Committee Meeting Summaries
MARCH 11-12, 2003
The Committee on Environmental Satellite Data Utilization (CESDU) held its first meeting on March 11-12, 2003, at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, D.C. The committee heard from Ghassem Asrar, associate administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); Gregory Williams, senior policy analyst, Earth Science Enterprise, NASA; Marie Colton, director, Office of Research and Applications, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS); Helen M. Wood, director, Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution, NOAA Satellite and Information Service; Gerald Dittberner, chief, Advanced System Planning Division, NOAA Satellite and Information Services; Thomas R. Karl, director, Satellite and Information Services, National Climatic Data Center, NOAA; Howard J. Singer, chief, Research and Development Division, NOAA Space Environment Center; Eric Webster, majority staff director, Subcommittee on Environment, Technology, and Standards, House Science Committee; James Dodge, program scientist, Research Division, Earth Science Enterprise, NASA; Stephen Mango, chief scientist, National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Integrated Project Office, NOAA; Edwin Sheffner, program manager, Applications Division, Earth Science Enterprise, NASA; and David Jones, president and CEO, StormCenter Communications, Inc.
The NRC report Satellite Observations of the Earth’s Environment: Accelerating the Transition from Research to Operations was discussed by Richard Anthes, chair of the NRC Committee on NASA-NOAA Transition from Research to Operations (CONNTRO) and president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).
JUNE 17-19, 2003
The committee held its second meeting on June 17-19, 2003, at the Pyle Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. It heard from David Williams, head of Strategic Planning and International Relations, European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites; Hans-Peter Roesli, Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSvizzera); Tony Hollingsworth, head of Research, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. A presentation on “Future Computing Capabilities” was given by Gurindar Sohi, University of Wisconsin. The committee also heard from Paul Menzel, chief scientist, Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS/NOAA; Gregory W. Withee, associate administrator for Satellite and Information Services, NOAA; Michael Mussetto, NPOESS Shared System Performance Responsibilities project scientist; Jeffrey Tu, NPOESS system architecture lead; and Gary Route, NPOESS Interface Data Processing Segment chief engineer. “Private Sector Data Use” was presented by Robert “Buzz” Bernstein, chief technology officer, SeaSpace, Inc.
SEPTEMBER 9-11, 2003
The committee held its third meeting on September 9-11, 2003, at the Keck Center of the National Academies, Washington, D.C. It heard from NOAA/NESDIS staff: on “NPOESS Data Exploitation” from James Silva, manager, NPOESS Data Exploitation Project and NPOESS implementation manager, Office of Systems Development; and from Mitch Goldberg, chief, Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division, Office of Research and Applications; John J. Bates, chief, Remote Sensing Applications Division, National Climatic Data Center; and Richard G. Reynolds, chief, Ground Systems Division, Office of Systems Development, NOAA/NESDIS (also attending the session were Stephen Mango, Integrated Program Office (IPO); Stanley Schneider, IPO/NASA; Geoffrey Goodrum, NOAA/NESDIS; and Stanley Cutler, NOAA consultant/Mitretek); and on the “Comprehensive Large-Array Data Stewardship System” from Richard G. Reynolds, chief, Ground Systems Division, Office of Systems Development.
A presentation titled “Improved Utilization of Remotely Sensed Data” was given by John Townshend, chair, Geology Department, University of Maryland, College
Park. A talk on Department of Defense (DOD) environmental satellite data utilization was given by Robert Feden, chief of staff, Office of the Special Assistant, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Networks and Information Integration)/ Department of Defense, Chief Information Officer. Also presented were “Agricultural Monitoring for Global Food Security—Status of FAS (Foreign Agricultural Service) Satellite Crop Monitoring: From Legacy to Enterprise,” by Bradley Doorn, remote sensing specialist, Production Estimates and Crop Assessment Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); and on “Remote Sensing in the USDA Forest Service: Supporting Sustainable Natural Resources,” by William Belton, assistant remote sensing program manager, USDA Forest Service.
“Satellite Data and National Weather Prediction: Progress, Problems, and Prospects” was presented by Ronald McPherson, executive director, American Meteorological Society; and a presentation on the Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) Project was made by H.K. Ramapriyan, assistant project manager, ESDIS Project, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. “The Role of Satellite Data in Environmental Modeling” was presented by Louis Uccellini, director, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, National Weather Service, NOAA. The committee was also provided with follow-up information from Dr. Ramapriyan: electronic copies of the reports “Goddard Earth Sciences (GES) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) Lessons Learned from the Development of EOSDIS (Earth Observing System Data and Information System),” by Christopher Lynnes, systems engineer, Goddard Earth Sciences Distributed Active Archive Center; “The EOSDIS Core System (ECS) Science Data Processing System (SDPS) Lessons Learned,” by Mike Moore (ESDIS Project), Dawn Lowe (ESDIS Project), Curt Schroeder (ESDIS Project), and Steve Fox (Raytheon); “NASA’s Earth Science Data Systems—Past, Present and Future,” by H.K. Ramapriyan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; “Science Investigator-Led Processing System (SIPS)—Lessons Learned,” by H.K. Ramapriyan, R. Ullman, and K. McDonald, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; and “EOSDIS User Base Numbers,” by H.K. Ramapriyan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
DECEMBER 2-4, 2003; FEBRUARY 17, 2004
The fourth and fifth CESDU meetings were closed writing sessions held at the National Academies’ Beckman Center in Irvine, California, on December 2-4, 2003, and at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, D.C., on February 17, 2004.