Extended Task Sheet:
IEEE Committee on Earth Observation (ICEO) workshop summary: GEOSS Workshop XXVII – Understanding the Integrated Ocean Observation Systems
The workshop breakout sessions occupied most of the second half of the afternoon. The following overall recommendations were provided by the three workshop breakout groups:
A. Ocean Information Systems. (Group Lead: Phil Weaver)
To move beyond the state of the art in ocean observing systems the first breakout group offered the following suggestions:
Monitoring of the Arctic presents a particularly pressing concern due to the high rate and large and imminent impact of global change there. It was suggested that since Arctic change represents a key societal issue it would be valuable to identify what to measure and to determine means of immediate measurements, including those under the ice cap.
B. Architecture, Standards & Data Policy. (Group Lead: Robert Thomas)
The second breakout group provided a number of responses to the posed questions. The desired features of ocean data sets and ocean information systems for interoperability include metadata, standardization of output, semantics (ontologies), error bars, and quality flags. A best practices wiki was proposed to facilitate quality control. For archived data a processing flag is needed to indicate processing, and a measure of service supervision needed. The question has been raised regarding how data that are not adequately flagged shall be treated. It was suggested to publish them in real time but to not archive them.
Regarding how observations and model output can be generalized to be used in workflow compositions, the group recommended storage of both models and raw data. To make ocean data more readily available to users across a wide community with highly diversified interests recommendations included easy plug-ins and tools and “cook book” guides for interoperability. Funding agency support was listed as a concern.
The group recommended that GEOSS data sharing principles can be encouraged by adding value to data through GEOSS (e.g., fusion of data streams, provision of reference data sets, etc…).
C. Engendering Collaboration and Support. (Group Lead: Bob Weller)
Several recommendations were provided by the third breakout group on how to engender international collaboration in ocean observing on a sustained basis. These included:
Regarding how to engender international collaboration in ocean observing on a sustained basis it was suggested that the oceanography community needs to learn more about societal benefits to the extent that they convert their message to societal benefits. For example, people need to be further educated about the effects of sea level rise.
As to how GEO/GEOSS can help in achieving the needs of the oceanographic community, the following was offered
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