CEOS Development Environment

30th CEOS Plenary

Event Dates: October 31st - November 2nd, 2016


Hosted By: CSIRO

Location: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia | Venue Map

Agenda V1.3 (updated 28 October 2016) PDF | DOC


30th CEOS Plenary Group Photo (Click to Enlarge)

Minutes V1.0 (16 January 2017) PDF | DOC

Documents for Endorsement

Other Documents


Monday, October 31st, 2016 – Side Meeting Day


Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 – Plenary Day 1

Plaza Terrace Room
  08:00 — Registration

  Session 1: Core Business

1.1 08:40

CEOS Chair Introduction [Presentation] [Video]

− Welcome and Opening Remarks

− Ministerial Opening Address

– Plenary Themes

CEOS Chair
1.2 09:00

Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) Application for CEOS Membership [Presentation]

For Endorsement: KMA as a CEOS Member

1.3 09:15 Status of Actions from the 29th CEOS Plenary [Presentation] CEO Team
1.4 09:30 Presentation of the CEOS 3-Year Work Plan Annual Update [Presentation] CEO Team
  09:40 — Break & Photo
  Session 2: Thematic Acquisition Strategies
 2.1  10:15  Revisit of Thematic Acquisition Strategy Status and Issues Presented at SIT-31 [Presentation]  SIT Chair Team
 2.2  10:25

 Related GEO Efforts [Presentation]

− GD-08 Status and Process

− Societal Benefit Area (SBA) Leadership Status

– Strategy for the GEO Water SBA

2.3   10:35

 CEOS Water Strategy

− WSIST Feasibility Study Report (C.1) (C. Ishida, 10 min) [Presentation]

−  Hyperspectral Water Quality Report (C.10) (A. Dekker, 10 min) [Presentation]

− GEOGLOWS (B. Doorn, 5 min) [Presentation]

Discussion: Next Steps and Priorities (15 min)

For Endorsement: Water Constellation Feasibility Study Report

C. Ishida, A. Dekker, B. Doorn 
2.4  11:15  GEO Blue Planet Update [Presentation]  A. Stevens
2.5  11:25

 CEOS-GEOGLAM Ad Hoc WG Report [Presentation]

For Endorsement: Continuation of the CEOS-GEOGLAM Ad Hoc WG

 B. Doorn
2.6  11:35  CEOS Response to the Sendai Framework [Presentation]  S. Chalifoux
2.7  11:45

 Thematic Acquisition Strategy Discussion

– Response to Issues Presented in 2.1


  12:00 — Lunch (Plaza Terrace Foyer)

  Session 3: Key Stakeholder Initiatives
 3.1  13:00  GEO Secretariat Report [Presentation]  B. Ryan (remote)
 3.2  13:10

CEOS-GEO Matters and CEOS Representation at GEO-XIII Plenary [Presentation]

− Future Strategy for the CEOS Representative to the GEO Programme Board

– CEOS Statements/Interventions at the GEO-XIII Plenary

Discussion: Suggestions/Comments for the CEOS Delegation to GEO-XIII

CEO Team 
 3.3  13:30

 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) [Presentation]

− Update on the CEOS Response and Strategy

Deputy CEO 
 3.4  13:45

Revisit of Strategic Discussions on Future Partnerships and Priorities (Development Banks, UN System, Data Giants) [Presentation]

– Recap of Relationship Stocktake Planned for Presentation at SIT-32

 SIT Chair Team
  Session 4: Climate    
4.1   14:00

 Implications of the Paris Agreement [Presentation]

“What is CEOS Doing to Help Countries Fulfil their Obligations?”

− Paris Agreement Assessment and Outlook, Way Forward for CEOS (incl. COP 22) (10 min)

Discussion: Role of Space Agencies (Data Supply Only or Broader Scope?) (10 min)

For Endorsement: Space Agency Statement to SBSTA 45

P. Lecomte 
4.2   14:20

 CEOS Carbon Strategy Implementation [Presentation]

− Status and Outlook

− Way Forward for CEOS on the Coordination of Carbon Observations

− Presentation of the 5–7 VC/WG Initiatives

− Efforts Toward Harmonisation of Carbon Observations and Missions (incl. Proposed GHG VC)

Discussion: Plenary to Comment on Individual VC/WG Initiatives

For Endorsement: Overall CEOS Carbon Strategy Implementation Approach

For Decision: Approach for CEOS-CGMS CO2 Coordination

M. Dowell 
  15:10 — Break
4.3 15:25

Marrakech Declaration to be Proposed by CNES and CRTS at UNFCCC COP 22

Discussion: CEOS Agency Response to the Declaration

P. Ultre-Guerard
4.4 15:35

GCOS Status and Plans [Presentation] [Supplementary Content]

− New GCOS Implementation Plan

– Other Essential Climate Variables (ECVs)

M. Dowell
4.5 15:50

WGClimate Report [Presentation]

− CEOS Input to GCOS and Response to the New GCOS Implementation Plan [Presentation]

– ECV Inventory Update [Presentation]

P. Lecomte
4.6 16:05

GEO Carbon Initiative [Presentation]

– Prospects for CEOS Engagement

4.7 16:15

Update on the Space Data Coordination Group (SDCG) for GFOI [Presentation]

− SDCG Secretariat & GFOI Office Continuity

− Germany-Norway-UK Linkage

For Endorsement: Continuation of the SDCG for GFOI

M. Shimada (remote)/ SDCG Secretariat
  16:30 — Adjournment


Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 – Plenary Day 2

Plaza Terrace Room
  Session 5: Future Data Architectures and Analytics 
5.1 09:00

Future Data Architectures Introduction [Presentation]

− Motivation

− Examples

– Opportunities

A. Held
5.2 09:05 Future Data Access and Analysis Architectures (FDA) Ad Hoc Team Report Overview [Presentation] AHT Leads
5.3 09:20 CEOS Systems Engineering Office (SEO) Data Cube Three-Year Work Plan and Pilot Activity Updates [Presentation] B. Killough
5.4 09:35 LSI-VC Analysis-Ready Data Definition Document [Presentation] A. Lewis
5.5 09:50

Plenary Discussion on CEOS FDA Strategy [Presentation]

Discussion Topics:

− FDA AHT Report Recommendations and CEOS Course of Action

− CEOS Response to the LSI-VC Analysis-Ready Data Definition

− Follow-up Activities (CEOS ARD-Data Cube Pilot, FDA AHT Extension)

− Institutional Arrangements

− Mechanisms for Version Control to Ensure CEOS Data Cube Efforts are Consistent and Interoperable

For Endorsement: LSI-VC ARD Definition

For Decision: Adoption of FDA Report Recommendations

For Decision: Actions to Progress CEOS FDA

  10:45 — Break
  Session 6: Broader Applications for Next-Generation Geostationary Satellites
 6.1  11:00

Non-meteorological Applications for Next-Generation Geostationary Satellites (NMA) Ad Hoc Team Report [Presentation]

− Report & Recommendations (15 min)

− Plenary Discussion on CEOS Course of Action (45 min)

– Follow-up Activities

– Institutional Arrangements

For Decision: Adoption of Report Recommendations

Discussion: CEOS Course of Action on the Recommendations

 AHT Leads
  12:00 — Lunch (Plaza Terrace Foyer)
  Session 7: VCs and WGs
7.1 13:00 WGISS Report [Presentation] A. Mitchell
7.2 13:15

WGCV Report [Presentation]

For Endorsement: New Working Group Vice-Chair

For Endorsement: New Terms of Reference

A. Von Bargen
7.3 13:30

WGCapD Report [Presentation]

J. Olwoch
7.4 13:45

WGDisasters [Presentation]

− Progress Report on Observations for Disasters

For Endorsement: Landslide Pilot EO Implementation Plan, Including Strategic Data Acquisition Plan

For Endorsement: GSNL Vesuvius/Campi Flegrei Supersite Biennial Report

For Endorsement: GSNL Etna Supersite Biennial Report

For Endorsement: GSNL Marmara Supersite Biennial Report

For Endorsement: GSNL Greek Supersite

S. Chalifoux
7.5 14:00

VC Report and Issues for Consideration [Presentation]

– Recommendations from the SST-VC Gap Analysis on Passive Microwave Radiometers

SIT Chair Team/J-L Fellous
  14:30 — Break
  Session 8: Other CEOS Business
 8.1  14:45

MIM Database and CEOS Information Systems [Presentation]

– Results of the 2016 User Survey 

 I. Petiteville
 8.2  14:55  CEOS Systems Engineering Office (SEO) Report [Presentation]  B. Killough, K. Holloway
  Session 9: Agency Updates
9.1 15:05

Key Updates on Existing Space Assets or Upcoming Launches

− Copernicus Programme (M. Facchini) [Presentation]

− ESA (S. Cheli) [Presentation]

− NOAA (C. Wooldridge) [Presentation] [Video]

− NASA (M. Freilich) [Presentation]

− ISRO (T. Misra) [Presentation]

– ASI [Presentation]

– JAXA (Y. Yoshimura) [Presentation]

– DLR (K. Schmidt) [Presentation] [EO Update Presentation & More Info

– EUMETSAT (P. Counet) [Presentation]

– CMA (W. Caiying) [Presentation]

(5 minutes each)

9.2 15:55 European Space Policy (with Regard to its Impact on EO, Copernicus, etc.) [Video] P. Brunet
  Session 10: Closing Business
10.1 16:05 CEOS Chair Annual Report [Report PDF] CEOS Chair
10.2 16:20 Recap of Decisions on One-Year Extensions of the CEOS ad hoc Teams and WG Leadership Succession [Presentation] CEOS Chair
10.3 16:25

Announcement of the 2018 CEOS Chair

For Endorsement: 2018 CEOS Chair

CEOS Chair
10.4 16:35 Review of 2016 CEOS Plenary Decisions and Actions CEOS Chair
10.5 16:55 CEOS Chair Handover 2016 & 2017 CEOS Chairs
10.6 17:05 Introduction to CEOS Chair Priorities for 2017 [Presentation] [Video] F. Kelly
10.7 17:20 Closing Remarks CSIRO
  17:30 — Adjournment

  Closed SEC/Troika Meetings

  Location: Plaza Terrace Room

17:30 218th CEOS Secretariat Meeting (SEC-218) Chaired by USGS

Troika Meeting #2 (CSIRO, USGS, ESA, NOAA)

– 2017 Collaborations

Chaired by USGS
  18:20 — Adjournment


  • Helpful Travel & Accommodation Information
  • The deadline for booking a negotiated ‘CEOS rate’ with our preferred hotel accommodation providers is September 28th, 2016. 
  • Decent accommodation books out quickly in Brisbane, so please make your reservations as early as possible. 

Social Events

The following events will be hosted by CSIRO. Details will be provided as soon as possible.

  • Icebreaker Monday, October 31st, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC)
  • Reception dinner Tuesday, November 1st, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

You are also invited to join STEMx, to be held on Thursday 3rd November at the same venue as the Plenary. This free event, organised by the Queensland Surveying and Spatial Association, with support from the Queensland Government, CSIRO, CEOS, Geoscience Australia and others, is aimed at promoting collaboration, innovation, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and the spatial industry. A number of eminent colleagues from the CEOS community will be presenting through an interactive Q&A panel discussion, which is scheduled for early in the day’s programme. Please visit to register and find out more.

NEW! A networking dinner will be held as part of STEMx, on the evening of Thursday 3rd November, at Alchemy Restaurant on the Brisbane River. CEOS Plenary attendees are welcome to attend at $250 per ticket. Please contact Darrenn Medhurst for further details.