CEOS Development Environment

34th CEOS Plenary

Event Dates: October 20th - 22nd, 2020

Location: Virtual

Hosted by ISRO

Minutes V1.0 FINAL (18 December 2020): PDF | DOC

2020 CEOS Plenary Agenda v1.2 (17 October 2020): PDF | DOC

Documents for CEOS Plenary Endorsement

Documents for Information/Reference


Tuesday October 20th

Time (UTC)



10:00 – 10: 20

1.1: Welcome

  • Welcome, introduction, and overview of the agenda
  • Remarks by the host institution (Chairman, ISRO)
  • Tour de table of participants

D.K. Das

(2020 CEOS Chair)

10:20 – 10:40

1.2: 2020 CEOS Chair Priorities Presentation [Presentation]

2020 CEOS Chair Team

10:40 – 10:55

1.3: CEOS Membership Matters

  • Discussion and Decision: Application for CEOS Associate membership by the Polska Agencja Kosmiczna (POLSA) [Presentation]

CEOS Executive Officer

POLSA Representatives

10:55 – 11:10

1.4:CEOS Executive Officer (CEO) Continuity [Presentation]

  • Discussion: Longer-term plan regarding CEO and Deputy CEO continuity

2020 CEOS Chair Team

CEOS Executive Officer

2021 CEOS Chair

11:10 – 11: 25

1.5: CEOS Chairs in 2022 and 2023 (one-year term)

  • Discussion: Agency nominations for the 2022 and the 2023 CEOS Chair terms
  • Decision: 2022 CEOS Chair nomination

2020 CEOS Chair Team

CEOS Secretariat Representatives

11:25 – 11:50

1.6: CEOS-GEO Coordination [Presentation]

  • GEO Executive Committee
  • GEO Programme Board
  • Open Earth Alliance (GEO Community Activity)
  • Discussion: General Q&A
  • Decision: CEOS Statement to GEO Week 2020 [Document]

SIT Co-Chairs & SIT Chair Team

CEOS Representatives to GEO

B. Killough (SEO)

Break (20 minutes)

12:10 – 12: 25

2.1: CEOS Working Groups (WGs) and Virtual Constellations (VCs) [Presentation]

  • Summary of WG decision items to follow
  • High-level showcase / summary of key VC updates

CEOS Chair Team (WGs)

SIT Chair Team (VCs)

12:25 – 12:35

2.2: WGDisasters [Presentation]

  • Decisions: Endorsement of the following:
    • Strategic Paper: Promoting Space Data for Disaster Risk Management [Document]
    • Implementation Plan: Generic Recovery Observatory [Document]
    • Implementation Plan: Geostationary / Low Earth Orbit / Synthetic Aperture Radar Flood Risk Pilot [Document]

D. Green

(WGDisasters Chair)

12:35 – 12:45

2.3:  WGISS/SEO: Earth Analytics Interoperability Lab  (EAIL) [Presentation]

  • Discussion: Interest in the ongoing joint WGISS-SEO Earth Analytics Interoperability Lab

R. Woodcock

(WGISS Chair)

B. Killough


12:45 – 12: 55

2.4:  CEOS Working Group (WG) Vice-Chair Decisions [Presentation]

  • Decisions: Endorsement of new Vice-Chairs for WGClimate (Jeff Privette, NOAA), WGCV (Philippe Goryl, ESA)

2020 CEOS Chair Team

12:55 – 13:10

2.5: CEOS Ocean Variables Enabling Research and Applications for GEO (COVERAGE) [Presentation]

  • Discussion: Positioning COVERAGE as a cumulative contribution to the Decade on Ocean Science (e.g., via programmatic connectivity to GOOS)

V. Tsontos, J. Vazquez (NASA)

13:10 – 13:30

2.6: Annual Report: CEOS Systems Engineering Office (SEO) [Presentation]

B. Killough (SEO)

13:30 – 13:45

2.7:  CEOS External Request and New Initiatives Process Papers [Presentation]

  • Decisions:
    • Endorsement of the CEOS External Request Process Paper [Document]
    • Endorsement of the updated CEOS New Initiatives Process Paper [Document]

B. Killough (SEO)

13:45 – 13:55

2.8:  Annual Report: CEOS MIM Database [Presentation]

I. Petiteville (ESA)

13:55 – 14:00

2.9:  Session Close

2020 CEOS Chair Team

Wednesday October 21st

Time (UTC)



10:00 – 10:10

3.1:  Welcome, introduction, review of the agenda

2020 CEOS Chair Team

10:10 – 10:20

3 .2: WGCapD: CEOS-Branded Webinar Toolkit [Presentation]

  • Decision:  Agreement to proceed with preparing a CEOS-Branded Webinar Toolkit [Document]

N. Searby

(WGCapD Chair)

10:20 – 10:30

3.3: WGCV [Presentation]

  • RadCalNet
  • ARD review
  • CEOS WGCV LPV Biomass Validation Protocol [Document]

C. Ong

(WGCV Chair)

10:30 – 11:00

3.4:  Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Roadmap [Presentation]

  • Decision: Endorsement of the GHG Roadmap document (v2.4) [Document]

M. Dowell


A. von Bargen


11:00 – 11:30

3.5:  White Paper on an Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Roadmap [Presentation] [Document]

  • Discussion: AFOLU Roadmap actions; alignment and synergy with GHG Roadmap
  • Decision: Seek approval to undertake AFOLU Roadmap development, as proposed in the White Paper, and discussion on CEOS Agency designees

O. Ochiai


11:30 – 11:45

3.6:  CEOS WGCV LPV Biomass Validation Protocol [Document] [Presentation]

  • Presentation of the final draft of the Protocol  for information

L. Duncanson


11:45 – 12:05

3.7:  Forest Biomass Reference Network [Presentation]

  • Discussion: Discuss the concept of a Forest Biomass Reference Network and consider partnerships for its implementation and resourcing

SIT Chair Team


L. Duncanson


12:05 – 12:15

3.8:  Closing discussion and actions

SIT Chair Team

Break (20 minutes)

12:35 – 13:10

3.9: WGClimate [Presentation]

Essential Climate Variable (ECV) Inventory v3.0, Gap Analysis Report, and Coordinated Action Plan

  • Decision: Endorsement of the ECV Gap Analysis Report, and update of the Coordinated Action Plan based on v3.0 of the ECV Inventory

Status of the climate data requirements process with GCOS

  • Decision: Consider supporting plans of WGClimate to discuss requirements with GCOS

New WGClimate routine use case activity for Climate Data Records

  • Proposed action: CEOS members to provide use cases via their WGClimate representative

J. Schulz

(WGClimate Chair)

13:10 – 13:55

3.10: UNFCCC Global Stocktake Process & Space Agency Engagement

  • Discussion: Opportunity presented by the UNFCCC Global Stocktake
  • Global Stocktake #1 products (D. Crisp) [Presentation]
  • Discussion: Engagement actions [Presentation]

SIT Chair

(Introduction & Context)

Discussion moderated by M. Dowell (COM) and J. Schulz (WGClimate Chair)

D. Crisp (NASA/JPL)

13:55 – 14:00

3.11:  Session Close

2020 CEOS Chair Team

Thursday October 22nd

Time (UTC)



10:00 – 10:10

4.1:  Welcome, introduction, review of the agenda

2020 CEOS Chair Team

10:10 – 10:40

4.2:  CEOS Analysis Ready Data (ARD) Strategy [Presentation]

  • Review progress on tasks
  • Updates on expanding CEOS Analysis Ready Data beyond the land domain
  • Decision: Consider forming a small team to review the CARD4L Framework and propose changes that make it amenable to additional Product Family Specifications (PFS) for non-land domains
  • Decision: Endorsement of the CEOS Interoperability Terminology v1.0 [Document]
  • Decision: Endorsement of the CEOS Analysis Ready Data – Involving the Private Sector  paper [Document]

A. Lewis

(SIT Co-Chair)

E. Armstrong


 R. Woodcock

(WGISS Chair)

A. Siqueira

(SIT Chair Team)

10:40 – 11:00

4.3:  CEOS Coastal Observations and Applications Study Team (COAST) [Presentation

  • Progress report on pilot activities [Phase 1 Progress, Assessments and Deliverables]
  • CEOS-COAST Phase II proposal
  • Discussion: Identify CEOS Agency expressions of interest / support for Phase II (2021) activities – including through appointment of a Co-Lead
  • Decision: Endorsement of a Coastal Strategy for CEOS
  • Decision: Approval to be recognised / proceed as a CEOS Ad Hoc Team [Draft COAST Terms of Reference]

P. DiGiacomo


11:00 – 11:30

4.4: Sustainable Development Goals Ad Hoc Team (SDG-AHT) [Presentation] [Document]

  • Brief report on progress to support decision
  • Roadmap for 2021, highlighting the transition plan as well as the unique CEOS role in supporting GEO
  • Discussion: CEOS’ SDG strategic priorities
  • Decision: Extend the AHT for another year; discuss transition plan for SDG activities

A. Held

(SIT Co-Chair)

M. Paganini


11:30 – 12:15

4.5:  COVID-19 and Earth Observation from Space

  • ESA / JAXA / NASA presentation on Joint Dashboard on EO and COVID-19 (Y.L. Desnos, S. Sobue, and M. Maskey) [Presentation]
  • EC presentation on RACE & Copernicus products (A. Koch) [Presentation]
  • Joint EUMETSAT-CNES LATMOS presentation (D. Coppens) [Presentation]
  • Studies on environmental impact over India (Raj Kumar) [Presentation]
  • Decision: Determine if and how CEOS should proceed with activities related to COVID-19


Break (20 minutes)

12:35 – 12:55

4.6: Report: SIT Chair Term Accomplishments [Presentation]

CEOS SIT Co-Chairs:

A. Held (CSIRO)

A. Lewis (GA)

12:55 – 13:15

4.7: CEOS Agency Updates – Highlight Synthesis Report [Presentation]

Additional slides: ESA | JAXA | USGS | WMO | CNES | NASA

2020 CEOS Chair Team

13:15 – 13:45

5.1: CEOS Chair Handover

  • Presentation on 2021 CEOS Chair theme and priorities [Presentation]

2020 CEOS Chair


2021 CEOS Chair


13:45 – 14:05

5.2:  2020 CEOS Plenary Final Review [Presentation]

  • Wrap up / summary slides from item leads, including recap of 2020 CEOS Plenary Decisions and Actions

2020 CEOS Chair Team

Agenda item leads

14:05 – 14:10

5.3: Meeting Close

2020 CEOS Chair