Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Thursday, 19 November 2009, Washington DC, USA
To address the challenges of global environmental change, policy-makers and managers need timely access to weather forecasts, climate predictions, satellite images of land-use change, water-cycle data, biodiversity indicators, seismographic information, topographical maps and many other Earth observation products and services. The GEO-IGOS Symposium will explore how the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) can help to meet these critical user needs.
The Symposium will celebrate the accomplishments of the former Integrated Global Observing Strategy Partnership (IGOS-P) and its successful transition into the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). It will consider how the GEO Communities of Practice that have inherited the IGOS-P mandates can build on these accomplishments over the next few years. In this way, the Symposium will seek to identify best practices for Communities of Practice as well as emerging user needs that a rapidly evolving GEOSS may need to address.
The IGOS Partnership was established in 1998 to bring together a wide range of organizations committed to strengthening space-based and in-situ Earth observations. With the emergence of GEO with its high-level political mandate, the IGOS Partners decided last year to transition the IGOS Themes into GEO, thus broadening international collaboration on the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) that is being developed by GEO.
Established In 2005, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) boasts 120 member governments and participating international organizations. GEO is interlinking and strengthening the world’s Earth observation systems in order to address nine key Societal Benefit Areas: disasters, health, energy, climate, water, weather, ecosystems, agriculture and biodiversity. GEOSS is already starting to provide many of the Earth observation products and services decision-makers so urgently need.
The Symposium will be held immediately after the GEO-VI Plenary meeting and will be attended by many members of the GEO community. For the latest information on logistics, registration and the programme of the Symposium, please visit www.earthobservations.org/meetings/meetings.html.
Chair – Gregory Withee, USGS
Celebration of Achievements and Current Status
09:00 Welcome and Introduction of the Symposium, Gregory Withee, USGS
09:15 Welcoming Remarks from the US, Sherburne Abbott, OSTP
09:30 Welcoming Remarks from GEO, José Achache, GEO Secretariat Director
09:45 Key Note speech: Designing the Way Forward: Challenges and Future Developments, Roy Gibson, former Director-General of ESA
10:30 Coffee Break
Chair – Stuart Marsh, BGS
11:00 Implementing IGOS through GEO, Stuart Marsh, BGS
11:30 Importance of Science in GEO, Prof. Deliang Chen, ICSU
11:50 Water Community of Practice, Toshio Koike, Univ. of Tokyo
12:10 Carbon Community of Practice, Philippe Ciais, Laboratory for Climate Sciences and the Environment, CEA-CNRS, France
Chair – Bob Scholes, CSIR
The Way Forward
14:00 Agriculture Community of Practice, Chris Justice, Geography Department of University of Maryland, UMD
14:20 Geohazards Community of Practice, Stuart Marsh, BGS
14:40 Ocean Theme, Eric Lindstrom, NASA
15:00 Cryosphere Community of Practice, Jeff Key, NOAA
15:20 Coastal Zone Community of Practice: Facilitating Decision Support through GEOSS for Mitigation of and Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts, Paul DiGiacomo, NOAA
15:40 Coffee Break
Chair – Gilberto Camara, INPE
16:10 The GEO Biodiversity Observation Network: An Example of an Emerging Community of Practice, Bob Scholes, CSIR
16:30 Informing Policy and Decision Making, Gilberto Camara, INPE
16:50 Concluding Remarks, José Achache, GEO Secretariat