OGC Seeks Participants for Ocean Science Interoperability Experiment Phase II

The Open Geospatial Consortium Inc. (OGC(R)) will launch the second phase of an Interoperability Experiment on ocean science interoperability at a meeting ( http://www.oostethys.org/oceansie2) on March 20, 2009. The initiators of the experiment seek participation by other organizations interested in interoperability among information systems used in ocean research.

In December 2006 OGC members started Oceans Science Interoperability Experiment Phase I (Oceans IE Phase I) to investigate use of services implementing the OpenGIS (TM) Web Feature Services (WFS) and Sensor Observation Services (SOS) Interface Standards for representing and exchanging point data records from fixed in-situ marine platforms. (See the final report at http://www.oostethys.org/outreach/working_folder/ogcreport/ogc-oie-20080822.pdf/view).

Oceans IE Phase II will address issues that arose in Phase 1, including: an encoding standard for trajectories (of, for example, autonomous underwater vehicles); long time series services; services involving complex systems; and services that are event based (e.g. tsunami sensors within +/-12 hrs of a tsunami) and others.

Potentially, the participants will submit to the OGC Technical Committee change requests for existing OGC standards to influence evolution of these standards. The Interoperability Experiment is not expected to result in new OGC standards.

The OGC members acting as initiators of Oceans IE II are:

  • Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA)
  • Texas A&M University – Academy for Advanced Telecommunications and Learning Technologies (TAMU)
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
  • Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
  • Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System (GoMOOS)

Organizations that wish to participate and that can meet the Requirements for Participation (see Oceans Science Interoperability Experiment Activity Plan ( http://www.oostethys.org/oceansie2) must notify the OGC before March 18, 2009 of their desire to participate.

Contact Carl Reed at creed@opengeospatial.org for further details.

Mapping the Arctic with ARMAP 3D

armap-2ARMAP 3D (www.armap.org) allows users to dynamically interact with information about U.S. federally funded research projects in the Arctic. This virtual globe allows users to explore data maintained in the Arctic Research & Logistics Support System (ARLSS) database. Users can fly to study sites, view receding glaciers in 3D, and access linked reports about specific projects. ARMAP 3D was officially released last December at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference in San Francisco, CA.

Restructuring Federal Climate Research to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change

0309131731Now available in prepublication form for online reading from the National Academies Press is a new book titled Restructuring Federal Climate Research to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change.

“Climate change is one of the most important global environmental problems facing the world today. Policy decisions are already being made to limit or adapt to climate change and its impacts, but there is a need for greater integration between science and decision making. This book proposes six priorities for restructuring the United States’ climate change research program to develop a more robust knowledge base and support informed responses:

* Reorganize the Program Around Integrated Scientific-Societal Issues
* Establish a U.S. Climate Observing System
* Support a New Generation of Coupled Earth System Models
* Strengthen Research on Adaptation, Mitigation, and Vulnerability
* Initiate a National Assessment of the Risks and Costs of Climate Change Impacts and Options to Respond
* Coordinate Federal Efforts to Provide Climate Information, Tools, and Forecasts Routinely to Decision Makers”