August 16 Telecon

posted Aug 16, 2010, 10:11 AM by Joshua Lieberman   [ updated Aug 16, 2010, 12:31 PM by Will Pozzi ]


Water Quality scenario usable for Beijing meeting.
IGWCO coordination with AIP-3 working group
GCI leverage in water quality decision support


Josh Lieberman, Will Pozzi, Bill Sonntag, Tom Shyka, Steven Greb, Brand Niemann


Will: Given the short timeline, we need to look if we have enough development for the Gulf of Maine cases of shellfish closure and beach closure to be able to pull together a demo for the Beijing meeting.  If so, we have to backload the GCI connection.
Bill: What is the GEO background, and what is needed in terms of use cases?
Josh: Each Societal Benefit Area community is setting targets, building up a community catalog, and networking to build a community of practice.
Will: The Water SBA is somewhat unusual, unlike some of the other SBAs in the sense that the IGOS program for water was carried over to GEO.  The Integrated Global Water Cycle Observations (IGWCO) theme has some machinery to develop datasets of essential climate variables for Water and develop GEO water subtasks.  Steve, whom I'm glad to see here today, is the sherpa for water quality.  In addition to that, AIP attempts to develop the GEOSS IT infrastructure at the same time as SBA projects, such as for water, is implemented through AIP.  The AIP technology working groups develop the IT machinery through use case development.  For example, the drought issue covered by the Water Working Group is developing semantics.  At the same time, the water quality SBA cases may also require some semantic development, besides registration of datasets within the GEOSS Common Registry, and may involve the modeling use case.  The end result would be a tool accessible via the GEO Water SBA portlet that users could access, as an example of what can be done.
Tom: GMRI group is an (jntegrated ocean observing system (IOOS) participant / component. Looking to build / expand on Exchange Network capability for decision support.
    Specific scenario: site-specific NEXRAD rainfall data available in a tool for coastal managers to decide on beach warnings and bed closures.
Josh: specific AIP angle is to conceive of these scenarios using service offerings and the discovery mechanisms of GCI.
Tom: some work on discerning the decision making process currently being employed, but not yet definitive beyond looking at rainfall.
Josh: Would be great to look at both closure decisions and re-opening decisions.
Will: What about the Decision Support System (DSS) box?  Is there some kind of software that you are using to compare between precip and bacterial counts, for example, to help decision makers decide on the closure issue?
Tom: Rutgers is developing a web-based tool for use by beach managers.  Thresholds can be set.  Obviously, each individual locality is unique (some have rivers, and some do not, etc), so the setting of thresholds is very locale-specific. 
Some work in the southeast may be undertaken for the shellfish closure case.
Bill: Tom, is this going to require a lot of work?  We might want to start looking at possible sponsors for further development.
Will: Looking at immediate Beijing / AIP-3 time line of 2 months, that is too soon for proposal writing and award--although AIP-4 is another matter.  Each demo will probably be 20 minutes so another question to ask is the development far enough along to assemble content for a 20 minute demo?
Josh: Dialectic for an AIP demonstration is deployment, registration and discovery of observation data and processing services, use of an application for a societal benefit, e.g. decision support, visualization, then video capture of these steps along with wiring diagrams and narrative to play back "canned" as needed.
Bill: Next steps: We don't want to hand to Tom a lot of work.
Will: Rather than Tom have to prepare something, we could hold another telecon to go through a higher level of detail.
All: Next telecon is scheduled for Tuesday, the 24th.


Tom to evaluate & expand on scenario started at
Bill & Steven +/- to look at available data products & services, specifically NEXRAD data.
Josh to help with AIP-3 dialectic, GEOSS Common Infrastructure tools, and demo logistics.

Next Call:

Tuesday, August 24 @ 1pm Eastern, same logistics.