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A Modern Explorer's Journey

What is the Modern Explorer's Journey?

A modern explorer's journey - Armed with state-of-the-art Earth observation tools, we travel to the world's extremes; the polar regions and the roof of the world; the Himalayas and with a short delightful stay in the Mediterranean as a warming bonus. In this series of online interactive/live presentations you will meet world leading experts and brave users telling tails on how Earth observations are being collected, accessed, processed and used. We are focusing on water and the water cycle and we will kick-off the series with a gentle introduction where you will be able to refresh and up-date your high-school knowledge about the water cycle.

Who is it for

It is for everyone, from students at all levels, scientists via the general public interested in learning about the water cycle and how we observe and organize data with modern technology, to decision-makers and politicians.

New webinars will be announced here January 2014.

Sharing Hydrological Data across Borders   (Friday 20th December 2013 8 am PDT| 11 am EDT| 5 pm CET)

   

"GEOWOW –Sensor Web and WaterML 2.0 as Foundation for Sharing Hydrological Data across Borders"

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Abstract

GEOWOW, short for “GEOSS interoperability for Weather, Ocean and Water”, is a European FP7 project which aims at improving Earth observation data discovery, accessibility and exploitability, and at evolving GEOSS in terms of interoperability, standardization and functionality. One of the thematic domains addressed by GEOWOW is Hydrology. Within this context several players such as the Global Runoff Data Centre/German Federal Institute of Hydrology, University of Bonn, 52°North, and KISTERS work on improving interoperability for sharing hydrological data sets.

To achieve this goal, technology such as the OGC WaterML 2.0 and Sensor Web Enablement standards is used and further advanced. This webinar will introduce the relevant standards and technologies used/developed by GEOWOW to facilitate the sharing of hydrological data on an international level. Furthermore, the underlying use cases and their implementation will be presented to give the audience practical examples how the results of GEOWOW can help to solve their problems.

Presenters

Simon Jirka

Dr. Simon Jirka, 52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH. Dr. Simon Jirka works as community leader for the Sensor Web group of the Open Source initiative 52°North (http://www.52north.org/). His activities are focused on Sensor Web architectures and especially on sensor discovery mechanisms. Besides his contribution to several European projects such as GEOWOW (http://www.geowow.eu/) and EO2HEAVEN (http://www.eo2heaven.org/) he is also involved in the Sensor Web Enablement initiative as well as the hydrology related activities of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Through his daily work, comprising research activities as well as commercial consulting and software development projects, Simon Jirka has a broad range of experience in Sensor Web related topics.

Ulrich Looser

Ulrich Looser is head of the Global Runoff Data Centre since 2007. His main responsibility is the acquisition of river discharge data from National Hydrological Services around the world. At the same time he constantly is informing the scientific community about the available data in the GRDC archives. He represents the WMO Commission for Hydrology in a number of activities including the WMO/OGC Hydrology Domain Working Group, which deals with standardisation in the exchange of hydrological data and information.

 

Sharing Hydrological Data across Borders   (given on Friday 20th December)

   

"GEOWOW –Sensor Web and WaterML 2.0 as Foundation for Sharing Hydrological Data across Borders"

Abstract

GEOWOW, short for “GEOSS interoperability for Weather, Ocean and Water”, is a European FP7 project which aims at improving Earth observation data discovery, accessibility and exploitability, and at evolving GEOSS in terms of interoperability, standardization and functionality. One of the thematic domains addressed by GEOWOW is Hydrology. Within this context several players such as the Global Runoff Data Centre/German Federal Institute of Hydrology, University of Bonn, 52°North, and KISTERS work on improving interoperability for sharing hydrological data sets.

To achieve this goal, technology such as the OGC WaterML 2.0 and Sensor Web Enablement standards is used and further advanced. This webinar will introduce the relevant standards and technologies used/developed by GEOWOW to facilitate the sharing of hydrological data on an international level. Furthermore, the underlying use cases and their implementation will be presented to give the audience practical examples how the results of GEOWOW can help to solve their problems.

Presenters

Simon Jirka

Dr. Simon Jirka, 52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH. Dr. Simon Jirka works as community leader for the Sensor Web group of the Open Source initiative 52°North (http://www.52north.org/). His activities are focused on Sensor Web architectures and especially on sensor discovery mechanisms. Besides his contribution to several European projects such as GEOWOW (http://www.geowow.eu/) and EO2HEAVEN (http://www.eo2heaven.org/) he is also involved in the Sensor Web Enablement initiative as well as the hydrology related activities of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Through his daily work, comprising research activities as well as commercial consulting and software development projects, Simon Jirka has a broad range of experience in Sensor Web related topics.

Ulrich Looser

Ulrich Looser is head of the Global Runoff Data Centre since 2007. His main responsibility is the acquisition of river discharge data from National Hydrological Services around the world. At the same time he constantly is informing the scientific community about the available data in the GRDC archives. He represents the WMO Commission for Hydrology in a number of activities including the WMO/OGC Hydrology Domain Working Group, which deals with standardisation in the exchange of hydrological data and information.

 

The Water Cycle and Earth Observations   (given on Tuesday 17th December)

   

Abstract

A brief reminder about the different elements/phases of the water cycle and how we observe them. As an extra bonus you will get an extract of the latest strategy for improving our capability to observe water.

Presenters

Paul Houser

Dr. Houser in an internationally recognized expert in local to global land surface-atmospheric remote sensing, in-situ observation and numerical simulation, development and application of hydrologic data assimilation methods, scientific integrity and policy, and global water and energy cycling.

Amita Mehta

Dr. Amita Mehta is a Research Assistant Professor in NASA-University of Maryland Baltimore County Joint Center for Erath Systems Technology (JCET). Her interest and expertise are in satellite remote sensing of geophysical parameters and their analysis to understand climate and its variability. She is a member of NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) program for capacity building where she conducts webinars and in-person trainings focused on using NASA earth science data products for water resources and disaster management.

Richard Lawford

Richard (Rick) Lawford is a Senior Scientist at Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD) and a consultant to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on the water aspects of the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS). He holds several group leadership positions related to water in the Group of Earth Observations and other international programs. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where he is an Associate at the International Institute for Sustainable Development.