2008-07-09: 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

June 11, 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 July 9, 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
Doug Solomon
Louis Sweeny /Mike Reich / Tamara Power-Drutis
Jim Szykman
Joe Tikvart
Gary Walter
Chet Wayland
Rob Willis
Steve Young


Wednesday, August 6, 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 . There will be no conference call on July 23.


VIEWS Update: Rich Scheffe provided an update on various related assessments. He mentioned the (1) Ross & Associates systems assessment that is ongoing, (2) a proposed effort to make outputs from EPA’s CAMQ applications publicly available, and (3) a VIEWS case example that is just getting underway. The last item would involve post processing and visualizations for gaseous data sets.

Participants appeared to generally support the use of VIEWS post processing capabilities as applied to ozone for the case example in (3) above. The issue of what constitutes an original data base and the need for related metadata on VIEWS needs to be addressed. It was also noted that questions typically applied to ozone may be different from those applied to the IMPROVE data base and that new visualizations may need to be developed for ozone. Also a community-oriented approach is desirable with the capabilities that user’s want; there is a need to make sure that the desired functionality is available and that analyses are not limited to the current system environment, e.g., there may be better options. There is a clear need to frame the questions/tools/products for user interested in an hourly format for ozone. It was agreed that Scheffe / Schichtel / Mintz / Others need to discuss this further through a forum that (1) allows for common design elements to be identified, (2) an infrastructure independent of where data is located to be addressed, and (3) documentation that will support implementation. Initial steps might involve importing a subset of ozone data, placing it in the VIEWS data base format, and identifying guidance on aggregation of data. Suggestions should be forwarded to Rich Scheffe.

Systems Assessment Update: David Mintz indicated that the assessment by Ross & Associates is underway and that interviews with systems managers are in progress, i.e., about one-third of the way through. It is expected that preliminary results will be available for sharing by the end of August.

Other Topics: There is a need for a more effective way to proceed on connectivity conversations. Some point for aggregation of activities, like a project clearinghouse is desirable, e.g., to facilitate connections between AQS – DataFed – VIEWS. David McCabe also mentioned the availability of the GEOSS website that recently became operational.

Action Items / Next call:

There will be no Ad Hoc Advisory Committee conference call on July 23. The next call will be Wednesday, August 6, 2:00 – 3:00pm EDT. For this call the agenda should include a further update on RSIG (delayed from the July conference call), and perhaps other systems of interest. Discussion concerning design elements for VIEWS application to ozone should continue, e.g. suggestions to Rich Scheffe, and progress reported on the next call. Members should continue to access the Community Air Quality Data System at http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/Community_Air_Quality_Data_System_Workspace .