2008-09-03: Community Air Quality Data Systems Telecon

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These minutes are by Joe Tikvart and are also available as a word doc.

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee -- Air Quality Data Summit

Sep 3, 2008, 2:00 – 3:00pm EDT
Conference Room C300A
Call-in 919-541-1590

Conference Call Meeting Notes

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee -- Air Quality Data Summit Sept. 3, 2008, 2:00 – 3:00pm EDT Conference Room C300A Call-in 919-541-1590

Conference Call Meeting Notes

COMMITTEE MEMBERS, Attendees who announced themselves 7/9/08 bolded:

Rich Scheffe, Chair
Jeff Arnold
Sig Christensen
Les Hook
Phil Dickerson
Tim Dye
Steve Ludewig
Stefan Falk
Dirk Felton
Neil Frank
Val Garcia
Mike Gilroy
Ken Knowle
Bryan Hubbell
Amy Huff
Rudy Husar
Erin Robinson
Terry Keating
Bill Lamason
Sharon Leduc
Frank Lindsay
Phil Lorang
David McCabe
Shawn McClure
Nick Mangus
David Mintz
Tom Moore
Heidi Paulsen
Mike Uhl
Todd Plessel
Joe Retzer
Rich Poirot
Betty Pun
Tesh Rao
Bret Schichtel
Uma Shankar
Alexis Zubrow
Sarav Arunachalam
Doug Solomon
Louis Sweeny
Mike Reich
Tamara Power-Drutis
Jim Szykman
Joe Tikvart
Gary Walter
Chet Wayland
Rob Willis
Steve Young


Wednesday, October 15, 2008 in Rm. C300A from 2:00 – 3:00pm EDT; call-in number is 919-541-1590. Topics for the next meeting may be identified in a new area on the wiki, along with relevant documents, at http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/Community_Air_Quality_Data_System_Workspace .


Assessment Update: Rich Scheffe briefly reviewed the systems assessment being prepared by Ross & Associates. He indicated that the first draft requires more work, and that review by this committee should wait for a more mature product. Work is on-going and EPA will provide input on the next draft (if available) to the committee for the next meeting.

Interoperability Update: Nick Mangus indicated that the wiki page had been updated on the subject of interoperability. He noted “Payload Contents” and “Outstanding Issues” as important additions. Committee members are invited to review and add data elements. Barriers to WCS service and movement of data need additional attention.

NASA Roses Update: Uma Shankar took the lead in summarizing activities and accomplishments of the Air Quality Decision Support System (DSS) project; see the file “UNC-CIRA-ROSES07_project_report”. Topics included: Kickoff Workshop; Project Website; Refinement of Objectives; Exploration of Data Portal Ideas (including Giovanni, RSIG, and ways to get data updates); Outreach; and Investigation of Suitable Satellite Data. Performance measures, as identified during the Design Workshop, are of continuing interest in comparing the enhanced version of DSS relative to the baseline system. The project is progressing on schedule.

Discussion of Matrix from Rich: Rich Scheffe described a core set of air quality related data that could service a variety of users and provide a reference marker for the Ross assessment; see the file “Core Attributes for a Centralized Air Quality Data System or Portal.doc”. VIEWS is one possible example of a platform and basis for processing such data sets. How to characterize data with a small number of parameters is an important challenge. Space/time is a universal component of these data.

Action Items / Next call:

There will be no Ad Hoc Advisory Committee conference call on September 17, October 1. The next call will be Wednesday, October 17, 2:00 – 3:00pm EDT. For this call, the agenda is likely to include a status review of the draft assessment report being prepared by Ross & Associates. Members should continue to access the Community Air Quality Data System at http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/Community_Air_Quality_Data_System_Workspace .