Session 6 Engaging the Enterprise: Ways to Expand Impact

Friday, 29 March 2019: 8:30 AM-9:45 AM
Auditorium (AAAS Building)
Host: 2019 AMS Washington Forum
Zdenka Willis, Veraison Consulting LLC
Lawrence Friedl, NASA, NASA Applied Sciences Program and USGEO co-chair agency, Washington, DC

The U.S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO) is chartered as a subcommittee under the National Science and Technology Council. USGEO is developing the second National Plan for Civil Observations, which recognizes the Earth Observations Enterprise and the evolving, multi-sectoral approaches to Earth observations to serve multiple industries and support national objectives. This supports the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) vision of strengthening the connective tissues among the components that make up this ecosystem - the government (Federal, State, Local and Tribal), academia, not-for-profit organizations, and the commercial sector. “We need to think of the enterprise as a whole not just about our piece of the enterprise. And also portfolios across that enterprise,” said OSTP Director Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Special Session, on 15 February 2019. Further there is a changing landscape on the provisioning of Earth observation data and analytics that presents both challenges and opportunities. Therefore, USGEO and interagency community are developing activities that can advance sustained, positive interactions within the Enterprise. To understand the landscape, USGEO will facilitate a panel to raise key, timely topics and to support engagement with community members with the ultimate goals of (1) helping to create a robust Earth Observations Enterprise and (2) accelerate the exploitation of Federally-funded and other Earth observations. The AMS community is familiar with the Global Weather Enterprise, and this panel will build on lessons to explore opportunities and challenges of engaging with the Earth Observations Enterprise.

8:30 AM
Lawrence Friedl
Lawrence Friedl, NASA, NASA Applied Sciences Program and USGEO co-chair agency, Washington, DC

8:45 AM
Ann Bartuska
Ann Bartuska, Resources for the Future, Washington, DC

9:00 AM
Anthony Burn
Anthony Burn, Radiant Earth Foundation, Washington, DC

9:15 AM
Kevin Pomfret
Kevin Pomfret, The Centre for Spatial Law and Policy, Tysons, VA

9:30 AM
Erik Noble
Erik Noble, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington, DC

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