Workshops and Meetings
GEOSS Workshop XXII: Air Quality and Coastal Ecosystems
IGARSS 2008 pre-conference workshop, Boston USA
6 July 2008, 8:30am-5pm EST, Hynes Convention Center, Room 101
Prof. Albin Gasiewski, Dr. David Arctur, Gary Foley, Francoise Pearlman
A workshop organised to explore Air Quality and Coastal Ecosystems for the Global Earth Observation System of Systems - GEOSS
Organised in association with IEEE, ICEO, OGC, OGCii, and ISPRS
Details: Go to http://www.ieee-earth.org/, select conferences/workshops
The Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) is a complex system of sensors, communication devices, storage systems, computational and other devices used to observe the Earth and to gather the data needed for a better understanding of the Earth’s processes. In addition, GEOSS includes models and processes to create information from the observational data. The 2003 Earth Observations Summit established the objective “to monitor continuously the state of the Earth, to increase understanding of dynamic Earth processes, to enhance prediction of the Earth system, and to further implement our international environmental treaty obligations”. [click for more...]
The Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) is a complex system of sensors, communication devices, storage systems, computational and other devices used to observe the Earth and to gather the data needed for a better understanding of the Earth’s processes. In addition, GEOSS includes models and processes to create information from the observational data. The 2003 Earth Observations Summit established the objective “to monitor continuously the state of the Earth, to increase understanding of dynamic Earth processes, to enhance prediction of the Earth system, and to further implement our international environmental treaty obligations”.
The GEOSS Implementation Plan states that GEOSS will provide the overall conceptual and organizational framework for integrated global Earth observations to meet user needs. GEOSS will be a “system of systems” consisting of existing and future Earth observation systems, supplementing but not supplanting their own mandates and governance arrangements. It will provide the institutional mechanisms for ensuring the necessary level of coordination, for strengthening and supplementing existing Earth observation systems, and for reinforcing and supporting component systems in carrying out their mandates.
The emphasis of GEOSS is on societal benefits, initially in nine key areas. Sound management of the Earth system, in both its natural and human aspects, requires information that is timely, of known quality, long-term, and global. Interpretation and use of Earth observations requires information on drivers and consequences of change, including georeferenced socio-economic data and indicators. The nine areas addressed in the implementation plan are:
- Disasters: Reducing loss of life and property from natural and human-induced disasters
- Health: Understanding environmental factors affecting human health and well-being
- Energy: Improving management of energy resources
- Climate: Understanding, assessing, predicting, mitigating, and adapting to climate variability and change
- Water: Improving water resource management through better understanding of the water cycle
- Weather: Improving weather information, forecasting and warning
- Ecosystems: Improving the management and protection of terrestrial, coastal and marine resources
- Agriculture: Supporting sustainable agriculture and combating desertification
- Biodiversity: Understanding, monitoring and conserving biodiversity
Although all of the above societal benefit areas of the Implementation Plan are important for GEOSS, this workshop will focus more specifically on air quality and coastal ecosystems.
Air Quality and Coastal Ecosystems
The rapid pace of global development is increasing the stresses on air quality. The effects of air quality on the natural environment and human health in particular are complex but important to understand. Improved monitoring of air quality can provide valuable contextual data for clinical medical studies and climate change analysis. In the case of catastrophic events such as volcano eruptions, wildfires, and industrial accidents, timely monitoring and publishing of changes in air quality can be crucial for guiding evacuation plans and saving lives. As this workshop is taking place in Boston, we will emphasize the use of coastal monitoring systems and data. Key representatives from industry, academia, and government will be providing invited talks on these and related issues that impact GEOSS implementation for disaster mitigation and relief.
The goals of this workshop are to share with the IGARSS community the progress in developing GEOSS, and to engage broader interest and participation in developing the information infrastructure needed for implementing the GEOSS vision. This specific workshop will present current work on development of the GEOSS web portal and clearing house, and air quality monitoring. Breakout sessions will be held to engage workshop participants in answering key questions facing the community, such as: (1) What remote sensing systems are needed to ensure that air quality regulations are adhered to; (2) What are potential gaps in air quality monitoring coverage along coastal regions; (3) How do we connect coastal air and water quality monitoring efforts with GEOSS; (4) How can GEOSS data be used internationally to identify and diagnose air quality problems; (5) How can successful coastal monitoring efforts for GEOSS be extended globally? [hide information]
Soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) Mission Information Meeting
Sunday, July 6, 16:00 - 18:00
Gardner Room, Sheraton Boston Hotel
An open information meeting to discuss the Soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) mission will be held 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday July 6 at the Gardner Room of Sheraton Hotel. The meeting will open with brief presentations on the mission science, measurement approach and project program. The SMAP mission is the first of the Earth Science Decadal Survey missions, with a target launch date in late 2012 or early 2013. SMAP has extensive heritage in the earlier Hydros ESSP mission design.
Frequency Allocations in Remote Sensing Technical Committee Meeting
Monday, July 7, 17:30 - 19:00
Room 111, Hynes Convention Center
The Frequency Allocations in Remote Sensing (FARS) Technical Committee of IEEE GRSS will hold its annual meeting at IGARSS 2008 on Monday, July 7, 17:30-19:00, in Room 111 of the Hynes Convention Center. The FARS committee mission is to provide technical assessments, guidance and recommendations regarding matters of frequency sharing and interference between remote sensing and other uses of the radio wave spectrum. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion. The agenda includes an update on FARS activities, a discussion of interference concerns for new 60 GHz commercial devices, preparations for the upcoming SFCG meeting, and nominations for a committee co-chair.
Data Fusion Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, July 8, 18:00 - 19:00
Room 107, Hynes Convention Center
The Data Fusion Technical Committee (DFTC) of IEEE GRSS will hold its annual meeting at IGARSS 2008 on Tuesday, July 8, 18:00-19:30, in Room 107 of the Hynes Convention Center. The DFTC serves as a global, multidisciplinary network for geospatial data fusion, connecting people and resources. Its purpose is to educate students and professionals and to promote best practice in data fusion applications. In particular, the DFTC is organizing a yearly challenge since 2006 and ideas and contributions for the organization of the future issues of the contest are welcome. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend the meeting and participate in the discussion.
USNC-URSI Commission F Meeting
Wednesday, July 9, 18:00 - 19:00
Room 111, Hynes Convention Center
Commission F of the U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) will hold a business meeting at IGARSS 2008 on Wednesday, July 9, 18:00-19:30, in Room 111 of the Hynes Convention Center. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend the business meeting and participate in the discussion.
International Spaceborne Imaging Spectroscopy Working Group Meeting
Friday, July 11, 14:00 - 17:00
Room 105, Hynes Convention Center
The International Spaceborne Imaging Spectroscopy Working Group (ISIS WG) will meet to discuss a range of programmatic and technical issues associated with current and planned imaging spectroscopy satellite missions. Current members of the working group include representatives from all major space agencies, national research bodies and associated private industry partners. [click for more...]
The International Spaceborne Imaging Spectroscopy Working Group (ISIS WG) will meet to discuss a range of programmatic and technical issues associated with current and planned imaging spectroscopy satellite missions. Current members of the working group include representatives from all major space agencies, national research bodies and associated private industry partners.
Goals of the ISIS WG are to share information on current and future spaceborne imaging spectroscopy ("hyperspectral") missions, and to seek opportunities for new international partnerships to the benefit of the global user community. Specific discussions within the working group also focus on interoperability among missions, 'best practice' mission implementation, mass data management challenges and development of a forward work plan for improved coordination activities amongst member agencies.
Anticipated topics for this meeting are likely to include discussions about development of a series of global cal/val sites and best-practice ground measurements in support of these missions. In addition, a number of discussion papers on data-standards, capacity-building and spectrometer development are being drafted by members of the working group, and will be discussed in more detail during the meeting.
Observers and IGARSS08 participants are welcome to attend. [hide information]