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GEO Value at the American Geophysical Union.

Francoise Pearlman / January 12, 2017
Speakers from left to right: Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Dawn Wright, Jared Berenter, Ben Miller, Danny Vandenbroucke, David Goodrich
Speakers from left to right: Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Dawn Wright, Jared Berenter, Ben Miller, Danny Vandenbroucke, David Goodrich.
Speakers from left to right: Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Dawn Wright, Jared Berenter, Ben Miller, Danny Vandenbroucke, David Goodrich
Speakers from left to right: Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Dawn Wright, Jared Berenter, Ben Miller, Danny Vandenbroucke, David Goodrich.

GEOValue is an international community with focus on the value and socioeconomic impacts of geospatial and environmental information for decisions. Geospatial information contributes to decisions by societal decision-makers, business leaders and individuals.

More effective use of information is essential as issues become increasingly complex and consequences are critical for future economic and social development. To achieve this vision, our “community” includes a wide range of natural science, social, economic, management and communication disciplines, and stresses communication and collaboration across specialties.
The Public Affairs sessions at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting are a great way for community face-to-face exchanges, and outreach to many different earth science domains (we have conducted sessions there since 2012).

This year, we opened our AGU presence early Monday morning at 8am, with “GEOValue: Addressing best practices for assessing the societal impact and value of geospatial information based on use cases”. Despite the early start, we had a great set of speakers and audience discussing a broad range of use cases/assessment methodologies. Topics ranged from watershed assessment, to endogeneity of rainfall, to forest fire prevention, to narrowing uncertainty in climate sensitivity.

We had two traditional invited talks, five lightning talks and a panel for the speakers and audience to delve into more details after the lightning talks. Our presenters were consistent with the community diversity - social scientists, economists, and natural scientists; they came from academia, public service, and industry. The session was concluded by a tribute to the life and accomplishments of Molly Macauley, a leading figure in the field, who passed away tragically in 2016.

That afternoon, and on the following days, we had several poster sessions, which allowed interesting discussions on the value chain – from data to decisions, and on representative use cases.

 

Francoise Pearlman

About the author:

Francoise Pearlman has 30 years of experience in engineering and management. For over 15 years, she worked on government programs with focus on development, integration, and field-testing of digitization software/systems. After a career in technical management for major aerospace corporations, she is currently co-owner of J&F Enterprise, a small technical services company operating in the global dimension, where she focused primarily on the socioeconomic impacts and benefits of Earth Observations. J&F Enterprise receives support from NASA. Francoise is a senior member of IEEE.

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