CEOS Deliverable Tracking Tool

Actions:

Number Title Status Creation Year Completion Date Description Responsible CEOS Entities External Reference Progress Report Comments
CMRS-05
Contributions to the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS)
Closed
2014
2014-Q4
The Joint Working Group will examine the most effective means of contributing to the GFCS from the viewpoints of (a) ensuring adequate representation of the capabilities and plans of CEOS and CGMS agencies, as represented by the ECV inventory, gap analyses and action plan, and (b) formalization of the relationship between the GFCS and the Joint Working Group, including possible GFCS representation in working group meetings.
WGClimate
Chair WGClimate was invited to the GFCS Meeting in Implementation Coordination in late September and will report on results at CEOS Plenary.
CMRS-06
Report to UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice-Research and Systematic Observation (SBSTA-RSO) at COP-20
Closed
2014
2014-Q3
This report will address CEOS and CGMS support to the GCOS Implementation Plan, as well as CEOS contributions to GFOI and GEO Carbon Strategy. In addition, relevant CGMS-specific activities may also be included. Furthermore, in preparation for COP-21, a set of actions will be identified at the SIT Technical Workshop in September 2014 for subsequent consideration at the CEOS Plenary in October 2014.
WGClimate
GFOI
On schedule.
CARB-07
Implementation plan for carbon observations
Closed
2014
2014-Q4
Institutional responsibilities for implementation of the CEOS carbon strategy will be proposed and adopted by CEOS Plenary.
CSIST
DIS-02
Proposal for Recovery Observatory
Closed
2014
2014-Q2
Develop the full Recovery Observatory proposal for approval.
WGDisasters, WGISS
WGISS is working with WGDisastes in preparing the Recovery Observatory Infrastructure roadmap with release of Version 1 at the CEOS Plenary in October 2014. Version 1.1 wil be released December 2014; Version 1.2 released March 2015; Version 1.3 released June 2015 and final release of Version 2 July 2015.
DIS-03
Data Acquisition Plan in support to DRM Pilots
Closed
2014
2014-Q2
Prepare for approval of the strategic data acquisition plan in response to the Floods, Seismic Hazards, and Volcanoes Pilots' EO requirements.
WGDisasters
As the Flood Pilot lead, NASA is documenting process descriptions for requesting and obtaining access to CEOS agency flood-related data through data coordination points of contact at each agency. NASA is coordinating data requests from Flood PIlot team members to obtain flood observation data for development of new innovative flood products for societal benefit. NASA is developing flood monitoring and modeling "dashboards" for the 3 regional Pilot areas and for the Global integration of up-to-date and historical flood data products and metadata records.
DIS-05
Revised Geohazard Supersite Selection Process and decision on new proposed Supersites
Closed
2013
2014-Q4
Review working procedures between the Supersite Coordination Team (SCT) and WGDisasters, and develop an improved Geohazard Supersites selection process. Endorse Turkey (Marmara sea), Vesuvio and Etna volcanoes (Italy) as new permanent Supersites supported by CEOS in complement to Hawaii and Iceland. Additionally, Event Supersites may be proposed at any time during 2014.
WGDisasters
GEO Task DI-01-C2
Formerly CEOS Action # DI-01-C2_4
DIS-06
Web client to facilitate joint catalog search and access to Supersite data
Closed
2014
2014-Q4
The SCT agreed to implement standard web services to enable catalog search on Supersite data and access protocols for Supersite data holdings.
WGDisasters
DATA-01
CEOS OpenSearch Best Practices Guideline Document
Closed
2014
2014-Q4
This document will serve as a guideline that shows a common set of rules to help CEOS Agencies implement an OpenSearch service aligning with CEOS best practices, with the goal of achieving better interoperability among CEOS Agencies. Also, this document will be of benefit to those using CEOS portals or any client developer who is interested in CEOS satellite data and wants to make use of the satellite data catalogs in their application.
WGISS
The CEOS OpenSearch Team is developing the CEOS OpenSearch Best Practices Guideline Document. This document will also include CWIC OpenSearch Best Practices information and standards for interoperability to facilite doscoery and access of data. The Best Practice Document draft was issued October 2014, during the WGISS-38 meeting and is available at http://www.ceos.org/images/WGISS/OpenSearch/CEOSOpenSearchBestPracticeDocument-draft.pdf
CMRS-02
Gap analysis (first version)
Closed
2012
2015-Q2
Building on the initial release of the ECV inventory and progress to date, the reference process for the gap analysis will be finalized (including guidelines for ECV assessments), and the necessary tools to support the implementation of this process developed. The gap analysis activities will commence once the reference process for the gap analysis and supporting tools are available.
GEO Task CL-01-C1
Full methodology for gap analysis has been developed and has been applied to a select set of ECV records. This effort has been led by Pascal Lecomte and Ed Pecharro with help from other WGClimate members. ?The defined gap process is extensive and thorough. The challenge is that working through the process is quite labor intensive and so WGClimate is considering how it might be possible to distribute the work load to expand the process to additional ECVs.
Formerly CEOS Action Number CL-01-C1_1
CMRS-03
Action plan (first version)
Closed
2014
2015-Q3
Once the gap analysis has been completed, a coordinated action plan will be developed to: Create the conditions for delivering further climate data records from existing observational data by targeting processing gaps/shortfalls/opportunities (e.g., cross-calibration, reprocessing) and Optimize the planning of future satellite missions and constellations to expand existing and planned climate data records, in terms of both coverage and record length, and to address gaps with respect to GCOS requirements
Given the WGClimate experience now gained with the EVC assessment and gap ayalysis steps, we must reconsiderhow to best achieve an action plan. WGClimate will be bringing this topic to the SIT Technical Workshop and CEOS Plenary ?for discussion. IT should be noted that GCOS is currently in its review cycle of producing a status report and in 2016 will produce an implementation plan. One approach may be to use the formulation of the upcoming GCOS implementation plan as a shared action plan with WGClimate.
CMRS-04
Case studies linking CDRs to societal applications and informed policy decisions
Closed
2014
2015-Q1
To provide a connection between the availability of climate data records and the socio-economic benefits that could accrue, particularly from a policy-making perspective, case studies will be performed to characterize the link between the capability to make informed policy decisions and the availability of climate data record information. These case studies will make use of the CEOS-CGMS-WMO climate monitoring architecture and are expected to involve drilling down within the Applications and Decision-making pillars of the architecture. One of the case studies will be in an application area of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) see CMRS-5.
The report has been finalized and is undergoing typesetting and will be available soon (as of 9-11-15)
CMRS-10
CEOS-CGMS Report on Progress to SBSTA-43
Closed
2015
2015-Q3
The Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice - Research and Systematic Observations (SBSTA-RSO) has requested an updated progress report for COP-21/SBSTA-43 to coincide with the end meeting for the current UNFCCC. A document ready for review and approval will be complete by end Q2 2015, for finalization by end September 2015.
WGClimate
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) In progress. Two parts: summary of CDRs and update on approach to ECV Inventory.
CMRS-07
CEOS Response to the GCOS IP and Satellite Supplement for submission (via GCOS) to COP-21
Closed
2014
2015-Q2
The draft CEOS response to the GCOS IP and Satellite Supplement will be presented for endorsement at SIT-30 in Spring 2015. Following endorsement, it will be integrated into the GCOS Progress Report in August/September 2015 for submission to COP-21.
The full updated report has been finalized and is posted to the CEOS website. The GCOS Secretariat acknowledged receipt of the report and the report has been used in the GCOS 2015 status report. A report to SBSTA-43 is currently being finalized by WGClimate and will be submitted shortly to CEOS SEC for review and approval (as of 9-11-15)
CMRS-08
Incorporation of in situ data holdings within the ECV inventory
Closed
2014
2015-Q4
To extend the benefits of the infrastructure of the ECV inventory to climate-relevant in situ data holdings, the feasibility of incorporating such information within the scope of the ECV inventory was assessed. Information will be included, but database analysis and follow-up will not be undertaken within CEOS.
WGClimate
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Web input updated and near final. Then scientists will be invited to contribute. Incorporation of in situ data holdings within the ECV inventory ? reuse original ECV questionnaire framework. Data base analysis and follow up will not be done by CEOS.
CMRS-09
Update of ECV inventory, gap analysis and action plan (Version 2)
Closed
2014
2015-Q2
Once the first full cycle has been completed (see CMRS-2 to CMRS-3), resulting in Version 1 of the ECV inventory, gap analysis and action plan, a new cycle will be triggered by the availability of an updated ECV inventory, leading to Version 2 of these deliverables. It is noted that the anticipated release of a new climate change treaty may require adaptation of future work plan activities in this area.
WGClimate, AC-VC, LSI-VC, OCR-VC, OST-VC, OSVW-VC, P-VC, SST-VC
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) ?A series of lessons learnt has been identified, and will inform planning for version 2 once it is time to commence.
CARB-01
Updated Global Baseline Data Acquisition Strategy for GFOI
Closed
2012
2015-Q1
A baseline, coordinated global data acquisition strategy for GFOI was endorsed by CEOS in 2013. This strategy, also known as 'Element-1,' utilizes freely available core data streams for global, systematic and sustained wall-to-wall acquisitions of forested areas. An update to this plan to reflect the addition of new data streams and annual implementation changes will be presented for endorsement at SIT-29. The SDCG will continue to coordinate the implementation of the strategy and to report annually to SIT.
SDCG for GFOI
GEO Task SB-03-C1
SB-03-C1_1
CARB-04
CEOS Delivery of Coordinated Land Surface Observations for GFOI Countries
Open
2014
2017-Q2
CEOS will acquire coordinated land surface observations for GFOI countries in accordance with the endorsed strategies.
SDCG for GFOI
Systematic acquisitions consistent with the Element 1 Strategy are ongoing.Data Services Pilot: The first prototype Data Cube and user interface were delivered in late 2015 with a focus on Colombia. In addition, traditional scene-based data reports were developed for 70 countries and put on the GFOI website.
CARB-08
Implementation of agreed actions in response to CEOS Strategy for Carbon Observations from Space
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
At SIT-29, the Ad-Hoc Carbon Strategy Implementation Study Team was established to determine the most appropriate At SIT-29, the Ad-Hoc Carbon Strategy Implementation Study Team was established to determine the most appropriate way to implement the recommended actions of the CEOS Strategy for Carbon Observations from Space, including the identification of tasks and the most appropriate CEOS Entities to take them forward. The results of this study were endorsed at the 28th CEOS Plenary and are now being implemented.SIT
ASI, WGCapD, WGClimate, WGCV, WGDisasters, WGISS, AC-VC, LSI-VC, OCR-VC, OST-VC, OSVW-VC, P-VC, SST-VC, SIT Chair
CARB-03
Strategy on supply of data in support of GFOI R&D activities
Closed
2014
2015-Q2
At the SDCG-5 meeting in 2014, it was confirmed that a strategy was required for the third element of the CEOS Space Data Strategy for GFOI, and that endorsement should be sought at SIT-30.
SDCG for GFOI
Complete. The Element 3 strategy was endorsed at SIT-30.
AGRI-02
JECAM Annual Report
Closed
2014
2015-Q2
GEOGLAM utilises JECAM to develop and operationalize its monitoring techniques, including sampling approaches; allow countries to build capacity to collect and process Earth observation data from CEOS; and allow time to validate and incorporate results into decision-making processes. An annual report of the JECAM efforts will summarize the results of the project and its relevance to GEOGLAM.
GEOGLAM
The JECAM Annual Progress Report, which includes updates from 22 project teams, has recently been completed and is posted online at:?http://www.jecam.org/images/uploads/sites/JECAM_Progress_Report_2015_v0_14.pdf ?
AGRI-04
CEOS Strategic Response to GEOGLAM Requirements
Open
2015
2017-Q4
The CEOS Strategic Response to GEOGLAM Requirements identifies how CEOS Agencies will coordinate their relevant Earth observing satellite systems to acquire data to support information requirements arising from GEOGLAM. Annual updates to this document include the addition of new mission datasets, updates to primary and contributing datasets, updates to sampling approaches, adjustments to the strategy that improve GEOGLAM coverage, and updates to country coverage. In addition, this task will include updates to the Scope Document, which reflects the high-level plans for the Ad Hoc GEOGLAM team and addresses new requirements evolving from the Rangelands (RAPP) project and upscaling of SAR coverage in support of Asia-RiCE (eventual goal: national coverage). An interim report of the updated strategy will be presented at the annual SIT meeting. The final updated strategy will be presented for endorsement at the annual CEOS Plenary Meeting.
GEOGLAM
The ad hoc Working Group presented an updated Acquisition Strategy for GEOGLAM at the CEOS Plenary. This document was endorsed by the Plenary. The group also introduced a new 2-page Scope document to summarize the high-level plans and objectives for the group.
AGRI-05
Data Services Prototypes
Closed
2015
2016-Q4
Acquisition of observations is a key enabler of the success of GEOGLAM. Implementation of appropriate data services systems to enable such data to be processed and analysed to produce actionable products is also critical, and has historically presented a range of challenges, particularly when the goal is implementation of operational systems.Two prototype projects, one supporting JECAM and the other Asia-RiCE, are being implemented to explore different approaches to addressing these challenges. Lessons learned will be reported at the CEOS Plenary Meeting.
SEO
April 2015: The SEO continues to make progress in the development of data services to support JECAM and Asia-RICE. The JECAM system will be released in mid-2015 to support a SAR intercomparison study among several test sites. The Asia-RICE system will be expanded to include all Asia-RICE test sites and allow sharing of data across those sites. Further updates will be provided in late 2015.December 2015: The Asia-Rice data services continues to be utilized and tested. It is expected this project will continue through 2016 with an expansion of datasets to include Sentinel-1A. The JECAM data services system was not completed in 2015 due to a lack of requirements and a lack of cloud-based computing. Agri-Food Canada is planning to supply cloud-based resources for the JECAM system in 2016 from Microsoft. A new task will be created for this work.
AGRI-06
Common Data Sharing Strategy for JECAM
Closed
2015
2015-Q2
Access to restricted (non-open) and open datasets is critical to the success of JECAM, and the support of CEOS Agencies to these projects is greatly appreciated. Work will be undertaken to identify opportunities for streamlining data licensing and data sharing to facilitate JECAM projects. Progress will be reported at SIT-30.
SEO
April 2015: NASA and CSA successfully completed a data sharing agreement to allow hosting of Radarsat-2 data on the JECAM Space Data Management System (SDMS). This data sharing agreement, called a MURF, allows sharing of data across multiple JECAM test sites to share processing methods and enhance the use of radar data for agriculture applications.
DIS-07
Implementation of Endorsed Strategy for participation in the 2015 WCDRR
Closed
2015
2015-Q1
The 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) will establish the future international framework for disaster risk reduction, following from the Hyogo Framework for Action. For Sendai, CEOS and a group of key international stakeholders will establish a partnership to prepare a White Paper on "Earth Observation and Space-based applications contribution to Disaster Risk Reduction" (see DIS-4). CEOS will have a significant presence at the meeting, with the intention of ensuring the key role that Earth observations from space play in the DRR cycle is recognized. This presence will include a Working Session prepared jointly with other partners including several UN Agencies and an exhibition. CEOS will also develop and distribute a special edition of the CEOS EO Handbook that provides a decision maker-friendly explanation of the value of satellite EO to DRR. Currently 2300 copies are foreseen to be distributed ahead of the conference (to 300 key DRM actors) and 2000 during the Sendai conference. A report on participation and stakeholder feedback received will be presented at SIT-30.
WGDisasters
TO BE CLOSED. ? Participation in WCDRR has been effective and fruitful
DIS-09
Readiness of Recovery Observatory for Activation
Closed
2015
2015-Q1
Development work on the Recovery Observatory will be progressed to the point where the IT system, processes and procedures are in 'cold storage' ready for activation at the appropriate time.
WGDisasters
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Now closed. RO Infrastructure: The RO has been ready for triggering since 1 January. Parallel development of the IT infrastructure v2 continues. ? RO Oversight Team: ?Regarding the involvement stakeholders in the Oversight Team (in charge of recommending the RO triggering and overseeing the implementation, several successful meetings have been held with UNDP and World Bank, and UNOSAT. UNDP and GFDRR have joined the Oversight Team. There are still discussions on-going with IFRC (Red Cross) and we hope to engage UNEP in 2015. ? RO Testing: A test of the whole process to trigger the RO has been initiated at the occasion of the hurricane above Vanuatu but it failed: a report of lessons learned and recommendations is being finalized (will be discussed by the group on 24 June); it will be used to improve the whole process.
DIS-10
Implementation of Data Acquisition Plan in support to DRM pilots and data coordination for GNSL supersites
Open
2015
2019-Q4
Continue support to the GEO GSNL Initiative. A series of new proposals is expected in the coming weeks; up to three proposals: Chile, DR of Congo, Peru (Andes ? multi-hazard supersite proposal). The San Andreas Fault Natural Laboratory was approved at SIT-32 and final letter being prepared by DCT. GSNL proposals approval might be requested at Plenary.Stating to support the Landslides Pilot: Data requests for CSK, Pleiades, RADARSAT and TerraSAR data are being prepared.SHOULD BE CLOSED? Data is being acquired since beginning of Summer 2014. Data has been processed by several non-space agencies involved in Pilots and some results presented at CEOS Plenary. In particular, GSNL scientists also receive regularly data for all Permanent (approved at past CEOS plenaries) and Event Supersites (approved by WGDisasters Data Coordination Team). Proposed for closure as the provision of data has become a routine activity that runs without major difficulty.
DIS-11
Proposal for a landslides DRM pilot
Closed
2015
2015-Q4
Some interest has emerged in expanding the suite of DRM pilots to include landslides, with potential synergies with the existing Seismic Hazards pilot identified by stakeholders and CEOS Agencies. The proposal will be consolidated internally. If enough Space Agencies are interested to support this new pilot, then WGDisasters will prepare a submission, for consideration by CEOS Plenary, about this issue. The proposal will consider the ability of CEOS Agencies to participate, and address the need to ensure focus and maximize use of CEOS Agency resources.
WGDisasters
?NASA and USGS? and ESA are exploring interest within for CEOS pilot on landslides, or contributions through existing pilots. Action discussed at each monthly WGDisasters teleconference.
DIS-12
Report on survey of donors for post-2017 operation of a Recovery Observatory
Open
2015
2018-Q2
Following the subsequent approval by CEOS Principals, the Recovery Observatory (RO) was triggered on December 22 to track and support recovery efforts in Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. The survey will started nine months after the RO-triggering as no Donors might express some interest before having concrete evidence of the usefulness of the RO and of the benefits it brings to society.
DIS-14
Ensure the proper coordination of the GEO Disaster Task and of the C3 and C5 components.
Closed
2015
2015-Q4
CEOS will ensure the role of GEO Disaster Task DI-01 is fulfilled and will continue to provide leadership to the DI-01-C3 component on 'Regional End-to-End Systems' and DI-01-C5 'Foster utilization of Earth observation remote sensing data for all phases of Disaster Risk Management'. In that roles, the persons identified will have in particular to closely monitor the progress of the Task and two Components and regularly report on the status of the related activities to the GEO community at the milestones specified by the GEO Secretariat.
WGDisasters
TO BE CLOSED ? The WGDisasters persons listed below ?ensures this proper coordination.
  • CEOS ensures the role of GEO Disaster Task DI-01 (Kerry Sawyer, NOAA and also WGDisasters member.)
  • The DI-01-C3 component on 'Regional End-to-End Systems' ?is led by Stu Frye (NASA and also WGDisasters member, leading the Flood pilot.)
  • DI-01-C5 'Foster utilization of Earth observation remote sensing data for all phases of Disaster Risk Management' is led by Ivan Petiteville (ESA and WGDisasters chair.)
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WAT-01
Development of a CEOS response to the GEOSS Water Strategy.
Closed
2014
2015-Q4
The GEOSS Water Strategy includes a number of recommendations that deal with satellites. In 2015, CEOS will assess the feasibility of CEOS Agencies to contribute to the development of the GEOSS Water Implementation Plan, and to define the potential CEOS contribution to the implementation of the GEOSS Water Strategy. The establishment of an ad-hoc Initial Study Team to progress this work was agreed at the 28th CEOS Plenary Meeting, with an initial report to be provided at SIT-30
WSIST
The CEOS OpenSearch Team is developing the CEOS OpenSearch Best Practices Guideline Document. This document will also include CWIC OpenSearch Best Practices information and standards for interoperability to facilite doscoery and access of data. The Best Practice Document draft was issued October 2014, during the WGISS-38 meeting and is available at http://www.ceos.org/images/WGISS/OpenSearch/CEOSOpenSearchBestPracticeDocument-draft.pdf
CB-01
Digital Elevation Model (DEM) workshops
Closed
2014
2015-Q4
Pursuit of Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) 30m data with a proposed workshop in Nepal.
WGCapD
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Two completed. First in Pretoria, South Africa, March 23-27, 2015. Second in Puebla, Mexico, May 25-29, 2015. Future workshops TBD.
CB-04
Contribute to Capacity Building Portal (Geocab Portal)
Open
2014
2019-Q4
Populate the GEO Capacity Building Portal. This portal aims at increasing the awareness of the Capacity Building Inventory across CEOS and GEO. See GEONetCab site at http://www.geocab.org/).
WGCapD
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Have attended GEOCAB meetings as they occur. In the process of submitting a letter of support in lieu of an MOU with GEOCAB partners.
CB-08
Strategy for Digital Elevation Model (DEM) workshops
Closed
2015
2015-Q4
The announcement that SRTM Data will be made more globally available by the United States Government is a major step forward for use of Earth observations from space, making it easier to provide tools and materials to enable end-users to engage with DEM data. WGCapD will develop an overarching strategy for capacity building workshops around this significant dataset. The strategy will be prepared for consideration by the 29th CEOS Plenary Meeting.
WGCapD
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) [CEO Team Note: there is now a broader strategic planning effort underway within CapD, and this will be reflected in the next Work Plan structure. ?The following upate relates to that broader effort.] The Strategic Planning process was initiated at the WGCapD Annual Meeting in March.
CB-09
Development and release of webinars
Closed
2015
2015-Q4
A series of webinars will be developed, drawing on presentations and materials already under development by other CEOS Entities. These webinars will be made easily available through the CEOS website, with the intent of sharing information with a broader audience.
WGCapD
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Waiting for the accumulation of a sufficient volume of archive-ready materials.
CB-10
CEOS Database Update Survey and Release of Online Version
Open
2015
2017-Q4
CEOS Agencies to provide resources to support their responses to the update survey issued in the April-May timeframe; release of the updated CEOS Database will be online prior to the annual CEOS Plenary Meeting.
ESA
Preparations are underway for this year's survey cycle, with an initial round of contact emails expected to go out in early June.
CB-11
Build awareness and demonstrate the value of EO applications through major conferences
Open
2015
2019-Q4
WGCapD members will target major Earth observation and other relevant conferences and workshops, engaging and providing training sessions for academic and other user communities. For example, WGCapD will actively participate in the Public Health and EO Workshop to be held in Montreal in June 2017. This will help clarify the linkage between environment, climate, society and public health and EO data.
WGCapD
The SEO delivered the ECV database to ESA/EUMETSAT on July 15, 2015. Further edits and development of the database will be coordinated by the current and incoming WGClimate Chair. The SEO will host a "Data Cube Workshop" at the July 2017 IGARSS Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. 
DATA-02
Full representation of CEOS Agency datasets in the IDN and accessible via supported WGISS standards
Open
2014
2019-Q4
19 June 2017 Update from SST-VC:  SST-VC and GHRSST providing 84 GHRSST-formatted datasets to IDN and CWIC via required services from NOAA NCEI.  Also providing datasets via the NASA CMR.  Discussions at 18th GHRSST Science Team Meerting 05-09 June 2017 in Qingdao on the evolution of the GHRSST data management infrastructure includes continuing to maintain the required services and metadata to meet IDN and CWIC standards, even as the GHRSST system evolves to include more federated systems at new organizations beyond NOAA and NASA.  (Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) This is an ongoing action, and showed significant progress with the recent addition of ROSCOSMOS, EUMETSAT and ISRO in the IDN. Increased IDN representativeness is expected to result from OpenSearch, CWIC and FedEO.?The IDN is periodically sending the list of metadata entries for CEOS agency to review. They are including information from the link-checking tool if there are URLS that need to be corrected. The IDN also developed a CEOS IDN Best Practices for Data Discovery guide. In addition, WGISS is promoting IDN outreach at CEOS meetings to encourage agencies to add and update their dataset information.
DATA-03
Assessment of Technical Architectures for Supporting Operational Programs
Closed
2015
2015-Q4
CEOS has made considerable progress in coordinating data acquisition to support important stakeholder initiatives, a number of which have a goal of becoming operational over the coming years. The challenges of routinely processing and analyzing full archives of data to produce operational products are very different to those of producing one-off example products. Traditional ?clip and ship? approaches are proving not to work. This presents a significant ?big data? challenge for both the user communities and the space agencies who wish to support them, but whose programs must also be sustainable. In response to this strategic challenge, WGISS will propose recommendations to SEO for exploring options for how international activities that target an operational state, such as GFOI and GEOGLAM, may be sustainably supported by CEOS and CEOS Agencies into the future. A number of pilot projects are underway that will provide important learnings. These recommendations will be a key input into broader discussions on governance, finance and management.
WGISS, SEO
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Not yet complete. Work is on-going mostly with the SEO; December 2015: This action will be closed. WGISS and the SEO will continue to work and collaborate on the Data Cube activity. The SEO participates in all annual WGISS meetings and will look to WGISS for guidance on computing issues and data services.
DATA-04
Development of the Recovery Observatory Infrastructure
Closed
2015
2015-Q2
In cooperation with WG Disasters, WGISS will develop and make available the Recovery Observatory infrastructure (see Section 3.5 for details). Version 2 will be available end in Q1 2015 and Version 3 (final) will be available end of Q2 2015.
WGISS
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Will be finished by mid-July End of July : project is is closed. The final recovery observatory system is available and can be used by Disaster WG
DATA-05
CEOS Data Stewardship Best PracticesGuideline documents
Closed
2015
2015-Q4
Two documents dedicated to CEOS best practices in the domain of Data Stewardship will be issued by WGISS : - Persistent Identifier Best Practice document - EO Data Preservation Workflow document
WGISS
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Can now be closed - documents issued.
DATA-06
CEOS Data Stewardship Best PracticesGuideline documents
Closed
2015
2015-Q4
In order to provide a support to the CEOS Working Groups and Virtual Constellations, but also to SEO, WGISS will develop a web page containing a list of best practice documents and opensource software. These will be material directly usable by VCs and WGs for their work related to Information Systems and Services.
WGISS
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Can now be closed - documents issued.
CV-01
Update of general WGCV website to enhance better communication across CEOS and users
Open
2011
2017-Q3
Revised web site structure presented at WGCV-41 comments were solicited and received from the WGCV membership and modifications to the web site are in process. 
Formerly CEOS Action # IN-02-C1_4, which was formerly DA-09-01a_17.
CV-02
Website for SAR calibration sites and targets
Closed
2014
2015-Q3
Establish and maintain a website for SAR calibration sites including both natural and man-made targets. Characterize natural targets in different frequency bands.
WGCV
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) The web-site structure is implemented; now the input of the different agencies to include the data is needed (partially completed).
CV-05
GSICS Cooperation
Closed
2014
2016-Q2
Cooperation with GSICS in specific domains of sensor calibration, especially sensor inter-calibration. This work includes the analysis of opportunities for cooperation with GSICS, including identification of concrete topical fields. Based on that internal analysis a cooperative arrangement with GSICS shall be implemented. This arrangement will be communicated to the CEOS Plenary for approval, and will be described in the WGCV Work Plan.
WGCV
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) GSICS interaction. Consolidation of work mechanism; description under preparation in coordination with GSICS.WGCV continued discussions with GSICS in a special session at the October WGCV-38 regarding potential areas of cooperation.WGCV summarized together with GSICS at WGCV-39 the potential areas of cooperation identified by the sub-groups. The GSICS Development Working Group lead and WGCV Chair and Vice-Chair will complete a executive summary (see also AI WGCV-39-08) for reporting. (due date End July 2015). With the executive summary, the deliverable is seen as closed.
CV-09
Radiometric Calibration Network (RADCALNET)
Open
2014
2017-Q4
(Update from February 2017 SIT Chair TagUp) RadCalNet beta testing concluded with a workshop of the beta testers as part of the March IVOS Subgroup.  Feedback from the beta testing is being incorporated into the RadCalNet website and finalization of uncertainties is being undertaken during summer 2017.<!--EndFragment-->
CV-10
Potential and fitness checks for TanDEM-X DEM products
Closed
2014
2015-Q4
The proof of the TanDEM-X DEM products is essential for many applications within CEOS and includes (a) an analysis of intermediate TanDEM-X products with respect to accuracy, completeness, and quality for CEOS test sites in Europe, demonstrating its potential in the United Kingdom (UK) for the improvement of very high resolution landslip mapping; (b) a follow-up study for final TanDEM-X DEM products over nine globally spread CEOS test sites and test areas over the UK; and (c) a ?Fitness for Purpose? of TanDEM-X products assessment for geo-radiometric correction of high resolution optical imagery (Sentinel-2) and of SAR data from Sentinel-1.
WGCV
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Partially completed; report under preparation.
CV-11
Validation of terrestrial ECV products
Closed
2014
2015-Q4
The validation of terrestrial ECV products is in line with activities carried out in WGCV-Land Product Validation (LPV). The validation of ECVs covered within WGCV-LPV shall be strengthened. This includes (a) an update of validation stage, (b) ECV-specific synthesis of a state-of-the-art validation approach for each terrestrial variable with corresponding references and protocols, (c) ECV-specific identification of a golden standard for validation, and (d) continuation of development of ECV-specific validation protocols, including a community review process and updates. Results of each step will be made public via the WGCV-LPV website and finally the Cal/Val portal.
WGCV
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp)?With the re-launch of the WGCV-LPV sub-group website the deliverable has been completed. Further content update refers to continuous business as usual of the sub-group. WGCV-LPV has updated all focus area webpages with consistent validation informatin, including an update of the validation stage, product list, current reference datasets, state of the art validation methods. WGCV plenary agreed to set this deliverable as closed.
CV-12
Evaluation of validation supersites and new validation approaches
Closed
2014
2016-Q2
Evaluation of well-characterized supersites with data continuity prospects for validation purposes that allow for testing of products, algorithms, and validation strategies through radiative transfer modeling.
WGCV
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Deliverable is delayed but under preparation.
VC-01
List of Relevant Datasets from VCs
Closed
2014
2016-Q4
Each VC will provide WGISS with a list of relevant datasets that its respective constellation members desire to access. WGISS will work with CEOS data providers to ensure search and accessibility (when possible) of these datasets are available so as to ensure coverage of all datasets required by VCs.
WGISS, AC-VC, LSI-VC, OCR-VC, OST-VC, OSVW-VC, P-VC, SST-VC
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Pending, waiting request from VCs.WGISS has formed an Interoperability Interest Group to actively engage with CEOS Virtual Constellations, Working Groups and other groups that benefit from the WGISS projects (i.e. GEOSS). An opportunity is given to these groups to participate during WGISS meetings.?(Update on 9/1from Ken Casey and Anne O'Carroll, SST-VC)Progress on SST-VC List of Relevant Datasets
  • 81 Group for High Resolution SST (GHRSST) products now in GHRSST Long Term Stewardship and Reanalysis Facility (LTSRF) archive at NOAA/National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
  • Collection-level and granule-level discovery and access fully web-service?enabled (CSW, OpenSearch, OAI-PMH plus DAP, WMS, WCS)
  • You may?Search the GHRSST collections or browse the full product table, both ?dynamically and automatically updated
  • Data set updates to CWIC are fully operational and automated
  • GHRSST Data Specification (GDS) Version 2 fully operational?
  • Available SST Products span September 1981 ? September 2015
  • Over 5.0 million netCDF data files, 94 Terabytes in collection and growing
  • Served over 200,000,000 files, amounting to over 800 TB of information,?to over 130,000 users (Statistics through January 2015 for LTSRF and May 2014 for Globlal Data Assembly Center)
  • GHRSST Regional/Global task sharing framework looking toward future and considering new, federated approaches to virtually aggregating GHRSST data collections into a single, searchable set
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VC-02
Total ozone dataset validation and harmonization
Open
2017
2017-Q4
Production of peer-reviewed papers on nadir profile intercomparisons and of long term (1979-now) combined total ozone data sets.
AC-VC
Results of ACC Meeting (June 4-5, 2014) (a) Results of recent total ozone intercomparison and validation activities were discussed. Intensive activities supported by both the ESA Ozone_cci and NASA/NOAA have enabled advances in error quantification and comparisons between multiple data sets and ground based data. Very good agreement between long term SBUV and the latest Ozone_cci total ozone data set have been found. (b) The integration of IR sensor data, e.g., IASI and AIRS, was discussed. Projects in the USA (SBUV/AIRS) and Europe (GOME/IASI) are being planned to produce such data sets. (c) Proposals to produce a combined monthly zonal mean total ozone set and a combined gridded product were discussed, recognizing the science needs for these products. It was agreed to produce combined monthly mean data sets with a grid of 5x5 degrees. (d) It was agreed to extend the ongoing total ozone intercomparison / combination activities to nadir profiling (to be discussed in detail at the next ACC meeting).(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp)?Meeting at ESRIN covered both total ozone and nadir profiles, which is a new, using SBUV, GOME, GOME 2, SCIAMACHY and soon IASI. Concerning total ozone, there is still work to be done on higher-level products. The action can be considered CLOSED for Level 1 and 2. Zonal mean is still on going and consideration is given to a Level 3 product with a spatial resolution of 5?x5? (the ESA ozone_cci product is available at 1?x1? resolution) using a new interpolation algorithm for SBUV.In discussion with SIT Chair 6/2016, decided to keep this deliverable open to bring continued visibility to the ongoing efforts.2017/03 Update: 1) Total ozone: anticipate project completion Q4 2017 with a peer-reviewed paper on intercomparisons of long term combined gridded data records.  2) Nadir ozone profiles and tropospheric ozone: initiate the comparison of zonal mean data records.  Publication not anticipated until Q4 2018 at earliest.
Formerly CEOS Action # IN-01-C2_2
VC-03
Air quality constellation coordination
Open
2017
2017-Q2
Prepare document on validation needs for the AQ Constellation.
AC-VC
During the 4/2015 ACC-11 meeting, pre-launch calibration plans for each mission were shared and discussed. Data file format and metadata convention from the Sentinel-5P mission were circulated for consideration as draft standards for the 3 GEO missions. A new document is now being prepared to define calibration needs for the constellation, with a complete draft due Q2 2016 and target for final completion Q2 2017.In discussion with SIT Chair 6/2016, agreed to keep this action open to bring visibility to ongoing activities. Correcting an earlier typographical mistake, the document being prepared is focused on product validation rather than calibration needs.  Draft now anticipated Q3 2017.2017/06/07 Draft document will be discussed during AC-VC-13 meeting, June 2017.
Please change the description to read:Prepare document on "Geophysical Validation Needs for the AQ Constellation". Draft anticipated Q3 2017 and final document Q2 2018.
VC-05
Greenhouse gas constellation coordination
Closed
2014
2016-Q4
Continued coordination for the GHG Constellation following Action Items as defined in the CEOSStrategy-for-Carbon-Observations-from-Space report
AC-VC
(June 2015 SIT TagUp Update) Plans for a GHG constellation are being initiated, benefiting from the participation of NASA for OCO-2, Chinese representatives for TanSat, JAXA for GOSAT, CNES and DLR for Merlin and MicroCarb, and EUMETSAT for IASI and IRS. Level 2 algorithm comparison has started. Inter-calibration only involves NASA (OCO-2) and JAXA (GOSAT) for the time being. This will now continue as an on-going VC activity and the VC-05 action item, insofar as it is understood as initiating this coordination, can be CLOSED.Discussions took place at the ACC-11 meeting, held 28-30 April, 2015. Presentations on many of the current and planned GHG measurement missions were made (e.g., GOSAT, OCO-2, TanSat, CarbonSat, Merlin, Microcarb, OCO-3, GOSAT-2). It was agreed that the AC-VC relevant actions from the CEOS Carbon Strategy be implemented by ACC participants. A draft implementation team was presented and agreed upon by ACC members:
  1. ACC to support the organisation of the yearly International Greenhouse Gas Measurement Workshop (IWGGMS) meetings
  2. Agree on an open data policy for GHG data from space and ground-based/in-situ data
  3. Share/agree on mission requirements
  4. Support thee establishment of a common product format (share specifications, metadata definition, etc.)
  5. Improve interaction/co-operation amoung space agencies on GHGs
  6. Ensure close interaction between AC-VC GHG and Air Quality constellation activities
  7. Support the establishment of common cal/val standards (pre-calibration procedures, algorithm intercomparisons, traceability information, common spectroscopy)
  8. Undertake best efforts to add future GHG satellites that overlap with existing satellite missions by at least one year for improved spatial and temporal coverage
  9. Support the continuation/possible extension of the TCCON network
  10. Ensure linkage to insitu and other?over-arching?activities (e..g, Integrated Global Greenhouse Gas Information system)
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VC-07
Catalog of Cal/Val infrastructure and activities
Closed
2014
2015-Q2
This effort will help in identifying risks and needs for advancement and will promote calibration efforts by CEOS Agencies.
OCR-VC
In 2014, IOCCG undertook a relevant "agency mapping" exercise that included consideration of available, and planned, international agency assets and resources for OCR cal/val. ?As a first step towards implementation of the International Network for Sensor Inter-comparison and Uncertainty assessment for Ocean Colour Radiometry (INSITU-OCR) by IOCCG member agencies, the IOCCG asked that each agency indicate on the spreadsheet their potential area of contribution to INSITU-OCR implementation. ?At the 3-5 March 2015 IOCCG meeting, IOCCG asked the member agencies to provide an agency-based list of infrastructure and assets. IOCCG has collated this information. ?Once formatted IOCCG will submit to CEOS. ?Ewa Kwiatkowska (EUMETSAT) attended the WG-Cal/Val Meeting on behalf of the OCR-VC/IOCCG earlier this year, and will continue representing the OCR-VC in these meetings. ?At this meeting it was agreed to strengthen cooperation between OCR-VC/IOCCG and WGCV through IOCCG having a permanent seat on WGCV plenaries and through WGCV?s review and endorsement of relevant IOCCG recommendations expressed in the documents such as INSITU-OCR White Paper and Report #13.
VC-08
Action Plan for GEO Blue Planet Components
Closed
2014
2016-Q2
The OCR-VC, in accordance with OCR-VC Terms of Reference, will support the implementation of the GEO Blue Planet Task and will develop an action plan for GEO Blue Planet Components delivered.
OCR-VC
IOCCG/OCR-VC agencies are and will continue to make significant contributions to all Blue Planet components:C1. Developing capacity and societal awarenessC2. Sustained ocean observationsC3. Data access and visualizationC4. Ocean forecastingC5. Healthy ecosystems and food securityC6. Services for the coastal zoneC7. Ocean climate and carbonC8. Integrated maritime services?OCR-VC agencies are fully in support of the GEO Blue Planet Components, and the nature of the contributions vary according to the mission of each agency (e.g., research and development contributions from ESA and NASA; enabling applications and services from EUMETSAT and NOAA). OCR-VC members serve in active leadership roles for several of the above components (e.g., C4 & C6/NOAA and C7/JRC) as well as on the Blue Planet Steering Committee (CSIRO, JRC, NOAA).CEOS members (CSIRO, NOAA et al.) played an active role in hosting, organizing and contributing to the 2nd?Blue Planet Symposium held in Cairns, Australia in May 2015, and are now working to organize the 3rd?Blue Planet Symposium to be held September 2016 in Monterey, California. NOAA/NESDIS and CSIRO have also partnered to Co-Host the GEO Blue Planet Secretariat, which will be located in College Park, Maryland USA and Dutton Park, Queensland, Australia. This can be considered as a significant contribution by CEOS agencies to the advancement of Blue Planet.
VC-09
Implementation of the International Network for Sensor InTercomparison and Uncertainty Assessment for Ocean Colour Radiometry (INSITU-OCR)
Open
2014
2019-Q4
Implementation of the International Network for Sensor InTercomparison and Uncertainty Assessment for Ocean Colour Radiometry (INSITUOCR), including recommendations of the INSITUOCR White Paper (www.ioccg.org/groups/INSITUOCR_White-Paper.pdf) and establishment of the INSITU-OCR Secretariat (EUMETSAT, NASA and NOAA). Implementation is following a modular approach.
EUMETSAT, NASA, NOAA, OCR-VC
IOCCG requested that agencies identify resources to support the INSITU-OCR; IOCCG is using this information to identify gaps in infrastructure that agencies could collectively address. ?As of June 2015, agencies were requested to submit to the IOCCG Chair a short list of actual gaps in support of existing/upcoming missions, a list of priorities from their perspective, as well as areas where they need help, e.g., a need for more validation sites. ?Once the OCR-VC has this updated information compiled, it will be conveyed to CEOS-SIT via the OCR-VC Chairs. ?Additionally, there have been recent discussions about the format for submissions of in situ data to the agencies. ?(Note: it would be beneficial to have an interagency standard template.) ?Next SIT meeting will be the deadline for the OCR-VC gap analysis along with mapping exercise output from VC-07. ?Sustaining current operational activities and establishing new efforts (e.g., pilot investments and projects) to move the OCR-VC and INSITU-OCR forward is a very high priority. ?NASA has supported three new projects in the areas of the vicarious calibration instrumentation competition for future ocean color missions, as a contribution to INSITU-OCR, and ESA is planning to release an open tender action this spring addressing the need for improved OCR in-situ instrumentation and community consensus protocols for instrument calibration and vicarious adjustments as well as establishing traceability to metrological institutes. ?NOAA continues to fund and sustain MOBY operations (including an on-going system refresh), supporting present and upcoming (operational) missions. ?Additionally, all agencies will be asked to contribute towards the ?protocols activity? (e.g., small committee to catalogue and share information regarding in situ instrumentation (for calibration and validation) protocols. ?The IOCCG will host a website to disseminate all relevant lists and information (prototype being developed by NASA at: oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/cms/ioccg_proto_main). ?The ultimate goal is to enable communication about the refinement of in situ measurement protocols and to reduce redundancy in efforts, fill in gaps, and better target opportunities and key players. This is an early contribution to INSITU-OCR, and this multi-agency collaboration will advance its implementation.?
VC-10
Recommend the creation of a GEO Water Quality Community of Practice
Closed
2014
2015-Q2
An emerging thrust for the OCR-VC is in the area of remote sensing of coastal and inland water quality. A related International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) Working Group (Earth Observations in Support of Global Water Quality Monitoring) has recently been established. The OCR-VC recommends the creation of a GEO Water Quality Community of Practice, which would significantly expand upon the IOCCG working group and bring together data providers and users to significantly advance the utilization of satellite observations in support of water quality monitoring in both developed and developing nations.
OCR-VC
A GEO Water Quality Summit was held April 2015 in Geneva at WMO. The Summit Goal was to define specific requirements of the water quality observing system components and develop a plan to implement an integrated, global end-to-end water quality monitoring and forecasting service. The Summit Deliverables included: Development of a) Strategic implementation and b) A phased action plan including baseline service build-outs, with both a short-term (0-5 year) build-out plan for pilot/prototype regional service(s) and a long-term (6-10 year plan for a global-scale water quality monitoring and forecasting service). A GEO Water Quality (GEO-WaQ) Community of Practice has now been formally implemented, and is bringing together relevant data providers and users who will work collaboratively to implement, utilize, maintain and enhance the global water quality monitoring and forecasting service. The IOCCG WG on "Earth Observations in Support of Global Water Quality Monitoring" also met at this summit. They are preparing an IOCCG Report which will identify current and future user data, product and information needs and requirements, assess space-based and in situ observing capabilities and need for associated modeling and data assimilation activities, identify supporting research and development activities, and identify best practices and new & improved data streams and products.
VC-11
Updated OST CEOS Constellation User Requirements Document (URD)
Closed
2014
2016-Q2
Update will be presented at SIT-31
OST-VC
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) A contact has been taken with EUMETSAT which supported the URD. Some updating could be useful (e.g. about SAR altimetry), but there is no need to ?reinvent the wheel?. It could also be useful to wait until the EC starts looking into the next generation. A side meeting could be held with a small writing team during the next OSTST (19-22 October 2015) to discuss a provisional update of the URD.
VC-12
Catalog of Cal/Val infrastructure
Closed
2014
2016-Q2
This catalog will help with Cal/Val planning and promote agency coordination. A major interest of the OST-VC is the sustainability of critical Cal/Val elements.
OST-VC
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Some progress has been made using Cal/Val plans defined for Jason-3 (launch August 8) and Sentinel-3A (launch ~1st October), but given the shifts in launch date ?encountered by these programs, the OST-VC will be in a better position to report in a few months.
VC-16
P-VC Data Portal and links to CEOS Water Portal
Closed
2013
2015-Q1
Completion of Phase 2 of the P-VC Data Portal providing free and open availability of precipitation products in support of CEOS-GEO Actions WA-01-C1_3 and WA-01-C1_4.
GEO Task WA-01-C1
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) It was agreed that VC-16 is just about to be closed as its now stands. However activity will continue as an on-going action focusing on simplifying and enhancing data access. June 2015: The JAXA portal system interfaces are being finalized. The core code development on the NASA side of the P-VC Data Portal (PVCDP) interface is complete. The PVCDP server setup is in process, including firewall policy, account, web server, database server, as well as security check with a planned mid-July operations date. The portal name/URL has been identified and is in the process of approval by NASA. A Ground System Interface Meeting (GSIM) was held with JAXA in June 2015 to finalize the system interfaces and implementation schedule as well as resolve user authentication/authorization for accessing JAXA metadata harvest services. NOAA formally joined the PVCDP as a data partner in April 2015 and a kickoff meeting was held in May 2015. The schedule, system interfaces, data delivery method, and data format were agreed upon. The plan is for NOAA to have a system ready for integration with PVCDP by end of August 2015. August 2015: The PVCDP server setup has been completed. The portal name/URL has been approved. The PVDCP Mediator (system interfaces deployed at a partner's system) has been sent to NOAA for integration with its own backend program. NOAA is currently completing its integration. Remaining PVCDP system interface implementation and test activities are on track for portal release and deployment by the end of September 2015. Deliverable VC-16 will be proposed for closure (September 30, 2015) although further refinement of the PVCDP and inclusion of additional data partner data sets will continue. October 2015:? The PVCDP has been released and is deployed at http://pvcportal.pps.eosdis.nasa.gov.? Further refinement will continue including the addition of partner data sets.? Accordingly, this action should be closed.
Formerly CEOS Action # WA-01-C1_4
VC-19
Documented plan for the SST Virtual Constellation
Open
2014
2017-Q2
19 June 2017: During the Sixth Meeting of the SST-VC in Qingdao, China, on 09 June 2017, the team reviewed its progress on the SST Constellation White paper.  Progress has been stalled, but recent efforts have put the activity back into motion. Writing assignments for different sections have been accepted by members of the VC.  Next deadline is 18 August 2017, when the section leads will provide their text inputs to Gary Corlett. At that point, the first complete draft will be readied for review. (Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) The recent ?Sentinel-3 for Science? Workshop held in Venice on June 3-5 was an opportunity for the SST-VC to discuss their vision: there is full consensus in the community, with the only issue now being finding the time to write the plan. The next GHRSST meeting (ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands, July 20-24) will provide an opportunity for this to be done. This meeting will also consider refocusing GHRSST: review the GHRSST TAG and WG structures and agree how to rationalize and consolidate resources.?(Update on 9/18/2015 from Ken Casey and Anne O'Carroll)The SST-VC is developing a whitepaper on the next generation SST Virtual Constellation, including necessary on-orbit assets, measurement methods (MW and IR, Geo and Polar), climate/NWP applications, fiducial reference measurements, and data management systems. Whitepaper Status:
  • Draft in preparation and book captain identified
  • Review of progress took place at GHRSST-16 (July 2015)
  • Draft to be prepared late 2015 and publication targeted for later in 2016
VC-20
Revised Terms of Reference for LSI-VC
Closed
2015
2015-Q2
A 2014 study concluded that the environment in which the LSI-VC operates has changed and that the LSI-VC ?s focus should be sharpened towards coordination of current and future land imaging space assets, and on the distribution of fundamental non domain-specific data products. These recommendations were endorsed at the 28th CEOS Plenary Meeting, and revised Terms of Reference and proposed objectives/deliverables are to be developed by the LSI-VC.
LSI-VC
Revised ToRs were presented and accepted at SIT-30 in Paris. ?An Implemenation Plan has also been drafted, and is out for consultation prior to presentation at SIT Tech Worskhop 25 in Darmstadt.
BP-02
Support the 3rd Blue Planet Symposium
Open
2015
2017-Q2
CEOS will support and coordinate activities for the 3 rd Blue Planet Symposium, which comes at an important time in the early stages of the second decade of GEO.
CSIRO, NASA, NOAA
CEOS participated successfully in the Blue Planet Symposium, through the CEOS Chair Team, incoming CEOS Chair, CSIRO Contact, and DCEO. CEOS gave a presentation, participated in the steering committee meetings, chaired a session on use of space observations for ocean climate variables, and helped (with GEOSEC) Blue Planet discuss how it may positiion itself for the next decade of GEO.
BON-01
Further define biodiversity variables that may be supported by space-based observations
Closed
2013
2015-Q2
Consult with biodiversity community representatives (GEO BON, CBD, Conservation Remote Sensing Network [CRSnet], etc.) to better define relevant spaceborne parameters (e.g., for EBVs).
DLR, NASA
GEO Task BI-01-C1
On May 27-28, the second Remote Sensing for Essential Biodivesity Variables (RS4EBV) Workshop took place in Frascati, Italy at ESA ESRIN. ?The workshop goal was to develop a draft list of biodiversity and ecosystem services variables that could be tracked with satellite remote sensing--essentially remotely-sensed EBVs. ?These variables should also address some of the Convention on Biological Diversity's Aichi 2020 Targets. ?The workshop resulted in a comment piece in the journal Nature on July 23, 2015 (523:403-405). ?The Nature article proposes 10 draft varables for consideration: species occurrence, plant traits (e.g., specific leaf area, leaf N content), ecosystem distribution, fragmentation and heterogeneity, land cover, vegetation height, fire occurrence, vegetation phenology, primary productivity and leaf area index, and inundation. ?The next step will be for GEO BON to vet these suggested variables with the wider biodiversity community and then have GEO deliver them to CEOS as suggested variables for monitoring. ?In conjunction with this delivery, CEOS may wish to form an Ad Hoc Team for Biodiversity. ?
Formerly CEOS Action # BI-01-C1_2
BON-02
Continue to define biodiversity variables that may be supported by space-based observations and engage international community in coordinating biodiversity/conservation initiatives
Closed
2014
2015-Q4
Review and improve list of relevant space-borne variables, to include marine systems as well on top of terrestrial applications. Hold joint sessions with biodiversity/conservation community at international conferences (e.g., International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment. [ISRSE]). Coordinate different biodiversity/conservation initiatives related to EO (Cambridge Conservation Initiative [CCI], CRSnet, GEO BON). List of future needed parameters.
DLR, NASA
The Essential Biodiversity Variable community continues to make progress. GEO BON has released an EBV development strategy that includes remote sensing EBVs.? The remote sensing EBV community held a biodiversity remote sensing session at the International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment and the International Congress for Conservation Biology, both of which had talks and discussions on remote sensing EBVs.? Several sessions are organized for the upcoming ESA Living Planet Symposium, as well as at a conservation remote sensing symposium at the Zoological Society of London. Moreover, several workshops are currently planned to discuss RS-EBVs further in collaboration with GEO BON.
POL-01
Annual Status Report
Open
2014
2017-Q4
Facilitate communication between PSTG and CEOS through provision of an annual status report on polar activities and develop a formal collaboration approach with PSTG.
CSA
OUT-01
CEOS awareness and promotional material delivered at key meetings
Open
2014
2019-Q4
The CEOS calendar will be used to confirm CEOS representation at key international and stakeholder meetings, as updated throughout the three-year term.
CEO, SEC, SIT Chair, CEOS Chair
(As at 6 June) ?The CEOS Calendar is regularly updated, and coordination occurs to ensure CEOS is appropriately represented at key meetings. ?A series of major meetings and sessions are under preparation including GEO Plenary, GEO Ministerial Summit, COP-21, etc.
OUT-02
CEOS Newsletter
Open
2014
2017-Q3
Call for information input in December and June; newsletters released in February and August.
MEXT/JAXA
Newsletter #44 was released in March 2015. JAXA has been collecting articles for #45 which will be released in August 2015.
OUT-03
CEOS Database update survey and release of online version
Closed
2014
2015-Q4
Background information: CEOS Agencies to provide resources to support their responses to the update survey issued in the April-May timeframe; release of the updated CEOS Database will be online prior to CEOS Plenary.
ESA, SEO
OUT-04
EO handbook
Closed
2014
2015-Q4
The EO Handbook presents the main capabilities of satellite Earth observations, their applications and an overview of present and planned programs. Print and online versions of the EO Handbook will be released in 2015. A special edition will be released to coincide with the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, at which the role and importance of EOS will be highlighted. A special Climate version, targeted towards the UNFCCC OP-21 meeting, will be considered for development.
ESA
The special edition of the EO Handbook for the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) was published in physical, online and e-book formats. 1500 copies of the CEOS EO Handbook were distributed during the WCDRR in Sendai, with 300 additional copies mailed to key actors in the DRR field one month before the conference. A climate edition of the EO Handbook is now being prepared for COP21.
OUT-07
Special Data Applications Report
Closed
2015
2015-Q4
The report will highlight applications of Earth observation from space and their impact in the community.
MEXT/JAXA
JAXA and DAR Editorial Committee have collected and reviewed articles. The report will be released by CEOS Plenary 2015 in Kyoto.
ORG-07
Refreshed Terms of Reference for Working Groups
Open
2014
2017-Q4
As a result of the updated Governing Documents, work is required to reformat/translate existing Terms of Reference into the new structure to ensure consistency. A status update will be provided by each Working Group at SIT-32.
WGCapD, WGClimate, WGCV, WGDisasters, WGISS, CEO
ORG-08
Assessment of implementation of Guiding Documents
Closed
2014
2015-Q4
The CEOS Guiding Documents provide a strong reference point for CEOS operations. A brief report will be prepared to assess the extent to which CEOS is complying with the new CEOS Guiding Documents, and presented at the 29th CEOS Plenary Meeting.
CEO
CARB-05
Updated Global Baseline Data Acquisition Strategy for GFOI and Strategy for Satellite Data in Support of GFOI R&D
Open
2014
2017-Q4
Element-1 (data acquisition strategy), Element-2 (data services) and Element-3 (R&D) will require annual updates to reflect changes in space data assets and national implementation plans. It is expected that GFOI will reach full operational capability after 2017.
SDCG for GFOI
SDCG completed updates to the Element 1 and Element 2 acquisition strategies (along with the 3-Year Work Plan) and presented at CEOS Plenary. These updates are relatively minor as the strategies are maturing, and implementation is on going.
DIS-04
Decadal Plan (2015-2025) to address top priority HFA2 needs
Closed
2014
2016-Q4
Develop a long-term CEOS plan (2015-2030) to address top priority HFA2 needs. The plan will be prepared in close cooperation with the major stakeholders involved in DRR including donor agencies, and with key representatives of the DRR user community. An outline of the plan will be presented for consideration at SIT-31, with a final version submitted for endorsement at the 30th CEOS Plenary Meeting. For Sendai, CEOS and a group of key international stakeholders will issue a White Paper on "Earth Observation and Space-based applications contribution to Disaster Risk Reduction", describing the most urgent needs in disaster risk management with the resources available.
WGDisasters
GEO-DARMA proposal ?issued; to be submitted by CEO to GEO SEC as new GEO initiative in the GEO Work Plan to be approved at next GEO Plenary. GEO-DARMA will address some of the ?Sendai Framework 2015-2030?endorsed at WCDRR (March 2015). First phase (Concept phase) aims at preparing a series of recommendations (types of hazards per region, issues, initial countries per region) to begin with; then a Plan of Action will be developed by all stakeholders involved incl. CEOS in response to recommendations whenever feasible with resources available.
DIS-13
Report on Follow-on Actions to DRM Pilots
Open
2015
2017-Q4
The Disaster Risk Management (DRM) pilot initiatives on floods, seismic hazards and volcanoes are in their final phase. The flood, seismic hazards and volcano pilots presented their draft final report at SIT-32 for comments that summarize lesson learned and preparing recommendations with a focus on the sustainability aspect. Final reports will request approval at CEOS Plenary in October 2017. A glossy book presenting the outputs and results of the first 3 pilots and the RO is currently in edition by ESA Graphic Bureau. At SIT-32, the new Geohazards Lab concept was endorsed and the Implementation Plan will be presented to the Plenary 2017.
CB-02
Provide practical EO education for students and teachers
Closed
2014
2016-Q4
WGCapD members will target major Earth observation and other relevant conferences and workshops and provide training sessions for students and teachers. This effort will also include demonstrations of the value of Earth observation.
WGCapD
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Agreed at the Annual Meeting that WGCapD will endorse the EO Education activities of its members (DLR, SANSA, ESA) but not provide direct support. EO activities are beyond the scope of our WG.
CB-03
E-learning courses on remote sensing technologies
Closed
2014
2016-Q4
Organize e-learning courses for university educators in developing countries; follow-up to initial e-learning pilot for select African countries in 2013.
WGCapD
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) [CEO Team Note: WGCapD do not have this on their list of activities for 2015-16.]
CB-05
Implement the TanDEM-X Edu Project
Closed
2014
2016-Q3
Plan for the implementation of the TanDEM-X EduProject, which aims at increasing awareness of TanDEM-X data among university students participating in scientific projects for disaster management and hydrological modeling (dependent on SAR data being made available in 2015). A status report on planning will be provided at SIT-30.
WGCapD
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Postponed until the public release of the required TanDEM-X data.
CB-06
Capacity Building for DRM
Closed
2014
2016-Q4
WGCapD will designate a representative for each of the three CEOS DRM pilots to determine how to best support WGDisasters with its capacity building activities.
WGCapD, WGDisasters
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Completed an eight session Webinar series entitled ?Remote Sensing Technology for Disaster Management?.
CB-07
Release of newsletters and mail-outs
Closed
2015
2016-Q4
WGCapD will significantly increase its communication through key channels such as its newsletter and mailing list, including promotion of appropriate material and activity of other CEOS Entities.
WGCapD
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) In progress. Limited activity on this task to date.
CV-03
Workshop on state of the art for pre-flight calibration techniques
Open
2014
2017-Q4
Discussions with GSICS occurred after WGCV-41 to begin organization of the workshop.  Size and breadth of the workshop will be scaled appropriately to allow the workshop to take place before end of calendar year 2017.
CV-04
WGCV self-analysis for capabilities to serve VC and WGs needs
Closed
2014
2016-Q2
WGCV will analyze its capabilities, given the new demands of the VCs and WGs. Based on the analysis, WGCV will tailor its specific opportunities on the working level and communicate the results in a report.
WGCV
WGCV is continously working on mechanism for interaction with Virtual Constellations and Working Groups. Aside the orginally followed approach to invite VCs and WGs for the presentation at a glance of theri work, a new approach by setting up? dedicated session for a topic related to a VC or WG has been followed during the recent WGCV-39: IOCCG has been invited to attend WGCV plenaries actively and OCR-VC has been also invited to rpesent their needs with respect to Ocean Colour Radiometry in terms of Calibration and Validation. Dedicated presentations with respect specific calibration adn validation needs has been given and intensively discussed taking also into account future cooperation work-arounds. At first instance, IOCCG will? built the bridge between both OCR-VC and WGCV, but also the subgroup IVOS is checking the calibration requirements documented by IOCCG/OCR-VC with respect how to include those also into the WGCV work plan.
CV-06
Inter-calibration of ground-based networks
Closed
2014
2016-Q4
Inter-calibration of air quality ground-based networks in cooperation with WMO/Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) and Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC), supporting the validation of atmospheric sensor data products.
WGCV
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) As reported by sub-group chair, the deliverable is complete.
CV-07
Coordinated set-up of ground-based networks in supporting validation of air quality products
Closed
2014
2016-Q4
Planning and characterization of air quality ground-based network in cooperation with NDACC, AERONET/PHOTONS (AErosol RObotic NETwork/PHOtom?trie pour le Traitement Op?rationnel de Normalisation Satellitaire).
WGCV, AC-VC
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) As reported by sub-group chair, the deliverable is complete.
CV-08
Sea Surface Temperature (SST) & Land Surface Temperature (LST) Comparison Campaign Plan
Closed
2012
2016-Q4
Set up a multi-agency comparison project to ensure international consistency in post-launch Cal/Val of satellite-derived Earth surface temperatures for climate data records. This effort includes (a) implementation of a laboratory campaign for radiometers and black bodies, and (b) initiation of ocean-based SST and land-based LST comparison campaigns, both supported by a White Paper which includes the plan for the project and costing.
WGCV
GEO Task IN-02-C1
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Project has now been started (KO end of April) and will be opened to volunteering agencies. The deliverable is completed with the current status. Projected completion date was 2014 Q2, but this deliverable was not copmlete at that time. ESA-ITT "FRM4-CEOS": SI traceability of Fiducial Reference Measurements (FRM) for satellite derived surface temperature product validation including laboratory and field intercomparison experiement for FRM TIR radiometers. Further reporting about AI after ESA ITT completion at SIT-30. Tender Evaluation Board at ESA selected team for above cited ITT and kick-off meeting has been held End of April 2015. The deliverables can be seen as completed in terms of set-up of a project. The project will be completed in 2-3 years time frame. WGCV sees the deliverables as closed. Progress reporting about the project will be further presented to CEOS-WGCV as usual business.
Formerly CEOS Action # IN-02-C1_5
VC-06
Vision and plan for an essential OCR-Virtual Constellation space segment (Polar and GEO)
Closed
2014
2016-Q4
The objective is a plan to meet goals identified in the OCR-VC terms of reference. Data continuity needs to be assured, including data quality assessments and comparisons of existing and upcoming (as well as previous) sensors and mitigation of launch delays, maintenance of critical cal/val and quality assurance activities, general implementation of minimum ocean color mission requirements, and new and improved products. Key gaps will still exist, e.g., lack of next generation R&D missions to expand observing capabilities and scientific knowledge, likewise additional geostationary ocean color platforms.
OCR-VC
VC-14
Vision for an OSVW Constellation
Open
2014
2017-Q4
White Paper describing and justifying the oceanography and climate requirements for an OSVW constellation. The International Ocean Vector Winds Science Team (IOVWST) meeting held in 2016 strongly recommended: at least three scatterometers in orbits designed to roughly meet the WMO requirements; and one instrument in a non-sunsynchronous orbit to help with the diurnal cycle, better sampling at mid-latitudes, and to improve inter-calibration. It has been proposed that a User Requirements Document be developed. An interim report will be presented to CEOS at SIT-31, and a more in-depth analysis will be prepared for the next IOVWST meeting to be held in Q2 2017.
OSVW-VC
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) The International Ocean Vector Winds Science Team (IOVWST) meeting held in Portland, OR, USA, on 19-21 May discussed this topic. ?The meeting strongly recommended: (1) at least three scatterometers in orbits designed to roughly meet the WMO requirements, and, (2) one instrument in a non-sun-synchronous orbit to help with the diurnal cycle, better sampling at mid-latitudes, and to improve inter-calibration. These recommendations provide the basis for addressing the vision of an OSVW Constellation. ? It has been proposed that a User Requirements Document, analog to that developed some years ago for the OST-VC, should be elaborated. An interim report will be presented to CEOS, and a more in-depth analysis will be prepared for the next IOVWST meeting to be held in Sapporo, Japan, in May 2016.
VC-15
OSVW Standards and Metrics
Open
2014
2018-Q4
Standards and metrics for OSVW services and products, including standard Cal/Val methods. Cal/Val methods will be addressed by the IOVWST Climate Working Group.
OSVW-VC
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) A group of scientists has been identified on what information is going into the products. Cal/Val methods will be addressed by the IOVWST Climate Working Group.
VC-17
Support to ECV precipitation parameters
Open
2014
2017-Q4
(Update from June 2017 SIT Chair Tag Up)The GPM satellite constellation has been stable in its observational capabilities with the GPM Core Observatory having completed its three year prime mission and beginning its extended mission in late June following the completion of the JAXA DPR and NASA End of Prime Mission (EOPM) reviews. Its extended operations objectives include expanding the merged constellation algorithms pole to pole (currently 60 degrees N/S latitude) and extending the DPR Ka band swath to the full Ku band swath (i.e. 120 km to 245 km).  The next planned additions are JPSS-1 with its launch scheduled for September 2017 and Metop-C with its launch scheduled for October 2018.  GOES-16 (formerly GOES-R) has completed its post launch testing and will be handed over from NASA to NOAA in late June.  The enhanced spatial and radiometric performance of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and the Global Lightning Mapper (GLM) will provide useful precipitation-related data. (Deliverable #1)JAXA?s study of AMSR2's successor sensor as a hosted instrument on the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite-3 (GOSAT-3) was initiated as stipulated in Japan?s Roadmap for the Basic Plan on Space Policy of December 2016.  The GCOM-W1 mission completed its Nominal Operation Period and Extended Operation was authorized in May. (Deliverable #1)NASA GSFC/JPL and JAXA initiated study activities on a Cloud and Precipitation Processes Mission (CaPPM) concept and conducted a kick off meeting at JPL in April and a coordination telecon in June.   (Deliverable #1)The X-Cal WG held a face to face meeting on March 28-29 in Orlando, Florida. Principal topics of discussion were finalization of the TRMM Microwave Imager (TMI) antenna emissivity and geolocation corrections as well as the TMI-GMI intercalibration table to be used in the V08 reprocessing of +17 years of TMI data in preparation for reprocessing all TRMM data from 1998 to V05 standard for consistency with GPM.   In addition, the group has also been focusing on finalizing the intercalibration tables for the TRMM-era constellation satellites to also be used in the reprocessing. (Deliverables #2, #3, #4, and #5)The NASA PPS/JAXA MOS continued to produce and distribute all GPM Standard Data Products and specialized NRT products (IMERG-Early, GSMaP_NRT) to public users.  Reprocessing of GPM Standard Data Products to V05 was completed in May and the V05 retrospective reprocessing of TRMM data using GPM as a calibrator is planned for early 2018.  Current data latencies are GMI (1 hr rqmnt, avg 17 min)                                PR (3 hr, avg 76 min)GMI+DPR (3 hr, avg 83 min)                                 Multi-satellite IMERG (avg 5 hrs), GSMaP-NOW (avg 4 hrs) (Deliverables #2, #3, #4, and #5).AERIS/ICARE released the Megha-Tropiques TAPEER-BRAIN 2011-2016 one degree resolution multi-satellite daily cumulated surface rainfall product.  Its principal improvement is to separately deal with rain detection and rain rates estimation enabling the use of microwave sounders for rainfall detection (Deliverables #2, #3, #4, and #5).The GPM Ground Validation (GV) team continued planning for participation (KMA is lead) in the International Collaborative Experiment ? PyeongChang Olympics Paralympics (ICE-POP) Snow Experiment 2018.  In addition, the team is deploying a High-density snow gauge network near Marquette, Wisconsin in coordination with the local NOAA Weather Forecasting Office. (Deliverable #2)(Update from February 2017 SIT Chair Tag Up) The GPM satellite constellation has been stable in its observational capabilities, meeting or exceeding requirements, with the GPM Core Observatory observing its third year launch anniversary.  GPM?s prime mission ends in May. The next scheduled additions are JPSS-1 with its launch scheduled for September 2017 and Metop-C with its launch scheduled for October 2018.  GOES-16 (formerly GOES-R) was launched in November and is in the process of sensor validation.  The high spatial and radiometric performance Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and Global Lightning Mapper (GLM) will provide useful precipitation-related data. (Deliverable #1)Japan's Roadmap for the Basic Plan on Space Policy was revised in December and "Research the hosted payload capability of AMSR2's successor sensor with the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite-3 (GOSAT-3)" was added for JFY2017.  The GCOM-W1 mission completion review will be held in May 2017.  At that review, mission extension will be considered. (Deliverable #1)Work continued on the NASA GSFC Cloud and Precipitation Processes Mission (CaPPM) concept with meetings planned with JAXA and JPL in the near term (Deliverable #1).The X-Cal WG continued to meet in monthly telecons.  A face to face meeting was held on October 27 in Houston, Texas.  In addition to monitoring S-NPP/ATMS scan subsystem degradation and DMSP F17 SSMIS 37 GHz channel degradation, the group has devoted itself to improving the TRMM TMI antenna emissivity correction and TRMM attitude information. This is being used in reprocessing +17 years of TMI data in preparation for reprocessing all TRMM data from 1998 to V05 standard for consistency with GPM (Deliverables #2, #3, #4, and #5)The NASA PPS/JAXA MOS continued to produce and distribute all GPM Standard Data Products and specialized NRT products (IMERG-Early, GSMaP_NOW) to public users.  Reprocessing of GPM Standard Data Products to V05 is underway with completion planned by May. The V05 retrospective reprocessing of TRMM data using GPM as a calibrator will be available in early 2018 (Deliverables #2, #3, #4, and #5).The GPM Ground Validation (GV) team has begun planning for participation (KMA is lead) inthe International Collaborative Experiment ? PyeongChang Olympics Paralympics (ICE-POP) Snow Experiment 2018.  It will involve a winter extreme weather forecast demonstration (research and real-time decision support) and precipitation process research. (Deliverable #2)The newly selected PMM Science Team held its first meeting in Houston, Texas on October 24-28, 2016.  XCAL WG and P-VC planning meetings were held on its sidelines. (Deliverables #2, #3, and #4)(Update from July 2016 SIT Chair Tag Up) ? The GPM satellite constellation has been stable in its observational capabilities with the exception of the declared loss of DMSP F19.? The next scheduled additions are JPSS-1 and Metop-C in 2017. (Deliverable #1)P-VC members submitted several space based precipitation measurement-related white papers on challenges/questions in Earth System Science to the U.S. 2017 NRC Decadal Survey team in response to the recent RFI#2. (Deliverable #1) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?The X-Cal WG continued to meet in weekly videocons.? A face to face meeting was held on June 3-4 at CSU in Fort Collins, Colorado.? The focus remains on improving passive microwave radiometer intercalibration (Level 1C product generation).? Recent efforts have included improving antenna physical temperature determination (L. Jones et al.) and evaluating geolocation accuracy for the GMI instrument and its MW imagery which was found to be extremely well registered (F. Wentz). (Deliverables #2, #3, #4, and #5) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?PPS/MOS continued to produce and distribute all GPM Standard Data Products and specialized NRT products (IMERG, GSMaP) to public users.? Reprocessing of GPM Standard Data Products to V04 continues, GPROF GMI Level 2 and Level 3 data have been released, and planning for V05 has begun. (Deliverables #2, #3, #4, and #5) ?The GPM Ground Validation (GV) web portal is providing access to a wide range of ground validation data collected and managed by the MSFC Disdrometer and Radar Observations of Precipitation (DROP) facility and including various other US and international radar, disdrometer, gauge, and instrument data sets supporting GV activities.? (Deliverable #2)? ? ? ? The newly selected PMM Science Team is planning its first meeting in Houston, Texas on October 24-28, 2016.? XCAL and P-VC meetings are planned on its sidelines. (Deliverables #2, #3, and #4)
================(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp)
The TRMM satellite was decommissioned in mid-April and reentered the Earth?s atmosphere over the Indian Ocean on June 16 UTC. Its 17+ years of data substantially contributed to the P-VC and it served as the anchor for the ad hoc constellation prior to GPM?s launch in 2014. (Deliverable #1)
X-Cal WG met in end of May at CSU, Fort Collins (USA) as well as weekly videocons. X-Cal WG analyzed and recommended the GMI calibration (
VC-18
Programs for improvement of global precipitation products
Open
2014
2017-Q4
(Update from June 2017 SIT Chair Tag Up)The JAXA GSMaP RIKEN nowcast (GSMaP_RNC) product will be released in a few months. RIKEN utilizes a super computer and data assimilation system derived from GSMaP to provide 2-3 hours forecasts of precipitation.  Efforts are underway to expand the GMS/Himiwari region GSMaP_NOW (~30 minute latency) product to Meteosat regions.A STORM Event Viewer has been developed by PPS and allows users to view 2D GPM Microwave Imager (GMI) and 3D Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) data from extreme weather events on an interactive online 3D globe. It is also compatible with mobile devices. See storm.pps.eosdis.nasa.gov/storm/cesium/EventViewer.htmlThe P-VC continues to support the CEOS Disasters Working Group in the Landslide and the Flood Pilots. The GPM Applied Sciences element continues to conduct expert education/training.  A World Bank training workshop on Precipitation and Water Resources was held March 22nd at the George Washington University School of Public Health.  A one-day workshop hosted by NASA and the World Resources Institute (WRI) is scheduled for August 1st and will focus on current and future uses of satellite-based water resource data and other tools to support decision making in the context of agricultural management and food security. (Update from February 2017 SIT Chair Tag Up)  The JAXA GSMaP RIKEN nowcast (GSMaP_RNC) product will be released in March. RIKEN utilizes a super computer and data assimilation system derived from GSMaP to provide 8 hours forecasts of precipitation. The P-VC continues to support the CEOS Disasters Working Group in the Landslide and the Flood Pilots. The Landslide Pilot has two study areas: Pacific Northwest - US and Nepal.  The Flood Pilot is in its third year.The GPM Applied Sciences element continues to conduct expert education/training.  A World Bank training workshop on Precipitation and Water Resources is scheduled for March 22nd at the George Washington University School of Public Health with 100 participants registered. An online training event is planned for early April to refresh users on the availability of GPM products.  An agriculturally-focused workshop on precipitation and the use of GPM products is planned for early summer targeting government, NGO and private companies.  An Applications Programming Interface (API) has been deployed online to provide access to landslide, flood, and other GPM products at https://pmm.nasa.gov/precip-apps).   (Update from July 2016 SIT Chair Tag Up) ?PPS has deployed a GPM NRT Viewer. This tool displays NRT Level 1C GMI, Level 2A GPROF, and Level 2A DPR data as soon as it is available on a three-dimensional globe.? This brightness temperature and surface precipitation rate visualization capability enables comparison and improved data acquisition decision-making. ?P-VC continues to support the CEOS Disasters Working Group in the Landslide and the Flood Pilots. The former support included a survey of global landslide experts and stakeholders regarding relevant data sources.The GPM Applied Sciences element conducted 3 of 4 webinar tutorials on the subjects of precipitation data products, data access web-tools and their use, data import and usage techniques in GIS, and a tutorial on programing modules/scripts for reading GPM data products.? These webinars were well attended with broad international participation.? The last webinar of the series is scheduled for September 13, 2016.(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp)The P-VC is looking to address this action in the context of updating its strategic direction. This will be a topic of the P-VC Planning Meeting scheduled for July 17th in Baltimore (USA) on the sidelines of the 2015 NASA Precipitation Measurement Missions (PMM) Science Team Meeting. An area of interest aside from improving the quality of multi-satellite and multi-agency derived products is improving product support, discovery, and utility.(Update from the February 2016 SIT Chair TagUp)PPS began producing a GIS translation of the IMERG multi-satellite data product that distinguishes between surface rain and frozen precipitation in addition to the earlier total precipitation IMERG GIS product.P-VC is supporting the CEOS Disasters Working Group in a new Landslide Pilot in addition to its prior support to the Flood Pilot.?
BP-01
Development, compilation and distribution of ocean variables into collocated, synergistic datasets and associated work packages supporting Blue Planet services
Open
2014
2018-Q3
Leveraging suitable activities, such as the proposed COVERAGE initiative, there will be coordinated development, compilation and distribution of ocean variables and facilitated access to collocated, synergistic datasets with fit-for-purpose latency, quality, coverage and information content. The four ocean VCs (in coordination with Blue Planet Steering Committee) will support the sustainment, continuation, and harmonization of (essential) physical, biological and biogeochemical ocean variables.
NASA, NOAA, OCR-VC, OST-VC, OSVW-VC
There is nothing to report at this time.? The project has been stalled.
BON-03
CEOS response to GEO-BON identified biodiversity observation requirements
Closed
2014
2017-Q4
Following an international workshop in 2015, 10 remote sensing Essential Biodiversity Variables were identified for consideration: species occurrence, plant traits (e.g., specific leaf area, leaf N content), ecosystem distribution, fragmentation and heterogeneity, land cover, vegetation height, fire occurrence, vegetation phenology, primary productivity and leaf area index, and inundation. These are currently being reviewed by GEOBON with the wider biodiversity community and EO requirements are being identiifed. These requirements will first be presented to CEOS, after which a CEOS response can be developed.Developing the EBV remote sensing observation requirements is taking longer than was originally anticipated in 2014.  GEO BON working groups have been working to develop such requirements, but this activity is not anticipated to be completed by the end of 2017.  This activity has been replaced with BON-5.
DLR, NASA
CMRS-11
Analysis report on implications of new climate change treaty
Closed
2015
2017-Q1
Any new treaty will likely have implications for the work of WGClimate. The analysis report will consider changes to ECV inventory, gap analysis, and action plan based upon new GCOS Implementation Plan and new UNFCCC treaty. The report will also assess implications for WGClimate for relations with GCOS and UNFCC, and present recommendations for consideration by Plenary.
WGClimate
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) ?TBD (beyond COP-21). GCOS workshop in March in the Netherlands.
VC-13
Reprocessing strategy for TOPEX/Jason-1 missions
Closed
2014
2017-Q4
TOPEX/Poseidon mission ended in 2006, after 13 years of operation. Although updated products have been generated to align with current standards, a full reprocessing has been long in feasibility study. The Jason-1 mission ended operations in 2013. Final reprocessing is planned by CNES and NASA. Extensive validation of results will be required before release.
OST-VC
(Update from June 2015 SIT Chair TagUp) Reprocessing of Jason-1 is in good shape. For Topex, there is some advance from NASA, but reprocessing is facing difficulties (old data, lack of information) which make it difficult to do more at CEOS level. Some more progress could possibly be made through an R&D program. This action should be CLOSED after CEOS Plenary, where a report will be presented.Jason-1 reprocessing will continue into the first quarter of FY15 (on a no-cost basis). The major activity this summer was to develop and test the new algorithms and to reconcile the archives at NASA and CNES. There are no expected problems with the current reprocessing plan. There will be a need for extensive validation of results prior to release to the user community.
CMRS-01
ECV inventory (first version)
Closed
2014
2014-Q2
The ECV inventory provides the foundation for the fulfillment of the three main objectives assigned to the Joint WGClimate. At the first meeting of the Joint Working Group in March 2014, the current status of the inventory will be reviewed in the three domains (land, ocean and atmosphere) and the actions needed to achieve "Version 1" status of the inventory will be identified.
First release of the ECV Inventory is complete for use by WGClimate members, although slightly delayed by one quarter when an issue identified the need to fix ECV/CDR pairs and establish version control. Web address: http://www.ecv-inventory.com . Public release is still TBD.
CARB-02
Initial version of Space Data Services Strategy for GFOI
Closed
2012
2014-Q2
GFOI will develop a coordinated strategy for national space data services, also known as ?Element-2,? aiming to provide a coordinated strategy for national data acquisitions. The first version of this strategy will be presented for endorsement at SIT-29. The SDCG will coordinate the initial implementation of the strategy, and will report to SIT.             
SDCG for GFOI
GEO Task SB-03-C1        
An initial version of the Element-2 Data Services plan for GFOI was presented at the CEOS SIT Meeting in April 2014.         
Formerly CEOS Action # SB-03-C1_2 and SB-03-C1_3             
CARB-06
Endorsed CEOS Strategy for Carbon Observations from Space
Closed
2014
2014-Q2
The CEOS Strategy for Carbon Observations from Space was under development for two years and underwent final revisions to ensure the strategy has feasible and executable actions identified. The CEOS Strategy for Carbon Observations from Space was endorsed at SIT-29.
SDCG for GFOI
Endorsement complete at the CEOS SIT Meeting.
AGRI-01
Updated Acquisition Strategy for GEOGLAM
Closed
2014-Q4
The CEOS Acquisition Strategy for GEOGLAM Phase 1 spans the 2012-2014 timeframe and focuses on foundation activities, building on existing activities and pilot projects for a small number of countries, and scoping the program for future phases. Required updates to this document include the addition of new mission datasets, updates to sampling approaches, adjustments to the strategy that improve GEOGLAM coverage, and updates to country coverage. The updated strategy will be presented for endorsement at CEOS Plenary in October. An implementation update on the strategy was provided at SIT-29.
GEOGLAM
Delivered and endorsed at the CEOS Plenary Meeting 2014
DIS-01
Strategy for preparing the 2015 WCDRR and the post-Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA2)
Closed
2014
2014-Q2
Propose a way forward for the 2015 World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR).
WGDisasters
VC-04
Operational demonstration service for volcanic ash (and SO2) monitoring and forecasting
Closed
2012
2014-Q3
Use data from multiple instruments capable of observing volcanic emission gases and aerosols, including Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI), Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment-2 (GOME-2), Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS), and Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) to provide operational demonstration services to users in the aviation and other relevant user communities.
AC-VC
GEO Task DI-01-C2
Results of ACC Meeting (June 4-5, 2014) a. Detailed discussions of monitoring volcanic ash from space-based observations were presented. Activities in both the US and in Europe were discussed. Emerging services, such as the ESA-sponsored Support to Aviation Control Service (SACS) project continue to produce accurate notifications of detection to end-users and other stakeholders, particularly in the aviation sector. b. The inclusion of measurements from new sensors (e.g., OMPS and CrIS on Suomi-NPP) was welcomed.
Formerly CEOS Action # DI-01-C2_1
OUT-05
CEOS engagement in 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Closed
2014
2016-Q4
A plan and way forward will be developed regarding CEOS engagement in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
CEOS Chair
The SEO is working closely with WGClimate to develop ECV Inventory tools and ingest new data records. The online tool (ecv-inventory.com) is now completely functional and available for review. This database will continue to evolve with new data records and features.
OUT-06
Data Cube Infrastructure Development
Closed
2014
2016-Q4
This activity includes all efforts concerning the development of a general CEOS Data Cube infrastructure. The task will be supported by the SEO, CSIRO, GA and USGS. The architecture will be based on past advancements in Australia with an intention to create a global infrastructure. Developments in 2016 will include completion of the first Version-2 release and advancement of several key prototype projects (Kenya and Colombia). The task will report at the 2016 SIT and CEOS Plenary meetings on the status of this multiagency project and a summary of key open-source components released for public access.
CSIRO, ESA, USGS, GA, WGISS, LSI-VC, SEO
Delivered at the CEOS Plenary Meeting
ORG-01
First Version of the new CEOS Three-Year Work Plan (this document).
Closed
2014
2014-Q1
This version should be suitable for: ( a) providing visibility to the SIT and Plenary regarding the main CEOS deliverables and associated activities, and (b) monitoring progress during the course of the year (e.g., by providing progress reference points for the regular SIT and CEOS Chair tag-ups with Working Groups and VCs).
CEO
CEOS 3-Year Work Plan is completed.
ORG-02
Process Paper for CEOS Working Groups
Closed
2014
2014-Q2
Prepare a process paper with guidance on the leadership, structure, governance, execution of activities, and evolution of Working Groups; provide guidelines for proposing new Working Groups.
SEO, CEO, SEC
Delivered at the CEOS SIT Meeting.
ORG-03
Process Paper for CEOS New Initiatives
Closed
2014
2014-Q2
Prepare a process -paper with guidance on proposals for new CEOS initiatives, to include specific criteria and steps required to successfully address new internal and external requests for activities/initiatives.
SEO, CEO, SEC
Delivered at the CEOS SIT Meeting.
ORG-06
Terms of Reference for WGDisasters
Closed
2014
2014-Q4
Confirm the structure of the CEOS WGDisasters and develop Terms of Reference encompassing the current work on Supersites coordination, Disaster Risk Management (three pilots and acquisition strategy), the Recovery Observatory proposal, the Disasters Societal Benefit Area, and other CEOS disaster-related activities.
WGDisasters
ORG-04
Document Management System
Closed
2014
2014-Q4
In accordance with the plans and designs endorsed at the 28th CEOS Plenary Meeting, the SEO will implement a CEOS Document Management System. The SEO will provide training documentation, a CEOS Document Cover Page, and a CEOS File Naming Convention to CEOS by SIT-30.
SEO, CEO
Delivered at the CEOS Plenary Meeting 2014
CARB-08-01
Defined requirements for quantifying aboveground carbon storage in vegetation.
Closed
2015
2016-Q2
CEOS Member Agencies with interests in missions and data products for forest canopy height and aboveground biomass will sponsor or co-sponsor one or more workshops (and require a written report) to define the scientific and policy requirements to quantify aboveground carbon storage in vegetation. These meetings should involve the key international science, applications, and remote sensing communities in specifying the technical foundation and scientific requirements for as well as the societal benefits of future missions to quantify aboveground carbon storage in vegetation globally.? The workshops should consider these requirements in the context of the added value to be derived from coordinated mission planning and associated data compilation activities both in the future and by exploiting archive data.
SIT Chair
Requires additional resources from agencies but could be foreseen within appropriate agency actions/missions (e.g. ALOS-2, BIOMASS, Landsat-8, Sentinel 1/2, TerraSAR-X, Cosmo-Skymed, IceSat-2). Relevant also for OCO-2, GOSAT/GOSAT-2, Carbonsat, Merlin regarding observations of emissions from AFOLU changes etc. as well as relevant? measures of terrestrial/ocean carbon.
CARB-08-02
Inclusion of IGCO continuity priorities in VC and WGClimate activities
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
The relevant CEOS VCs and CEOS WG Climate will act to include IGCO priorities for continuity carbon-related observations of the land surface from space in their respective activities to coordinate the VCs and climate-related measurements.
LSI-VC
Requires enhanced investment in relevant VCs but not major GCOM-C will be able to observe several land cover conditions GCOM-C is under development with target launch of JFY2016
CARB-08-03
Public availability of historical moderate-resolution satellite data records
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
CEOS Agencies with historical moderate-resolution (~250 m - 1 km) satellite data records will strive to ensure these data are publicly available and used to create the moderate-resolution (~250 m - 1 km) records of land properties over the historical satellite record that are useful for carbon science.? They will coordinate their efforts with relevant CEOS WGs and VCs.
LSI-VC
CEOS Agencies have consistently supported policies of producing, maintaining, and making available data products from moderate resolution satellite instruments. Some examples include: MODIS, MERIS, AVHRR, VIIRS, TANSO-CAI, SGLI.
CARB-08-04
Public availability of historical medium-resolution satellite data records
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
CEOS Agencies with historical medium-resolution (~30 m -100 m) satellite data records will strive to ensure these data are publicly available and used to create the medium-resolution records of land properties over the historical satellite record that are useful for carbon science.? They will coordinate their efforts with relevant CEOS WGs and VCs.
LSI-VC
CEOS Agencies have consistently supported policies of producing, maintaining and availability of data products from moderate resolution satellite. A good example is Landsat, although global data archives from other Landsat receive ground stations are not readily accessible.
CARB-08-05
Ongoing production of consistent well-calibrated bias-free time-series carbon products
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
CEOS Agencies with interests in and/or mandates for developing multi-sensor, multi-mission time series data products for the land (and ocean) will strive to ensure consistent, well-calibrated, bias-free satellite time-series carbon products are produced and continued into the future.? They will coordinate their efforts in consultation with relevant CEOS WGs and VCs to ensure appropriate merging of data and products from multiple sensors.
All Carbon Action Items currently under lead of WGCV are under assessment in order to
  • align the WGCV work plan adequately
  • coordinate with ither CEOS entities
  • identify and coordinate with external bodies if needed
  • identify dedicated alignment to a specific sub-group if possible
  • identify cross-cutting or fundamental items related over the whole WGCV to align with existing WGCV taks (for example: validation metrics) or to implement a cross-cutting task within WGCV and others involved bodies if needed.
Assessment is nearly complete but the consolidation/merging of different input into one work plan is ongoing. Results: Several action items are fully/partially aligned to ongoing work on sub-group level and to cross-cutting tasks or action items in the WGCV. Hint: some of action items don't directly translate; some can be combined. An adequate alignment matrix will be provided with the consolidation of the assessment.
There are ECV efforts by CEOS Agencies and GCOS. But accomplishing this action will require cohesive plan and investment to achieve multi-sensor and multi-mission products.?
CARB-08-06
Coordination of efforts to develop satellites to observe wetlands/inland waters and produce derived products
Closed
2015
2016-Q2
Individual CEOS Agencies with interests in and/or mandates for developing 1) satellites to observe wetlands and inland waters and 2) wetland and inland water data products will coordinate their efforts in consultation with relevant CEOS WGs and VCs.
LSI-VC
CEOS Agencies will coordinate activities whilst developing satellites to observe wetlands and inland waters.
CARB-08-07
Encouragement agencies to expand in-situ observations required for calibration of land products
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
CEOS and CEOS Agencies will encourage national and international agencies to improve and expand upon the availability of the in situ observations needed for the calibration and validation of satellite land data products used for carbon science.? This will include coordinating with national and international agencies collecting in situ data to 1) assess the quality and coverage (spatial and temporal) of validation data and 2) employ design features that entice data sharing and provide safeguards.
All Carbon Action Items currently under lead of WGCV are under assessment in order to
  • align the WGCV work plan adequately
  • coordinate with ither CEOS entities
  • identify and coordinate with external bodies if needed
  • identify dedicated alignment to a specific sub-group if possible
  • identify cross-cutting or fundamental items related over the whole WGCV to align with existing WGCV taks (for example: validation metrics) or to implement a cross-cutting task within WGCV and others involved bodies if needed.
Assessment is nearly complete but the consolidation/merging of different input into one work plan is ongoing. Results: Several action items are fully/partially aligned to ongoing work on sub-group level and to cross-cutting tasks or action items in the WGCV. Hint: some of action items don't directly translate; some can be combined. An adequate alignment matrix will be provided with the consolidation of the assessment.
CEOS Agencies are working in and with nation-wide and international networks for in-situ measurements. Dedicated networks are usually partner by the CEOS WGCV and LSI VC of CEOS in order to retrieve validation or "ground truth" data records. It shall be noted that baseline sites are needed to have auxiliary data collection of aerosol, water vapor and ozone (sun-photometer and/or mini-spectrometer) for addressing the retrieval uncertainties resulting from the atmospheric corrections. In addition standard / validation / QA protocols must be established to ensure the assessments of quality and coverage.
CARB-08-08
Expanded validation of satellite land data products
Closed
2015
2016-Q2
The CEOS WGCV's Land Product Validation (LPV) Subgroup will continue its work to validate satellite land data products and expand the number of land variables addressed as priorities are identified and available resources permit, and where no other body takes responsibility (e.g., GOFC-GOLD).
All Carbon Action Items currently under lead of WGCV are under assessment in order to
  • align the WGCV work plan adequately
  • coordinate with ither CEOS entities
  • identify and coordinate with external bodies if needed
  • identify dedicated alignment to a specific sub-group if possible
  • identify cross-cutting or fundamental items related over the whole WGCV to align with existing WGCV taks (for example: validation metrics) or to implement a cross-cutting task within WGCV and others involved bodies if needed.
Assessment is nearly complete but the consolidation/merging of different input into one work plan is ongoing. Results: Several action items are fully/partially aligned to ongoing work on sub-group level and to cross-cutting tasks or action items in the WGCV. Hint: some of action items don't directly translate; some can be combined. An adequate alignment matrix will be provided with the consolidation of the assessment.
The list of land data products fits in the portfolio of the WGCV but is not fully covered by WGCV. However, it is also a guideline in addition to climate change to extend the portfolio taking into account resources and priority. Activities shall be started to clearly define the gap. Before starting additional specific validation activities, globally representative validation approaches shall be first developed. This is needed to allow compatibility and comparability between products.
CARB-08-09
Prioritised carbon data product intercomparison activities
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
CEOS WGCV and its relevant subgroups, in consultation with the CEOS Carbon Subgroup (recommended in Carbon-Action-38), will organize and coordinate carbon data product intercomparison activities as they are identified as priorities for CEOS action and in coordination with the wider carbon cycle science community.
All Carbon Action Items currently under lead of WGCV are under assessment in order to
  • align the WGCV work plan adequately
  • coordinate with ither CEOS entities
  • identify and coordinate with external bodies if needed
  • identify dedicated alignment to a specific sub-group if possible
  • identify cross-cutting or fundamental items related over the whole WGCV to align with existing WGCV taks (for example: validation metrics) or to implement a cross-cutting task within WGCV and others involved bodies if needed.
Assessment is nearly complete but the consolidation/merging of different input into one work plan is ongoing. Results: Several action items are fully/partially aligned to ongoing work on sub-group level and to cross-cutting tasks or action items in the WGCV. Hint: some of action items don't directly translate; some can be combined. An adequate alignment matrix will be provided with the consolidation of the assessment.
A pre-requisite for this action item is the set-up of measures as described for Actions 26 and 29 as consistent baseline to carry out the inter-comparisons. It shall be worth to note that experience in inter-comparison between different sensor data records can be also gained from GSICS. Another task is (see for example concretely related in Action 8 for terrestrial products) the existence of globally representative validation approaches and common acknowledged comparison references. The activities related to this action item shall be strongly related to those of Actions 26 and 29.
CARB-08-10
Inclusion of IGCO priorities for extended time-series of medium-resolution observations in VC and WGClimate activities
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
The relevant CEOS VCs and CEOS WG Climate will act to include IGCO priorities to extend the time series of moderate-resolution carbon-related observations of the open ocean from space into their respective activities to coordinate the VCs and climate-related measurements.
OCR-VC
No significant additional resource should be needed. Already? core business of OCR-VC.
CARB-08-11
Inclusion of IGCO priorities for extended time-series of high-resolution observations in VC and WGClimate activities
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
The relevant CEOS VCs and CEOS WG Climate will act to include IGCO priorities for continuity in high-resolution (better than 0.5 km) carbon-related observations of coastal waters from space in their respective activities to coordinate the VCs and climate-related measurements, noting the higher temporal and spatial resolutions? and spectral coverage required, compared with open-ocean measurements. ?
OCR-VC
Some additional effort required to ensure comprehensive approach but should be compatible to large extent with core business of relevant groups.? New and upcoming ocean color missions will have higher resolution instruments.
CARB-08-12
Coordination of efforts to develop satellites to observe phytoplankton and other water properties and increase resolution for coastal and inland waters
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
CEOS Member Agencies with interests in and/or mandates for developing and deploying new types of satellite missions to provide 1) new information on phytoplankton functional types, phytoplankton carbon by type, detritus, particulate carbon, and aerosols, and/or 2) higher spatial, temporal, and spectral resolution data for coastal and inland waters will coordinate their efforts in consultation with relevant CEOS WGs and VCs.
OCR-VC
More desirement than requirement since this action requires additional resources from agencies but could be foreseen within appropriate agency actions/missions for aerosols (e.g. S-3, EarthCare, VIIRS-n, MTG-Sn, ACE) and Ocean Color measurements (S-3, GOCI, GCOM-3,..).
CARB-08-13
Coordination of efforts to develop satellites to measure salinity
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
CEOS Member Agencies with interests in and/or mandates for developing and deploying new satellites to measure ocean salinity will coordinate their efforts in consultation with relevant CEOS WGs and VCs.
SIT Chair
Requires coordination of potential future missions as well as ongoing missions.? Salinity is a relatively new measurement from space and potential importance noted.? Ongoing plans for missions include:? SMOS, SAC-D (Aquarius); ECV of SSS defined by WGClimate.
CARB-08-14
Progress efforts to validate and characterize errors of ocean carbon-relevant products
Closed
2015
2016-Q2
The CEOS WGCV, in close consultation with the relevant VCs (that are doing some of this work now), will establish a subgroup dealing with validation and error characterization of ocean carbon-relevant products analogous to the Land Product Validation Subgroup.
All Carbon Action Items currently under lead of WGCV are under assessment in order to
  • align the WGCV work plan adequately
  • coordinate with ither CEOS entities
  • identify and coordinate with external bodies if needed
  • identify dedicated alignment to a specific sub-group if possible
  • identify cross-cutting or fundamental items related over the whole WGCV to align with existing WGCV taks (for example: validation metrics) or to implement a cross-cutting task within WGCV and others involved bodies if needed.
Assessment is nearly complete but the consolidation/merging of different input into one work plan is ongoing. Results: Several action items are fully/partially aligned to ongoing work on sub-group level and to cross-cutting tasks or action items in the WGCV. Hint: some of action items don't directly translate; some can be combined. An adequate alignment matrix will be provided with the consolidation of the assessment.
CEOS-WGCV is currently developing an interaction model for cooperation with other CEOS entities, especially VCs. Baseline is the current interaction with VC SST. The publication of the CEOS Carbon Strategy but also the needs of WGClimate and the VCs demonstrates that it might be more efficient to follow another organizational path which allows to include ocean, coastal and inland water products as well into the WG's activities in cooperation with the existing VCs.? Further investigation of resources to be undertaken by WGCV in relation to work with other VC e.g. OCR-VC
CARB-08-15
Strengthen linkages with GEO Blue Planet initiative
Closed
2015
2016-Q2
CEOS Agencies will maintain and/or act to strengthen their linkages with the Blue Planet initiative and support of GEO Task SB-01, which brings together the ocean communities engaged in satellite as well as in situ observations, to ensure that user requirements are taken into account and products are produced in carbon units.
OCR-VC
The four ocean-related VCs:? OCR, OST, OSVW, SST and participation in the Blue Planet Steering Committee.
CARB-08-16
Refined requirements for quantitative data on atmospheric CO2 and CH4 from LEO
Closed
2015
2016-Q2
CEOS Member Agencies with interests in CO2- and CH4-measuring LEO missions will sponsor or co-sponsor one or more workshops (and require a written report) to refine the scientific and policy requirements for quantitative data on atmospheric CO2 and CH4 from low Earth orbit. These meetings should involve the key international science and applications communities in specifying the technical foundation and scientific requirements for as well as the societal benefits of future missions to quantify atmospheric CO2 and CH4 from low earth orbit.
AC-VC
Reported under action VC-05
Since about ten years the International Workshop on Measurement of GHGs from Space (IWGGMS) is organized regularly every year). The workshop comprises the postulated action items. There is a growing interest over the years by scientists and agency representatives from the Americas, Asia, and Europe (ESA, NASA, JAXA, CSA, NOAA, CNES, DLR) [IWGGMS-10 at ESA/ESTEC 2014: ~ 200 attendees] representing the science and application community as well. The workshop is organized yearly in turn between the US, Europe and Asia. Also, leverages existing efforts at various space agencies: e.g., NASA OCO-2 science team, ESAGHG CCI, and other national programs (e.g., CAS, CMA)
CARB-08-17
Coordinated detailed planning/preparation of a constellation of instruments to measure CO2 and CH4 from LEO
Closed
2015
2017-Q1
The CEOS Atmospheric Composition VC will coordinate the detailed planning and preparation for a constellation of passive and active remote sensing instruments to measure CO2 and CH4 from low Earth orbit with the higher spatial and temporal resolution and accuracy needed to monitor carbon sources and sinks.
AC-VC
Reported under?action VC-05
It is compatible with the work plan of the CEOS-ACC. CEOS-ACC will also involve other CEOS entities if needed
CARB-08-18
Refined requirements for quantitative data on atmospheric CO2 and CH4 from GEO
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
CEOS Member Agencies with interests in CO2- and CH4-measuring GEO missions will sponsor or co-sponsor one or more workshops (and require a written report) to refine the scientific and policy requirements for quantitative data on atmospheric CO2 and CH4 from geostationary Earth orbit.? These meetings should involve the involve the broad, international science and applications communities in advancing the technical foundation and scientific requirements for as well as the societal benefits of future missions to quantify atmospheric CO2 and CH4 from geostationary orbit.
AC-VC
Reported under?action VC-05
Since about ten years the International Workshop on Measurement of GHGs from Space (IWGGMS) is organized regularly every year). The workshop comprises the postulated action items. There is a growing interest over the years by scientists and agency representatives from the Americas, Asia, and Europe (ESA, NASA, JAXA, CSA, NOAA, CNES, DLR) [IWGGMS-10 at ESA/ESTEC 2014: ~ 200 attendees] representing the science and application community as well. The workshop is organized yearly in turn between the US, Europe and Asia. Also, leverages existing efforts at various space agencies: e.g., NASA OCO-2 science team, ESAGHG CCI, and other national programs (e.g., CAS, CMA)
CARB-08-19
Coordinated detailed planning/preparation of a constellation of instruments to measure CO2 and CH4 from GEO
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
The CEOS Atmospheric Composition VC will coordinate the detailed planning and preparation for a constellation of passive remote sensing instruments to measure CO2 and CH4 from geostationary orbit covering all longitudes with the spatial and temporal resolution and accuracy needed to monitor carbon sources and sinks.
AC-VC
Reported under action VC-05
It is compatible with the work plan of the CEOS-ACC. CEOS AC-VC will also involve other CEOS entities if needed
CARB-08-20
Cross calibration/validation/coordination of all satellite CO2- and CH4-measuring sensors
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
The CEOS Atmospheric Composition VC, in cooperation with the CEOS WGCV Atmospheric Composition Subgroup, will provide coordination and support for the cross calibration of all? satellite CO2- and CH4-measuring? sensors, coordinate their observations, and cross validate their CO2 and CH4 products against accepted international standards, so that they can be integrated into single continuous global climate record.
AC-VC
Reported under action VC-05
The action item is compatible with the work plan and goals of the VC-ACC. In cooperation with WGCV the concrete work plan? shall be carried out to avoid any redefinitions or doubling of work.
CARB-08-21
Prioritisation of carbon observations and data products that transcend traditional scientific domains
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
The CEOS Carbon Subgroup (recommended in Carbon-Action-38) will coordinate with other relevant CEOS WGs and VCs to ensure that the carbon observations and data products that transcend traditional scientific domains (e.g. black carbon, nutrient fertilization) are accorded appropriate priority in CEOS activities and future plans and that key satellite products to permit scientific studies of these phenomena are produced and made available.
This is not compatible with CEOS resources.? CEOS should respond to more specific requirements that come from a particular body or Agency.? This is also too ill-defined an issue for CEOS to address at this time.? Need to coordinate with GCOS, UNFCCC, GEO.
CARB-08-22
Increased compatibility, comparability and consistency of carbon products
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
CEOS Agencies engaged in development of carbon products will coordinate to achieve compatibility, comparability and consistency of carbon products across all relevant domains (land, oceans an
All Carbon Action Items currently under lead of WGCV are under assessment in order to
  • align the WGCV work plan adequately
  • coordinate with ither CEOS entities
  • identify and coordinate with external bodies if needed
  • identify dedicated alignment to a specific sub-group if possible
  • identify cross-cutting or fundamental items related over the whole WGCV to align with existing WGCV taks (for example: validation metrics) or to implement a cross-cutting task within WGCV and others involved bodies if needed.
Assessment is nearly complete but the consolidation/merging of different input into one work plan is ongoing. Results: Several action items are fully/partially aligned to ongoing work on sub-group level and to cross-cutting tasks or action items in the WGCV. Hint: some of action items don't directly translate; some can be combined. An adequate alignment matrix will be provided with the consolidation of the assessment.
Build on ongoing actions but requires more concentrated effort.
CARB-08-23
Coordinated efforts to improve information on natural and anthropogenic emissions of carbon
Closed
2015
2017-Q1
Individual CEOS Agencies with interests in and/or mandates for providing improved information on natural and anthropogenic emissions of carbon (CO2, CH4, CO and black carbon) will coordinate their efforts in consultation with relevant CEOS WGs and the Atmospheric Composition VC.
AC-VC
Reported under action AC-05
Ongoing agency involvement through research programs at NASA, JAXA, and ESA, CMA/CAS
CARB-08-24
Production and availability of high-quality consistent long time-series data products based on multiple sensors and missions
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
The CEOS Carbon Subgroup (recommended in Carbon-Action-38)? will work to encourage the production and availability of high-quality, consistent long time series data products based on multiple sensors and missions for carbon and climate science and for model-data and data-data intercomparison exercises. ?
WGClimate
Multiple agency involvement including NASA (OCO-2), JAXA (GOSAT, GOSAT-2), and ESA (SCIAMACHY, Sentinel-5P), DLR (MERLIN), CMA/CAS (TanSat) in atmospheric composition; IGCO/GEO? call for observations from all domains (atmosphere, land, ocean) and all VCs will need to contribute to long-term time series products.
CARB-08-25
Periodic releases of technical information regarding readiness for transitions from research to operations for long time-series carbon observations
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
The CEOS Carbon Subgroup (recommended in Carbon-Action-38) and relevant VCs will provide periodic technical information to the research and operational space agencies regarding readiness for and issues regarding transitions from research to operations for long-time series carbon observations.
SIT Chair
Not? with current program plans. Requires development of new mechanism for the ongoing responsibilities of the Carbon group to be maintained.? How do we address the problem and coordinate long-term continuity?
CARB-08-26
Comparison of protocols for the generation of carbon products to ensure long-term consistent datasets relevant to carbon cycle community needs
Closed
2015
2017-Q1
The CEOS Carbon Subgroup (recommended in Carbon-Action-38), in consultation with the CEOS WGCV, will encourage comparison of protocols for the generation of carbon products from satellite data and? recommend adoption of the best protocols by CEOS agencies to ensure long-term consistent datasets relevant to carbon cycle community needs. This work shall include accounting for ancillary data dependence (e.g., land cover, aerosol, cloud, DEM, reanalysis products, etc.) such that there is consistency across individual products and variables.
All Carbon Action Items currently under lead of WGCV are under assessment in order to
  • align the WGCV work plan adequately
  • coordinate with ither CEOS entities
  • identify and coordinate with external bodies if needed
  • identify dedicated alignment to a specific sub-group if possible
  • identify cross-cutting or fundamental items related over the whole WGCV to align with existing WGCV taks (for example: validation metrics) or to implement a cross-cutting task within WGCV and others involved bodies if needed.
Assessment is nearly complete but the consolidation/merging of different input into one work plan is ongoing. Results: Several action items are fully/partially aligned to ongoing work on sub-group level and to cross-cutting tasks or action items in the WGCV. Hint: some of action items don't directly translate; some can be combined. An adequate alignment matrix will be provided with the consolidation of the assessment.
The establishment of best practice algorithms and comparison tools is baseline to achieve harmonization, comparability and interoperability of products. Algorithms of specific missions are usually documented in the Algorithm Theoretical Base Document (ATBD). It is common sense in the WGCV to make use of the ATBD to establish/recommend best practice algorithms/protocols for providing a baseline for harmonization and intercomparison of products. The comparison of Level 1 & 2 (and in some cases level 3 -> DEM)? data is usually part of the WGCV agenda. However, this can be performed as "Business as usual" detailing the work plan of WGCV wrt carbon products and ancillary products. Note that part of the work is also included in some sub-groups' work plan (see for example: LPV -> LAI), but must be detailed.? On the other hand, the Carbon community shall have the opportunity to formulate their requirements wrt Carbon products and ancillary data in terms of gain/threshold/breakthrough uncertainty level. A combination of this AI with AI 29 & 9 and reorganization of all three AI in a step-wise approach would provide a consistent path to be followed for all three action items:
  • Identification of products on different product levels
  • Formulation of a consistent requirement set by the carbon community
  • Addressing of priorities along impact and available resources
  • Inventory of existing protocols and definitions for products, validation, and intercomparisons
  • Establishment of a global consistence approach (see also action item 8: global consistent validation approach) for product, validation and inter-comparison
  • Concrete consistent work plan with identified priorities
NB: In terms of products and ancillary data including best practice protocols and validation approaches, WGCV provides ongoing work but may currently not cover all products/aspects. (Note that aside LPV some other sub-groups are providing input: SAR for Level 1 SAR products, Terrain Mapping for DEMs, etc....) A certain small amount of products are covered by VCs (Ocean color) but must be coordinated wrt level 1 baseline and best practice protocols, also in coordination with IOOCG.
CARB-08-27
Public availability of information necessary to document the quality of satellite data
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
CEOS Agencies will make publicly available all information necessary to document the accuracy, clarity, and traceability of the satellite data and data products they produce.
Space Agency efforts on carbon have been updated as part of the final WGClimate response to the GCOS 2010 implementation plan. That report can be found on the CEOS web site
Identify/solicit carbon-related ECVs and carbon climate information records; currently being accomplished with the ECV inventory but need to ensure that relevant Agencies with carbon missions are contributing to the inventory.? This is the core business of WGClimate and listed in WGClimate ToR.
CARB-08-28
Coordinated efforts to develop compatible carbon data products from multiple missions
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
CEOS Agencies will coordinate their efforts to develop compatible (e.g., temporal and spatial resolution, grids, data formats, common auxiliary data, units) carbon data products from multiple missions, in consultation with relevant CEOS WGs and VCs.
WGClimate
WGClimate will develop and document? the ECVs; the relevant WGs and VCs will implement the ECVs consistent with GCOS Guidelines.? WGClimate will undertake to perform for all ECVs but not necessarily for any additional products.
CARB-08-29
Guidelines for the specification of uncertainty in carbon products
Closed
2015
2017-Q1
The CEOS Carbon Subgroup (recommended in Carbon-Action-38) will develop guidelines for the specification of uncertainty in products, from signal counts through the various CEOS Processing Levels.
All Carbon Action Items currently under lead of WGCV are under assessment in order to
  • align the WGCV work plan adequately
  • coordinate with ither CEOS entities
  • identify and coordinate with external bodies if needed
  • identify dedicated alignment to a specific sub-group if possible
  • identify cross-cutting or fundamental items related over the whole WGCV to align with existing WGCV taks (for example: validation metrics) or to implement a cross-cutting task within WGCV and others involved bodies if needed.
Assessment is nearly complete but the consolidation/merging of different input into one work plan is ongoing. Results: Several action items are fully/partially aligned to ongoing work on sub-group level and to cross-cutting tasks or action items in the WGCV. Hint: some of action items don't directly translate; some can be combined. An adequate alignment matrix will be provided with the consolidation of the assessment.
See answer to AI 26 and in addition, the definition of uncertainty is usually provided by standard organizations; this is also part of the day-to-day business of WGCV and its sub-group including the link to those organizations. However, it can be formalized per product and sensor, but is not? restricted to Carbon measurements, only. It is a general task holding for each satellite mission product. Please note that not an additional instance shall be created to redefine the mentioned guidelines in order to avoid duplications and ambiguities.
CARB-08-30
Long-term accessibility of satellite data and data products for carbon cycle science and policy
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
CEOS Agencies will ensure the long-term accessibility of satellite data and data products for carbon cycle science and policy.? This must include arrangement for secure archives, documentation, and metadata as well as for provisions for easy discovery and access by the carbon science and policy communities.
WGClimate
This is the core business of ensuring carbon missions are in ECV inventory.? See WGClimate ToR.
CARB-08-31
Strengthened mechanisms for carbon product validation
Closed
2015
2017-Q1
CEOS through its WGCV and relevant VCs will strengthen its mechanisms for product validation by establishing validation methodologies, protocols and benchmark datasets.
All Carbon Action Items currently under lead of WGCV are under assessment in order to
  • align the WGCV work plan adequately
  • coordinate with ither CEOS entities
  • identify and coordinate with external bodies if needed
  • identify dedicated alignment to a specific sub-group if possible
  • identify cross-cutting or fundamental items related over the whole WGCV to align with existing WGCV taks (for example: validation metrics) or to implement a cross-cutting task within WGCV and others involved bodies if needed.
Assessment is nearly complete but the consolidation/merging of different input into one work plan is ongoing. Results: Several action items are fully/partially aligned to ongoing work on sub-group level and to cross-cutting tasks or action items in the WGCV. Hint: some of action items don't directly translate; some can be combined. An adequate alignment matrix will be provided with the consolidation of the assessment.
This action item is closely linked to action item 26 and others: It is finally related to the work plan of WGCV and in some case to the work plans of some VCs (ACC, SST, ?); value needs to be defined for making the observation and/or making the ECV.
CARB-08-32
Assessment of the provision of validation data and identification of additional validation sources
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
For each of the relevant variables in each of the domains CEOS will work with the carbon science community to assess the current provision of validation data in terms of quality (defined by protocols (e.g., WGCV LAI protocol) and or maturity matrices (e.g., WG Climate)) and spatial and temporal coverage.? This work should identify potential additional sources and develop a strategy to improve global in situ data distributions in relation to satellite validation and model parameterization. It should also exploit existing infrastructures to develop key intensive collection sites.
All Carbon Action Items currently under lead of WGCV are under assessment in order to
  • align the WGCV work plan adequately
  • coordinate with ither CEOS entities
  • identify and coordinate with external bodies if needed
  • identify dedicated alignment to a specific sub-group if possible
  • identify cross-cutting or fundamental items related over the whole WGCV to align with existing WGCV taks (for example: validation metrics) or to implement a cross-cutting task within WGCV and others involved bodies if needed.
Assessment is nearly complete but the consolidation/merging of different input into one work plan is ongoing. Results: Several action items are fully/partially aligned to ongoing work on sub-group level and to cross-cutting tasks or action items in the WGCV. Hint: some of action items don't directly translate; some can be combined. An adequate alignment matrix will be provided with the consolidation of the assessment.
The action items covers two aspects: (i) requirements for data quality by the carbon community; (ii) the ability of validation data providers to deliver the required data quality. The confrontation path between both is a inventory/gap analysis. For particular products (example LAI) the analysis was the starting point to identify; the logical follow up from such guideline/protocol is usually the identification which is suggested as outcome from the AI. It shall be noted that different steps must be included: The definition of protocols and adequate maturity matrix schemes as pre-requisite, the requirements wrt products by the carbon community as input; the set-up of a database similar to an inventory (which may exist for some of the products); analysis of the validation/database input against the requirements and the suggested criteria. WGCV, WGC and VC can provide input for protocols/benchmarks. The suggested analyses may overrun the scope of those since their original foci are with the product validation and assessment. However, it shall be noted that CEOS agencies are also leading in international? cooperations/workshops, etc. which do discuss some aspects of the AI. Example the IWGGMS is not only discussing the measurements from space but also the combination with in-situ data, the validation of space data, and the need for the carbon model community on different scales. NB: The maturity matrix metrics is studied in different projects (for example: European Commission CORE-CLIMAX, QA4ECV projects) and subject to adaptation for different applications. Those activities has been presented to the last WGCV plenary with the aim to check for further application studies in the context of Cal/Val and? product QA. The second part of this action requires close collaboration with the Carbon science community.
CARB-08-33
Reinforced mechanisms to ensure coordination and effectiveness of intercomparison activities
Closed
2015
2016-Q2
CEOS will reinforce the mechanisms already in place in CEOS for all domains (WGCV, and VCs, and WG Climate) and clarify their responsibilities to ensure intercomparison activities are well-coordinated and effective.
SIT Chair
So far intercomparison activities are part of CEOS entities different aspects of intercomparison are in the foreground. The focus of WGClimate is set to climate data records starting with the ECV inventory. The focus in WGCV intercomparison is on the product to product intercomparison, mainly on level 1 (radiance level) but also on level 2 products. At the latter with emphasis to validation. The focus of VCs is usually on a specific target quantity in order to discuss the advancing of a product development. However, a first discussion will be also about the understanding between the different entities on the VC/WG day before the SIT workshop in September 2014.
CARB-08-34
Improved ability to compare, and integrate quantitatively, similar carbon data products
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
Individual CEOS Agencies producing the same (or similar) carbon data products will cooperate to ensure that their products are compared to the other relevant products and, if technically feasible, ensure efforts are made so that their products can be used quantitatively with these other products.
All Carbon Action Items currently under lead of WGCV are under assessment in order to
  • align the WGCV work plan adequately
  • coordinate with ither CEOS entities
  • identify and coordinate with external bodies if needed
  • identify dedicated alignment to a specific sub-group if possible
  • identify cross-cutting or fundamental items related over the whole WGCV to align with existing WGCV taks (for example: validation metrics) or to implement a cross-cutting task within WGCV and others involved bodies if needed.
Assessment is nearly complete but the consolidation/merging of different input into one work plan is ongoing. Results: Several action items are fully/partially aligned to ongoing work on sub-group level and to cross-cutting tasks or action items in the WGCV. Hint: some of action items don't directly translate; some can be combined. An adequate alignment matrix will be provided with the consolidation of the assessment.
The action item is consistent with AI-22, AI-26, and AI-29 if translated to CEOS. The recommendation shall be transferred so that CEOS agencies make use of common protocols, definitions of compatible products, etc.. There is a compatibility related to AI-22, AI-26 and AI-29 with guidelines and definitions. Those shall be also allocated at CEOS entities as WGCV for level 1 but also for level 2 at WGCV and VCs in order to ensure overall compatibility with other/additional products and to avoid a duplication of definitions and so on.? This is consistent with other actions.
CARB-08-35
Guidelines for appropriate data use of satellite data and data products
Closed
2015
2017-Q1
The CEOS Carbon Subgroup (recommended in Carbon-Action-38) will develop guidelines for appropriate data use of satellite data and data products.? This will require improved interactions between the carbon cycle community and the satellite community; comprehensive review of the current use of data products, including current data limitations; and reconciliation of methodological differences and spatial compatibility.? Such interactions may include co-sponsorship of joint workshops targeting specific data needs and investment in community product assessments, especially for key intercomparison exercises.
WGISS
Not yet started.
From principles, AI-35 is similar to AI-32 but related to space-based data products. Please follow AI32. Please note that the principle goal of QA4EO is the development of guidelines for satellite data and products which implies the appropriate data use. WGCV is able to provide also input (validation results reflecting limitations in usage) within its product portfolio In addition note that some dedicated workshops are in place (IWGGMS or IGCOS workshop in September)
CARB-08-36
Strengthened linkages with relevant carbon communities and organizations
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
CEOS will strengthen linkages with relevant carbon communities and organizations to facilitate the communications and coordination necessary to ensure that the satellite data products provided by CEOS Agencies meet needs and are utilized appropriately.
SIT Chair
VC members are subject matter experts to strengthen these linkages; active scientists must coordinate.
CARB-08-37
Point of contact for carbon-relevant satellite products
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
The CEOS Carbon Subgroup (recommended in Carbon-Action-38) will serve as a point-of-contact for appropriate satellite products for major model-data intercomparison exercises related to the carbon cycle.
?Stephen Plummer as WGClimate representative for the GEO Carbon Flagship
WGClimate chair participation in WDAC obs4MIPS.? In ToR of WDAC.
CARB-08-38
CARB-08-38
Closed
2015
2016-Q2
CEOS will establish a group to be responsible for carbon activities within CEOS and for advancing the findings and recommendations of this report.? This group will take responsibility for overseeing, coordinating, and reporting on the actions identified in this report.? It is recommended that CEOS establish a Carbon Subgroup within the CEOS WG on Climate as a most efficient way of implementing this action (this recommended group will hereafter be referred to as the ?Carbon Subgroup?).? The Carbon Subgroup will report to (and through) the WG Climate.? It will establish strong working relationships with all relevant VCs and CEOS WGs, especially the WGCV.
SIT Chair
Overall responsibility, as for all activities,? will lie with CEOS Plenary and Principals but management of the overall suite of Carbon actions may be considered either by WG Climate or SIT, to be finalized.
CARB-08-39
Sponsorship of efforts to identify, and promote, specific measurement requirements for continuing and new carbon observations from space
Closed
2015
2016-Q2
CEOS and individual CEOS Agencies will sponsor (or co-sponsor) work (e.g., one or more workshops, a written report) to 1) develop more specific measurement requirements for continuing and new carbon observations from space that will fulfill science and policy needs and 2) encourage further prioritization of these measurements.
This is role of GCOS, not CEOS.
CARB-08-40
Plan efforts to identify, and promote, specific measurement requirements for continuing and new carbon observations from space
Closed
2015
2016-Q2
The CEOS Carbon Subgroup (recommended in Carbon-Action-38) will lead in the planning for activities to 1) develop more specific measurement requirements for continuing and new carbon observations from space that will fulfill science and policy needs and 2) encourage further prioritization of these measurements.? It will work, in consultation with the relevant VCs, to coordinate the incorporation of the refined requirements and priorities into multi-agency planning and preparation for future satellites.
This is the role of GCOS, not CEOS.
CARB-08-41
CARB-08-41
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
The CEOS Carbon Subgroup will report to the CEOS WGClimate.? It will track and report upon progress in responding to the actions in the CEOS Strategy for Carbon Observations from Space in a manner similar to that for the CEOS Response to the GCOS Implementation Plan (IP), which includes at a minimum annual reporting by the Carbon Subgroup through the WG Climate? to the CEOS SIT and Plenary.
SIT Chair
WGClimate will be consulted.? We will need further identification of the best mechanism for carbon Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).
CARB-08-42
Periodic assessment of progress against CEOS Carbon Strategy
Closed
2015
2017-Q4
CEOS will periodically (approximately every 3-5 years) assess progress toward meeting the challenges identified in this report.? This may be accomplished through a variety of means, including but not limited to workshops, ad hoc studies, or discussions within or among relevant CEOS WGs and VCs.
SIT Chair
SIT is responsible for reporting to GEO and WGClimate is responsible for reporting to UNFCCC.G35
CARB-09
GFOI Data Services Pilot Projects for Kenya and Colombia
Closed
2016
2016-Q4
This activity includes support for the delivery of Data Services Pilot Projects for Kenya and Colombia. These projects, based on the Data Cube architecture, are being developed by the SEO with support from the SDCG for GFOI and WGISS. The first phases of these prototypes were delivered in late 2015. Advances in 2016 will include integration of more datasets using analysis-ready data products, addition of more features to the reference user interface, testing of various deployment approaches (local, cloud, data hub), and evaluation of feedback from in-country use of the prototypes.
WGISS, SDCG for GFOI, SEO
DIS-15
Support for GEODARMA Identification of Major Hazards and DRR Issues for Each Selected Region
Open
2016
2018-Q2
GEO-DARMA began in mid-October 2016, starting with its Concept Phase, which has a goal of Identifying hazards that have large regional impacts and transboundary risks that require regional and multi-country involvement. A very successful mission to Southeast Asia took place in early May with in-depth discussion with UNESCAP and ADPC, who have both agreed to serve as regional institutions. The Latin American mission was held in conjunction with the Global Platform (GP) for Disaster Risk reduction meeting in Cancun, Mexico (May 2017). The Concept Workshop and 1st Steering Committee meeting toke place during that GP meeting, on May 25th. The Africa regional meeting is tentatively planned for July 2017. The first phase of GEO-DARMA (Concept Phase) will wrap in September 2017, and the first projects (in SE Asia) are expected to be put forward for approval at the fall CEOS meeting, with more projects in the other two regions being identified for spring 2018.
VC-21
Support the GEO Water Quality Community of Practice
Closed
2016
2016-Q4
The area of remote sensing of coastal and inland water quality remains a priority for OCR-VC. Following the CEOS-supported establishment of a GEO Water Quality Community of Practice, the OVR-VC is working to develop implementation plans describing concrete support CEOS can provide in support of that group. Initial plans will be presented for discussion at SIT-31.A related International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) Working Group (Earth Observations in Support of Global Water Quality Monitoring) has been established. The OCR-VC recommends the creation of a GEO Water Quality Community of Practice, which would significantly expand upon the IOCCG working group and bring together data providers and users to significantly advance the utilization of satellite observations in support of water quality monitoring in both developed and developing nations.
OCR-VC
BP-04
CEOS Action Plan for GEO Blue Planet Initiative Components Implementation Plan
Open
2017
2017-Q4
Building upon the GEO Blue Planet Initiative Implementation Plan (September 2016) and the 3rd Blue Planet Symposium (June 2017), coordinate efforts across the CEOS Ocean VCs and develop action plan for CEOS contributions to Blue Planet activities.
NOAA, OCR-VC, OST-VC, OSVW-VC
CMRS-12
Establishment of a WGClimate Website
Open
2016
2017-Q3
The website will provide the single authoritative location for Joint CEOS/CGMS WGClimaterelated information including the Climate Monitoring Architecture definition and the ECV Inventory, and will be used as the working area for members from both CGMS and CEOS. This will include development of enhanced tools to increase the efficiency and utility of the ECV Inventory. 
WGClimate
CMRS-20
Gap Analysis
Open
2017
2019-Q1
Several teams will perform the cycle 3 gap analysis in parallel, with the work organized by thematic area. To ensure consistency of approach across the full inventory, the gap analysis work of the individual teams will be undertaken in a coordinated manner.
WGClimate
CMRS-13
Development and Promotion of Case Studies
Open
2016
2017-Q3
Previous work, supervised by the EC JRC and WMO, has already produced WMO 1192 Case Studies for Establishing an Architecture for Climate Monitoring from Space. The possibility exists for further involvement by an expanded team. The output of previous and potential future work is to be supported by the dedicated Joint CEOS/CGMS WGClimate website.
WGClimate
CMRS-14
Collection, incorporation and quality control of new & updated information from data providers.
Open
2016
2017-Q1
For the purposes of this iteration, the set of questionnaires using for data collection during the first iteration will be re-used. The announcement of the process to request updates to the inventory records was made at the 29th CEOS Plenary Meeting.
WGClimate
CMRS-16
Action Plan
Open
2016
2017-Q4
The action plan will identified agreed actions that CEOS and CGMS Members and Associates intend to take to address priority gaps. The action plan will be endorsed and released to the CEOS community at CEOS-31 in Rapid City.
WGClimate
CMRS-15
Gap Analysis
Open
2016
2017-Q1
Several teams will perform the cycle 2 gap analysis in parallel, with the work organized by thematic area. To ensure consistency of approach across the full inventory, the gap analysis work of the individual teams will be overseen/coordinated by ESA and USGS.
WGClimate
CMRS-17
Collection, incorporation and quality control of new & updated information from data providers.
Open
2016
2018-Q3
It is expected that the third iteration will enhance the questionnaire, and potentially the inventory structure, to accommodate for example: The new GCOS IP (expected to be available at the end of 2016); any requirements stemming from C3S; and experiences from applicable projects.
WGClimate
CMRS-18
Supporting Development of the New GCOS IP
Closed
2016
2016-Q4
The forthcoming new GCOS Implementation Plan, requested at SBSTA-37, is expected in December 2016. CEOS, through the Joint Working Group on Climate, will engage closely with this process to assure coordinated input from the satellite Earth observation community. In consideration of the potential to whether the Satellite Supplement can be published in parallel with the new IP, will collaborate with the GCOS Secretariat to explore this possibility.?
WGClimate
CMRS-19
Joint CEOS/CGMS Response to the New GCOS IP
Open
2016
2017-Q4
The new GCOS IP is expected to be available at the end of 2016, but it is not clear at the moment if this delivery will include an updated Satellite Supplement. Assuming the GCOS IP delivery will include the Satellite Supplement, this will mean that a response to the new GCOS IP will be required by the end of 2017. Reflecting the partnership, this document will be developed jointly by CEOS and CGMS.
WGClimate
CARB-10
Data Flows Study
Closed
2016
2016-Q4
A study of global data flows is to be completed by the SDCG for GFOI. The objective of this study is to explore - for a well-defined and bounded practical application scenario, namely a years worth of global forest observations data from the GFOI core optical data streams to the relevant countries ? pros and cons of different architectures, technical elements, and implementation of data storage, handling, and processing tools to support the full list of GFOI countries. It will be useful to have numerical evidence for a practical example such as GFOI in order to inform the broader work of the CEOS Chair (CSIRO)-led ad hoc team looking at Future Data Architectures. Factors to be specified, defined and considered include: national requirements, data volumes, bandwidth, processing capacity, ?analysis ready? data products, Data Cube storage architectures, national infrastructure, costs and technical capacity.
SDCG for GFOI, SEO
CARB-11
Development of a GFOI Space Data Portal
Closed
2016
2016-Q2
As a part of SDCG?s support for GFOI, a GFOI Space Data Portal will be developed (initial version) in time for the SDCG-9 meeting, and accompanying GFOI Open Forum. The purpose will be to provide prospective users of satellite EO with some highlevel information about the use of EO for forest monitoring. Topics to be covered will include: the role of remote sensing in National Forest Monitoring Systems, suitable data types, data access portals, how to apply data, tools, and tutorials/resources. The portal will include links to the GFOI MGD Portal, and vice versa.
SDCG for GFOI, SEO
CARB-12
Support for definition of a potential GEO Carbon Flagship
Closed
2016
2016-Q4
CEOS, through the Joint CEOS/CGMS WGClimate, will participate in the team defining a potential GEO Flagship around carbon, ensuring that due consideration is given to the role of space-based Earth observation. Discussion of potential CEOS commitments to implementation of the Flagship will be discussed at the SIT Technical Workshop with endorsement to be sought at the 30th CEOS Plenary Meeting prior to the GEO-XIII Plenary at which endorsement of the Flagship is expected to be sought.
WGClimate
AGRI-08
Vietnam Data Services Prototype
Open
2017
2017-Q3
Complete initial deployment of a Vietnam Data Cube with a particular emphasis on data interoperability (optical and radar) and agriculture applications including rice crop monitoring.
SEO
The SEO and CSIRO have been working closely with Vietnam to commence a Data Cube deployment. An initial scoping visit was completed in December 2016 and a second visit (to Hanoi) was conducted in April 2017. The Vietnam team will be receiving a new computer system in late April to be used for Data Cube deployment. It is expected the first operating data cube will be ready by mid-2017.
WAT-03
Feasibility study on satellite missions/instruments focused on water quality measurements
Open
2017
2017-Q2
This study will assess the benefits and technological difficulties of designing a hyperspectral satellite mission focused on inland, estuarine, deltaic and near coastal waters. It will also examine the potential of establishing threshold and baseline observation requirements for sensors suitable for water quality applications.
CSIRO, DLR
WAT-02
Implementation of the Water Constellation Feasibility Study and Other Proposed Actions Contained in the CEOS Strategy for Water Observations from Space
Closed
2016
2016-Q4
In 2016, the extended CEOS Water Strategy Implementation Study Team (WSIST) will implement the Water Constellation Feasibility Study and other proposed actions contained in the CEOS Strategy for Water Observations from Space.
LSI-VC, P-VC, WSIST, SEO
CB-12
Build awareness of new CEOS missions and datasets
Open
2016
2019-Q4
Within the context of support to CEOS/GEO projects, using webinars, the CEOS Website, newsletters, mailing list server, social media, etc. to improve access to new CEOS Agency missions and datasets.
WGCapD
CB-13
Develop and/or deliver webinars for users in developing countries
Open
2016
2019-Q4
Webinars will provide information and training on advanced satellite Earth observation topics, such as data access/availability, data processing, and more. A SAR webinar is planned for Q3/Q4 2017.
WGCapD
CB-14
Create a planning document for the release of newsletters and mailouts
Closed
2016
2016-Q3
WGCapD will significantly increase its communication through key channels such as its newsletter and mailing list, including promotion of appropriate material and activity of other CEOS Entities.
WGCapD
CB-15
Updated good practices guidance document for in-person and online training and capacity building
Open
2016
2017-Q2
The WGCapD developed a good practices guidance document highlighting key points, areas of consideration, suggestions, and good practices for online and in-person capacity building meant as a resource for other CEOS Working Groups and Virtual Constellations. The WGCapD plans to add more content to this report.
WGCapD
CB-16
SRTM Training Workshops
Closed
2016
2017-Q3
Two more SRTM in Disaster Management training workshops are anticipated: one in Asia and another in Africa.?
WGCapD
CB-17
SAR Training Workshops
Open
2016
2017-Q2
The WGCapD will deliver two SAR Training Workshops in 2017: one in Gabon (February, 2017) and one in Pretoria (May, 2017). The WGCapD plans to continue providing SAR workshops (on data access, awareness, processing, and applications) to users in developing countries as long as CEOS Agencies continue to release more SAR data.
WGCapD
CB-18
Capacity building pilot activity on geospatial technologies and their application in GGovernance
Closed
2016
2017-Q1
There is an identified need for capacity building for use of EO-derived information in governance. This knowledge is needed to support many GEO related actions including resources management, urban master planning, traffic and pollution flow control.
WGCapD
CB-19
Promote the role of space-based EO in meeting the challenges of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Open
2016
2019-Q4
WGCapD is participating in the CEOS SDG Ad Hoc Team which will support GEO in promoting use of EO to track progress towards, and achieve, the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
WGCapD
CB-20
Provide CB support to regional and thematic GEO initiatives
Open
2016
2019-Q4
Includes ongoing support to AfriGEOSS, additional support to AmeriGEOSS and engagement with Asia-Oceania (AO) GEOSS initiative. This would also include other GEO initiatives e.g. with WMO, CGMS, and WGClimate on essential climate variables (ECVs) and with the CEOS Ad Hoc Working Group on GEOGLAM.
WGCapD
DATA-07
Study on future data architectures
Closed
2016
2016-Q4
The study, delivering on an initiative of the 2016 CEOS Chair, will examine:? Relevant initiatives and plans being undertaken by CEOS and related agencies.? Lessons from early prototype activities underway with the governments of Kenya and Columbia.? Key issues and opportunities resulting from trends towards Big Data, Analysis Ready Data, etc.The study will make recommendations on the way forward for CEOS and its Agencies, including in relation to standardization, interoperability, and how CEOS priorities might benefit from their implementation.Status report at SIT-31
WGCV, WGISS, LSI-VC, SEO, AHT-FDA
CV-13
Intercomparison of atmospheric correction models
Open
2016
2018-Q4
The WGCV task team "Atmospheric correction" will carry out several comparison measures between models and report about their findings including recommendations with respect to EO applications.
WGCV
CV-14
Report on application of approaches for cloud masking
Open
2016
2018-Q4
The WGCV task team "Cloud masking" will research different cloud masking approaches for different sensors and spectral areas in order to deliver a report about their findings including recommendations for the applications of cloud masking in EO applications.
WGCV
VC-22
Response to precipitation-related aspects of CEOS Strategy for Water Observations from Space
Closed
2016
2016-Q4
Support to implementation of the CEOS Strategy for Water Observations from Space in relation to recommendations C2, C3, C4, and C5
(Update from July 2016 SIT Chair Tag Up)(C2, C3) Ralph Ferraro gave a presentation to the 12th IGWCO COP meeting on the status of the Clouds and Water Vapor (Aerosol and Precipitation) Initiative (GEO CA-08). A white paper based on CEOS and CGMS data bases/resources and its socialization are planned. This activity is being integrated with the GEOGLOWS Initiative.(C1, C3, C4) George Huffman contributed to the Precipitation-Soil moisture synergistic observation case study of the Water Constellation Feasibility Study (FS). JAXA provided its post GPM study as input as well as sampling analysis support to the FS.
VC-23
Identify gaps in/opportunities for acquisition-planning in support of the CEOS Carbon Strategy
Closed
2016
2017-Q2
In support of the CEOS Carbon Strategy, LSI-VC will analyze validated land carbon observation requirements and identify the gaps in and opportunities for optimization across CEOS Agency missions. A status report will be provided at SIT- 31.
WGClimate, LSI-VC, SEO
VC-24
Define intercomparable Analysis-Ready Data (ARD) products within the context of land surface imaging
Closed
2016
2016-Q4
Agreement on the key definitions of Analysis Ready Data (ARD). In general terms ARD are ready for use without the need for instrument-specific, passspecific, or spacecraft-specific corrections. ARD greatly lower the barriers to using land surface imaging data and make downstream chains more robust. A status report will be provided at the 2016 SIT Technical Workshop
WGCV, LSI-VC, SEO
VC-25
Increase the visibility of land surface imaging data holdings
Closed
2016
2016-Q4
Significant progress has already been made to improve the visibility of CEOS Agency data through existing tools such as The CEOS-WGISS Integrated Catalog (CWIC) and the Federated Earth Observation Missions Pilot (FedEO).The LSI-VC will work with WGISS to list relevant datasets to ensure visibility through CWIC etc.Note: Although aligned to VC-1, this activity will involve a specific additional effort over a defined period so is included as a separate objective/deliverable.
WGISS, LSI-VC, SEO
WGISS has made considerable progress adding new datasets to the CEOS-WGISS Integrated Catalog (CWIC) and the Federated Earth Observation Missions Pilot (FedEO). This action will be closed, as the "visibility of land surface imaging data holdings" has increased. WGISS will continue to pursue this effort in the future.
VC-26
Pilot approaches to conducting integrated assessments of gaps/opportunities in asset usage
Open
2016
2017-Q4
In an attempt to improve the assessment of gaps/opportunities for the use of CEOS assets to address domain specific requirements, the SEO and ESA are working on several updates to the MIM (Mission, Instrument, Measurement) database that will convert current content to a database format and provide an API for powerful analyses capability. In addition, the SEO is working with LSI-VC to develop a generic requirements assessment progress. Further updates on both of these activities will be reported in Sept 2017.The action to establish suitable approaches for analyzing multiple sets of domain-specific requirements is dependent on the progress of CARB-13. Rationalisation of LSI within CEOS is a current topic of discussion, and the joint meeting of LSI-VC, SDCG, and GEOGLAM will take place in September and progress the conversation. See PPT here for more information: http://ceos.org/document_management/Meetings/SIT/SIT-32/Presentations/25_Ward_LSI-Rationalisation_v0-1.pptx
VC-27
Develop a roadmap for the routine production of intercomparable ARD
Open
2016
2018-Q4
LSI-VC is assembling a team to develop a strategy to engage data providers in the provision of CARD4L. Such a strategy has also been requested by the FDA-AHT.
VC-28
Establishing enhanced collaboration on wetlands and inland waterway monitoring
Open
2016
2017-Q4
LSI-VC will take initial steps to identify and coordinate CEOS Agency efforts to develop and harmonize wetlands and inland waterway satellite observations and the non-domain specific products required for the development of wetland and inland waterway data products.
WGCV, LSI-VC
BP-03
Paper on CEOS involvement in Blue Planet governance structures
Open
2017
2017-Q2
A brief position paper will be delivered for SIT-32 to help coordinate and decide upon appropriate long-term CEOS representation in Blue Planet governance structures (Advisory Board et al.)
NOAA
BON-04
Increase the visibility of remote sensing for biodiversity related applications
Open
2016
2019-Q4
In September 2016, CEOS and GEO BON biodiversity experts held a knowledge caf? discussion at the IUCN World Conservation Congress that had over 10,000 attendees. The caf? presented the concept of EBVs to the conservation community and solicited feedback, with the final summary to be released in early 2017. There was an EBV session at the ESA Living Planet Symposium in May 2016, and a session will be organized at ISRSE in 2017. The Wiley journal ?Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation? has a special issue on remotely sensed EBVs and includes a perspective from space agencies. The group will continue to initiate and participate in symposia to maintain a community base for biodiversity and conservation remote sensing, focusing on EBVs and exploring links to other CEOS activities.
DLR, NASA
The conservation remote sensing committee convened at several meetings in 2016.? The Zoological Society of London held a one-day symposium on ?Space - the final frontier for biodiversity monitoring?? and several biodiversity remote sensing sessions were filled to capacity at the May 2016 ESA Living Planet Symposium. GEO BON held an all science conference in July 2016 that featured numerous biodiversity and conservation remote sensing talks, and there were special sessions on EBVs and remote sensing EBVs.
NG-01
Study on exploitation of next generation geostationary satellites to support nonmeteorological applications
Closed
2016
2016-Q4
The study, a 2016 CEOS Chair initiative endorsed at the 29th CEOS Plenary Meeting, will:
  • Identify future mission and instrument plans of relevance;
  • Inventory non-meteorological algorithm and application initiatives;
  • Assess and prioritize the applications and algorithms for CEOS coordination, having regard to key stakeholder priorities;
  • Report on lessons from existing collaborations in this area;
  • Identify key issues and opportunities.
Recommendations from the study will be presented at the 30th CEOS Plenary meeting for consideration by CEOS Agencies.
AHT-NMA
VC-29
Framework for moderate resolution land sensor interoperability
Open
2017
2018-Q2
A number of members of the LSI-VC are representatives on the MRI team that is developing a generally applicable framework for land moderate resolution interoperability, which is being led by Gene Fosnight (USGS). The latest draft of the framework is due in June, and LSI-VC will be reviewing the document.
CMRS-21
Action Plan
Open
2017
2019-Q4
The action plan will identify agreed actions that CEOS and CGMS Members and Associates intend to take to address priority gaps. The action plan will be endorsed and released to the CEOS community at a suitable meeting.
WGClimate
CARB-20
White paper on a carbon observation constellation
Open
2017
2018-Q3
AC-VC
Agreed with stakeholders that document scope will include CO2 and CH4, as now reflected in 2017-2019 CEOS work plan.  Document preparation is beginning in coordination with CEOS Chair and CGMS.  Planning discussion during SIT-32. 
CARB-13
Assessment of Terrestrial Carbon Strategy variables
Open
2017
2017-Q4
The CEOS SEO is looking at the terrestrial chapter of the CEOS Strategy for Carbon Observations from Space, constraining the rows currently in the requirements matrix, and assessing what high-level requirements already exist.
Filling out a table comprehensively will be a large task, and will require expert knowledge. Compiling the requirements is the key step; leaning on GEO/the carbon community is a necessity. The job for CEOS/LSI-VC is mapping missions and instruments to the received requirements.
CARB-14
Extraction of ECV gap-analysis outcomes for carbon-relevant ECVs
Open
2017
2017-Q4
Analyze the output of the WGClimate ECV Gap Analysis for those variables where there is overlap with those identified is the CEOS Carbon Strategy, i.e. a meta gap analysis for carbon relevant ECVs
WGClimate
CARB-15
Carbon data portal
Open
2017
2017-Q4
Working with Mark Dowell (CEOS Carbon lead) and Pascal LeComte (WG Climate Chair), WGISS will begin defining a preliminary set of ?requirements? for a future Carbon Portal.  WGISS will start with the initial list of ECVs that are key for Carbon and start putting together a list of relevant data collections from identified data providers.
CARB-16
Cal/val and production of biomass products from CEOS missions
Open
2017
2019-Q4
Development of a coordinated cal/val strategy across NASA and ESA biomass missions that rationalizes protocols, data sharing, and the establishment of ground-based carbon super-sites.
ESA, NASA
CARB-17
Engaging with IPCC inventories and promoting satellite EO
Open
2017
2019-Q4
The 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National GHG Inventories currently indicates that satellite data has limitations in spatial, vertical and temporal resolution. However, the IPCC Guidelines will be updated and released in 2019, and update of verification guidance with respect to atmospheric measurement and new datasets is expected. This creates the possibility that the update will include use of GHG observation data from satellites. CEOS has accumulated GHG scientific data by satellites such as GOSAT and OCO-2, and more satellites will follow. Thus, CEOS engagement with IPCC and efforts to support this update are important for EO data uptake in Climate actions.
MEXT/JAXA
CARB-18
Colombia Data Cube Prototype for Forest Mapping and Carbon Stock Assessments
Open
2017
2018-Q4
The SEO initiated a Data Cube prototype in Colombia in 2016. This project will demonstrate an end-to-end approach for Carbon stock assessments of forests to support UNFCCC reporting. Coordination with FAO and the GFOI Office will be essential.
SDCG for GFOI, SEO
The SEO has been supporting Colombia since early 2016. Since the end of 2016, the Colombia IDEAM team has a fully functional full-country data cube. As of April 2017, they are still using traditional scene-based methods for UN reporting. The SEO and team is working with Colombia to resolve technical issues that would allow them to use the data cube for future reporting and data analysis. This will continue throughout 2017.
CARB-19
Land products validation listing and framework
Open
2017
2017-Q4
Summarize current list of validated land data products relevant to Carbon Strategy, documenting validation framework and protocols and providing guidance for online platform for intercomparison of terrestrial carbon products.
WGCV
AGRI-09
RAPP (Rangelands) Data Cube Demonstrations and Application Testing
Open
2017
2017-Q4
Complete a Data Cube demonstration for one or more test sites to support RAPP (rangelands). This demo will explore steps for data cube creation at local test sites and explore applications targeted toward rangelands agriculture (fractional cover, custom cloud-free mosaics, NDVI anomaly).
SEO
The SEO has added the Colombia RAPP test site to the current AWS demo (Jan 2017). This demo includes fractional cover, custom cloud-free mosaics, and NDVI anomaly. The SEO will participate in the RAPP meeting in May 2017 and will discuss the "next steps" in supporting rangelands and prototyping data cubes.
WAT-04
Updates on implementation of the CEOS Strategy for Water Observations from Space, including consideration of required adjustments based on activity in GEO
Open
2017
2019-Q4
CEOS, through the SIT Chair, will continue to monitor progress on GEO water-related activities. The SIT Chair will also engage with GEO to determine when, and if, the strategy should be revisited. Regular updates will be provided at SIT meetings.
SIT Chair
WAT-06
Response to satellite-related aspects of the GEO AquaWatch Initiative Implementation Plan
Open
2017
2017-Q4
CEOS support for the implementation of the GEO AquaWatch (monitoring and forecasting of water quality of inland and coastal waters) community activity is crucial, as satellite observations are an integral component. AquaWatch will be submitted as a formal GEO Initiative in 2017.
CSIRO, NOAA, OCR-VC
FDA-01
Papers and workshops to facilitate strategic discussion of the way forward on future data architectures
Open
2017
2017-Q4
In 2017, the extended Ad Hoc Team on Future Data Architectures will develop the necessary material to enable CEOS Agencies to discuss, and agree on, the way forward on the FDA topic at the 31st CEOS Plenary Meeting. Interim discussions/workshops will be undertaken at the SIT-32 meeting and 2017 SIT Technical Workshop to ensure CEOS Agencies are engaged throughout 2017.
AHT-FDA
FDA-02
Collaborative development of CEOS Data Cube technology
Open
2017
2019-Q4
CEOS Agencies will develop the CEOS Data Cube as a piece of re-usable and customizable open source technology that lowers the barriers to use of satellite Earth observation data. Activity will be undertaken in accordance with the CEOS Data Cube Work Plan.
CSIRO, USGS, GA, SEO
The CEOS "Open Data Cube" (ODC) is an example of a Future Data Architecture (FDA). The core team (SEO, GA, CSIRO, USGS) is working on a number of actions to progress this initiative. As of April 2017, these actions include: development of an ODC open source governance plan, continued testing and development of data cube prototypes (Colombia, Switzerland, Vietnam), development of an ODC website (software, documentation, user forum), and testing of ARD products within the ODC framework.  
FDA-03
CEOS Data Cube technology governance strategy
Open
2017
2017-Q2
A governance strategy will be developed aimed at supporting the CEOS Data Cube to become an inclusive, collaborative, open source project including encouraging contributions from additional CEOS Agencies (e.g. to include data from their missions) and inviting contributions from the broader EO community (e.g. to contribute tools and applications) via GEO.
CSIRO, ESA, USGS, GA, SEO
As of April 2017, the Open Data Cube (ODC) team has completed the first draft of an open source governance plan to support management of the software. This plan addresses licensing, steering council, and sub-project incubation. The governance plan can be found at: https://github.com/opendatacube/governance
FDA-04
Regional pilot installations of the CEOS Data Cube technology
Open
2017
2017-Q4
Regional pilots will generate lessons learnt on how the CEOS Data Cube technology performs in particular contexts (for example High Performance Computing vs cloud, sophisticated vs new users). Where possible, regional pilots will provide evidence of potential value towards GEO strategic priorities (e.g. GEO Flagships/Initiatives). Pilot installations will include: a pilot in Colombia focused on uptake of GFOI outputs (SEO+CSIRO); a project in Australia focused on the nation?s largest food-bowl - the Murray-Darling Basin (GA); a project in Vietnam focused on rice monitoring (CSIRO); a project in the United States (USGS); and a project in Switzerland (SEO). Through production/provision of datasets in support of the pilots, LSI-VC will gather evidence on the technical challenges associated with the CEOS Analysis Ready Data For Land (CARD4L) initiative. Where possible, capacity development capabilities will be leveraged through WGCapD.
CSIRO, NASA, GA, WGCapD, LSI-VC, SEO
As part of the FDA initiative, there are 6 total pilot projects. These include data cubes (Colombia, Switzerland, Vietnam), USGS LCMAP, ESA TEP, and Australia AGDC. As these pilots progress, the FDA team will capture "lessons learned" and report those to CEOS. The first report will be completed for the CEOS SIT Meeting in April 2017.
FDA-05
Promote awareness of the CEOS Data Cube technology
Open
2017
2017-Q4
With growing interest in the CEOS Data Cube technology, WGCapD will identify required CB material to support rollout of the technology. Materials will range from basic introductions to information relevant to decision makers.
WGCapD
FDA-06
Technical best practices relating to future data architectures opportunities
Open
2017
2017-Q4
Participated in a smaller group of the FDA Team (JonoRoss - GeoScience Australia, Bianca Hoersch ? ESA, Rob Woodcock - CSIRO, Brian Killough - SEO) to do the analysis and writing of materials of the FDA Strategic Assessment Survey. In particular, this first analysis is looking to present the findings surrounding the question ?What should CEOS agencies do together? in regards to FDA. The findings were presented at the SIT-32 meeting in Paris.
FDA-07
Product Specifications in accordance with the CARD4L Framework
Open
2017
2017-Q4
Good progress on the CARD4L Product Family Specifications (PFS) for surface reflectance, SAR backscatter, and land surface temperature. These have been circulated to LSI-VC, the FDA-AHT, and other select expert reviewers. These three PFS will be presented for endorsement at SIT Technical Workshop in September.
CB-21
Explore future options for providing portal-based access to capacity building and training resources
Open
2017
2017-Q4
Conduct a study of existing and potential new approaches to collect, coordinate, and synergize available capacity building and training resources related to satellite Earth observations, e.g. GEOCAB, VLab training calendar and methods, and other alternate approaches.
WGCapD
CB-22
Provide capacity building support to WGCV activities
Open
2017
2017-Q2
Collaborate with WGCV to develop materials to promote e.g. QA4EO, LandNet, optical and SAR calibration/validation. The 2017 meeting of the WGCapD will be a key event in defining specific priorities.
WGCapD, WGCV
DATA-08
Improve WGISS Interoperability Standards Architecture
Open
2017
2017-Q3
This is an ongoing activity being led by the WGISS System Level Team which includes partners from CWIC, FedEO and IDN.
DATA-09
ECVs/CDRs Discovery and Access through WGISS Systems
Open
2017
2017-Q3
Once WGClimate has completed their (meta) gap-analysis across the Carbon ECVC, WGISS will begin the longer objective of data discoverability and access.
DATA-10
Reference model for data stewardship planning and implementation
Open
2017
2017-Q4
In progress by ESA?s Long Term Data Preservation (LTDP) Working Group.
DATA-11
Technology Exploration webinars and workshops
Open
2017
2019-Q4
The first Tech Expo Webinar occurred on March 14, 2017 with the topic of Data Search Relevancy.  (Search Relevancy ranking is the process of sorting data results so that those data which are most likely to be relevant to your query are shown at the top) The webinar was recorded and a Youtube link to the recording was made available on the WGISS website
DATA-12
CEOS data holdings reported in GEO
Open
2017
2019-Q4
Holding regular meetings with the GEO Data Access Broker (GEODAB) team to improve data discoverability and access of CEOS data in GEO.
CV-15
L1 top-ofatmosphere interoperability
Open
2017
2017-Q4
Develop an initial recommendation of a community reference in collaboration with GSICS.
WGCV
CV-16
Report on outcomes from GSICS/CEOS reference Solar Spectrum evaluation
Open
2017
2018-Q2
Cooperation through a series of virtual meetings to evaluate recent advances to recommend a solar spectra for GSICS and CEOS to ensure interoperability.
WGCV
VC-30
Interoperability case study for Landsat and Sentinel-2
Open
2017
2017-Q4
This is underway within the MRI team. LSI-VC members are represented in the group.
SDG-01
CEOS engagement with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Open
2017
2017-Q4
The CEOS Ad Hoc Team on Sustainable Development Goals, established at the 30th CEOS Plenary Meeting, will act as a single point of contact between CEOS Agencies and various GEOled activities relevant to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agenda. This will include efforts by the GEO Programme Board to promote alignment of the GEO Work Programme with the SDGs, as well as efforts to engage statistical agencies, and connect with UN and national processes. The Ad Hoc Team will present a draft Work Plan along with Terms of Reference for discussion at the CEOS SIT-32 meeting in Paris. The Ad Hoc Team will present recommendations on how CEOS engagement with the SDG agenda should be managed beyond 2017, for discussion at the 31st CEOS Plenary Meeting.
AHT-SDG
BON-05
Develop improved descriptions of candidate remotely sensed EBVs and their sub-variables
Open
2017
2017-Q4
EBVs?both those for which remote sensing can play a role and those for which it cannot?are still under development. The GEO BON Ecosystem Structure and Ecosystem Function working groups in particular are focused largely on development of the remote sensing EBVs and they will make recommendations to the broader biodiversity community.
DLR, NASA
COV-01
Collaborative framework for COVERAGE
Open
2017
2017-Q4
Determine priority application for COVERAGE via stakeholders engagement and compile use cases/requirements
NASA
COV-02
COVERAGE use cases & focal pilot application
Open
2017
2017-Q4
Determine priority application for COVERAGE via stakeholders engagement and compile use cases/requirements
NASA
COV-03
COVERAGE Project Implementation Plan
Open
2017
2018-Q1
Develop detailed project implementation plan and schedule
NASA
COV-04
COVERAGE Phase I prototype system
Open
2017
2019-Q1
Development of prototype COVERAGE system demonstrating core functionality for limited datasets
NASA