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UIC Draft User Types

Below are the categories drafted by the UIC User Type group.  So far the Carbon CoP and the Weather CoP have been able to characterize their users using this taxonomy; the AQ CoP is in the process of using this.

User Family (EO Skill/Capacity Level)
1. Academic/Research
2. Application/Practitioner/Advisor
3. Senior Decisionmaker/Politician
4. General Public
 
User Class (Data sophistication level)
1. Raw data
2. Elementary value addition
3. Product
4. DSS
 
User Order (Spatial resolution level)
1. High
2. Medium
3. Coarse
4. Point/in situ
 
User Group (Urgency level)
1. Real time
2. Near real time
3. Delayed
4. none
 
User Series (Temporal level)
1. Frequently
2. Regularly
3. Occasionally
4. Once off
 
Example from the Carbon CoP
 
Research scientists involved in data collection themselves
Data in = raw data from other sources for comparison
Data out = raw observations
Taxonomy: Family: 1, Class: 1, Order: 1, Group: 3, Series: 2

In situ data processors (i.e. ERSL,ORNL, WMO)
Data in = raw observations
Data out = cross checked,calibrated, and integrated data sets
Taxonomy: Family 1, Class: 1-3, Order: 1, Group: 2-3, Series: 1

Remote sensing data processors (i.e.JAXA, NASA, ESA)
Data in = satellite retrievals
Data out = 2D/3D concentration & surface property maps
Taxonomy: Family:1, Class: 1, Order: 1, Group: 1, Series: 1

Research scientists doing dataanalysis/inversion modelling
Data in: data sets from data centres and remote sensors
Data out: Estimates of surface sources and sinks of CO2
Taxonomy: Family: 1, Class: 3, Order: 1, Group: 3, Series: 2

Research scientists doing process modelling (i.e. ocean, terrestrial ecosystems)
Data in: Data from data centres, includes CO2, surface characteristics, climate data
Data out: Surface CO2 flux fields
Taxonomy: Family: 1, Class: 3, Order: 1, Group: 3, Series: 2

Data assimilation in real time (i.e.GEMS @ ECMWF)
Data in: real time satellite retrivals for CO2 from i.e. AIRS
Data out: real time assimilated 4D CO2 fields, possibly surface fluxes
Taxonomy: Family: 1, Class: 3, Order: 1, Group: 1, Series: 1

Researchers doing coupled climate carbon cycle studies
Data in: surface characteristics, climate data
Data out: CO2 flux estimates
Taxonomy: Family: 1, Class: 3, Order: 2, Group: 3, Series: 3

IPCC lead authors
Data in: data sets of CO2 from data centres, surface flux estimates from above studies
Data out: Assessment reports, SPMs
Taxonomy: Family: 1, Class: 4, Order: 3, Group: 3, Series: 3

Policy makers interested in the impacts of carbon cycle modelling studies
Data in: SPM from IPCC
Data out: n.a.
Taxonomy: Family 3, Class: 4, Order: 3, Group: 3, Series, 3

General public interested in the change in atmospheric composition
Data in: Raw data from research labs, data sets from data centres, surface flux estimates, SPMs
Data out: God knows.
Taxonomy: Family: 4, Class: 3, Order: 4, Group: 3, Series: 4

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