The Essential Role of Long-term Satellite Records for
Climate Science and Monitoring
The objectives of this mini-symposium series are:
- to raise the visibility of the remarkable role and importance of the long-term satellite climate records currently in existence;
- to highlight critical accomplishments in selected areas; and
- to review challenges in sustaining a climate monitoring system.
Earth Observations in Support of Climate and Environmental Security
November 10, 2022
|  WebEx, 9:00 – 11:30 AM (PST)
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This virtual mini-symposium will include presentations and discussion on how space-based climate and environmental observations support U.S. national security interests and decision making. The presentations will be given by national security experts who will provide information and their perspectives on the following topics and questions:
- Climate security 101 – a high level introduction to this new and growing aspect of the national security landscape
- What are the most important climate security and environmental situational awareness objectives and questions from the perspective of the national security community?
- Who uses climate and environmental data and how are they being used?
- What are the trends and the anticipated future demand for climate and environmental data?
- How sensitive are these applications and decisions to gaps and changes in uncertainty level of the data?
- What is the awareness of the climate and environmental security community regarding the role satellite observations play now, or could play in the future, in providing climate and environmental data?
- What are your recommendations for how to better align and bridge these two communities – those using the data for guidance concerning climate and environmental security and those that enabling and improving the underlying data.
The four invited presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion.
- Anna Michalak, Carnegie Institution for Science - Introduction
- Rod S Schoonover, CEO, Ecological Futures Group - ecologicalfutures.com
- Erin Sikorsky, Director, The Center for Climate and Security - climateandsecurity.org
- Lauren Herzer Risi, Program Director, Environmental Change and Security Program - WilsonCenter.org
- Timothy Stryker, USGS - Moderated Discussion
This mini-symposium will serve to provide input for the KISS Study on “Developing a Continuity Framework for Satellite Observations of Climate”. The overall goal of this study program is to help accelerate discussions and plans for a greater and more impactful U.S. contribution to the global climate observing system.
Leveraging commercial & non-profit satellite capabilities, plans, and opportunities, for Earth system observation continuity
July 15, 2022
|  WebEx, 11:00am-2:00pm PDT
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This virtual mini-symposium will consist of a short introduction, three invited presentations, and will close with an extended moderated discussion, as follows:
- Introduction and approach (Daniel Limonadi, Duane Waliser, Betsy Weatherhead)
- The historical evolution, current landscape, and future plans of Earth Observations by NGOs (Pat Patterson, Asal Naseri)
- Strengths and challenges of NGO data relative to continuity of climate variable observations: (Betsy Weatherhead, Jeff Privette)
- Climate monitoring and research topics that might be addressable with NGO data sets (Jeff Privette, Chris Ruf, Betsy Weatherhead)
- Moderated discussion focused on how civil space agencies could/should respond to and take advantage of NGO capabilities (Rashmi Shah, Daniel Limonadi)
We use the term Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to cover both commercial and non-profit entities.
This mini-symposium serves to provide valuable background material for the upcoming KISS Study on "Developing a Continuity Framework for Satellite Observations of Climate". The overall goal of this study program is to help accelerate discussions and plans for a greater and more impactful U.S. contribution to the global climate observing system.
The U.S. and International Earth Observation from Space Program of Record
June 29, 2022
|  WebEx, 9:00am-12:00 noon PDT
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This virtual mini-symposium is co-sponsored by the Keck Institute for Space Studies in conjunction with its 2022 study “Developing a Continuity Framework for Satellite Observations of Climate”. The four invited presentations (30 minutes each) will be followed by a moderated discussion.
- Waleed Abdalati (CIRES) - NASA Earth Science Program of Record
- Michael Bonadonna (NOAA NESDIS OSAAP) - NOAA/NESDIS Program of Record
- Tim Stryker (USGS) - USGS Program of Record
- Mark Dowell (EC), Jeff Privette (NOAA), Wenying Su (NASA), Jörg Schulz (Eumetsat) - International Program of Record
- Stacey Boland (JPL) - Moderated Discussion
Climate and Radiation Monitoring
April 18, 2022
|  WebEx, 9:00am -11:00am PT
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- Norman Loeb, NASA LaRC, Earth Radiation Balance (PDF 9.4MB)
- Greg Kopp, LASP, Solar Irradiance
- Larrabee Strow, UMBC, Hyperspectral Infrared Radiation (PDF 11.4MB)
- Discussion (with comments from Erik Richard, LASP on Solar Spectral Irradiance (SSI) Data Record & Continuity (PDF 22.3MB)