
Kenji Wakamatsu is Director of NTT DATA’s Earth observation business, based in Tokyo, Japan. He has participated in numerous projects related not only to remote sensing but also to GIS and sensor networks, using these tools for disaster management, asset management and more. Mr. Wakamatsu is also experienced working with ODA projects, including the Indonesian National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).

Mr. Wakamatsu previously worked for the Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center in Tokyo, where he was charged with developing ground stations and specialized in matching IT services with user requirements. He holds a Master’s degree in image analysis in University of Tokyo in Japan.

In his career, he worked for Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center in Tokyo. He was in charge of developing ground station including a user segment to make intelligence products. He specialized in meeting IT services to user requirements. He holds a Master’s degree in image analysis in University of Tokyo in Japan.

25 October

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Iain Williams

Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser
UK Defra
Iain Williams is the Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser at the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Since August 2017, Iain leads Defra’s governance of science and research including scientific capabilities, leading partnerships with other research funders domestically and internationally, independent scientific advice, science strategy and quality, and the use of emerging and disruptive technologies and methods – including the use of, and policy for, Earth observation.

Prior to this post, Iain was the UK’s Home Office Science and Technology Counsellor in the US, based jointly in the British Embassy in Washington DC and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Iain developed and led science and technology collaborations between the UK and US governments in all areas relating to counter terrorism, serious and organised crime, border security and policing. Iain has held numerous other scientific posts in government. Iain was Chief of Staff to the Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser and held a number of positions earlier in his career in Defra in research programme management and as Head of Science Quality.

Iain’s research background is in entomology, epidemiology and population dynamics, having held research posts at Imperial College, London and the University of East Anglia.

26 October

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Brad Wooldridge

Farmer
Australia
Brad and Tracy Wooldridge are mixed farmers in Western Australia, running a 2600 head composite sheep flock and cropping barley, lupins, canola and oats.

In 2000 the Wooldridges began using Landgate’s satellite remote sensing to measure pasture growth and production, and developed their own systems analysis with management and benchmarking of productivity through analysis of remote sensing imagery data.

In a region with variable rainfall, they use Landgate’s software to quantify seasonal variation, allowing pasture performance predictions and the varying of stocking rate to match the seasons predicted potential carrying capacity. An analysis of total system pasture feed requirements led to using this technology to purchase another farm to complement the farming system’s feed requirement.

The Wooldridges are currently working with Meat and Livestock Australia and the University of New England, Armidale, to calibrate an app that converts handheld Normalized Difference Vegetation Index into pasture biomass for real time feed budgeting.

Brad Wooldridge is co-chair of the Western Australian Rabobank client council, and Deputy Chief Fire control Officer for the local Shire. Since 2000, Brad has presented at many locations on the use of remote sensing.

25 October

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Eli Yewdall

Senior Program Officer
ICLEI
Eli Yewdall is a Senior Program Officer developing resources to help local governments measure, manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Eli supports ongoing development of ICLEI’s protocols, tools, and guidance and training materials in the areas of greenhouse gas inventories, forecasting, and climate action planning. Eli also leads ICLEI’s work engaging local governments in the development process for improved building energy codes.

Before joining ICLEI, Eli worked for two years as a full-time volunteer with St Joseph’s House of Hospitality in Rochester, NY to provide meals and shelter to and advocate on behalf of homeless individuals. Eli has also produced educational materials on climate change for the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative. Eli has a Masters in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS from Gonzaga University.

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Lockheed Martin

Platinum
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
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Esri

Platinum
Esri applies The Science of Where to unlock data’s full potential in every organization. We continue to pioneer real-world problem solving using geographic information systems (GIS). Using this powerful platform to reveal deeper insights in their data, Esri users are creating the maps that run the world.
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Raytheon

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Harris

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About Harris Corporation
Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports government and commercial customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately $6 billion in annual revenue. The company is organized into three business segments: Communication Systems, Electronic Systems and Space and Intelligence Systems. Learn more at harris.com.
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American Meteorological Society

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Founded in 1919, AMS is the leading voice in promoting and advancing the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. AMS is a non-profit scientific and professional organization committed to supporting and strengthening the weather, water, and climate community to ensure society fully benefits from scientific education, research, and understanding.

Headquartered in Boston, with an office in Washington DC, AMS has more than 13,000 members, including researchers, scientists, broadcasters, educators, and other professionals, as well as students and weather enthusiasts. AMS publishes books, textbooks, and monographs as well as more than 2,200 articles annually across 11 peer-reviewed scientific journals. AMS set the standard for broadcast meteorologist certification in 1957, and today more than 1,500 broadcasters and consultants are AMS certified. Each year, AMS holds 8 to 12 specialty meetings and an Annual Meeting that draws more than 4,000 attendees. AMS helps inform policy makers of the latest scientific understanding and high-impact research, and promotes Earth Science literacy through initiatives for K–12 teachers and undergraduate institutions across the country.
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ICRSE in support of ISRSE

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The first International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE) was held in 1962 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, making it the oldest continuing remote sensing symposium in the world. The first symposium was organized by the Willow Run Laboratories of the University of Michigan (later the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan [ERIM]). The non-profit International Center for Remote Sensing of Environment (ICRSE) was created in 1995 with the primary mission of ensuring the continuity of ISRSE. The symposium is sanctioned by the Intent with the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS). The 38th ISRSE will be held in 2019 in North America, sponsored by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
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Resources for the Future

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Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent, nonpartisan organization that conducts rigorous economic research and analysis to help leaders make better decisions and craft smarter policies about natural resources and the environment.

RFF was the first think tank devoted exclusively to natural resource and environmental issues and helped create the field of environmental and natural resource economics. Since 1952, it has provided decisionmakers with the tools to improve the way policy choices are made, strengthening both the environment and the economy. Although RFF is located in Washington, DC, its research scope comprises programs in nations around the world.
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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

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The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research harnesses the capabilities of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and 100+ member colleges and universities to catalyze research, education, and advanced technology development in Earth system science.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research produces advances across a wide range of weather, water, climate, and geospace science, from basic research to applications and operational tools. We focus on better prediction of the Earth system and discover new ways to reduce risks and leverage opportunities. Universities, labs, and private enterprise collaborate with us and rely on our resources to carry out vital research, train the nation's scientific workforce, and develop new applications that protect lives, livelihoods, and national security.

UCAR Community Programs extend the reach of NCAR science with innovative programs to support education and research. We develop award-winning internship programs and educational opportunities, provide leading-edge training to new and experienced professionals, bring real-time data and analysis tools into university classrooms and research labs, manage and staff complex scientific projects, and
support satellite-based observations of atmospheric and related phenomena.

A nonprofit consortium, UCAR manages NCAR on behalf of the National Science Foundation and the UCAR community. Come partner with us!

Stop by booth #223 to see our 3D-Printed Weather Station, discuss your interests, and discover what we can do together, or visit www.ucar.edu.

A nonprofit 401(c)(3), UCAR manages NCAR on behalf of the National Science Foundation and the UCAR community.
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Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies

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Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (SGT) works with USGS, NASA, and NOAA to support diverse uses of environmental satellite data, providing timely, reliable, and actionable scientific information to help the Nation make smart decisions that may improve the future of society, the economy, and the environment. SGT provides USGS’ EROS Center support to enable Landsat data to be used for regular land cover change assessments, crop predictions, agricultural economic statistics, and famine relief efforts. Weather-related short-range warning and “now-casting” from GOES, and longer-range weather forecasting and climate research using S-NPP, POES, and ICESat are additional examples of how SGT supports the use of environmental satellite data to develop products and information that help the communities become more resilient to changes in the environment. SGT’s analyses and prototypes of data systems and retrieval tools for Landsat, ICESat, and EOS enable better risk-informed weather and climate decision-making.
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Vencore

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Vencore is a proven provider of information solutions, engineering and analytics for the U.S. Government. With more than 40 years of experience working in the defense, civilian and intelligence communities, Vencore and its transformational applied research organization, Vencore Labs, design, develop and deliver high impact, mission-critical services and solutions to overcome its customers most complex problems. Vencore has 3,750 employees and is based in Chantilly, Va. For more information about Vencore and Vencore Labs, visit www.vencore.com and www.vencorelabs.com.
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Paul G. Allen Philanthropies

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Paul G. Allen Philanthropies is a key part of Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen's network of organizations and initiatives that work to be catalysts for positive change around the world. Empowered by Paul's vision to help create a better world, we take an unconventional approach to tackling some of our planet’s hardest problems and integrate technology, data, policy and partnerships, and storytelling to drive change. Other key parts of Paul’s network that work for catalytic philanthropy, inspirational experiences, and scientific and technological breakthroughs include: Vulcan Inc.; The Allen Institute; Vulcan Arts + Entertainment; The Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers; and Stratolaunch Systems. For more information, visit www.paulallen.com.
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I.M. Systems Group

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With the best technologies and people power at our fingertips, IMSG has both the skills and resources to tackle any environmental data challenge, large or small, and has a proven history of offering precise, comprehensive solutions to our clients. Whether it’s developing remote sensing algorithms for the U.S. National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, to conducting a feasibility-study and plan for the development of modern meteorological services for countries worldwide, IMSG offers the full package – the best science, the best engineering, and the best management skills to provide answers in an uncertain time.
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General Dynamics Mission Systems

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General Dynamics Mission Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics, the global aerospace and defense company. We are a leading provider of mission critical C4ISR systems across the land, sea, air, space and cyber domains. We have an established global presence in secure communications and networking, command and control systems, imagery sensors and cyber.
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Aerospace Corporation

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Innovative solutions require highly creative, resourceful, and motivated employees. At The Aerospace Corporation, we consider a challenging, respectful, and rewarding work environment an essential part of maintaining a workforce encompassing the best and brightest talent in our industry.

Aerospace employs approximately 3,500 people, 70 percent of whom are technical specialists. Among our technical staff, 70 percent hold advanced degrees, with over 700 of them holding a Ph.D. The specialties represented by our technical staff run the full range of scientific and technical disciplines necessary for the planning, acquisition, and development of space and ground support systems. These disciplines include:
  • Aeronautical and mechanical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Civil, chemical, and general engineering
  • Computer science
  • Other engineering/science specialties

Our experience and knowledge span all facets of space systems, including systems engineering, testing, analysis, and development; acquisition support, launch readiness and certification; anomaly resolution; and the application of new technologies for existing and next-generation space systems. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists and engineers in the world.
Aerospace employees are creative, motivated, dedicated, and empowered to ensure the highest levels of individual and organizational performance. Our diverse team of committed employees takes great pride in delivering technical leadership and innovative solutions on programs of national importance.
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Conservation International

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For nearly 30 years, Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all.


We know that human beings are totally dependent on nature — and that by saving nature, we’re saving ourselves. To that end, CI is helping to build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.


We do this through science, policy, and partnerships with countries, communities and companies. We employ more than 1,000 people and work with more than 2,000 partners in 30 countries. Over the years, CI has helped support 1,200 protected areas and interventions across 77 countries, safeguarding more than 601 million hectares of land, marine and coastal areas.

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Orbital ATK

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Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group is one of the world’s preeminent satellite builders and advanced space systems providers, offering a broad portfolio of products for commercial, military, scientific and international customers. The group designs, manufactures and operates small- to medium-class satellites for communications, remote sensing, science and national security space applications. Orbital ATK is also a market-leading supplier of space components that power and enable satellites of all classes, and is pioneering innovative in-orbit satellite servicing technologies. It is also a premier provider of space-related engineering services to government agencies and laboratories.
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FM Global

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Established nearly 200 years ago, FM Global is a mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management and the resilience of its client-owners. These owners, who share the belief that the majority of property loss is preventable, represent many of the world’s largest organizations, including one of every three Fortune 1000 companies. They work with FM Global to better understand the hazards that can impact their business continuity in order to make cost-effective risk management decisions, combining property loss prevention with insurance protection.
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Global Science & Technology, Inc. (GST)

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Global Science & Technology, Inc. (GST) is a high-technology engineering services firm specializing in the development of information system technologies, satellite data receiving systems, software engineering, scientific research, and science and technology-related administration and management. GST's primary enterprise is providing effective solutions for acquiring, managing, and processing science data and information. Associated work includes managing activities related to technology transfer and administering data systems to ensure the effective management of data. GST has provided excellent high-technology science support to NASA and NOAA for over 26 years. GST has 225 employees, a majority of who are scientists, engineers, and programmers.

GST operates and maintains a highly effective quality management system that complies with the requirements of ISO 9000:2008 for the following scope of registration: Provision of scientific and engineering services, including hardware development; information technologies, including the definition, design, development, and implementation of software; and technical services.

Our commercial services include consulting services supporting geospatial interoperability and the development, integration, and implementation of geospatial standards; a Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) direct readout system, DirectMet® that receives and processes data from GOES instruments; and a WAFS- METLAB2 meteorological workstation that aids in the production of weather forecasts.
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L Squared

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L Squared, LLC is an information security consulting firm that works with a wide variety of clients across departments and agencies within the US Federal Government. We work with our clients to understand their needs in order to protect their information and IT resources against internal and external threats. Our core business focuses on delivering dedicated customer service, domain expertise, and proven information assurance services and solutions. We also support our clients’ efforts with cloud consulting and big data solutions. We remain objective and platform neutral so we can focus on your mission, not specific vendors, to best balance risk and operational needs in order to deliver the best possible service.
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SSAI

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Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) is a customer-centered and employee-focused science and technology company. We are a leading provider of scientific research and development, engineering, and information analytics services across the range of Earth and space science disciplines. SSAI is consistently recognized for technical excellence and quality management. The activities of our highly qualified science, engineering, and information technology (IT) staff range from cosmological studies to learning more about the birth of the universe to examining anthropogenic changes in Earth systems. We have scientists in the field supporting research operations around the world, and engineers in laboratories building and preparing the next generation of space-based instruments. Our researchers publish hundreds of peer-reviewed papers each year. Our IT staff specializes in computing, systems administration, and network security. SSAI creates and implements data systems and applications to manage, archive, and distribute critical data. We also have educational specialists and communications experts who are dedicated to sharing scientific advances with the public and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. Our administrative analysts manage the logistics that enable successful science discoveries. Despite our diverse skillsets and backgrounds, one theme unites us all—a genuine passion for science and engineering!
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Secure World Foundation

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Secure World Foundation (SWF) is a private operating foundation dedicated to the secure and sustainable use of space for the benefit of Earth and all its peoples. SWF works with governments, industry, international organizations, and civil society to develop and promote ideas and actions for international collaboration that achieve the secure, sustainable, and peaceful uses of outer space.

Space, and the many benefits it can deliver, is increasingly essential to life on Earth. Space-based capabilities enable Earth observation, telecommunications, navigation, scientific exploration, and economic development. Addressing the threats to space sustainability now means we can prevent destabilizing trends from becoming norms, and ensure that outer space is usable for all.

At this point, just half a century into the Space Age, Secure World Foundation believes it has a unique opportunity to play a role in establishing the secure and sustainable use of the space domain. Central to this opportunity is increasing the knowledge about threats to the space environment, promoting international cooperation and dialogue, and establishing the national and international policies, laws, and institutional structures necessary to maintain it.

Secure World Foundation engages with the space community and other relevant stakeholders to support steps that encourage the long-term sustainability of outer space and the effective use of space to benefit humanity.
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Marine Technology Society

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MTS is where great science, partnerships and results happen. By bringing together ocean engineers and scientists MTS is a leading force in the Blue Economy. Promoting awareness, understanding, and the application of marine technology we are the innovation driver for our members, industry and government. Join us where Opportunity Runs Deep!
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ASRC Federal Holding Company

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ASRC Federal companies deliver engineering, information technology, infrastructure support, professional and technical services and solutions to U.S. civil, intelligence and defense agencies. We focus on providing reliable, cost-efficient services that help government customers achieve mission success. Our companies employ over 6,000 skilled professionals who embrace our customer-focused, operationally excellent philosophy and bring a “can-do” attitude to resolve complex challenges and find ways to adapt to changing environments.

As an Alaska Native Corporation representing the population on the north slope of Alaska, we recognize the critical need for understanding our planet and its ever changing weather, climate and features. As a result, supporting Earth Observing platforms and systems has been at the core of our business for decades; and our companies and professionals bring extensive experience across the full satellite system lifecycle. From requirements to launch and operations to data acquisition and distribution, we continue to support numerous remote sensing and satellite programs including GOES, POES, DMSP, JPSS, Jason, DSCOVR, Landsat, EOS, DMC, GRACE, IKONOS and GeoEye. We collaborate with our agency customers and commercial partners to ensure that we are building on the systems, observations, and environmental intelligence platforms of the past to be ready for the technologies of the future.

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Ball Aerospace

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Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. For more information, visit www.ball.com/aerospace.
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Science and Technology Corporation (STC)

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Science and Technology Corporation (STC) is an innovative, private company founded in 1979. Our highly qualified staff provides scientific and technical support services to the U.S.Government (NASA, NOAA, DoD and other agencies), industry, and international organizations at 20 locations across the United States.

STC is a leader in numerous aspects of atmospheric sciences and related remote sensing research, including meteorological satellite data processing and analysis, Small satellite design, development and fabrication, modeling and analysis of clouds, aerosols, ozone, and atmospheric gases.

In addition, we have a distinguished record of providing superb management support for Earth observation science program activities. Current/recent atmospheric science support activities include, NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS), National Weather Service (NWS), Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology (OFCM), and International Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) Project Office.

Beyond our strength in atmospheric sciences, STC has several other scientific and technical capabilities of excellence, to include, multidisciplinary scientific software development, to include High-Performance Computing (HPC), Instrument systems design, development, fabrication, implementation, and calibration for ground, satellite, airborne, and ship platforms, Computational Fluid/Structural Dynamics (CFD/CSD) modeling for advanced rotorcraft and NASA spacecraft, electronic, mechanical, composite, and machining fabrication of NASA flight-certified and ground support equipment and test articles.
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Earth Science Information Partners

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Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is an open, networked community that brings together science, data and information technology practitioners.

Participation in ESIP is beneficial because it provides an intellectual commons to expose, gather and enhance in-house capabilities in support of an organization’s own mandate.

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Carr Astro

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Narayan Strategy

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YogiTea

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Yogi has been creating deliciously purposeful teas since 1984. Based on a combination of proven knowledge of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western herbalism, the Yogi collection combines over 100 exotic spices and botanicals from around the globe to create 60 varieties of herbal, green and black teas rich in both flavor and healthful purpose. All Yogi teas are made with organic ingredients, most of which are certified organic.

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AmericaView

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AmericaView (AV) is a nationwide consortium of university members represented by remote sensing scientists and educators. They advocate Earth observation. data analysis, and problem solving, using Landsat and other remotely-sensed satellite and aerial data, through applied remote-sensing research, K-12 and higher STEM education, workforce development, and technology transfer. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2003, 39 'StateViews' currently participate in the AmericaView network. Visit www.AmericaView.org. for more information.
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Integrated Systems Solutions

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Integrated Systems Solutions (ISS) is a certified Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) possessing an ISO 9001:2008 quality management certification. The ISS program management and service delivery methodologies have also been successfully appraised at Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) - Services Maturity Level II.

Our Program Managers (PM) are Professional Management Institute (PMI) Program Management Professional (PMP) certified. ISS has extensive experience providing program management and professional services to a variety of government agencies to include scientific and engineering support services, grants administration, management support, legislative analysis and compliance support, strategic planning advisory support, writing and media communications support as well as data and scientific analyses services.
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Syneren Technologies

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Syneren is an award winning, CMMI Level 3 certified, high quality provider of technology solutions for the government as well as commercial sectors. Founded in 2003, we have been broadening our services to cover an array of disciplines, including Hardware and Systems Engineering, Software Development and Testing, IT Systems Support, Cyber Security, Independent Testing and Evaluation and Program Support. Notably our innovative and effective solutions are delivered consistently by a highly qualified staff and management team. Syneren is committed to providing exceptional solutions that meet the client mission needs and personalized service.
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Consortium for Ocean Leadership

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The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that represents the leading ocean science and technology institutions — public and private, academia, aquaria, and industry. Our mission is to shape the future of ocean science and technology. In addition to our advocacy role as the voice of the ocean research and technology community, COL manages a variety of community-wide research and education programs in areas of ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships.
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Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)

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The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) is a center within the Earth Institute at Columbia University. CIESIN works at the intersection of the social, natural, and information sciences, and specializes in on-line data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.
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ENVRI

The ENVRI community is a community of Environmental Research Infrastructures, projects, networks and other diverse stakeholders interested in environmental research infrastructure matters. The community also includes e-infrastructures supporting the Research Infrastructures in data solutions.

Although very diverse, all the Research Infrastructures share the same challenges, both in their constructions and operations. The ENVRI community thus encourages a joint work to develop the synergies, to learn from each other, to harmonize the Research Infrastructure landscape, products and to share the best practices. Current community brings together 26 Research Infrastructures, which are organized in four Earth system domains, five of them being of a multi-domain character.

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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

UCAR harnesses the capabilities of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and 100+ member colleges and universities to catalyze research, education, and advanced technology development in Earth system science, from weather to water, climate and geospace. Our Community Programs (UCP) extend the reach and impact of our science.
As a voice for our member community, UCAR provides nonpartisan information and advocates for the intrinsic societal value of geoscience.
Inspired by the mission of service to society, we foster public, private, and academic partnerships that smooth the path from discovery and innovation to processes, products, and services with an impact on everyday life.
Stop by booth #223 to see our 3D-Printed Weather Station, discuss your interests, and discover what we can do together, or visit www.ucar.edu.

A nonprofit 401(c)(3), UCAR manages NCAR on behalf of the National Science Foundation and the UCAR community.
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FM Global

Established nearly 200 years ago, FM Global is a mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management and the resilience of its client-owners. These owners, who share the belief that the majority of property loss is preventable, represent many of the world’s largest organizations, including one of every three Fortune 1000 companies. They work with FM Global to better understand the hazards that can impact their business continuity in order to make cost-effective risk management decisions, combining property loss prevention with insurance protection.
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GEOGLOWS

This Initiative consolidates the positive elements of the water activities in the first phase of GEO and ensures that strong coordination and commitment is in place for links between data, information, knowledge, and applications and policy. There are many contributions being made to these goals by various GEO Member countries but these contributions are unlikely to be included in planning or in synthesis or to be linked with policy at the global scale unless they are part of a larger framework for coordinating water within and beyond GEO. Thus, when mature, GEOGLOWS could provide a coordination framework for all water initiatives under the GEO programme.

This Initiative is intended to facilitate the use of Earth observation assets to contribute to mitigating water shortages, excesses and degraded quality arising from population growth, climate change and industrial development. The Initiative is relevant to GEO Strategic Objectives and follows the model of GEO projects. It will achieve its objectives by facilitating collaborations, enabling projects, and encouraging conversations that will strengthen these programmes, increasing awareness of related activities, and promoting the leverage of existing or planned activities.

The Initiative will develop knowledge based on an analysis of Essential Water Variables (EWVs) and use the knowledge to inform applications related to minimizing Basin and Regional Risk, policies related to enhancing global water sustainability and capacity building through regional programs and alliances such as AmeriGEOSS. To achieve this objective it strives to enhance observational programs, innovate on ways to make more effective use of data, adhere to GEO principles of good data management, and implement the policy of free and open data exchange.
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European Commission

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China GEO

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AmeriGEOSS/GEONETCast Americas

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Japan GEO

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CEOS

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ESIP and OGC

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Global Geodetic Observing System

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Icebreaker

GEO4IMPACT: GEO Week 2017 icebreaker & networking evening

07:00 PM 10:00 PM Development Seed

Join the Open Data and Earth Observations communities for a GEO Week 2017 icebreaker & networking evening that will explore the impact of Open EO Data on global development challenges. Event will be hosted at the Development Seed offices in Washington, D.C. (122 Blagden Alley, Northwest (Second Floor), Washington D.C. 20001)

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Open Data Cube: An Open Source Digital Earth Architecture for Sustainable Development - Introduction and Demonstration

08:00 AM 09:30 AM Continental A

Introduce and discuss the objectives of the new ODC, who are the partners, how does ODC relate to the CEOS Data Cube (CDC), how do others become part of the ODC and contribute, how CEOS is working with countries and our plans to impact 20 countries by 2020, how to install the ODC infrastructure / prepare data / create cubes / run applications, how Data Cubes can address the UN-SDGs, and lessons learned.

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The role of Research and Innovation in the EuroGEOSS regional initiative

08:00 AM 10:30 AM Continental C

Europe needs a coordinated and comprehensive EO data exploitation initiative within the larger GEOSS landscape. To achieve that, the main action should be to increasing the coordination and pacification among the big European data producers in Europe and to ensure operalization of product delivery. But this cannot be only achieved by good will in the different actors but also by eliminating the current technical barriers that hampers this collaboration. This session will review the recent research and innovation achievements that have contributed to GEOSS (e.g. European Project results) and will discuss about some of the remaining issues that require further effort. Concrete bullet points to discuss are how to engage national in-situ Earth observation in an European Network of EO, the progress towards an integrated view for EO research infrastructures, the contribution of citizen science initiatives and the implementation of the standards contributing to the developing of the data management principles across Europe. The outcomes of this discussion will be input for the European GEO caucus.

This session will be inspired by three videos of 10 minutes. After each video, there will be a 20 minutes discussion on the Role of the European research in the European contribution to GEOSS.

Block 1: Combined use of Crossdisciplinary datasets to showcase the power of GEOSS

  • Video title: Mapping the world’s most precious resource. Global  Surface Water.
  • Video author: Alan Belward | TEDxVarese
  • URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqyKXUMPHg8.
  • Video description: Alan Belward, an earth observation scientist at the Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, explains, this is because water is a resource that changes and human activity affects this change, with the construction of dams, but also with climate change. Thanks to the Copernicus Programme, the European Commission, in collaboration with Google, has mapped surface water since 1984, creating a database of open source data, with the aim of providing the necessary tools for making policy choices that are not only based on facts. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

 

Block 2: Knowledge extraction from GEOSS data to showcase the information made available for policy

  • Video title: The joy of Stats
  • Video author: Hans Rosling | BBC documentary
  • Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlOSCzvQ0fA
  • Video description: Documentary which takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride through the wonderful world of *statistics* to explore the remarkable power they have to change our understanding of the world, presented by superstar boffin Professor Hans Rosling, whose eye-opening, mind-expanding and funny online lectures have made him an international internet legend. Go directly to minute 28 to see the 200 years of history of 200 countries in 10 minutes.

 

Block 3: Status and improve of open data and data management policies and principles in the European data providers infrastructures

  • Video title: Education of a Scientist
  • Video authors: Karen Hanson, Alisa Surkis and Karen Yacobucci | NYU Health Sciences Library
  • Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2zK3sAtr-4
  • Video description: A data management horror story by Karen Hanson, Alisa Surkis and Karen Yacobucci. This is what shouldn't happen when a researcher makes a data sharing request! Topics include storage, documentation, and file formats.
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GEOGLOWS and the harmonization of GEO Water Activities

08:00 AM 01:00 PM Meridian C

Purpose of the Event

  • Inform one another about current activities, plans and future directions.
  • Identifying where there are synergies and where the various objectives of GEOGLOWS, AquaWatch, and Freshwater BON can help each other
  • Providing a platform to look at how GEO’s work on Water Sustainability is linked with the GEO work on wetlands and biodiversity
  • Identify a common strategy to improve earth observations and data sharing in support of the conservation of freshwater ecosystems and sustainable management of water resources.

Who Should Attend

  • Contributors to GEOGLOWS, GEO BON, GEOGLAM, Initiatives and Community Activities related to water, including, AquaWatch, GEO Wetlands, and the Freshwater BON.
  • Members of the Integrated Global Water Cycle Observations (IGWCO) Community of Practice.
  • Representatives from regional GEO Initiatives–including AfriGEOSS, AmeriGEOSS and Asia-Oceania GEOSS–who have familiarity or interest in water issues.
  • Participants from organizations not currently involved with GEO who have an interest in collaborating with us.
  • Managers of observational programmes that include the in-situ and satellite measurements of hydrological variables.

Topics to be Addressed (preliminary, subject to change)

  • Coordination opportunities among GEO water initiatives and activities and GEOGLOWS
  • Clarification of the Essential Water Variables (EWV) and their role in water management
  • Integration of data from multiple sources into reliable information products
  • Identifying actions needed to advance the GEOSS Water Strategy
  • Contributions to monitoring water-related SDGs
  • Support to other related initiatives, such as the Sustainable Water Future Programme and how those initiatives can support GEO’s objectives
  • Review of the needs for and potential contributions of IGWCO CoP during the next year or two, including a discussion on urban water systems.

Structure of the Event

  • The workshop will be divided into two sessions: a 5-hour session on October 23, followed by a 2-hour session on October 24.
  • The first day will start with a series of presentations from each of the key participating organizations. There will be opportunity for questions at the end of each presentation.
  • The second half of the first day will then break into groups using a World Café format to discuss specific topics chosen by the group.
  • On the second day of the workshop, the organizers will present a set of recommendations based on the results of the World Café discussions. All participants will have the opportunity to share their views and shape the recommendations that will form the results of the workshop.

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China GEOSS Deliverables

08:30 AM 09:50 AM Meridian B

The side event of China GEOSS deliverables will introduce the achievements from China on the Earth Observations. The audiences are engaged to discuss the following three items:

China's Plan for Implementing GEOSS 2016-2025

This subject will show the participation of China in the GEO Strategic Plan 2016- 2025: Implementing GEOSS. China has combined the national GEOSS action plan with the eight social benefit areas of GEO, especially the China's plan will contribute to the three policy priorities of GEO.

Global Ecosystems and Environment Observation Analysis Research Cooperation (GEOARC)

The background, achievements and significance of the global ecosystems and environment observation analysis research cooperation will be introduced. Four academic reports will be presented:

  1. Introduction of GEOARC
  2. "The Belt and Road Initiative" Ecological and Environmental Conditions
  3. The 30m Global Land Cover Dataset
  4. The Impacts of Global Natural Disasters on Vegetation

National GEOSS Data Sharing Platform of China

The compatible mechanism, infrastructure construction, data sharing policy of the national GEOSS data sharing platform of China will be introduced. Furthermore, the EO data from China will be shared with the world.

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Global Wildfire Information System: GEO's international coordination of wildfire EO information, in partnership with GOFC/GOLD

08:30 AM 12:30 PM Meridian D/E

 

The Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS) is a joint initiative of GEO and the European Commission Copernicus Program, developed in collaboration with the GOFC/GOLD Fire Team.  GWIS aims at providing a unique platform for international cooperation in the area of wildfires, bringing together existing information sources at regional and national level in order to have a comprehensive view and evaluation of fire regimes and fire effects at global level.    GWIS partners from organizations such as Univ. of Maryland, USGS, NASA and NOAA will present their activities as contributions to GWIS. Additionally, new projects and initiatives funded under the NASA GEO Roses call will be presented and discussed. The side event welcomes participants from other sister initiatives in GEO interested in the areas of disasters, sustainable development, data sharing, inter-operability, etc. to discuss collaborations for future developments.   Short presentations from participants are welcome if time allows for it.

Final Agenda:

  • 8.30 - 8.45 Welcome and Introduction
  • 8.45 - 9.00 The GWIS/GOFC GOLD-Fire Partnership - Chris Justice (UMD/GOFC)
  • 9.00 - 9.20 Overview of the GWIS System and Contribution to GEO activities – Jesus San Miguel Ayanz (EC JRC, GOFC GOLD Fire CoChair)
  • 9.20 - 9.40 Overview of Global Fire Sensing Systems and Products - Louis Giglio (UMD, GOFC)
  • 9.40 - 10.00 Overview of NOAA Fire Activities - Ivan Csiszar (NOAA, GOFC)
  • 10.00 - 10.20 Overview of USFS Earth Observation Activities - Everett Hinkley (USFS, GOFC)
  • 10.20 - 10.50 Coffee Break
  • 10.50 - 11.10 Monitoring Fire Behavior using EO - Wilfrid Schroeder (UMD, GOFC)
  • 11.10 - 11.30 NASA Fire Program and New NASA GEO Contributions - Vince Ambrosia (NASA)
  • 11.30 - 11.45 NASA GEO GWIS project “Using the NASA polar orbiting fire product record to enhance and expand GWIS” – Luigi Boschetti (Univ. Idaho, GOFC)
  • 11.45 - 12.00 NASA GEO GWIS Project - “Enhancements to the Global Wildfire Fire Information System: Fire Danger Rating and Applications in Indonesia” - Robert Field (NASA & Univ. Columbia) presented by V. Ambrosia
  • 12:00 – 12.15 NASA GEO GWIS Project - "Development of a harmonized multi-sensor global active fire data set” - Wilfrid Schroeder.
  • 12.15 - 12.30 Session Wrap Up - Jesus San Miguel Ayanz/Chris Justice

Contact person:

Jesús San-Miguel-Ayanz, European Commission Joint Research Centre

Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS): http://gwis.jrc.ec.europa.eu & https://www.earthobservations.org/activity.php?id=126

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Best Practices – Data Sharing and Data Management in the GEO Community

09:00 AM 06:00 PM Continental B

Implementation of GEOSS Data Sharing and Data Management Principles is vital to GEO’s success in the new decade. Without open and well-managed EO data, GEO applications for decision making in various areas will not be transparent, scalable and accountable. Special sessions will be organized to look at data sharing and data management at different levels: GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI), GEO Initiatives and Flagships, as well as GEO Members and Participating Organizations. Best practices at all three levels are invited to present at the event. The discuss in this event will focus on scaling up. A call for examples will be publicized at least two months before the event for preparation.

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Demonstrating the Value of Earth Observations: Methods, Practical Applications, and Solutions (closed event)

09:00 AM 04:30 PM Hemisphere B

The use of Earth Observations (EOs) in decision making results in economic impacts to society that may be difficult to quantify.  The goal of this workshop is to identify methods and solutions needed to develop robust and reliable estimates of the value of EOs in decision making to assess and prioritize investments in EO research, development, and operations.

A variety of current methods and approaches for assessing the value of EOs will be considered including broad benefits assessments conducted by surveys, case studies for specific applications, as well as studies that address cost-saving or innovation applications.  A set of five example applications will be examined through derivation of value-chains, focusing on a broad range of risk mitigation issues. Workshop participants will address the effectiveness of value chains in understanding the benefits of EOs in decision making. Participants will also identify the types of information for representative applications needed to assess the economic impacts of EOs in decision making.

Workshop results will be documented in a summary strategic document describing the methods and use of value chains to quantify the societal benefits of EOs and to identify types of information that can be routinely collected to support enhanced and recurrent impact assessments. This will be a contribution to support the increasing interests of GEO in understanding the impacts of Earth observations and information.

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Earth Observation to enhance national capacities for monitoring land degradation and support the achievement of Land Degradation Neutrality

09:30 AM 11:30 AM Hemisphere A

Land degradation has been highlighted as a key development challenge by numerous international bodies, and SDG target 15.3 on Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) has been identified as an accelerator for achieving numerous Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This session will highlight recent developments on indicators and the monitoring of land degradation using Earth observations by a broad range of organizations, including UN agencies, Conservation International (CI), Lund University, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission.

The purpose of this side event is to update the GEO/CEOS representatives on 1) the indicator work being undertaken by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) as the custodian agency for SDG indicator 15.3.1 “Proportion of land that is degraded over total land area”, 2) a decision taken by the UNCCD Conference of the Parties in September 2017 regarding partnerships and collaboration on indicators, and 3) the potential role of GEO and CEOS in helping to establish standards, improve data access and build capacities at the national level for monitoring and reporting.

Organizers: United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and Conservation International;

Contact: Sasha Alexander (salexander@unccd.int) and Alex Zvoleff (azvoleff@conservation.org)

Agenda

09:30  Introductions: Sasha Alexander (UNCCD) and Alex Zvoleff (CI)

10:00  Land Cover and Land Cover Change: Marc Paganini (ESA)

10:15  Discussant: Alex Held (CSIRO)

10:30  Land Productivity: Jorge Enrique Pinzon (NASA)

10:45  Discussants: Mariano Gonzalez-Roglich (CI) and Neil Sims (CSIRO)

11:00  Open Discussion

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From Open Data to Actionable Information

09:45 AM 11:15 AM Continental A

This session will demonstrate real world examples of successful application of the ArcGIS platform to translate open data to actionable information to support decision making and the goals of Group on Earth Observations This platform is employed around the world to support various societal benefit areas and the SDGs.

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Tansat Satellite and Fengyun-4 Meteorological Satellite

10:00 AM 10:55 AM Meridian B

Tansat Satellite

The TanSat is used for detecting the global CO2 distribution, and monitoring the CO2 variation on seasonal time scales. The TanSat mission is funded by China government in order to deal with global climate change. The satellite has been launched on 22 December 2016 and finished the in-orbit-test until now.

In the side event, the satellite status, ground segment capabilities, calibration, retrieval algorithm, and application prospect will be introduced.

Fengyun-4 Meteorological Satellite

The progress of the new geostationary meteorological satellite FengYun-4, which has been launched on 11 December 2016, will be shown in this side event, including the ground segment capabilities, preprocessing (INR and Cal/Val), data processing (L2 and QC) and data service.

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The European Environmental Research Infrastructure Community as sustainable in-situ contribution to EuroGEOSS

11:00 AM 12:30 PM Continental C

The European Environmental Research Infrastructure (ENVRI) community wishes to send a strong signal to the Earth Observation community, that it is committed to contributing to the challenges laid down in the most recent GEO workplan. There are already established considerable contributions from ENVRI to many GEO Flagships, Initiatives and Community Activities, and it is important to acknowledge and build on that.

The aim is to create a clear awareness on the matching between the European “supply” of data, information and knowledge to the in situ component of GEOSS through ENVRI, and GEO’s “demand” of knowledge for its Flagships, Initiatives and Community Activities. The ENVRI community wishes to acknowledge and underline the importance for Europe to play its role in supplying the necessary data and information. This will allow for GEO to satisfy the demand for these products, and to achieve its mission as stated in the Mexico City Ministerial Summit Declaration during the GEO XII Plenary in 2015 and in the most recent work programme.

Program:

11:00 – 11:15 Welcome and Introduction (Werner Kutsch, ICOS DG and ENVRIplus coordinator)

11:15 – 11:25 The European Commission Perspective (Robert-Jan Smits, DG RTD)

11:25 – 11:35 The GEO Perspective (Barbara Ryan, Director GEO secretariat)

11:35 – 12:15 Case studies (10 min each)

  • ICOS contribution to the GEO-C Initiative (Jouni Heiskanen, ICOS ERIC)
  • GEO BON expectations (Laetitia Navarro, Executive Secretary of GEO BON)
  • eLTER & ILTER contribution to the GEO Ecosystem Initiative (Michael Mirtl, iLTER Chair)
  • EUFAR contributions to GEO BON and the Aquawatch CA (Ils Reusen, VITO)

12:15 – 12:30 Discussion and wrap-up

Follow the discussion on Twitter with a hashtag #ENVRIcomm

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Asia-Oceania Caucus (closed event)

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Meridian B

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GEO in ACTION

11:30 AM 01:00 PM Continental A

GEO in Action will focus to showcase all the various applications built using GCI components such GEO DAB APIs and GCI EO Open data and thus emphasizing on the value of the GCI for Decision making

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Development of Asian-Oceania GEOSS Initiative

12:00 PM 01:30 PM Meridian B

AOGEOSS aims to establish the effective cooperation framework at regional level with broader participation, utilizing the resources and ability of countries in Asia-Oceania region to confront major challenges in the environment and society, such as natural disaster, environmental changes and sustainable development.

The side event will report the progress on the AOGEOSS Initiative and seek the pathway to promote awareness, active participation and user engagement through discussion. The cooperation pattern between different GEO activities will be particular concern in the implementation plan of AOGEOSS. As the outcomes of this side event, AOGEOSS actions in coming years will be input for the Asia-Oceania caucus.

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New US Projects Supporting the GEO Work Programme

01:00 PM 02:00 PM Hemisphere A

In 2017, NASA issued a grant solicitation for proposals focused on nine specific elements in the GEO Work Programme. This event will announce the selections from the solicitation and provide an introduction to each of the projects.The solicitation had a special interest to involve people from outside the U.S. Federal government as a way to expand the organizations contributing to and supporting progress on the GEO Work Programme. The elements span Flagships, Initiatives, and Community Activities. The specific elements are: AmeriGEOSS, GEO BON, EO4EA, GEOVENER, GEOGLOWS, Human Planet, Global Flood Risk Monitoring, EO for Health, and GWIS. In some cases, the projects also address efforts for the Sustainable Development Goals and Sendia Framework.

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Air Quality and Health Side Event

01:00 PM 03:00 PM Meridian D/E

Side event open to all attendees, for purposes of discussing air quality and its health impacts.  Topics include monitoring, small sensors, remote sensing, health effects research, and public information systems

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From Open Data to Actionable Information

01:15 PM 02:45 PM Continental A

This session will demonstrate real world examples of successful application of the ArcGIS platform to translate open data to actionable information to support decision making and the goals of Group on Earth Observations This platform is employed around the world to support various societal benefit areas and the SDGs

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Operationalizing One Health: Observe, Analyze, Communicate

01:30 PM 04:00 PM Meridian C

One Health is an approach for developing and sustaining multi-disciplinary collaborations and partnerships to address complex health issues at the environment, human and animal interface for the early identification, prevention and mitigation of health risks. One Health is critical to effectively addressing complex global challenges holistically, including those in the GEO Societal Benefit Areas. 

As in the GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) framework, One Health emphasizes the interactions of systems – biological, social, and ecosystemic – and the benefits of bridging traditional silos.  International One Health networks can facilitate data and information-sharing and inspire effective solutions to problems that transcend national boundaries. This side event would define and motivate the use of the One Health approach within a GEO Plenary context, to aid decision making by the GEO Member governments and GEO Participating Organizations. It would also contribute to representing the Earth Observation for Health (EO4HEALTH) GEO community activity at the GEO Plenary Meeting.

The Arctic will be used as an illustrative example throughout the session.  The Arctic is a region of the world where One Health has long been recognized in local communities and where international One Health networks are becoming increasingly active.  The progression of the program will be:

Introduce participants to One Health approaches and the use of observations for better public health outcomes – highlighting the three-step cycle of:

  1. observation (including local observer networks and remote observation systems),
  2. expert/knowledge holder analysis, and
  3. communication (including communication with the general public, as well as feedback to the observers – remote or local – themselves) 

Facilitated discussion among participants on how this three-step cycle is applied to events where a One Health approach is needed.  Participants will examine the ways that local observer networks and remote sensing capabilities (e.g., from satellites and weather stations) in the Arctic region could mutually benefit from deeper connectivity and integration with one another.

Facilitated discussion among participants addressing the ways that the Arctic example aligns with the broader GEO endeavor.  Specifically, we will discuss:

  1. the merits and limitations of the three-step cycle (observe, analyze, communicate);
  2. the relevance of the three-step cycle to session participants’ daily work;
  3. applicability of the three-step cycle in areas beyond the Arctic

*The results of this facilitated discussion could be captured in writing for further dissemination, as appropriate

Speakers: Speakers would be drawn from an interagency group that has focused on Arctic One Health under the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council.  The interagency group includes:

  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • U.S. Department of the Interior

Other participating entities may include experts and knowledge holders from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, One Health practitioners, representatives of indigenous groups from Alaska, and representatives from other Arctic nations.

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European Caucus Meeting (closed event)

02:00 PM 04:00 PM Continental C

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GEO Communicators Roundtable

02:00 PM 04:30 PM Meridian B

This Side Event is intended to bring together communicators from across GEO stakeholders to share experiences, ideas, and to form a network in support of our shared communications objectives. The guided discussion will focus on the following topics:

  • Shared communications objectives of the GEO community; 
  • Communicating shared topics of interest, such as disaster risk reduction, the Paris Agreement, and the UN 2030 Agenda; 
  • Collaborative campaigning and promotional opportunities; 
  • Best practices and challenges for Earth observation impact capture and storytelling; and
  • Initiating a GEO communicators network.

Participant profile:

Communications professionals working on behalf of GEO Members and Participating Organizations.

Documents

Hosts:

Maddie West
Communications Manager, Group on Earth Observations
mwest@geosec.org 

Allen Carroll
Program Manager for Storytelling, Esri
ACarroll@esri.com

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Open geo data to achieve food security and sustainable agriculture for SDG 2030

02:30 PM 05:30 PM Hemisphere A

Open Earth observations and open geospatial information are key in supporting and achieving the 2030 agenda for Global Food Security. This GODAN Think tank workshop aims to bring together all stakeholders from public institutions, private sector, and NGO's to discuss ideas and develop partnerships for expanding capacity building to support global food security with open geospatial data and open tools.

Agenda

14:30 - Welcome and Introductions of the panel - Moderated by Suchith Anand (GODAN)

14:40 - GODAN Introduction - Andre Laperriere (GODAN)

14:55 - Background of GODAN Capacity Development - Suchith Anand

15:10 - Presentation from Professor Eyal Ben Dor (Israel)

15:20 - Presentation from Professor Adriano Camps (Spain)

15:30 - Think Tank Format and Questions Introduction - Suchith Anand

15:35 - Open Discussions in Groups

16:00 - Coffee break (continue discussions over coffee)

16:15 - Groups to present discussions summary followed by Q& A

17:00 - Roadmap for taking ideas from ThinkTank forward - Suchith Anand

17:30 - Meeting close

We look forward to welcoming you all.

Please register at https://www.earthobservations.org/geo14.php?t=register

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GEO in ACTION

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Continental A

GEO in Action will focus to showcase all the various applications built using GCI components such GEO DAB APIs and GCI EO Open data and thus emphasizing on the value of the GCI for Decision making

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AmeriGEOSS: National, Regional, and GEO Global Success Stories

03:30 PM 05:30 PM Meridian D/E

The AmeriGEOSS initiative is a framework that seeks to promote collaboration and coordination among the GEO members in the Americas. It regionalizes GEO’s global vision “to realize a future wherein decisions and actions, for the benefit of the region, are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations and information”. The Americas Caucus members (Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the United States, and Uruguay; and observers Guatemala and Bolivia) have recognized the value of working together as one region under GEO to meet National and Regional objectives.

AmeriGEOSS focuses on the four Societal Benefit Areas (SBA’s) selected and prioritized by the Americas Caucus country-members: food security and sustainable agriculture, disaster resilience, water resources management, and biodiversity and ecosystem sustainability. Foundational activities, e.g. data infrastructure and capacity building, are also a focus.

This side event features three panels with experts who will discuss lessons learned in strengthening national, regional, and global engagement and the next steps for the AmeriGEOSS initiative.

15:30 – 16:10  Strengthening national GEO systems and engagement

  • Case Study 1: Colombia
  • Case Study 2: Costa Rica
  • Case Study 3: AmeriGEOSS Week as an incentive for engagement and capacity building
  • Discussion between panelists and participants about lessons learned, next steps

16:10 – 16:50  Strengthening regional engagement

  • GEONetCast-Americas as an incentive to strengthen GEO engagement
  • AmeriGEOSS Community Platform as a way to improve access, discoverability, and use of diverse regional and national data sets
  • Discussion between panelists and participants about lessons learned, next steps

16:50 - 17:30 Strengthening connections to GEO and broader global initiatives

  • Additional outcomes from GEOGLAM AmeriGEOSS Week training
  • Responding to the Sendai Framework for DRR – lessons from the Argentina Summit
  • Discussion between panelists and participants about lessons learned, next steps
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Open Data Cube: An Open Source Digital Earth Architecture for Sustainable Development - Digital Earth Australia (DEA) Implementation

04:30 PM 06:00 PM Continental A

Introduce the new Digital Earth Australia (DEA) initiative and discuss the objectives. Present the DEA as an "implementation" of the ODC including how the DEA plans to use and expand the ODC infrastructure. Discuss current and new applications and the impact of those products for decision-making.

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Launching EuroGEOSS

04:30 PM 06:30 PM Continental C

The European GEO Caucus will hold its Caucus meeting and this will be followed by the launch the EuroGEOSS regional initiative on the occasion of the Plenary meeting in Washington. The initiative will be an application/service oriented framework initiative. The aim is to focus on delivering knowledge for the achievement of the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other GEO engagement priorities in a European context. The side event will be the occasion to present EuroGEOSS. It will include the presentation of concrete European applications/services falling under the scope of EuroGEOSS. It will also be an opportunity to discuss collaboration with other Regional initiatives.

Download programme here!

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User Perspectives on use of GEONETCast

04:30 PM 06:00 PM Meridian C

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GEO in ACTION

08:00 AM 09:30 AM Continental A

GEO in Action will focus to showcase all the various applications built using GCI components such GEO DAB APIs and GCI EO Open data and thus emphasizing on the value of the GCI for Decision making.

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Earth Observations in Support of SDG Implementation and Monitoring in Small Island States and Developing Countries

08:00 AM 11:00 AM Meridian D/E

This event will serve as forum for a discussion between representatives of various Small Island States and developing countries (SIS DC), Participating Organizations (POs) and GEO activities that have an interest in supporting Earth Observation (EO)-related information needs in SIS DC that are associated with the 2030 Agenda. The event will provide an opportunity to pinpoint challenges for EO in these regions and to identify and form partnerships to address these challenges. A particular focus will be on the role of the ocean for the SDGs and the information needs related to the ocean.

During the event, GEO Blue Planet and other relevant GEO groups and POs will present ongoing and proposed projects related to monitoring in SIS DC to facilitate information sharing between the representatives of the SIS DC and the global community. Following the presentations, a panel with SIS DC representatives will discuss the presentations and provide feedback on how these projects could support the efforts to implement and monitor SDGs in the SIS DC. As appropriate, the panel will also give recommendations on developing new projects that would meet the needs of SIS DC.

GEO Blue Planet is proposing to assist with the planning and coordination for the event in close collaboration with other relevant GEO activities, Member States and POs.

Prior to the event, GEO Blue Planet will engage with stakeholders and host several conference calls to prepare the event. Upon completion of the event, a summary description of outcomes will be produced along with a list of potential partner organizations and contacts for the development of collaborative projects related to decision support for the SIS DC community.

Documents: Description and Agenda

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GEOSS, Renewable Energies, research community and commercial sector: GEO Vision for Energy Initiative

08:30 AM 12:00 PM Continental B

In this side event the GEO-VENER initiative will be presented and aimed at exchanging with the stakeholders of the energy domain regarding the benefits of Earth observation for renewable energies.

We expect to received feedbacks on existing GEO VENER activities and plan to provision additional ones in link with stakeholder’s requirements

The goals for the side event are:

  • to promote energy activities within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) (https://www.earthobservations.org),
  • to foster US organizations/companies to participate in the GEO-VENER initiative (https://www.earthobservations.org/activity.php?id=121),
  • to explain the GEO Common Infrastructure and how to contribute to it, and
  • to understand stakeholder's needs and views.

Provisional agenda:

8:30 - 10:00 (The current landscape)

  • Introduction to the Workshop and to GEO VENER (Richard Eckman and Thierry Ranchin))
  • GEO Common Infrastructure (Paola De Salvo)
  • GEO-VENER initiative contribution: webservice-energy.org (Lionel Menard)
  • The Global Atlas for Renewable Energies (Jacinto Estima)

Discussion within the room before the break

10:00-10:30 Coffee break

10:30 – 12:00 (US in GEO-VENER)

  • Introduction: Update status of US activities (Richard Eckman)
  • Making NASA Data Sets Available with GIS-based Web-Applications for Energy (Paul Stackhouse)
  • Beyond the Map - Data and Tools for Renewable Energy Research (Anthony Lopez)
  • Development happens somewhere: pushing geospatial in renewable energy at the World Bank Group (Benjamin P. Stewart)
  • To be confirmed (Scott Sklar)

Discussion within the room and final wrap-up from the conveners

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Earth Observations in Service of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

08:30 AM 12:30 PM Hemisphere A

The Earth Observations in Service of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Side Meeting will provide a platform for sharing experiences and lessons learned in terms of strengthening the means of implementation for sustainable development and achievement of the 2030 Agenda. The meeting will feature techniques for producing reliable, timely, and quality Earth observation and geospatial data and integrating these with national statistics and other data sources to track, monitor, and achieve progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Targets, and Indicators. The Side Meeting will provide real-world, evidence-based examples with a focus on four SDG thematic areas: Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, Goal 14: Life below Water, and Goal 15: Life on Land. Each example will provide the meeting attendees with perspectives on lessons learned in terms of SDG implementation, innovative actions, key policy standards, data and technology challenges, relevant information products and tools, governance mechanisms, and opportunities for cooperation and partnership.

The Side Meeting will kick off the development of four discussion papers around these real-world case studies, which will aim to:

  • Bring together UN custodian agencies, country representatives, international initiatives, development banks, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as other GEO community activities, initiatives, and flagships to share experiences and help identify lessons learned in terms of SDG implementation;
  • Further develop these examples to help carve a roadmap that demonstrates what data is available, how data can be applied to achieving the SDGs, and the associated impacts on all levels of government, civil society, and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Address issues of data access, data sharing, and data interoperability;
  • Produce capacity building material on the integration of statistical and geospatial information in relation to the four SDG thematic areas;
  • Help scale up these approaches to other countries;
  • Address cross-cutting issues including links to other global policy frameworks such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement for Climate Change, strengthening of institutional coordination, and localization of the SDGs.

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GEOGLOWS and the harmonization of GEO Water Activities

08:30 AM 10:00 AM Meridian C

Purpose of the Event

  • Inform one another about current activities, plans and future directions.
  • Identifying where there are synergies and where the various objectives of GEOGLOWS, AquaWatch, and Freshwater BON can help each other
  • Providing a platform to look at how GEO’s work on Water Sustainability is linked with the GEO work on wetlands and biodiversity
  • Identify a common strategy to improve earth observations and data sharing in support of the conservation of freshwater ecosystems and sustainable management of water resources.

Who Should Attend

  • Contributors to GEOGLOWS, GEO BON, GEOGLAM, Initiatives and Community Activities related to water, including, AquaWatch, GEO Wetlands, and the Freshwater BON.
  • Members of the Integrated Global Water Cycle Observations (IGWCO) Community of Practice.
  • Representatives from regional GEO Initiatives–including AfriGEOSS, AmeriGEOSS and Asia-Oceania GEOSS–who have familiarity or interest in water issues.
  • Participants from organizations not currently involved with GEO who have an interest in collaborating with us.
  • Managers of observational programmes that include the in-situ and satellite measurements of hydrological variables.

Topics to be Addressed (preliminary, subject to change)

  • Coordination opportunities among GEO water initiatives and activities and GEOGLOWS
  • Clarification of the Essential Water Variables (EWV) and their role in water management
  • Integration of data from multiple sources into reliable information products
  • Identifying actions needed to advance the GEOSS Water Strategy
  • Contributions to monitoring water-related SDGs
  • Support to other related initiatives, such as the Sustainable Water Future Programme and how those initiatives can support GEO’s objectives
  • Review of the needs for and potential contributions of IGWCO CoP during the next year or two, including a discussion on urban water systems.

Structure of the Event

  • The workshop will be divided into two sessions: a 5-hour session on October 23, followed by a 2-hour session on October 24.
  • The first day will start with a series of presentations from each of the key participating organizations. There will be opportunity for questions at the end of each presentation.
  • The second half of the first day will then break into groups using a World Café format to discuss specific topics chosen by the group.
  • On the second day of the workshop, the organizers will present a set of recommendations based on the results of the World Café discussions. All participants will have the opportunity to share their views and shape the recommendations that will form the results of the workshop.

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Demonstrating the Value of Earth Observations: Methods, Practical Applications, and Solutions (closed event)

09:00 AM 04:00 PM Hemisphere B

The use of Earth Observations (EOs) in decision making results in economic impacts to society that may be difficult to quantify.  The goal of this workshop is to identify methods and solutions needed to develop robust and reliable estimates of the value of EOs in decision making to assess and prioritize investments in EO research, development, and operations.

A variety of current methods and approaches for assessing the value of EOs will be considered including broad benefits assessments conducted by surveys, case studies for specific applications, as well as studies that address cost-saving or innovation applications.  A set of five example applications will be examined through derivation of value-chains, focusing on a broad range of risk mitigation issues. Workshop participants will address the effectiveness of value chains in understanding the benefits of EOs in decision making. Participants will also identify the types of information for representative applications needed to assess the economic impacts of EOs in decision making.

Workshop results will be documented in a summary strategic document describing the methods and use of value chains to quantify the societal benefits of EOs and to identify types of information that can be routinely collected to support enhanced and recurrent impact assessments. This will be a contribution to support the increasing interests of GEO in understanding the impacts of Earth observations and information.

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GEO-C: toward policy relevant global carbon and GHG observations

09:00 AM 11:30 AM Continental C

The GEO Carbon and GHG Initiative (GEO-C) is developing a coordinated system of observations and evaluation of changes in the carbon cycle and greenhouse gas emissions. GEO-C builds on existing initiatives and networks, supports continuity and coherence, facilitates cooperation and interoperability and fills in gaps for a globally coordinated monitoring and analysis system for carbon and GHGs as they relate to human activities and climate change, in support of science and the UNFCCC.

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41st GEO Executive Committee Meeting (closed event)

09:00 AM 04:00 PM Pavilion

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Global Forest Observation Initiative (GFOI): Assisting the development of robust national forest monitoring systems for REDD

09:00 AM 10:30 AM Meridian B

The event will consist of two panel discussions. The frst will provide an overview of the GFOI partnership, examining how the components interact and the contributions of GFOI partners. The second panel will present a clear and practical example of how GFOI works through SilvaCarbon’s contributions to the Capacity Building component. The theme will be mapping, showcasing a specifc country’s progress. GFW will follow with the global view on producing and making deforestation data accessible to all users. Boston University will then provide an example of how to use tools to customize global data to national standards with suffcient accuracy to report.

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From Open Data to Actionable Information

09:40 AM 11:15 AM Continental A

This session will demonstrate real world examples of successful application of the ArcGIS platform to translate open data to actionable information to support decision making and the goals of Group on Earth Observations This platform is employed around the world to support various societal benefit areas and the SDGs.

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Exhibition

10:00 AM 06:00 PM Atrium

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Earth Observation for achieving and monitoring mountain-related SDGs: ECOPOTENTIAL, GEO-GNOME and GEO-ECO

10:30 AM 12:30 PM Meridian C

There has been significant progress in developing Earth Observation (EO) tools. However, progress is still needed for these tools to be used in practical ecosystem management. The EU-funded H2020 project “ECOPOTENTIAL”  works to increase the capacity of protected area managers in Europe and beyond through research as well as developing practical software and training for park staff. Mountains provide essential ecosystem services, such as fresh water and biodiversity which is recognized explicitly in the SDGs. However, monitoring of mountain ecosystems poses particular challenges to EO due to factors like topography, lack of measurement stations and cloud cover, in particular for Remote Sensing from satellites. The event will focus on concrete examples and stories showcasing the results and added value of EO for achieving and monitoring the progress on mountain ecosystems-related SDGs.

The side event will feature best-practice examples from various projects in different mountain ranges, such as ECOPOTENTIAL and its work in protected mountain areas in Europe. The first part of the event will be a presentation of practical examples of EO use in two protected mountain areas in Europe: Sierra Nevada National Park in Spain and Kalkalpen National Park in Austria. The presentation will also focus on the importance of communities of practice, within the context of ongoing GEO initiatives like GEO-GNOME (the Global Network for Observations and Information on Mountain Environments, coordinated by CNR and MRI and GEO ECO (the Ecosystem Initiative), coordinated by CNR, to further EO based ecosystem management in mountain areas worldwide. This will also include building on the European GEO Workshop in Helsinki in June, 2017. The second part of the side-event will be a panel discussion with experts working on various mountain regions worldwide on the use of EO for mountain protection followed by questions from the audience. The side event is expected to make an important contribution to the further work within the  GEO-GNOME and GEO-ECO initiatives and other GEO Activities.

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Open Data Cube: An Open Source Digital Earth Architecture for Sustainable Development - Country Implementations and Experiences

11:30 AM 01:00 PM Continental A

Discuss country-based implementations of the ODC, user experiences, applications and plans for the future. Reports will address implementations and experiences in Colombia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Uganda.

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GEOSS In Situ Earth Observation Resources: the coordination landscape

11:30 AM 12:30 PM Meridian B

Improving coordination of GEOSS In Situ observing systems and networks starts with an understanding of the structures we are trying to build on, from GEO Members and Participating Organizations. A survey of atmospheric, oceanic, and terrestrial observing networks was undertaken, including their scope, governance, and funding against a standard framework. It reveals a complex landscape or coordination efforts, with the greatest need for more unified coordination resources in the terrestrial domain.

The results and main findings of the survey will be reported, and lead to a discussion of common approaches and coordination needs, as well as steps towards a way of reporting to GEO in a common way on the status, opportunities and challenges faced by in situ observing systems and networks.

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Vision for the WMO Global Observing System in 2040

12:30 PM 02:30 PM Continental C

Vision for WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) in 2040

GEO-XIV Side Event

Ronald Reagan Building, Continental C, Tuesday October 24, 12:30 – 14:30

WMO regularly reviews and updates its Vision of future global observing systems to support weather, climate and related environmental applications. Currently, a “Vision for WIGOS in 2040” is in preparation, with the aim of submitting it for approval to the 18th World Meteorological Congress in 2019. The role of the WIGOS Vision is partly to help steer the development of both space-based and surface-based observing systems toward meeting the requirements of the WMO application area, and partly to inform the WMO Members themselves about anticipated developments in user requirements and technical developments.

The document will consist of three Chapters: An introductory providing scope, context and background for the Vision, followed by two chapters outlining the vision for the space-based component and the vision for the surface-based component, respectively.

While some parts of the GEO community have been involved in the initial drafting of the three chapters, a first draft of the entire document will be circulated more broadly within relevant parts of the GEO community during the first half of 2018. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of this “Vision” and the upcoming opportunities to provide comments on it. The side event will include presentations from both providers and users of observations in order to illustrate the different roles such a document can play.

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Ocean Applications from the AtlantOS Project

01:00 PM 02:00 PM Continental B

The main objective of AtlantOS is to transition from a loosely-coordinated set of existing ocean observing activities producing fragmented, often mono-disciplinary data, to a sustainable, efficient, and fit-for-purpose Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (IAOOS).  A key output in demonstrating these attributes and ensuring continued public and government support is the development of user-driven applications for industry, policy, regulation, and societal benefit.  This side-event will demonstrate the value and societal benefit of an Atlantic Observing System through a number of pilot actions from AtlantOS.  These user applications integrate data from the Copernicus Marine Service, EMODnet, and AtlantOS to produce decision support tools for a variety of marine environmental and economic sectors, including HABs mapping, coastal hazards early warning, safe ship routing, oil spill hazards, MSFD reporting, and site selection for mariculture.

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From Data to Decisions to Impact—New Practices in Capacity Building for Earth Observations

01:00 PM 03:00 PM Meridian C

NASA and ITC both have active capacity building programs that use Earth Observations to enable improved outcomes and impacts in the developing world.  Whereas some capacity building activities focus primarily on training, NASA and ITC are pioneering and testing new methods of project design that focus on development outcomes and impacts, as well as the steps required to accomplish this.  For example, as part of the SERVIR program, NASA and USAID have developed a network of regional hubs around the world, and created a guidance document to help partners better design, deliver and implement sustainable services. ITC also has a unique position worldwide, as it has a mission and mandate from the Ministry in capacity building in Earth observation and Geoinformation. ITC has implemented long term collaborations in Africa and Asia primarily and acts as a broker between higher education fields, local governments and local industries. This side session will showcase these new capacity building practices and activities applied by NASA and ITC, and discuss how these very different organizations (a US government agency and an internationally -focused institute of higher education) are collaborating to share their knowledge and expertise.

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GEO Health Community of Practice Meeting

01:00 PM 05:00 PM Meridian B

The GEO Health Community of Practice is a global network of governments, organizations, and observers.  It seeks to use environmental observations to improve health decision-making at the international, regional, country, and district levels.  This meeting will bring together current members and interested individuals to collaborate towards better surveillance and timely interventions for public health issues using Earth observations. It will provide:

  • Overview of the "One Health" approach as the interface of human, animal and environmental health risks,
  • Emphasis on how Earth observation analysis can influence knowledge translation for a range of applications,
  • Presentation of case studies that support transdisciplinary collaborations and intersect with GEO Work Programme activities, and
  • Open dialogue to identify challenges and future steps toward enhanced integration of Earthobservations into science education, practice, and research

link to website: http://www.geohealthcop.org/

To RSVP to this event, please visit the GEO XIV Plenary event page.

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The role of Citizen Observatories and Crowdsourcing Community in GEOSS

01:00 PM 05:30 PM Meridian D/E

The growth of citizen science is a global phenomenon. In the United States, the scientific impacts of citizen science are recognized by 60 federal agencies and organizations, which coordinate and support hundreds of citizen science projects. In Europe, the European Commission continues to fund Citizen Observatories, beginning with the FP7 Programme and extending through active projects Ground Truth 2.0, LandSense, SCENT, and GROW. Similar initiatives are emerging in other parts of the world.

GEO can benefit from these initiatives if standards and best practices in managing (collection, representation, annotation, processing) crowd-sourced data are promoted. There is a need to explore the linkages of citizen data to the GEOSS and its common infrastructure (GCI), identify activities necessary for scaling up (examples are GBIF contributions, Mosquito Alert-UN...), and investigate methods and tools to integrate citizens-generated data with authoritative ones. This should be done in coordination with other GEO initiatives such as GEOBON. In this meeting, we will know more about existing citizen science projects and observatories and will discuss evolving standards and best practices for citizen-observed data management and ways to integrate citizen-acquired with established data sources. We will conclude by articulating next steps to advance the objectives of the GEO work programme listed here: http://www.earthobservations.org/activity.php?id=142.

Agenda

13:00 pm  Welcome Remarks
13:15 pm  Citizen Science Observatories: Lightning Talks
14:15 pm  Tools, Best Practices, and Standards for Utilizing Citizen Science for GEOSS
16:15 pm  Prioritization of Citizen Science as GEO activity
17:00 pm  Closing Remarks and Next Steps
17:30 pm  Adjourn

 

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From Open Data to Actionable Information

01:15 PM 02:45 PM Continental A

This session will demonstrate real world examples of successful application of the ArcGIS platform to translate open data to actionable information to support decision making and the goals of Group on Earth Observations This platform is employed around the world to support various societal benefit areas and the SDGs.

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Sustainable Development on our Human Planet: Earth Observations in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals

01:30 PM 05:30 PM Hemisphere A

The international community is moving ahead rapidly with implementation of an overall framework for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and incorporating SDG data and indicators into development planning from local to global levels. GEO is playing a lead role in demonstrating the value of Earth observations in sustainable development decision making and in building capacity for EO use in national statistical offices (NSOs) and other stakeholders. A key area of development critical to the full range of SDGs is core data on human settlements, urbanization, infrastructure, and population. This side event will highlight recent progress made by two GEO initiatives, the Human Planet Initiative and the Earth Observations for the SDGs (EO4SDG) initiative, including outcomes of the Human Planet Forum to be held at the University of Twente in the Netherlands in September 2017 and the recent release of the Atlas of the Human Planet. The event will be divided into two half-day sections, with a mix of panel discussions and short presentations of success stories and work in progress from the GEO, NSO, multi-national organization, and development communities. Participation is expected from key organizations such as the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, the UN Statistics Division, the UN Group of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN-SDSN), the European Commission (EC), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the World Bank, as well as selected private sector organizations.

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Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) products to support Sustainable Development Goals

02:30 PM 04:30 PM Continental B

The Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) is a thematic node of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON).

This hands-on workshop will develop the capacity of resource managers, practitioners, and decision-managers to use information about marine biodiversity to address specific targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), such as SDG 14. The session explores a strategy to integrate observations about life, including biodiversity, into ocean observing systems for practical applications. A prototype data aggregation device (or tool) designed by MBON will be presented. The prototype tool adds value to existing data services by OBIS and remote sensing observations. A goal is to obtain feedback on further development of this product.

The session explores:

  1. Spatial scales and biodiversity elements observable using in situ and remote sensing Earth observations.
  2. Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBV) in the context of Essential Ocean Variables (EOV) that characterize physical processes (temperature, salinity, currents), biogeochemical processes (carbon dioxide, oxygen, nutrients, carbon), and biological processes (biomass, productivity, extent).
  3. The relationship between the environment and biodiversity.
  4. Feedbacks between upstream (terrestrial and freshwater) and downstream (marine) elements that impact biodiversity.

MBON is also the biodiversity arm of Blue Planet, intended to inform decisions that are relevant to conservation and the sustainable use of living marine resources. MBON has a formal collaboration with the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) to develop Essential Biodiversity Variables as part of Essential Ocean Variables, and with the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) regarding data management and publication. These partnerships help in defining strategies and standards for collaboration with a broader community of databases and users of biodiversity information.

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Open Data Cube: An Open Source Digital Earth Architecture for Sustainable Development - Open Data Cube Applications and Hands-on Demonstration

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Continental A

Demonstrate the online Amazon (AWS) user interface and Python-based Jupyter Notebooks. Include example case studies for custom cloud-free mosaics, water detection, water quality, land classification and land change. Include time for a hands-on demo of the AWS user interface tool and the Jupyter Notebooks to answer user questions and explore application products.

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Earth Observation for Ecosystem Accounting (EO4EA) Initiative Progress and opportunities

03:00 PM 06:00 PM Continental C

Presentation of the Examples of Progress on Work Streams with examples from around the globe.

Documents: Side Events Description & Agenda

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AfriGEOSS: Strengthening partnerships with African Diaspora on Earth Observations

03:30 PM 05:30 PM Meridian C

The AfriGEOSS Initiative aims to improve the uptake of Earth Observations in decision-making in Africa. Its Action Areas include data and infrastructure for improved access to data; individual and institutional capacity development; addressing user needs and applications in areas such as water resource management, food security and agriculture, sustainable urban development and forest management, and climate services and adaptation. To achieve this goal, AfriGEOSS recognizes the need for strengthened intra-continental and international collaborations. The role of the Diaspora is deemed critical in ensuring sustained international partnerships.

The side event will raise awareness on the AfriGEOSS Initiative and explore the emerging synergy between existing programmes such as the Cube/Nano satellites, African Space Programme and the growth in national Space Programs, Geospatial Technology & Education in African countries. It will provide a much-needed forum for cross-collaboration among Researchers and Educators from Africa and partners in the Diaspora with particular focus on advancing uptake of EO through the AfriGEOSS initiative. The outcomes will outline potential areas of collaboration between African institutions and the Diaspora in realizing use of Earth observations in achieving the 2063 African Union agenda and the 2030 sustainable development agenda.

Documents:

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GEO in ACTION

04:30 PM 06:00 PM Continental A

GEO in Action will focus to showcase all the various applications built using GCI components such GEO DAB APIs and GCI EO Open data and thus emphasizing on the value of the GCI for Decision making.

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NASA Training: Satellite Observations of Water Quality for Sustainable Development Goal 6

04:30 PM 07:30 PM Hemisphere B

NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) will provide a training session on NASA satellite observations to address UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water quality, and specifically SDG 6. The training will include presentations and hands-on activities on access to freely available NASA data for monitoring harmful algal blooms, sediments, and other water properties. There will be a discussion on the relevancy of NASA resources for water quality and aquatic ecosystem management, and on methods for combining satellite and in situ water quality data. The session will end with a group discussion on future satellite training needs for SDG Indicator 6.3.2.

Who Should Attend?

All are welcome. Previous experience with satellite data is not needed. The session is intended for both beginners and advanced users of satellite observations. Please bring your laptop computer so you can participate in the hands-on activities.

For more information about the training and suggested reading, visit the NASA ARSET website: http://arset.gsfc.nasa.gov/water/workshops/geoweek-sdg6

Agenda    

  • Overview of NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program
  • Earth Observing Satellites and Sensors for Water Quality Monitoring
  • Demonstration of Water Quality Data Access Using Online Portals
  • Hands-on Exercises: Acquiring Satellite-Based Water Quality Data (Chlorophyll-a and Water Surface Temperature) for SDG Indicator 6.3.2
  • Group Discussion on Future Satellite Training Needs for SDG Indicator 6.3.2.
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Americas Caucus (closed event)

05:00 PM 06:00 PM Continental B

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Plenary

GEO-XIV - Session 1: Opening Session (closed event)

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Atrium Hall

 

1.1 Welcome from the United States of America

1.2 Opening Remarks

  • Stephen Volz, Assistant Administrator for Satellite & Information Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States of America (Chair of the Session)
  • Wei Huang, Vice Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology, China
  • Robert-Jan Smits, Director General, Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Philemon Mjwara, Director-General, Department of Science and Technology, Republic of South Africa
  • Barbara Ryan, Director, GEO Secretariat

1.3 Approval of Agenda

1.4 Approval of Draft Report of GEO-XIII

1.5 Earth Observations: Insight for a Changing World (Presentation by the Secretariat Director)

[10:00 - 10:15 Opening of Exhibition]

[10:15 - 10:45 coffee break]

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Exhibition [ 10:00-10:15 Opening of Exhibition ]

10:00 AM 06:00 PM Atrium

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GEO-XIV - Session 2: Earth Observations in Public Policy (closed event)

10:45 AM 12:30 PM Atrium Hall

A Panel discussion with city-and country-level policy makers will examine the current use of data to inform public policy. The discussion outcome will inform and advance GEO Members’ approach to engage with the public sector to further support efforts promoting sustainable development and building resilient communities.

Moderator: John Firth, CEO, Acclimatise, UK

Speakers:

Ann Bartuska is Vice President for Land, Water, and Nature in the organization Resources for the Future (RFF).  She was previously Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics within the United States Department of Agriculture.

Frances Blair is a Senior Manager at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) in Jamaica.

Carlos Felipe Prada Lombo  is an economist with the Department of National Statistics in Colombia. He holds the degree of Master in Economics from Universidad Javeriana.

Eli Yewdall is Senior Programme Officer with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), based in the United States. His focus is on developing resources to help local governments measure, manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

[12:30 - 13:45 lunch break]

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GEO-XIV - Session 3: Earth Observations in the Commercial Sector (closed event)

01:45 PM 03:30 PM Atrium Hall

A Panel discussion with commercial sector decision makers will explore current uses of Earth observations by commercial companies to assess and manage risks, thereby optimizing their investments. Discussion outcomes will inform how GEO will best engage with business communities to promote and advance utilization of Earth observation data.

Moderator: John Firth, CEO, Acclimatise, UK

Speakers:

Jack Dangermond is President of Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri). A landscape architect by training, he founded Esri in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future.

Jon Davis is Chief Meteorologist with Riskpulse/Earthrisk. Based in Chicago, USA, Jon Davis brings over 30 years of experience and is widely considered one of the foremost experts on the impact of weather and climate on global commodities.

Franklin Nutter is President of the Reinsurance Association of America. Mr. Nutter currently serves on the Advisory Board of the OECD’s International Network for the Financial Management of Large Scale Disasters, the RAND Center on Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation, and the Carl H. Lindner III Center for Insurance and Risk Management Board of Directors.

Kenji Wakamatsu is Director of NTT DATA’s Earth observation business, based in Tokyo, Japan. He has participated in numerous projects related not only to remote sensing but also to GIS and sensor networks, using these tools for disaster management, asset management and more.

Brad Wooldridge is a farmer from Western Australia. In 2000, he began using Landgate’s satellite remote sensing to measure pasture growth and production, and developed their own systems analysis with management and benchmarking of productivity through analysis of remote sensing imagery data.

[15:30 - 16:00 coffee break]

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GEO-XIV - Session 4: Earth Observations in International Development (closed event)

04:00 PM 05:30 PM Atrium Hall

A Panel of representatives from national and international funding and development agencies will discuss their role and interest in increasing the world’s Earth observation capacity, and how this is incorporated in their own policies and programmes.

Moderator: Jennifer Morris, President, Conservation International, USA

Speakers:

Haishan Fu is Director of Development Data Group, World Bank. She oversees the World Bank’s global development monitoring and open data initiative, surveys and other technical advisory services, and global statistical programs such as the International Comparison Program.

Ryosuke Nakata is Chief Representative of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) USA Office. He assumed this position in October 2016, and also previously served as a Senior Representative of the JICA USA Office from 2006 until 2010.

Carrie Stokes is Chief Geographer and Geocentre Director with the US Global Development Lab in the United States Agency for International Development. She has used mapping and satellite imagery to help the government decide more effectively where and how to provide aid and humanitarian assistance.

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Social

GEO Plenary reception (closed event)

07:00 PM 10:00 PM Smithsonian NMNH

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GEO-XIV - Session 5: 2017-2019 GEO Work Programme (closed event)

09:00 AM 12:30 PM Atrium Hall

 

5.1  Spotlight on Emerging Successes

5.2  GEO Programme Board Report

5.3  GEO Highlights 2016-2017

5.4  2017-2019 GEO Work Programme Update

5.5  Presentation of the Proposed 2018 GEO Trust Fund Budget

5.6  Strategy for a Sustained Resourcing of the GEO Trust Fund

[10:30 - 11:00 coffee break]

5.7  Discussion and Pledges:

  • GEO 2017-2019 GEO Work Programme
  • GEO Trust Fund

5.8  Approval of 2017-2019 GEO Work Programme Update

5.9  Approval of 2018 GEO Trust Fund Budget

5.10 Approval of Slate of 2018 GEO Programme Board

[12:30 - 14:00 lunch break]

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Exhibition

Exhibition

10:00 AM 04:00 PM Atrium

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GEO-XIV - Session 6: National Earth Observations (closed event)

02:00 PM 03:30 PM Atrium Hall

Panel of representatives from developed and developing GEO Member States will discuss the value and best practices in developing and assessing national Earth observation portfolios.

Moderator: Philip Thigo, Advisor on Data and Innovation at the Office of the Deputy President, Kenya

Speakers:

Xingfa Gu is the Executive Acting Director of Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth in the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Iain Williams is the Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in the United Kingdom.

Tim Newman is the Program Coordinator for the United States Geological Survey's Land Remote Sensing Program, which operates the Landsat satellites and provides the portal to one of the largest archives of remotely sensed land data in the world.

Pham Anh Tuan is the Director General of Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC) of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), Hanoi, Vietnam.

[15:30 - 16:00 coffee break]

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GEO-XIV - Session 7: Other Business, Session Outcomes and Closing Remarks (closed event)

04:00 PM 05:30 PM Atrium Hall

 

7.1  Update on the Legal Status of GEO

7.2  2016 Financial Statements and Audit Report

7.3  Update of the GEO Rules of Procedure

7.4  Announcement of 2018 Lead Co-Chair and Slate of 2018 Executive Committee Members

7.5  GEO-XV Announcements

7.6  Any Other Business

7.7  Session Outcomes

7.8  Closing Remarks

  • Stephen Volz, USA Co-Chair
  • Wei Huang, China Co-Chair
  • Robert-Jan Smits, European Commission Co-Chair
  • Philemon Mjwara, Republic of South Africa Co-Chair
  • Barbara Ryan, GEO Secretariat Director
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42nd GEO Executive Committee Meeting (closed event)

09:00 AM 04:00 PM Pavilion