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ESIP Agriculture & Climate Annual Plan 2016

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

Agriculture & Climate Plan

Agriculture & Climate Objective:

Things we may do to fulfill our objectives:

  • Establish "pipeline" for identification, documentation, and support of Earth Science researchers to develop case studies for the Climate Resiliency Toolkit in conjunction with CRT staff.
  • Assist Earth Science researchers focused on Agriculture & Climate, and Energy & Climate issues in learning how to describe some aspects of their research questions and resulting data for broader public communication and understanding. Activities might include, for example, formulating questions that a researcher can answer and in so doing, aid in the development of additional resources to help researchers learn how to transform their research into stories.
  • Work with CRT to develop (semi-)automated generation of case studies, with answers to questions as inputs.
  • Explore methods to provide incentives for other ESIP or non-ESIP participants to develop case studies that would go into the pipeline. Incentives could be monetary or non-monetary (TBD).
  • Sponsor session(s) at Summer'16
    • Collaborations with Energy & Climate, Science Communication
    • Collaboration with Drone Cluster (NASA drone intern), focusing on data management of drone data
  • Sponsor session(s) at Winter'17 Meetings (TBD)
  • Reconnect USDA ARS LTAR, Climate Hubs

Things our collaboration area needs to deliver our objectives?

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

  • Student fellow
  • Intern, postdoc, etc.
  • Staff support in science communication

How will we know we are on the right track?

  • For CRT "pipeline" - Other ESIP groups initiate use of "pipeline"
  • Bringing new members to ESIP (e.g., NAL/LTAR)

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

  • Presentations at conferences (e.g., ESIP, AGU)
  • Presentations at other related conferences (e.g., agriculture, climate)

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?)

  • Drone Cluster - explore how we can learn more about the data management issues related to drone-captured data.
  • Energy & Climate - continue to work together to develop a pipeline for CRT case studies
  • Science Communication - collaborate on the Science Communication workshop planned for Summer ESIP, if appropriate
  • Education - find opportunities to help educate ESIP members about how to tell stories and inform the public on Ag/Climate related issues.
  • We will look into collaborating with AGU's Science Education group.
  • We will explore whether any kind of incentive or awards program for potential contributors of case studies could be developed jointly between CRT and ESIP.
  • We will plan to work with Rebecca Fowler to communicate any data-related issues on the ESIP / AGU Data blog. For example, once we've come up with a good template, perhaps we could contribute a piece to this blog on the "ESIP Pipeline to a CRT Case Study"; would be a good ad!