From Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

ESIP Collaboration Area Strategic Plan 2016

  • Co-Chair (s): Richard Eckman (Richard.S.Eckman@nasa.gov), Erica Zell (zelle@battelle.com)
  • Website (wiki): Energy and Climate WG Wiki Page
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ESIP Vision

To be a leader in promoting the collection, stewardship and use of Earth science data, information and knowledge that are responsive to societal needs.

2015-2020 Strategic Plan Goals

  • Increase the use and value of Earth science data and information.
  • Strengthen the ties between observations and user communities (e.g. technologies, research, education and applications).
  • Promote techniques to articulate and measure the socioeconomic value and benefit of Earth science data, information, and applications.
  • Position ESIP to play a major role in Earth science issues (e.g. addressing effects of climate change mitigation, adaptation and supporting sustainable science data infrastructure).

Resources: 2015-2020 Strategic Plan Executive Summary
Strategic Plan Roadmap

Collaboration Area Plan

Collaboration Area Objective:

1. Group on Earth Observations (GEO) energy work plan coordination

The GEO 2016 work plan includes a task advancing Earth observation data in support of renewable energy resources (GI-10). The ESIP Energy & Climate working group will serve as a coordination venue for activities occurring within Federal agencies and academia that connect data providers with renewable energy decision makers. The goal is to improve communication between data provider and applications groups involved in energy end-user support and to jointly support contributions to GEO.

2. Engagement with Other Clusters including the Agriculture/Climate Cluster, Education Cluster, Disaster Cluster, Science Communication, and Possibly Others

Building on successful joint meeting sessions with the Agriculture/Climate Cluster relating to climate resilience and contributions to the US Climate Resilience Toolkit, we will continue collaborations in activities which are of interest to both groups. Potential areas of future collaboration include agiclimatology, where the use of energy and meteorological measurements have improved crop yield models. In addition, we may collaborate with the Education Cluster to get renewable energy represented within their climate change for educators workshops. We may also collaborate with the Disasters Cluster on use of EOs for assessing and restoring power outages after severe weather, and may work with the Science Communication cluster on visualizations and pictographs to use NASA data to support renewable energy and policy.

3. Improved access to energy-relevant Earth observations

An activity supporting the GEO Architectural Implementation Pilot (AIP-8) activity, supported by NASA, have the goal of moving a well-established database of key energy and meteorological parameters (NASA SSE, https://eosweb.larc.nasa.gov/sse/) into modern formats with GIS access. We will explore collaborations with other ESIP clusters in leveraging the expertise of the community in providing innovative ways of providing access to these and other energy-relevant Earth observation data.

4. End-user engagement and education

Following up on a soon to be conducted Energy management ideation workshop supported by NASA (April 2016), we would like to continue engaging key end-users and stakeholders with an aim to understand their Earth observation needs and to inform them of what types of measurements are potentially available to address their decision making needs. The two ESIP meetings and telecons would provide a venue for these activities.

Things we may do to fulfill our objectives:

  • Organize sessions at the two ESIP meetings to address our goals to bring together (either in person or remotely) key data providers and end users.
  • Coordinate with Agriculture and Climate cluster on organization of joint sessions at ESIP meetings of mutual interest.
  • Sit in on other Cluster meetings as noted above, and invite them to attend our teleconferences and meeting sessions to develop joint activities
  • Short guest presentations during monthly working group telecons to bring new information to WG members, generate interest in WG activities, and explore new project ideas.
  • Interact with GEO Secretariat energy expert and the energy community of practice to communicate contributions to GEO energy activities and explore potential for international collaborations.

Things our collaboration area needs to deliver our objectives?

(e.g. Partnerships, in-kind support, staff support)

How will we know we are on the right track?

  • Create and maintain significant interest in monthly telecons.
  • Develop sessions at ESIP meetings that are well attended and generate enthusiasm for follow-on activities occurring between meetings.
  • Establish projects that bring together data providers with end users to advance decision support.
  • Provide input to GEO work plan energy-relevant tasks that demonstrate value of ESIP coordinated activities.
  • Have several tangible outputs such as papers, project proposals, visualizations at the end of the year

How will others know what we are doing in & out of ESIP?

  • Improve communication of WG achievements at ESIP meetings (perhaps via a poster presentation)
  • Maintain communication with GEO secretariat on ESIP contributions to the GEO work plan.

Cross-collaboration area connections

(Identify other areas that you consider cross collaboration. Are there things that you need us to provide in support the cross collaboration?)