Air Quality Meeting during GEO-VI Plenary

From Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

The air quality field has been a leader in the effort to create GEOSS, the Global Earth Observation System of Systems. A large, diverse group of projects are underway which strive to support air quality management decision with observations from ambient monitors and satellites and model results. The air quality community has also been quite active in building and implementing the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) and making the GCI useful for practitioners.

GEO has recognized and publicized some of this work in several GEO Work Plan Tasks. GEO is also seeking to activate a GEO Air Quality Community of Practice. During the GEO-VI Plenary in Washington, DC, 17 – 18 November 2009, USEPA and partners will convene a meeting to review activity underway, activate a GEO Community of Practice (?), and discuss how the community can effectively move forward.

We'll also work on clearly conveying to data providers how they can make GEOSS work well with their AQ data.

Goals for presentations:[edit | edit source]

1. Bring together representatives of a number of the air quality projects underway which are contributing to GEOSS, enabling communication between projects. Inform the broader community of AQ practitioners interested in GEOSS about these projects.

  • What information do they deliver?
  • How can they be more useful for decision support if GEOSS is successfully implemented?
  • Respond to outline of GEOSS (previewed on-line) (?)

2. Present aspects of the emerging GEOSS. We’ll briefly present an overarching vision of how an interoperable, service-oriented approach to finding, manipulating, visualizing, and disseminating data will serve AQ management.

Then present the work developed to design and implement the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) and the Air Quality Community Infrastructure, developed by members of the community during the GEO Architecture Implementation Pilot. These presentations, together with the discussion in the afternoon, should clearly define how providers can most effectively contribute to GEOSS (best practices, etc.)

It will be a challenge to do all of this in a short time, but squeezing both of these topics into a morning reflects the tension we face between working on near-term deliverable applications to provide decision support and long-term infrastructure development.

Goals for discussion[edit | edit source]

  • Discuss whether the infrastructure described (goals, approach, implementation) is what we think is needed.
  • Define best practices for contributions to GEOSS. Many datasets (including AQ data) are currently registered in ways that do not allow the infrastructure to use that data in a full way.
  • Activate / Formalize the Air Quality Community of Practice. What this means is up to us, but some important factors:
    • Visibility: web page, links from GEO
    • Clear mission, goals, near term plans
    • Does the CoP want to say anything about the GEO Work Plan?