Past Event

Roundtable Workshop 9: Hazards Watch: Reducing Disaster Losses Through Improved Earth Observations

Workshop
October 22, 2003

Location: Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth St. NW Washington DC 20001

AGENDA

Objective: The United States hosted an Earth Observation Summit on July 31, 2003 to promote the development of an integrated Earth observation system among governments and the international community to understand and address global environmental and economic challenges. Following the Summit, the ad hoc intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) began the process of developing a conceptual framework and implementation plan for building this integrated Earth observation system.

Hazard Watch: Reducing Disaster Losses through Earth Observations will address this opportunity to transform the tools available to emergency managers and policy makers by taking advantage of the earth observing systems and information already available and by influencing the systems of the future. Of particular interest is the opportunity to gain critical disaster reduction information required to make informed decisions at all levels, from local to international, from response to long-term mitigation.

8:30 AM Welcome and Introductions
William H. Hooke, American Meteorological Society; Chair, Disasters Roundtable

8:40 AM Introduction of Workshop Objectives
Helen M. Wood, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Chair, Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction; Member, Disasters Roundtable

8:50 AM The Vision for an Integrated Earth Observation System: Opportunities for Disaster Reduction

Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Co-Chair, Group on Earth Observations

10:00 AM Break

10:15 AM Achieving Integrated Earth Observations: Current Status

Moderator: Ron Birk, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Presentations and moderated discussion on the successful use of earth observations in current international disaster reduction efforts.

Salvano Briceno, Secretariat on International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

Gregory Withee, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Chair, Committee on Earth Observation Satellites

Michel Jarraud, World Meteorological Organization

11:20 AM Current Status: Questions and Discussion

12:00 PM Lunch Break

1:00 PM Identifying Critical Earth Observation Gaps and Opportunities Related to Disaster Reduction

Moderator: Gene Whitney, Office of Science and Technology Policy
Presentations and moderated discussion on the critical gaps in current earth observation strategies and systems.

Charles "Chip" Groat, U.S. Geological Survey

Terry Egan, Washington Military Department

Susan Conard, USDA Forest Service

2:30 PM Critical Gaps and Opportunities: Questions and Discussion

3:00 PM Break

3:15 PM The Way Forward: Developing a 10-Year Plan for Integrated Earth Observations

Moderator: Helen M. Wood, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Chair, Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction; Member, Disasters Roundtable

Presentations and moderated discussion of key outcomes, and the related implementation planning.

Richard Anthes, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research; Chair, NRC Committee on NASA-NOAA Transition from Research to Operations

Ghassem Asrar, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

William Gail, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp.

4:20 PM The Way Forward: Questions and Discussion

4:50 PM Closing Remarks
William H. Hooke, American Meteorological Society; Chair, Disasters Roundtable

5:00 PM Adjourn

Workshop Summaries Resulting from this Event

Hazards Watch: Reducing Disaster Losses through Improved Earth Observations (2004)

How can we use our ability to observe the Earth's natural systems to create a disaster-resilient society and what challenges and limits remain in earth observation efforts? This question was explored by a variety of speakers and participants at the 9th Disasters Roundtable workshop - Hazards Watch: Reducing Disaster Losses through Improved Earth Observations on October 22, 2003. Participants at the workshop discussed opportunities for reducin... More >>

About this Event

Organizing Body:

Disasters Roundtable

Primary Board:

Disasters Roundtable

Contact:

John Brown, dr@nas.edu