Agclimate telecon 2014-02-03

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  • Winter Meeting: Briefly looked at session notes and the corresponding google sheet with our Key Findings and Actionable Items
  • Mission Statement (still in draft form) - think about how we can tap into the experiences and expertise of ESIP.
  • How can we more clearly define our Cluster’s role - there are similar efforts out there, so how can we define our role and avoid duplication. *Where do we uniquely stand and what can we contribute?
  • What key document or resource can we develop for the community in the near term (Summer meeting in July)

Key findings and Actions:

  • Expand the google sheet of resources - this is good deliverable to work on/expand for July.
  • Address connections between researchers/tool makers who may be having specific issues with data, and link them to people who generate or work with the data -- potential “test bed”
    • potential use-case (AIP8, Liping Di) -- AIP8 kickoff in March
    • small amount of funding available
    • linking people to datasets/tools - example: SAR
      • Nancy will explore the opportunities with AIP8 to see whether they could help with the issue brought up by Liping and give us an opportunity to further define a use case, and possibly an opportunity for a Products & Services testbed proposal to bring SAR data into the tool Liping is using
  • Bring in people from conservation efforts - landuse, farming and conservation to broaden the base - as ESIP members or potential collaborators
    • CRP - Conservation Reserve Program - potential involvement with ESIP, interest in Ag, Water and Climate and may be a good collaborator. **Possible intersection with South Central Climate Center.
      • Bill will send information in a brief write up to Justin Goldstein for CRP connection.


  • The cluster could explore the question and pull information together for guidelines and recommendations for practices on data ownership - public vs private data.
    • Possible google doc could be created for developing information about guidelines.
  • Citizen Science thoughts: An interesting conversation to continue.
    • Many people get enthusiastic, but lots of potential error.
    • Citizen Science workshop in Boise, Idaho - possibly follow up with that
    • Quality of information vs. having more information
    • Recording observations (and is that even “science”)
    • Natural disaster related use of citizen science
    • How social media/tweets might be used to augment the validation of satellite data
    • Steve Kelling - Ebird, network of bird observers. Establishing authority of people doing the observations, internal ranking/rating system.
    • Also working with tool developers - data inputs into tools that farmers might be using, where does that input information go and could it be useful for research?
  • Thoughts on questions of resolution:
    • Wade Crow
    • Bring more narrow/focused/technical aspects of resolving resolution issues
    • Potential speaker or short guest talk or potential collaborator
  • Follow up with Molly Jahn

  • More of an FYI - SWAT hydrological model has (new) capabilities for easy integration of climate data - good for agricultural use. Long Term Crop Management Processes.
  • July ESIP page is already up - think about the theme and what this cluster can focus on for the upcoming session

Attendees: Bill Teng, Nancy Hoebelheinrich, Lindsay Barbieri, Justin Goldstein