2016 GEO Work Programme Symposium: Presentations

Symposium Venue, Dates and Objectives

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The 2016 Work Programme Symposium will take place from 2 to 4 May 2016 in the WMO building, Geneva Switzerland.

The 2016 Work Programme Symposium represents a key event to discuss how the new Strategic Plan should be implemented. Its main objective is, therefore, threefold:

  1. to reflect on the GE0 2016-2025 SP and its targets;
  2. to ensure a common understanding of the new arrangements defined by the Strategic Plan (Programme Board, Implementation Mechanisms, role of the Secretariat);
  3. to discuss and provide recommendations on the content of the GEO 2017-19 Work.

The Symposium will also allow the recently appointed Programme Board to have a rather complete overview of the GEO activities and to interact with the GEO Community. The Programme Board will meet just after the Symposium, on 5-6 May.

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Draft Agenda at a Glance

GEO Work Programme Symposium Agenda at a Glance

The GEO eight Societal Benefit Areas are the following:

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sustainability.
  • Disaster Resilience.
  • Energy and Mineral Resources Management.
  • Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture.
  • Infrastructure and Transportation Management.
  • Public Health Surveillance.
  • Sustainable Urban Development.
  • Water Resources Management.

Registration

The online registration for the GEO 2016 Work Programme Symposium is available here.

Please make sure to register before the meeting.

Reception

Work Programme attendees are kindly invited to the reception hosted by ESRI - GIS for a Sustainable World Conference Symposium (Campus Biotech, Geneva)

If you would like to attend this reception, please register here

GIS for a Sustainable World Conference

In parallel to the GEO Work Programme Symposium, the “GIS for a Sustainable World Conference” will be held from 2-4 May at Campus Biotech, jointly organized by UNITAR/UNOSAT, ESRI and GEO. Campus Biotech is within walking distance from the WMO Building where the GEO Work Programme Symposium will take place.

Work Programme Symposium participants are kindly invited to attend the Conference reception on Monday 2 May, from 18.00 to 19.00. If you plan to attend, please register here.

Monday 2 May

08:00-09.00

Registration

09:00–09:15

1.   INTRODUCTION

 

Welcome and Opening Remarks – Barbara Ryan (GEO Secretariat)
Symposium Objectives and Agenda – Giovanni Rum (GEO Secretariat)

09.15–10.30

2.     THE GEO STRATEGIC PLAN 2016-2025: IMPLEMENTING GEOSS

 

Session details

Chairperson: Barbara Ryan, GEO Secretariat Director
Rapporteur: Douglas Cripe, GEO Secretariat

Presentations

  • Introduction, by the Chair (presentation)
  • The Strategic Plan 2016-25 part A and part B, Douglas Cripe, GEO Secretariat (presentation)
  • GEO Implementation Mechanisms, Giovanni Rum, GEO Secretariat (presentation)
  • Programme Board Terms of Reference, status of the work and way forward, Tim Haigh, EEA, Programme Board Co-chair (presentation)

Q & A Session

10:30–11:00

Coffee Break

11:00–12:00

3.      THE GEO WORK PROGRAMME

 

Session details

Chairperson: Tim Haigh, EEA, Programme Board Co-chair
Rapporteur: Giovanni Rum, GEO Secretariat

Presentations

  • GEO 2016 Work Programme Overview, Giovanni Rum, GEO Secretariat (presentation)
  • GEO 2017-19 Work Programme Introduction and development timeline, John Matuszak, USA, Programme Board Co-chair
  • GEO Branding guidelines, Katy Anderson, GEO Secretariat (presentation)

Q & A Session

12.00–12.30

4.   GEO FOUNDATIONAL TASKS

 

Session details

Chairperson: John Matuszak, USA, Programme Board Co-chair
Rapporteur: Douglas Cripe, GEO Secretariat

Presentations

  • The Foundational Tasks in the 2016 Work Programme: concept and lessons learned, Giovanni Rum, GEO Secretariat (presentation)

Q & A Session

12:30–14:00

Lunch Break

14:00–14.45

4.  GEO FOUNDATIONAL TASKS (con’t)

 

Presentations

  • The Foundational Tasks: criteria for the PB assessment, Francisco Chavez, POGO, Programme Board member (presentation)

Q & A Session

Summary by the Chair

14:45–15:30

5.   REPORTING, MONITORING AND EVALUATION

 

Session details

Chairperson: Giovanni Rum, GEO Secretariat
Rapporteur: Chao Xing, GEO Secretariat

Presentations

  • Reporting requirements and GEO Performance Indicators, Chair (presentation)

Q & A Session

Summary by the Chair

15:30–16:00

Coffee Break

16:00–18:00

6.   GEOSS REQUIREMENTS, FUNCTIONS ARCHITECTURE

 

Session details

Chairpersons:  Massimo Craglia, JRC, European Commission
                        Ivan DeLoatch, USGS, USA
Rapporteurs:  Osamu Ochiai, GEO Secretariat
Wenbo Chu, GEO Secretariat
Paola De Salvo, GEO Secretariat

Presentations

  • GEOSS Current and evolutional architecture, Ivan DeLoatch, Max Craglia
  • Rich Frazier
  • Role of Community Portals in the architecture evolution, Ken McDonald (presentation)
  • Data Sharing and Management, Bob Chen (presentation) and Mustapha Mokrane (presentation)
  • Observation Systems Osamu Ochiai (presentation)
  • GCI Users requirement overview Paola De Salvo (presentation)
  • GEOSS Portal User Interface, Guido Colangeli (presentation)

Panel:  Closing observational gaps and improving access to GEOSS resources.
Panel composition: Bob Chen, Lars-Peter Riishojgaard (to be confirmed), Jonathan Ross, Stefano Nativi, Joerg Freyhof, Emily Smail

  • Introduction from panelists and interventions from the floor

18:00

Adjourn

 

Tuesday 3 May

09:00–09:45

7.   ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY

 

Session details

Chairperson: Robert Samors, GEO Secretariat
Rapporteurs: Andiswa Mlisa, GEO Secretariat
                      Wenbo Chu, GEO Secretariat

Panel: Xingfa Gu, China (presentation), Angelica Gutierrez-Magness, AmeriGEOSS (presentation), Deon Terblanche, WMO, Monica Miguel-Lago, EARSC (presentation). The panel will cover a broad spectrum of different GEO stakeholders’ perspective.

  • Introduction from panelists and interventions from the floor

09:45–10:30

8.   SOCIO-ECONOMIC BENEFITS FROM THE USE OF EARTH OBSERVATIONS

 

Session details

Chairperson: Richard Bernknopf, University of New Mexico
Rapporteur: Giovanni Rum, GEO Secretariat

Presentations

  • Socio economic benefits from EO use: Methodology and Examples, Chair (presentation)

Q & A Session

10:30–11:00

Coffee Break

11:00–12:00

9.   GEO AND THE 2030 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

 

Session details

Chairperson: Lawrence Friedl, NASA, USA
Rapporteur: Robert Samors, GEO Secretariat

Presentations

Q & A Session

Gathering inputs on focus areas for 2016 and contributions to GI-18

12:00–12:50

10.  UNDERSTANDING THE GEO USER NEEDS PROCESS AND DEVELOPING A KNOWLEDGE BASE

 

Session details

Chairperson: Yana Gevorgyan, NOAA, USA
Rapporteur:  Giovanni Rum, GEO Secretariat

Introduction by the Chair

Panel: Michael Rast, ESA (presentation), Lawrence Friedl, NASA, USA (presentation), Hans-Peter Plag, IEEE (presentation), Stefano Nativi, CNR, Italy (presentation)

  • Introduction from panelists and interventions from the floor

Summary by the Chair

12:50–13:00

BREAKOUT GROUPS AND THEIR CHARTER

 

Eight sessions will run in parallel, one for each GEO Societal Benefit Area:
General objectives (they may vary for each Breakout Session):

  • Identify the key objectives for each SBA in the medium and long term (addressing involvement of specific communities/Institutions, user needs/policies to address, development of new methodologies /applications, cross-cutting role of Climate/Weather , …….). This initial set of objectives should develop into a consolidated SBA’s scenarios and roadmaps that will serve as a reference for GEO Members and PO’s to plan and implement future actions.
  • Provide recommendations on activities to be included in the 2017-2019 GEO Work Programme, as a result of the discussion on activities currently included in the 2016 Work Programme + new ideas.
  • Provide initial recommendations on the data, information and knowledge that should be made accessible through the GEO Portal
  • Discuss and provide initial recommendations on how to structure dedicated SBA community (ies) as a permanent consultation forum and major actor for the implementation of the SBA User needs process and the GEO knowledge base development, described in the foundational tasks GD-08 and GD-09 respectively.

The sessions will include, as necessary, presentations of GEO Community Activities, Initiatives and Flagships; for initiatives and flagships, their consistency with the criteria defined in the Strategic Plan Reference Document should be highlighted, with a focus on user involvement, planning and deliverables, allocated resources.

13:00–14.00

Lunch Break

14:00–15.30

11.  SBAs Breakout Sessions

 

15:30–16:00

Coffee Break

16:00–18.00

11.  SBAs Breakout Sessions

 

18:00

Adjourn

 

Wednesday 4 May

09:00–10:30

12.  CAPACITY BUILDING COORDINATION

 

Session details

Chairperson: Mark Noort, HCP International
Rapporteur: Andiswa Mlisa, GEO Secretariat

Presentations

  • Capacity building coordination – resources and baseline study, Chair (presentation)
  • Obtaining user requirements, Rohini Swaminathan, UNITAR
  • Water cycle capacity building, Angelica Gutierrez-Magness, NOAA, USA (presentation)
  • GFOI Capacity Building, Douglas Muchoney, USGS, USA

Discussion on user requirements for Capacity Building

Presentations

  • Young scientists, Simon Hodson, CODATA (presentation)
  • Making geospatial science accessible to the youth, Maria Brovelli, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Discussion on engaging youth in GEO

10:30–11:00

Coffee Break

11:00–12:30

13.  SBAs BREAKOUT SESSIONS REPORTS

 
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sustainability. (presentation)
  • Disaster Resilience. (presentation)
  • Energy and Mineral Resources Management. (presentation)
  • Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture.
  • Infrastructure and Transportation Management.
  • Public Health Surveillance. (presentation)
  • Sustainable Urban Development. (presentation)
  • Water Resources Management. (presentation)

13:00–14.00

Lunch Break

14:00–15:30

14.  WORK PROGRAMME 2016 – DISCUSSION AND CONSOLIDATION

 

Chairpersons: John Matuszak, USA, Tim Haigh EEA Programme Board Co-chairs
Rapporteur: Douglas Cripe, GEO Secretariat

The session will be a structured discussion, lead by the Co-Chairs and involving Chairs and Rapporteurs from previous Symposium sessions as well as the audience, having the following objectives:

  • Summarize the main inputs to the GEO Work Programme 2017-19
    • Proposed Community Activities
    • Candidate GEO Initiatives and GEO Flagships
    • Criteria to consolidate the list of Foundational Tasks and their content
    • Addressing Climate / Weather cross-cutting aspects
  • Discuss the process for confirmation of the resources associated to Foundational Tasks, GEO Initiatives and GEO Flagships
  • Consolidate the Work Programme 2017-19 development and approval timeline, here included the planned inputs from the proposing teams
  • Summary presentation

15:30–16:00

Coffee Break

16:00–17:00

14.  WORK PROGRAMME 2016 – DISCUSSION AND CONSOLIDATION (con’t)

 

Chairperson: John Matuszak, USA, Tim Haigh, EEA Programme Board Co-chairs
Rapporteur: Douglas Cripe, GEO Secretariat

17:00–17:30

15.  CONCLUDING SESSION

 

Summary of Symposium outcomes, Giovanni Rum, GEO Secretariat
Final remarks, Barbara Ryan, GEO Secretariat Director (presentation)

17:30

Adjourn

Agenda - Tuesday 3 May 2016

Agenda - Wednesday 4 May 2016