AmeriGEO Week (August 19-23)

AmeriGEO Week 2019, August 19-23 in Lima, Peru,  aims to bring the AmeriGEO community together to reflect on progress, plan for the future to meet the priority needs in the focus areas identified by the region as highest priority (Water, Agriculture, Disaster, and Biodiversity/Ecosystems) and to provide training in the use of Earth Observations. The training is intended for staff of government institutions and other decision makers in the region. After an opening Plenary session, experts in the areas of remote sensing and data management will provide six parallel training sessions throughout the week (all at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima). The progress and planning meeting is open to the AmeriGEO community. The AmeriGEOSS Community Platform will be demonstrated to the community and feedback will be collected. We look forward to your participation!

The call for abstracts to be presented as posters during the Symposium is now open, with the deadline for submission on Tuesday, July 30th, 2018. Papers are being sought on diverse applications of EO for understanding and sustainably managing natural resources and the environment. Abstracts (max. 300 words) should be submitted by email to AmeriGEO Week Organizing Team: (albert.degarmo@NOAA.gov; betzy.hernandez@nasa.gov; ricardo.quirogavanegas@nasa.gov ) with the subject: Abstract Submission. Submissions should address one [or more] of the following four GEO societal benefit areas, prioritized by the Americas Caucus country members:

1. Agriculture: associated with climate variability, climate change, and food security.

2. Disaster Risk Reduction: particularly for data exchange associated with early warnings and for the generation of regional products of early warnings.

3. Ecosystems: including biodiversity observation in coastal, marine, and continental habitats, in the context of capacity building for better monitoring, management, and maintenance of ecosystems and biodiversity they support; also, to predict future changes.

4. Water: associated with the management approach of water resources and data management.

5. Other thematic areas: capacity building, indigenous and land management, air quality, health, others.

AGU100 Oceanography from Space Session Abstract Submissions

Please consider your own possible submission or share this announcement with your Satellite Oceanography network colleagues.

Abstract submission deadline is July 31st!

Submit Abstracts Here

OS023 – Oceanography from Space:  Applications for Satellite-based Ocean Observations

The capability to remotely estimate various ocean properties from satellites is continuously increasing in maturity and scope.  Sea surface temperature, sea surface height, ocean vector winds and chlorophyll concentration are now available on a routine and sustainable basis.  These products are becoming integral to operational applications for routine and event-driven environmental assessments, predictions, forecasts and management, and represent a huge potential for contributing to societal needs and the Blue Economy. We invite presentations of studies that have used satellite-derived estimates of oceanic, coastal and inland water properties in an operational application, be it for public or commercial use. We specifically encourage presentations that highlight the methods employed, lessons learned in overcoming the challenges encountered, and socio-economic implications of the work.

Primary Convener
Veronica P LanceCooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites University of Maryland

Conveners
Christopher Brown – NOAA
Paul M DiGiacomo – NOAA
Bojan R Bojkov – European Space Research Institute

Index Terms
4813 Ecological prediction
4815 Ecosystems, structure, dynamics, and modeling
4264 Ocean Optics
4556 Sea level: Variations and Mean

Swirl Topics
Science & Society

AGU100 Fall Meeting Information

Inventory of Existing Marine Litter Databases and Datasets for UN SDG Indicator 14.1.1

Submit Survey Responses Here

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals includes a goal (SDG 14 – Life Below Water) to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

SDG 14 Target 14.1 “by 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds (…)” provides a deadline for progress on reducing marine litter which is informed by SDG indicator 14.1.1b, “marine litter.”

There is a need to understand what data is available on marine litter and how this data can be brought together. The GEO Blue Planet Initiative is working to support the global community in identifying and integrating existing data.

We invite all stakeholders (including observation experts, citizen science initiatives, and database curators) to provide their expert input for this inventory of existing marine litter databases and datasets. All feedback is welcome and deemed relevant, as information from this survey will be used for the official UN SDG monitoring of SDG indicator 14.1.1.

Please direct questions to info@geoblueplanet.org.

June 3rd GEO Blue Planet Brown Bag Lunch Presentation

Monday, June 3 | 12:30-2:00 pm 

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Overview:

There are a range of new technologies that are helping revolutionize the way our natural resources are managed.  We live on a blue planet, and Earth’s waters benefit many sectors of society. The future of our blue planet is increasingly reliant on the services delivered by marine, coastal and inland waters and on the advancement of effective, evidence-based decisions on sustainable development. “Oceans and Society: Blue Planet” is an initiative of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) that aims to ensure the sustained development and use of ocean and coastal observations for the benefit of society. The initiative works to advance and exploit synergies among the many observational programmes devoted to ocean and coastal waters; to improve engagement with a variety of stakeholders for enhancing the timeliness, quality and range of information delivered; and to raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations at the public and policy levels. This presentation will provide an overview of the GEO Blue Planet Initiative including current and planned activities including the development of information services for small island states and data discovery, access and utilization in support of SDG target 14.1.1 – index of coastal eutrophication and floating plastic debris.

Come and learn more from an expert about how modern satellite remote sensing is providing new perspectives and decision support to manage our Blue Planet.  Explore how we can collaborate with this initiative in our growing cross-sectoral work on the Blue Economy!  See disruptive tech in action!

Chair:

Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep, Global Lead (Disruptive Technology)

Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice

 

Discussants:

Eileen Burke, Global Lead (Water Resources Management)

Water Global Practice

 

Delphine Arri, Senior Environmental Engineer, The World Bank

Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice

 

Presenter:

Emily Smail, Executive Director, GEO Blue Planet

NOAA-University of Maryland Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites 

Our Ocean Wealth Summit

Our Ocean Wealth Summit, in association with PwC, will take place on 10 June at Cork’s City Hall. OOW Summit is Ireland’s flagship event for the marine sector. Across a wide ranging of relevant fields including engineering, shipping, aquaculture, energy, technology, and bio-sciences, the Summit brings together Ireland and other international organizations to create innovative and sustainable solutions with global impacts that drive our blue economy. 

The theme of this years summit is “Shared Voices from Small Island Nations.” The Summit will hear from former US Secretary of State John Kerry, along with a number of other world leaders of island nations, researchers, entrepreneurs, and academics to engage, network and shape discussions about the maritime economy, and the related opportunities and challenges.

Ocean Best Practices System

The complexity of ocean observation is rapidly increasing as requirements for simultaneous biological, physical, and chemical ocean observations emerge to inform new societal and economic requirements. Yet, our ability to exchange the methods we use has become more challenging as traditional oral mentoring proves less sustainable at scale.

The Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS) supports the ocean observation community by providing a repository where best practices are reliably archived, accessible, searchable, and comparable across disciplines. The system consists of a sustained IODE global repository, a peer-reviewed Frontiers in Marine Science Research Topic
“Best Practices in Ocean Observing” and a training capability built upon the IOC OceanTeacher Global Academy. There are many benefits that are provided through this system. There are more than 600 best practices in the repository including standard operating procedures, manuals and other method description. This makes it easier to find and compare methods. The practices are assigned DOIs so they are permanently identified. OBPS is looking at a forum for community discussions about practices. For more information and to access best practices, go to www.oceanbestpractices.org. In addition, look at the recent publications in the Best Practice research topic at: https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/7173/best-practices-in-ocean-observing. OBPS also provides a monthly newsletter about the latest news and community trends. If you would like to receive it, send an email to obpcommunity@oceanbestpractices.org.

Best practices are essential part of the Blue Planet Mission of advancing and exploiting synergies among the many observing programs devoted to ocean and coastal waters coupled with improving engagement with a variety of users for enhancing the timeliness, quality and range of services delivered. We are excited to support this Mission.

ESA Call for Remote Sensing on Plastic Marine Litter Innovations and Solutions

The European Space Agency has put out a funding call for novel and innovative ideas that address the remote sensing of plastics marine litter. Primarily, they are excited about ideas based around detection, quantification and tracking of plastic litter in saltwater and freshwater systems, including shores/coasts. Ideas shall include the exploitation of at least a space asset and can address the upstream as well as the downstream segment.

https://ideas.esa.int/servlet/hype/IMT?documentTableId=45087579626962675&userAction=Browse&templateName=&documentId=ae460bb2ce3f682ea452f15f8bc3753f 

 

The African Conference of Blue Economy

Suez University will host its First International Conference titled the African Conference of Blue Economy to Achieve the African Agenda 2063 for Sustainable Development on 10-13 September, 2019. 

As implied, the main theme of the conference is “Blue Economy to Achieve the 2063 African Agenda,” with sub-themes focusing on Fish Wealth & Resources, Navigation and Maritime, Energy Extracted form the Marine Environment, Tourism and Marine Archaeology, Natural and Man-made risks, Impacts on Social Composition and Population Demography Along Coastal Areas, and Earth Observation Advanced Technologies and Geo-informatics Systems.

Abstracts for this conference are due 15 June 2019.

1st International Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium

What: First International Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium 

When: 18 to 20 June, 2019

Where: College Park, MD, USA 

About: Satellite remote sensing of ocean properties is a technology of continuously increasing maturity and scope. Sea surface temperature, sea
surface height, ocean color, sea ice, ocean winds, roughness-derived parameters (e.g., oil spills) and other measurements are now available on
a routine and sustainable basis. Some of these products are integral to operational applications for routine and event-driven environmental
assessments, predictions, forecasts and management. Yet ocean satellite data are still underutilized and have a huge potential for contributing
further to societal needs and the “blue economy”.

The First Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium aims to enable the understanding the barriers (perceived or actual) and facilitate the
widespread incorporation of satellite ocean observations into the value chain from data to useful information across the range of operational
applications. In this symposium, an international community of satellite operators, information producers and users will exchange facts and ideas
to 1) understand user needs and expectations, and 2) develop interoperability standards and establish best practices that will lead to more universal use of ocean satellite data. Training sessions to facilitate use of satellite data products will be offered.

Abstract Submission Deadline Update: April 12, 2019

https://www.eventsforce.net/eumetsat/frontend/reg/thome.csp?pageID=2179&eventID=7