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CEOA Symposium on Science & Technology in Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS): The Role of Universities
20-22 November 2005; Calit2 Auditorium

The symposium webcasts and presentations are being posted online as they become available. Click here to view.

2005 CEOA symposium sponsors include: Richard Lounsbery Foundation, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, University of California Industry-University Cooperative Research Program, Mac and Leslie McQuown, Calit2

Background material on Global Earth Observation System of Systems (pdf format):

SUNDAY - 20 November 2005
6-8pm
 

Informal Reception at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Transportation to/from Estancia Hotel

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MONDAY - 21 November 2005
8am
 

Continental Breakfast and Poster/demo Session (download the poster/demo list as a pdf)

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9:15am
 

Introduction and Welcome: Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor, University of California, San Diego

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9:30am
 

Goals for the Symposium: John Orcutt, Director, Center for Earth Observations and Applications

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9:45am
 

Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Current Status, Vision, Challenges
• International: Jose Achache, Head, Global Earth Observation System of Systems
• US: Vice Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher, Administrator, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
• State: Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer, California State Coastal Conservancy

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11am
 

Break and Poster/demo Session

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11:30am
 

Integrated Earth Observations and Applications at Universities (success stories and lessons learned; what really happens in long-term observing systems)
• Keeling Mauna Loa story: Ralph Keeling, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
• Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System: Eric Terrill, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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12:30pm
 

Cyberinfrastructure for Environmental Observations: Larry Smarr, Director, Calit2

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1pm
 

Lunch with Michael Jones, Keyhole Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Google

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2:30pm
 

Working Groups - Each working group will have 3 co-chairs:  one from academia, one from government and one from the private sector; and a rapporteur. The working groups are defined deliberately with overlapping scope so that multiple viewpoints can be developed and discussed.

  1. Institutional Arrangements Academic Chair: Tim Killeen, head of NCAR; Industry Chair: Carroll Hood, GEOSS Chief Architect for Raytheon Company; Government Chair: Margaret Leinen, Associate Director, Directorate for Geosciences, NSF
    • How to ensure long-term funding for observing systems; how to allocate that funding between government, industry, and university
    • How should universities organize themselves –- centers of excellence; consortia; individual institutions competing
    • Intellectual property and commercialization issues –- the role of the private sector; data policy; data access
  2. Science and Technology Infusion Academic Chair: Russ Davis, Physical Oceanography Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Government Chair: Ghassem Asrar, Former Science Deputy Associate Administrator, NASA
    • How to reconcile research and operational requirements –- rewards system
    • How to ensure robustness in the science and technology of observing systems
    • Managing modernization
  3. Standards and Protocols Academic Chair: Richard Marciano, SDSC; Industry Chair: Michael Jones, Keyhole CTO at Google; Government Chair: Marie Colton, NWS, NOAA
    • How do we minimize required standards and protocols?
    • How should these be set and enforced?
    • How should data and information from GEOSS be managed and disseminated
    • Who is responsible for quality, for calibration, validation
    • Security –- what is required and how can adequate security be implemented?
  4. Cyberinfrastructure and Observations Academic Chair: Fran Berman, Director, SDSC; Industry Chair: Eng Lim Goh, Sr. VP and CTO, Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI); Government Chair: Mary Altalo, Director, Ocean.US.
    • How can growing network capability be effectively integrated into observations planning?
    • How can expanding computational capability, storage capacity and visualization be integrated into observations planning?
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4:30pm
 

General Session Adjourns

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5:30pm
 

The Center for Earth Observations and Applications will host a working dinner for the panelists and the working group co-chairs and rapporteurs to work on synthesizing the working group results and developing a conference statement or recommendations if appropriate.

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TUESDAY - 22 November 2005
8am
 

Continental Breakfast

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8:30am
 

Industry-University Cooperative Research Program, University of California, Office of the President

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8:40am
 

Reports from the Breakout Groups

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10:30am
 

Panelists (from 21 November) Respond to Reports

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11:30am
 

Discussion, Conclusions and Next Steps

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12noon
 

Adjourn with lunch

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