The CEOS Coastal Observations and Applications Study Team (COAST)
At SIT-34 an action was given to the CEOS Blue Planet Expert (P. DiGiacomo) to bring ideas forward to the 2019 SIT Technical Workshop for an ad hoc coastal observing and applications team. Dr. DiGiacomo recommended that the SIT establish a Coastal Study Team that would define the objective, scope, priorities, and value chain approach for a CEOS coastal engagement strategy, including identification of potential pilot projects and an engagement strategy with internal and external stakeholders. This CEOS Coastal Observations and Applications Study Team (CEOS-COAST) was initiated in Fall, 2019.
CEOS Alignment & Benefit to Stakeholders
Focusing on the user-driven value chain, CEOS-COAST will facilitate targeted discussions on priority coastal observations and applications within CEOS, addressing the integration and transformation of multi-sensor observations to fit-for-purpose information in support of existing and emerging stakeholder requirements. A dedicated coastal-focused activity will help bridge land and aquatic observations within CEOS, and given its cross-cutting nature, help integrate across multiple CEOS entities and domains, both thematic (e.g. Disasters, Sustainable Development Goals -SDGs, Capacity Development) and technical (e.g. VCs: Ocean, Land, and Atmosphere, calibration and validation, COVERAGE). Further, it is expected that the Study Team will formulate a pilot project(s) that leverages the CEOS Analysis Ready Data (ARD) framework already demonstrated for terrestrial applications. Finally, this proposed Study Team will potentially highlight the broader use of Earth observations for greater societal benefits within coastal zones (e.g. Blue Economy; SDG-14) and may demonstrate a specific mechanism for CEOS, potentially through the nexus of the GEO Blue Planet Initiative, to engage with external stakeholders such as IOC/GOOS, UN Environment, and high visibility activities such as the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).
Scope & Priorities
The initial short-term focus of the Study Team is to identify and prioritize the user-driven issues, information gaps, and observational trade space to be considered by COAST. This will be accomplished by engaging relevant GEO initiatives and representative user organizations (e.g. SDG Custodian Agencies) and assessing their observing and information requirements, with scoping of key coastal observations types and identification of priority supersites and systems wherein the technical details, data gaps, and coordination complexities can be identified and fully addressed prior to subsequent global-scale implementation.