Event Dates: March 2nd - 7th, 2015


7th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Space Data Coordination Group for the Global Forest Observations Initiative

Location: Sydney, Australia


External Meeting Website

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015: Day 1

Time Description Duration (min)
08:00-08:30 Transport (Coogee to Nielsen Park) 30
08:30-09:00 Registration & Coffee 30
Session 1: MGD Portal Development Planning, Session Chair: Carly Green
Objective: The Methods and Guidance documentation has become a key GFOI product, touching on several of the GFOI components, and providing a valuable resource for countries considering or implementing national MRV systems. This session will provide a brief status of current progress, a preview of future work with “MGD 2.0″. This Session will provide an opportunity for a discussion on how this work can be best aligned to support (and receive support from) the community. It is also the time for more detailed feedback on the Portal presentation from Monday.
Time Description Presenter Duration
09:00-09:15 GFOI MGD Portal Session – Introduction, Background, and Context [Presentation] C Green 15
09:15-10:15 GFOI MGD Portal Session C Green 60
10:15-10:45 Break 30
Session 2: GFOI R&D Component Planning, Session Chair: Alex Held
Objective: The GFOI R&D Plan was released in 2014, and the direction of this component was passed to the GFOI Office. Consideration is being given to future direction of the GFOI R&D component. This session will start with a brief summary of current status and feature a discussion on the issues that need to be addressed to move the R&D component forward.
Time Description Presenter Duration
10:45-11:00 GFOI R&D Component Session – Introduction, Background, and Context [Presentation 1] [Presentation 2] A Held 15
11:00-12:00 GFOI R&D Session A Held 60
12:00-13:00 Lunch 60
Session 3: Capacity Building Component, Session Chair: Sylvia Wilson
Objective: The GFOI Capacity Building component is being lead by the US SilvaCarbon program, with a series  of workshops having been conducted across the Americas, Africa, and Asia. These workshops have featured significant contributions from FAO and the MGD and space data components. This session will start with a brief overview of the current status and plans for 2015 and 2016, and then, feature a discussion on coordination issues including linkages to FAO and the other components of GFOI.
Time Description Presenter Duration
13:00-13:15 GFOI Capacity Building Session – Introduction, Background, and Context [Presentation] S Wilson 15
13:15-14:15 GFOI Capacity Building Session S Wilson 60
Session 4: Advances in Technological Resources, Session Chair: Brian Killough
Objective: This session will provide an update on progress being made on IT infrastructure design and products to improve delivery, storage, management, and end use of space data.
Time Description Presenter Duration
14:15-14:45 Australian Geoscience Data Cube [Presentation] A Lewis 30
14:45-15:00 Break 15
15:00-15:20 Kenya Data Cube Project [Presentation] B Killough 20
15:20-16:00 SEO Data Services Tools for GFOI [Presentation] B Killough 40
16:00-16:30 Improvements in Space Data delivery by FAO E Lindquist 30
16:30-17:00 Improvements in Australia’s inventory System [Presentation] S Reddy 30
17:15-17:45 Transport (Nielsen Park to Coogee) 30

Thursday, March 5th, 2015: Day 2

Time Description Duration
08:00-08:30 Transport (Coogee to Nielsen Park) 30
08:30-09:00 Registration & Coffee 30
Session 5: SDCG-7 Kick-Off, Session Chairs: S Briggs, S Ward
Time Description Presenter Duration
09:00-09:15 SDCG Meeting Introduction & Objectives – Agenda Overview [Presentation] S Briggs, S Ward 15
09:15-09:20 SDCG-6 Action Status G Dyke 5
Session 6: SDCG 3-Year Work Plan 2015-2017, Session Chair: S Ward
Time Description Presenter Duration
09:20-09:35 3-Year Plan Status & Overview S Ward, G Dyke 15
09:35-10:05 Detailed Review of Outcomes & Tasks G Dyke 30
10:05-10:35 Discussion & Confirmation of the Plan All 30
10:35-10:50 Break 15
Session 7: Baseline Global Observation Scenario, Session Chairs: E Fosnight, FM Seifert
Time Description Presenter Duration
10:50-11:20 Session Introduction [Presentation]

  • Overview of 2015 Outcomes
  • Broad Plan to Achieve Outcomes
E Fosnight, FM Seifert 30
11:20-11:35 USGS Core Data Stream Report [Presentation]

  • Landsat-7 & Landsat-8
E Fosnight 15
11:35-11:50 ESA Core Data Stream Report [Presentation]

  • Sentinel-1A & Sentinel-2A
  • TEP
FM Seifert 15
11:50-12:05 Other Core Data Stream Reports (TBC)

TBC 15
12:05-12:30 Baseline Global Observation Scenario Plan for Progress Toward 2015 Outcomes E Fosnight, FM Seifert 25
12:30-13:30 Lunch 60
Session 8: GFOI Space Data Services, Session Chairs: B Killough, S Ward, G Dyke
Time Description Presenter Chair
13:30-13:40 Session Introduction – Overview of 2015 Outcomes (Numbers refer to work plan outcomes.) [Presentation] B Killough 10
13:40-14:00 #5: Data Services integration with MGD and CB S Ward 20
14:00-14:10 #6: Space Data Workshops G Dyke 10
14:10-15:00 #7: Archive Characterization and On-going Coverage

#8: Data Discovery Tools

#9: Assembly and Delivery of Core Data

#11: SDMS Cloud-computing Pilot Projects

#12: Model National GFOI Data Services System

B Killough 50
Discussion All 30
15:00-15:15 Break 15
Session 9: Country Follow-up, Session Chairs: S Wilson, FM Seifert
Time Description Presenter Duration
15:15-15:35 Country Follow-up Introduction [Presentation]

  • GFOI Component Coordination and Country Engagement overview. Session should identify practical data support that SDCG can provide to the countries presenting.
  • Overview of country reports and analysis tools
S Wilson, B Killough 20
Country Space Data Needs: 15 min Intro + Discussion, per country
15:35-16:05 Kenya [Presentation] M Kinyanjui 30
16:05-16:35 Cambodia [Presentation] S Sar 30
16:35-17:05 Colombia [Presentation] E Cabrera 30
17:05-17:30 Discussion and Summary All 25
17:45-18:15 Transport (Nielsen Park to Coogee) 30

Friday, March 6th, 2015: Day 3

Time Description Duration
08:00-08:30 Transport (Coogee to Nielsen Park) 30
08:30-09:00 Registration & Coffee 30
Session 10: Space Data Support to GFOI R&D, Session Chairs: FM Seifert, A Rosenqvist
Time Description Presenter Duration
09:00-09:05 Session Introduction [Presentation]

  • Overview of 2015 Outcomes
  • Broad Plan to Achieve Outcomes from the SDCG 3-Year Work Plan
FM Seifert, A Rosenqvist 5
09:05-09:20 Commercial Provider Session at SDCG-8

  • In support of GFOI R&D
  • Offers to host by CSA and DLR
FM Seifert, H Staudenrausch 15
09:20-09:30 CSA Contributing Data Stream Report – Radarsat-2, RCM [Presentation] Y Crevier 10
09:30-09:40 ASI Contributing Data Stream Report – COSMO-SkyMed [Presentation] AR Pisani 1
09:40-09:50 DLR Contributing Data Stream Report – TanDEM-X, TerraSAR-X [Presentation] H Staudenrausch 10
09:50-10:00 JAXA Contributing Data Stream Report – ALOS-2, GCOM-C [Presentation] N Fujimoto 10
10:00-10:30 Discussion: Element 3 Strategy

  • Broader GFOI R&D Plan and Governance
  • Plan for SIT-30
FM Seifert, A Rosenqvist 30
10:30-10:45 Break 15
Session 11: SDCG-7 Wrap-up Discussions, Session Chairs: S Briggs, S Ward
Time Description Presenter Duration
10:45-11:15 Discussion

  • Way forward on services implementation
  • Way forward on SDCG 3-Year Work Plan
All 30
11:15-11:30 SDCG Reporting to SIT-30 S Briggs, S Ward 15
11:30-11:45 SDCG-8 SDCG EXEC 15
11:45-11:55 Review of Actions G Dyke 10
11:55-12:00 Closing Remarks SDCG EXEC 5
12:00-13:00 Lunch 60
12:00-12:30 SDCG EXEC Meeting (Over Lunch) SDCG EXEC & SEC 30
Session 12 (Plenary): Components Reports and Close, Session Chair: Jim Penman
Objective: Review outcomes, decisions, and action items from the MGD and SDCG component meetings, emphasising any resolutions in relation to the issues raised with the lead team and discussed throughout the week.  The R&D and Capacity Building reports will be a shorter summary of progress on these issues, and then, a final discussion to make sure we all leave happy and heading in the same direction.
Time Description Presenter Duration
13:00-14:00 MGD Report to Plenary C Green 60
14:00-15:00 SDCG Report to Plenary S Briggs, S Ward 60
15:00-15:15 Break 15
15:15-15:30 R&D Report to Plenary A Held 15
15:30-15:45 Capacity Report to Plenary [Presentation] S Wilson 15
15:45-16:30 Discussion – Decisions and responsibilities for next steps

  • Confirmation of Decisions
  • Confirmation of Responsibility for Next Steps
All 45
16:45-17:15 Transport (Nielsen Park to Coogee) 30