#ESIPfed Summer Meeting

ESIP Summer MeetingThe Federation for Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) 2015 Summer Meeting will take place in Pacific Grove, CA, July 14-17. ESIP is a unique consortium of scientific organizations that collect, interpret and develop applications for remotely sensed data. This year’s meeting focuses on the theme of ESIP and data-driven community resilience.

At the meeting, more than 250 Earth science data and information technology practitioners from federal data centers, research laboratories, universities, education resource providers, technology developers, and various nonprofit and commercial enterprises will spend four days discussing the many dimensions of community resilience, from place-based to virtual communities, and how technology enables communities to bounce forward in the face of stress and adversity.

The ESIP Summer Meeting is interdisciplinary and inclusive, and features a variety of presentations, sessions and activities for all levels of technical expertise. The July 15 plenary session will focus on the social and scientific aspects of community resilience as it relates to open source software projects, data archives’ long-term planning, organizational change, and the use of Earth science data and technology for community resilience. Speakers include:

Bruce Goldstein [University of Colorado Boulder] will frame collaborative resilience as it applies to place-based and virtual networks.

Lauren Casey [Climate Action Champion, Sonoma County Team] will discuss the efforts of the Climate Ready Sonoma County project at creating a climate resilient community.

Kathleen Weathers [Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON)] will share lessons learned from the application of resilience concepts to the GLEON virtual community.

Dave Blodgett [United States Geological Survey (USGS)] will outline the dynamics of community resilience and how to manage the varied expectations of those in the community.

Lawrie Jordan [Esri—Director of Imagery] will describe how Esri is bridging the gap between Earth science data and local communities to enable local resilience.

Sangram Ganguly [NASA Ames Research Center] will speak about the big data challenges related to satellite platforms and the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) and OpenNEX initiatives.

David Lubar [Aerospace Corporation] will explain the challenges faced in sharing the weather satellite spectrum with terrestrial networks.

Chris Waigl [University of Alaska Fairbanks], the 2015 Robert G. Raskin Scholarship recipient, will speak about data usability in relation to remote sensing of Alaskan wildfires.

This year’s meeting includes a hackerspace, a gathering places for people interested in computing and technology to meet and work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment and knowledge. The space is not limited to hacking on code: concepts, collaborations and a Wiki Cleanup are all possibilities.

Another highlight of the meeting is the ESIP Educator Workshop, a one-day professional development training for high school science teachers and community college faculty. Participants will learn how to use NASA and NOAA climate data and integrate it into their existing science curriculum.

FUNding Friday, an annual mini-grant funding competition, will return to the meeting. FUNding Friday promotes and rewards new collaborations or bridges between ESIP projects and technologies. The competition showcases how ESIP leverages current technologies and member skills to add new services with a modest amount of effort and funding; it also encourages collaborations across member organizations that demonstrate the value of ESIP participation

To keep up with these events and more, participate remotely in the ESIP Summer Meeting (select Remote Participant on the meeting registration page) and follow along on Twitter via the #ESIPfed hashtag.