Group A1 – Public Health

From Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

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  • Ambarish Vaidyanathan
  • Beth Hassett-Sipple (Co-Chair)
  • Betty Pun (Co-Chair)
  • Bryan Hubbell (Co-Chair)
  • Carol Meyer
  • Debra Gable
  • Eric Gray
  • Fred Dimmick
  • Haluk Ozkaynak
  • Heidi Paulson
  • Janet Cakir (Notes2)
  • John White
  • Lucas Neas
  • Nick Mangus
  • Phil Lorang (Notes1)
  • Steve Young
  • Tom Rosendahl
  • Val Garcia

Session Questions

Current Business Uses and Users

Who are example important business users and what do they want to DO with the data and why? If they were here, what three things would they tell us to focus on now?

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Future Business Uses and Users

What trends/needs do you see, or do your users tell you about for future business uses? Where is/could this go, even if all your users are not thinking about it/asking yet?

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IT Issues

What are broad data needs and capabilities to support these uses? What are the gaps and opportunities? What do these needs and capabilities require of US as a community of providers?

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Non-Technical Issues

What are key non-IT requirements and challenges to delivering those needs/capabilities? What do WE need to do as individual resources and as a community? Examples of what we mean by non-IT: Security: that agency policy around access is unclear, or there is no incentive to work through the process for approval to get access. Don't want a discussion of gaps in joint authentication mechanisms; Discovery: that we lack a common way to describe data resources and an incentive to register them. Don't' want a discussion of UDDI vs. FDGC.

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Things not discussed

What have we missed in this discussion? (its ok if this is just a list for parking lot lists)

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Data System Profile

 Health Applications
3D-AQSNot Given
AIRNowData and forecasts submitted by the AIRNow partner agencies is distributed in many ways to help protect public health:
CASTNETReal-time ozone measurements being sent to AirNow determine “ozone action days” or days when it is unhealthy for children, elderly and those with weak respiratory systems to go outside. CASTNET data is used for ecological health studies, less so for human health.
CMAQThe outputs of CMAQ for baseline and emissions control cases are post-processed to create spatial fields of ozone and PM2.5 concentrations in a format for input to health-benefits calculation models. In addition, ozone and PM2.5 from CMAQ are blended with ambient data through the application of various “data fusion” techniques to provide concentration fields for analysis with health effects data.
DataFedNo applications to health studies. However, the datasets mediated through DataFed are suitable for health studies, particularly in conjunction with the 1km-resolution US population data.
EMFFeed emissions data to air quality models in support of health analysis
EPA AIRQuest Data WarehouseExposure for sensitive populations; analysis
EPA AQSData from AQS is used by other organizations to evaluate the effectiveness of the current air quality standards and to assess where the standards are being violated. It is also a major source of input to epidemiological and other health studies.
GIOVANNIIndirect - air pollution, humidity, temperature, etc.
GeoWebNot Given
HEIIntended target audience, e.g., epidemiological studies
NASA Atmospheric Science Data CenterAir quality research and decision support
RSIGNot Given
Unidata IDD Data SystemWeather and climate data and forecasts have many health-related impacts.