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CZCP Work Plan Meeting, August 27-28, 2013:

CZCP Core Group Meeting

College Park, MD
Tuesday, August 27, 2013, noon to
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, noon

Minutes (Version 0.3 of 2013-12- 3 11:37)

Participants:


Paul DiGiacomo, NOAA (Co-Chair)
Hans-Peter Plag, CCSLRI, ODU (Co-Chair)
Douglas Cripe, GEO Secretariat (Core Member)
Michael Bruno, Stevens (Workshop Series Chair)
Joan L. Aron
Marcia Berman, VIMS
Mark Lajoie, NOAA
Laura Griesbauer, NOAA
Steven Greb, State of Winconsin
Eric Leuliete, NOAA
Bill Fashell, NOAA
Trevor Platt, Dalhousie University
Albert Williams, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Kerry Sawyer, NOAA
Mark Dowell, Joint Research Center
Steward Bernard, CSIR
Net Dwyer, University College Cork, ICAN
Brad Murray, Duke University, CSDMS
Guy Seguin, CEOS
Jimmy Adegoke, University of Missouri-Kansa City (Core Member)
Victoria Cheung, PML

Agenda:

1 12:00 - 12:15 Welcome, Introduction, and Acceptance of Agenda

2 12:15 - 12:45 Reports on relevant projects and activities

3 12:45 - 13:15 Sea Level Rise Community of Practice (SLRCoP) as a sub-group of the CZCP

4 13:15 - 13:45 CZCP and Water Quality
A brief document was prepared by Joan L. Aron, see docx

5 13:45 - 14:15 User needs and observational requirements
An update of the IGOS-P Coastal Zone Theme Report (see pdf ) should be considered. The entries in the GEOSS User Requirements Registry relevant to the coastal zone should be validated and completed (see URR ).

6 14:15 - 14:45 Next Workshops (if any)
A discussion is needed to what extent the previous CZCP workshops (see Workshop Web Page ) were achieving the CZCP goals. If so, what should be the next regional and topical focus?

7 14:45 - 15:00 Conference in Nigeria (see http://www.oceanconferencecalabar.org/ )

8 15:00 - 15:30 Contributions to GEO Work Plan Tasks
The most recent version of the GEO Work Plan, which is currently under review by the GEO Community, is available here . For more details on the individual Work Plan Tasks, see the On-Line Work Plan Work Page .

9 15:00 - 16:30 CZCP and CEOS
There is an opportunity for studies focusing on ocean islands/coastal zone, which several space agencies are ready to support A brief proposal has been submitted and will be discussed in more detailed with the space agencies. Additional activities could be considered. The GEO Secretariat has posed to question to what extent the CZCP could consider to support a specific monitoring project on mangroves. The recent UNEP Alert underlines the importance of a dedicated GEO effort to provide more information on mangroves.

10 16:30 - 17:00 Coastal observing systems

11 17:00 - 18:00 CZCP Resources, Funding, Governance

12 8:30 - 9:30 Coordination with the Blue Planet WP Task
To get more information on the Blue Planet WP Task, go to the On-Line Work Plan Work Page and select "SB-01: Oceans and Society: Blue Planet."

13 9:30 - 10:00 Global Coastal Zone Information System
The CZCP has been discussing a Global Coastal Zone Information System (GCZIS) for some time. This open, wikipedia-like system would aim for data integration, improved access to information, crowd-sourcing, sensor-based data collection, and support of stakeholder deliberations.

14 10:00 - 10:30 CZCP and ICAN relation
The International Coastal Atlas Network ( ICAN ) has indicated interest in a relationship with CZCP. Coastal atlases are a natural part of the GCZIS discussed by the CZCP.

15 10:30 - 11:00 CZCP and OceanObsNetwork RCN
The proposal for this RCN includes a number of references to the CZCP, including "The RCN therefore will work with user-oriented activities such as the GEO Coastal Zone Community of Practice (CZCP) and the GEO OceanObs Community of Practice." The CZCP is mentioned in connection with mentoring young researchers interested in coastal-zone related questions, and in connection with a review of observational requirements (see also Item 5 of this agenda).

16 11:30 - 12:00 CZCP and other organizations, including CSDMS
The Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System ( CSDMS ) has several working groups (see overview ) and focus groups and initiatives (see overview ) that could be of interest to the CZCP, and the CZCP could provide input to these groups. A natural entry point is the Coastal Working Group . The Coastal Vulnerability Initiative also is of potential interest for the CZCP. The CZCP could play an important role in developing a link between GEOSS and the modeling community in the CSDMS.

17 12:00 - 12:15 Any other business

18 12:15 - 12:20 Date and Time of next meeting/telecon

19 12:20 - 12:30 Summary of Action Items

Notes:

1 12:00 - 12:15 Welcome, Introduction, and Acceptance of Agenda

Note that several participants participated remotely, and only for certain agenda items.

The meeting was opened by Paul DiGiacomo at 12:20. Both Paul DiGiacomo and Hans-Peter Plag welcomed the participants. Paul DiGiacomo briefly reviewed the history of the CZCP, which originated from the IGOS-P coastal theme. Goal to bring the different observing systems together, bridge land-ocean

Hans-Peter Plag commented on the agenda and emphasized that the first part of the meeting would review the recent developments and discuss the future directions, while the second part of the meeting would focus on linkages with others relevant activities and organizations.

Douglas Cripe welcomed the idea of revitalizing the CZCP and emphasized the important of the CZCP for the post-2015 GEO. He claimed that the Communities of Practice are a success of GEO, which link users and GEOSS. He also commented on the positive and considerable development of the Blue Planet Task in the GEO Work Plan and noted that this task is very much focused on the ocean. Therefore, he was pleased to see that there is considerable room on the agenda to discuss the involvement of the CZCP in this task.

The agenda was accepted as proposed.

2 12:15 - 12:45 Reports on relevant projects and activities

Hans-Peter Plag gave a brief overview of the work related to user needs and requirements in integrated coastal zone management (see ppt ), which had been published in the GEOSS User Requirements Registry (URR). Although a comprehensive survey of the users, applications, requirements and various needs had been done, it would be valuable if the CZCP could review and improve the material.

Douglas Cripe noted the problem of communicating the rather technical nature of the information in the URR and asked whether this can be formulate so that ministers would understand it? Hans-Peter Plag emphasized that the information in the URR was not aimed at ministers, but he was positive that the important conclusions can be presented if the key necessities are filtered out.

Michael Bruno emphasized that there are many problems with people not understanding the information related to sea level rise and climate change, and he pointed out that there is growing fear in places that were hit by hurricane Sandy like Hoboken, where options for adaptation are limited in some areas.

Joan L. Aron commented that resilience has also a long-term component before being exposed to hazards, which is often not sufficiently considered. Michael Bruno underlined the importance of developing preparedness before the the event.

Hans-Peter Plag noted the lack of socio-economic observations that would allow to learn from the processes that are triggered by hazardous events and lead to disasters. Mostly, data is collected after the event, while long-term observations are needed that also cover the period before the event. However, it is not fully understood what needs to be observed: we do not have a set of Essential Human Variables comparable to the Essential Climate Variables.

Paul DiGiacomo support this and commented that in the meantime biological observations have been added to the earth observation systems, while the socio-economic area is still missing.

Paul DiGiacomo focused on the workshop series of the CZCP, and he pointed out that the past three regional workshops were useful to bring people together to discuss regional issues, but they were not successful to stimulate sustained activities after the workshop. Hans-Peter Plag pointed out that the workshops had an impact on the CZCP as a whole, and he explained that the last workshop resulted in the stakeholder request for a Global Coastal Zone Information System (GCZIS). This GCZIS could be linked to the GEO Blue Planet Task. Moreover, the CZCP could link with a number of activities in this GEO task. Paul DiGiacomo and Douglas Cripe supported the thought that the CZCP could help to link loose ends together. The GCZIS would also support the linking of land and ocean, as well as mapping, modeling and observing.

There was considerable discussion about the future of the workshop series. A main conclusion was that topical workshop, for example, a workshop on the design and specification of the GCZIS, could be more productive than regional workshops. In any case, workshops should have the goal to link to stakeholders and ensure that the CZCP is developing in a stakeholder-driven mode.

3 12:45 - 13:15 Sea Level Rise Community of Practice (SLRCoP) as a sub-group of the CZCP

Hans-Peter Plag made a case for the necessity of having a strong focus on sea level rise (SLR), which could turn out to be a major challenge to ecosystems, human health, and the urban coast. The impact of a large and rapid sea level rise could in fact challenge civilization. In his opinion, characterizing the possible impacts, developing adaptation, and having an observing system that would allow early warnings if a significant SLR acceleration took place were key steps towards more resilience in the face of a potential SLR.

He posed the question whether SLR could be sufficiently covered in the frame of the CZCP or whether it would be better to establish a new CoP focusing on SLR.

Douglas Cripe had the opinion that a SLRCoP should not be totally independent from the CZCP due to lack of resources. Michael Bruno supported this concern but otherwise was in favor of a SLRCoP either as a subgroup of the CZCP or closely coordinated with the CZCP. He wanted to see a focus on urban coasts, where he saw a powerful interested target group. Joan L. Aron expressed the need to reduce uncertainties of future sea level rise, and she wanted a focus on improving best practices for adaptation to sea level rise.

Hans-Peter Plag commented on sea level rise predictions and underlined the need to transition from a deterministic approach to a probabilistic approach. In his opinion, climate change was not ergodic, implying that we have a limited basis for empirical or deterministic models to predict with any certainty what sea level will do in a given location over the next decades. He expressed hope that a SLRCoP could help to facilitate the required change in mindset in adaptation to climate change and sea level rise. Michael Bruno underlined the importance of selecting the right target group. Hans-Peter Plag agreed and mentioned governance in large coastal urban areas cities as an important stakeholder group. Paul DiGiacomo wanted the SLRCoP to focus on activities that are attractive to these stakeholders and that result in actionable information.

Joan L. Aron pointed out that WHO develops plans for what could happen (instead of what will happen) and suggested that the SLRCoP could do something similar for climate change and sea level rise. Douglas Cripe added that WMO has an associate program for flood management (APFM), which could be a model for a similar program for sea level rise that the SLRCoP could develop.

During the discussion, several options were considered, including a working group structure for the CZCP (Figure 1) and an ensemble of partially overlapping CoPs. At the end of the discussion, there was agreement that there should be a SLRCoP, which should stays connected to the CZCP. Hans-Peter Plag proposed a multiple hub model with overlapping CoPs (Figure 2). The CZCP would be at the core and link to the SLRCoP, a future CoP on water quality, and also to relevant ecosystems and ocean CoPs.




Figure 1: White board notes on a possible working group structure for the CZCP.






Figure 2: White board notes related to the proposed CoPs partially overlapping with the CZCP.



Action Item CZCP-CG-9-1: Hans-Peter Plag will propose a Sea Level Rise CoP to ID-04 and the GEO Secretariat. Responsible: Hans-Peter Plag, Deadline: 2013-10-31.

4 13:15 - 13:45 CZCP and Water Quality

Steven Greb gave a presentation on Global Water Quality Monitoring Activities, which he also gave at a recent meeting of the GEO Health CoP, see ppt . He encouraged the CZCP to be actively involved.

Douglas Cripe remarked that the goal of GEO is to coordinate existing activities and not to stimulate new ones. Hans-Peter Plag disagreed and pointed out that the 10YIP is more inclusive including, for example, new services and a response to user needs.

Paul DiGiacomo asked whether there should be an independent Water Quality CoP. In general, this was supported. Paul DiGiacomo underlined the need for this CoP of making local connection.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-2: Paul DiGiacomo will continue a discussion with relevant GEO components about a potential Water Quality CoP. Responsible: Paul DiGiacomo, Deadline: 2013-12-31.

5 13:45 - 14:15 User needs and observational requirements

Hans-Peter Plag reminded the participants that an update of the IGOS-P Coastal Zone Theme Report (see pdf ) had been discussed earlier. The report had been utilized for the entries in the GEOSS User Requirements Registry relevant to the coastal zone (see URR ). At a minimum, these entries should be validated and completed.

A question raised in earlier discussion is where and how an updated report would be published. The value of the IGOS-P reports was in their review and endorsement by the IGOS-P Plenary, and it was unlikely that a similar process could be established in GEO. Therefore, an updated IGOS-P report would have to be validated in a different ad hoc way.

Paul DiGiacomo briefly summarized the theme report for the participants. Hans-Peter Plag underlined the importance to the IGOS-P process, which was detailed in the IGOS-P Process Paper . Unfortunately, no similar process had been established in GEO.

Douglas Cripe pointed out that the Water Theme group, which is now the GEO Water CoP is redoing the report with the goal to develop a str

There was agreement that this would entail considerable efforts, and it would have to be clear how the reports would be used and who would be engaged in following up on recommendations.

Hans-Peter Plag asked whether a focus on the contents of the URR related to coastal issues would be an options for reviewing observational requirements. Mark Dowell suggested that the URR contents should be discussed with relevant user groups. Joan L. Aron emphasized that data sharing is still a challenge and needs to be addressed.

On another note, Hans-Peter Plag reminded that the 3rd CZCP regional workshop resulted in a number of actionable recommendations related to user engagement, which however did not result in tangible results. Douglas Cripe commented that the Water Cycle CoP is a good example, which managed to have 18 countries to sign on.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-3: Hans-Peter Plag will contact relevant groups and motivate them to review the URR contents related to CZ topics. Responsible: Hans-Peter Plag, Deadline: 2014-01-31.

6 14:15 - 14:45 Next Workshops (if any)

Michael Bruno and Hans-Peter Plag summarized the past workshops (see Workshop Web Page ), which have been a main activity of the CZCP. These workshops had the goal to stimulate regional activities, but the success in this respect was limited.

The question was raised whether these workshop series should be continued, and if so, in which form. What should be the next regional and topical focus?

Hans-Peter Plag suggested that it might be better to develop CZCP activities that are open for others rather than to aim at motivating others to do something by developing regional activities. Joan L. Aron thought that shorter workshops for decision makers could have success.

Marcia Berman emphasized the importance of asking the users how to prepare the data so that they can use it; and workshops could focus on this question. Paul DiGiacomo asked whether the CZCP should focus on the GCZIS and use workshops for the development of the concept. Hans-Peter Plag agreed to this and underlined again the importance of doing something that others can connect to. One or more workshops to develop the GCZIS concept and to define the design and functionality would be very valuable. The workshop could address the question "Where do we want to be in 10 years?"

Laura Griesbauer suggested for future workshop planning to look at HR-radar in a GEO Task, see http://www.ioos.noaa.gov/globalhfr/ .

Paul DiGiacomo emphasized the need to for the GCZIS to integrate data and disciplines:

  • physical - non-physical
  • cross domain - land/sea
  • natural - socio-economic
  • data integration (remote sensing, in situ,model)
  • technology integration
  • crowd-sourcing and citizen scientists

7 14:45 - 15:00 Conference in Nigeria (see http://www.oceanconferencecalabar.org/ )

The CZCP supported the Ocean Conference in Nigeria, see http://www.oceanconferencecalabar.org/ . Unfortunately, neither Hans-Peter Plag, Douglas Cripe, Paul DiGiacomo were able to go to the conference. Therefore, it was suggested to ask Jimmy Adegoke to give a presentation on the CZCP.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-4: Hans-Peter Plag will contact Jimmy Adegoke and ask him to present on the CZCP at the ocean conference in Nigeria. If he agrees, Hans-Peter Plag will work with Paul DiGiacomo to prepare slides for Jimmy Adegoke. Responsible: Hans-Peter Plag, Deadline: 2013-10-31.

8 15:00 - 15:30 Contributions to GEO Work Plan Tasks

It was suggested to review the most recent version of the GEO Work Plan, which is currently under review by the GEO Community. This version is available here . Details on the individual Work Plan Tasks are available on the On-Line Work Plan Work Page .

Hans-Peter Plag asked which of the GEO Tasks might be interested in GCZIS. Douglas Cripe suggested to add one component that deals with the coastal zone to the Blue Ocean Task. This could be presented to the Plenary. A number of activities discussed a mangrove monitoring service, the GCZIS, and water quality could be included. Joan L. Aron cautioned that water quality is a rather complex issue. Hans-Peter Plag remarked that this would change the nature of the CZCP into a group participating in the implementation of the GEO Work Plan.

Paul DiGiacomo expressed concerns that integration of the coastal zone activities into a larger ocean-focused task could marginalize the coastal zone similar to what happened in GOOS. In response to these concerns, Hans-Peter Plag proposed that the new task component of the Blue Ocean Task would be titled "Serving the coastal zone." The priority activities of this new Task Component would include:

  • Develop a Global Coastal Zone Information System;
  • Implement a global monitoring and assessment service for mangroves
  • Assess user needs and observational requirements for coastal water quality; identify indicators for coastal water quality; implement a monitoring service for coastal water quality;
  • Assess climate change impacts on island coast for islands from the Caribbean to the Arctic using SAR data and other relevant data as a demonstrator for the use of space-based observations in the monitoring of climate change impacts;
  • Assess the observational requirements for decadal forecasts of coastal local sea-level variation and develop forecasting services

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-5: Hans-Peter Plag will work with Paul DiGiacomo and Douglas Cripe to prepare a proposal for a coastal zone-focused task component for the Blue Planet Task and ensure that this proposal is included in the responses to the Work Plan review. Responsible: Hans-Peter Plag, Deadline: 2013-09-15.

The discussion went back to a Coastal Information System workshop. The workshop should focus on What to select to start in terms of regions, applications, users, and initial study cases.

9 15:00 - 16:30 CZCP and CEOS

Guy Seguin informed the participants that there is an opportunity for studies focusing on ocean islands and the coastal zone, which several space agencies are ready to support. He presented a brief proposal that has been submitted and will be discussed in more detailed with the space agencies. He underlined that additional activities could be considered. Douglas Cripe reported that the GEO Secretariat would like to see the CZCP to support a specific monitoring project on mangroves. The recent UNEP Alert underlines the importance of a dedicated GEO effort to provide more information on mangroves.

Hans-Peter Plag commented that the new development will lead to a different mode of working, in which CEOS uses a CoP to demonstrate the value of data, and the CoP uses GEO to get access to data. Guy Seguin added that there is also interest of GEO to demonstrate its value. Bill Fashell pointed out that SAR could also provide data relevant for coral reefs.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-6: Guy Seguin will present the proposal for the island study in the North Atlantic to CEOS and report back to the CZCP. Responsible: Guy Seguin, Deadline: 2013-10-31.

10 16:30 - 17:00 Coastal observing systems

The question was raised whether the CZCP should get more involved in coastal observing systems and whether the involvement should cover ecological, physical/chemical and also social observations.

Paul DiGiacomo pointed out that the coastal GOOS implementation report was now available, see pdf . Hans-Peter Plag asked whether the observation systems discussed there were all in the ocean, and Paul DiGiacomo confirmed this. He stated that J-PICO did not fly, only PICO.

After some discussion, it was concluded that the CZCP could oversee the gap analysis detailed in the report.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-7: Paul DiGiacomo will discuss with PICO how the CZCP could get involved in the gap analysis detailed in the PICO report. Responsible: Paul DiGiacomo, Deadline: 2013-12-31.

11 17:00 - 18:00 CZCP Resources, Funding, Governance

The brief open discussion resulted in the main conclusion that proposing a Blue Planet Task Component and a Sea Level Rise CoP would require additional leads for the various activities.

12 8:30 - 9:30 Coordination with the Blue Planet WP Task

Information on the current status of the "Blue Planet" WP Task is available through the On-Line Work Plan Work Page .

Trevor Platt reported that the Task Team is working on a Blue Planet book, which was supposed to be ready for the GEO Plenary. Most likely, the book will not be ready.

It was reported that there are outreach activities from Australia, and JAXA is hosting a second symposium of Blue Planet. A side event is planned at the Plenary.

Albert Williams reported that the RCN (see topic 15) is having Webinars every months.

Kerry Sawyer mentioned that regarding the ocean-related showcase video for the Plenary, there will be a discussion on the following Thursday, and it is hoped that Blue Planet representatives can participate. Most likely, the video will focus on a fishing village.

Mark Dowell was pleased to hear about the outreach from Australia (CSRO) and JAXA hosting a second symposium of Blue Planet. If that happens, CEOS would push the Blue Planet and potentially get others in CEOS to contribute. There is a coastal zone component, which could lead to cross-cutting activities involving the CZCP. With the EC-hat, he reported that they are looking for resources in the European funding, transatlantic research initiative, which includes Latin America and Africa. This could be a basis for some chlorophyll-related monitoring activities.

Trevor Platt added that there are high-level conversations about transatlantic cooperation, he attended several meetings in the US (NSF and State Department), and they are looking for a vehicle to facilitate it. One is the Blue Planet. If that happens, the Task could expect substantial funding.

Steward Bernard talked about a Chlorogin update, and mentioned that some programs (GEOHAB) are coming to an end and the teams are looking for a serious integration with the Blue Planet. Regional aspects are relevant for AfriGEOSS , and it would be important to make sure that Blue Planet activities are well represented in AfriGEOSS.

Paul DiGiacomo summarized the discussion around PICO and the need for end-to-end links, reaching the users. He pointed out that there is no longer a coastal panel.

Douglas Cripe brought water quality and mangroves monitoring into the discussion and suggested that a new component for the Blue Planet Task should be considered.

Hans-Peter Plag informed the participant about the anticipated new task component discussed under Topic 8 and also introduced the GCZIS.

Douglas Cripe showed the new structure of the Blue Planet and it was agreed to add a C5: Services for the Coastal Zone, see pptx .

Trevor Platt proposed to include the mangroves monitoring pilot in C3, and to link the GCZIS to C2. It was agreed that Paul DiGiacomo and Hans-Peter Plag would be the contacts in the CZCP for the Blue Planet Task.

Mark Dowell played the devil's advocate and asked how Steward Bernard looks at water quality? In particular, how should we separate marine versus fresh water quality. Should there be a place-based tasks or more issue-based tasks. Should we jump between these things?

Paul DiGiacomo suggested to bring in the focused CoPs, and considered their multiple visibility as valuable. Therefore, he did not consider multiple approaches as a problem. Hans-Peter Plag added that the nature of voluntary organization, where success is normally limited to 60% or less, requires redundancy. Douglas Cripe also supported multiple appearance, and proposed not to go for too much discretization.

Steward Bernard pointed out that the information system could be the binding element bringing many parts together. It could be built as a network of networks, allowing different groups to use the same framework to develop something. Hans-Peter Plag expressed concerns about a "global feel," which he considered important for the GCZIS having a global identity similar to Google Earth or other globally available cyberinfrastructure. For example, ICAN was very diverse with very different "feels." Marcia Berman pointed out that SmartAtlas was a common framework, which was used, for example, in Africa, but it also leaves room for local adaptation.

Mark Dowell focused on requirements for space-based observations. There were some documents available, but he saw the need to provide requirements in a much more systematic way so that they could be used by the space agencies. There was a specific need for requirements for a global climate observing program, with a strong focus on the space-based component. He suggested that the CZCP should consider to analyze the requirements for one or two cases.

Trevor Platt suggested that water quality could be one case. The Blue Planet task was explicit in the maritime program, but he asked where water quality should be in the new structure. The CZCP could help with the coordination of Blue Planet, and work on the translation of interest into more support.

Hans-Peter Plag emphasized the need of an operational space-based component for sea level monitoring and suggested a task coordination with a steering group. Paul DiGiacomo supported this and emphasized the importance of sea level and coastal inundation.

Mark Dowell commented that space agencies should stand back from the requirements definition, but there should be an iteration of how the requirements should be presented so that the space agencies could respond to them. GCOS could be a model to follow.

Paul DiGiacomo expressed his support for this view.

Steward Bernard commented positively on the fact that water quality is sprinkled through the task, but there could be concern that people from the outside would not know where to go.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-8: Paul DiGiacomo will consider to develop a water quality case for the CZCP to analyze observational requirements. Responsible: Paul DiGiacomo, Deadline: 2013-12-31.

13 9:30 - 10:00 Global Coastal Zone Information System

Hans-Peter Plag reminded the participants that the CZCP had been discussing a Global Coastal Zone Information System (GCZIS) for some time. The idea came up during the 3rd regional workshop. The GCZIS would be an open, Wikipedia-like system aiming for data integration, improved access to information, crowd-sourcing, sensor-based data collection, and support of stakeholder deliberations.

Due to time constraints, the discussion was postponed. Hans-Peter Plag did not present the slides on the GCZIS.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-9: Hans-Peter Plag will make available a presentation on the GCZIS on the CZCP web page. Responsible: Hans-Peter Plag, Deadline: 2013-09-15.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-10: All will provide comments on the GCZIS to Hans-Peter Plag. Responsible: All, Deadline: 2013-12-31.

14 10:00 - 10:30 CZCP and ICAN relation

The International Coastal Atlas Network ( ICAN ) had indicated interest in a relationship with CZCP. Hans-Peter Plag had participated in the 6th ICAN Workshop in June 2013 in Victoria, Canada, and presented on CZCP activities. Coastal atlases are a natural part of the GCZIS discussed by the CZCP. Hans-Peter Plag briefly summarized the GCZIS.

Marcia Berman presented on ICAN, see pptx . She reviewed the history of ICAN and commented that ICAN is actually a Community of Practice.

Net Dwyer added that ICAN is now at the 3rd iteration of the integrated global atlas. If all individual atlases use the same standards, it is possible to connect those into a global atlas. For that, ontologies are important, and interoperability needs to be ensured. A project funded by the EC is working on this.

Marcia Berman reported that training is a key activity of ICAN. It is actually more engagement than training. The next ICAN workshop will take place in 2015 in South Africa. ICAN is an IOC-IODE Project. She presented a list of potential collaborations between ICAN and CZCP:

  • Guidance and Resources for development of coastal information systems (NETMAR; Eionet; SeaDataNet);
  • Strong developer community can demonstrate latest technology approaches (technical work group)
  • Good experience in engaging with user communities
  • Training and capacity building
  • Data sharing and access - addressing technical and socio-political issues

Douglas Cripe asked what parameters are included in the atlases, and how ICAN builds membership. Marcia Berman responded that members seem to come to ICAN.

Doug Wilson added that ICAN gives technology advice, and it provides templates to developing countries. Parameters include a wide range, for example, related to fishery, socio-economic, and environmental conditions in the coastal zone. Hans-Peter Plag remarked that CZCP can learn from ICAN experiences. Doug Wilson underlined that one cannot force everybody to have the same speed, but if everyone follows the same standards then this helps to connect later. Joan L. Aron noticed that OGC was mentioned in the presentation and was wondering whether there are other standards to consider.

Marcia Berman concluded that it was important to keep ICAN interested in CZCP activities.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-11: Hans-Peter Plag will develop a concept for a workshop that discusses the GCZIS and develops the overall system functions and approaches. Responsible: Hans-Peter Plag, Deadline: 2014-01-31.

15 10:30 - 11:00 CZCP and OceanObsNetwork RCN

Hans-Peter Plag pointed out that the proposal for this RCN included a number of references to the CZCP, including "The RCN therefore will work with user-oriented activities such as the GEO Coastal Zone Community of Practice (CZCP) and the GEO OceanObs Community of Practice." The CZCP is also mentioned in connection with mentoring young researchers interested in coastal-zone related questions, and in connection with a review of observational requirements (see also Item 5 of this agenda). Paul DiGiacomo provided additional information referring to the proposal summary that was submitted (see pdf ).

Hans-Peter Plag reported briefly on the work of the OceanObs Task Team, using slides provided by Eileen Hofmann, ODU (see pptx ). The Task Team is addressing two main questions:

  • What is needed to facilitate good data management at the interface of natural and social science that will advance global environmental change research that has sustainability as a goal
  • What infrastructure and institutional changes are needed to encourage data exchanges that will promote interdisciplinary or integrated research
The Task Team plans to use two potential issues as case studies for data management, data access, and data exchange that include natural and human science components:
  • Marine fisheries management (potential fishery is Atlantic surfclam)
  • Ocean acidification

The discussion cumulated in the question whether the CZCP should suggest water quality as a study case. It was also asked what input the CZCP could provide to the Task team. Paul DiGiacomo emphasized the need of breaking down interdisciplinary boundaries, which still exist between terrestrial and marine fields.

Michael Bruno found that the social side, including social observations, is not sufficiently covered by anybody. Joan L. Aron recommended that CZCP look at the U.S. National Research Council Board on Research Data and Information, which promotes data-sharing; see NRC-BRDI .

16 11:30 - 12:00 CZCP and other organizations, including CSDMS

Brad Murray introduced the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System ( CSDMS ), which has several working groups (see overview ) and focus groups and initiatives (see overview ) of potential interest to the CZCP, and the CZCP could provide input to these groups. A natural entry point is the Coastal Working Group . The Coastal Vulnerability Initiative also is of potential interest for the CZCP. The CZCP could play an important role in developing a link between GEOSS and the modeling community in the CSDMS. Brad Murray emphasized that in contrast to atmospheric sciences, the range of processes on the earth's surface are too diverse and not enough understood to have one model. However, interoperability of models, access to models, and coupling of models, are important topics to progress toward more comprehensive models.

CSDMS has more than a thousand members and particularly the Working Groups on terrestrial, coastal, and marine areas have large member groups. Brad Murray saw the need that there should be a link between the CZCP and the relevant WGs. It was proposed that the initial link could come through Hans-Peter Plag. It was also mentioned that the Chesapeake Bay is covered by a focus group.

It was mentioned that there were several articles on coastal observing systems, see e.g. Malone et al., 2011 .

17 12:00 - 12:15 Any other business

There was no other business.

18 12:15 - 12:20 Date and Time of next meeting/telecon

The question was raised whether there should be a brief meeting at the AGU, and it was suggested to meet briefly after the RCN face-to-face meeting on Sunday, December 8, 2013.

19 12:20 - 12:30 Summary of Action Items

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-1: Hans-Peter Plag will propose a Sea Level Rise CoP to ID-04 and the GEO Secretariat. Responsible: Hans-Peter Plag, Deadline: 2013-10-31.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-2: Paul DiGiacomo will continue a discussion with relevant GEO components about a potential Water Quality CoP. Responsible: Paul DiGiacomo, Deadline: 2013-12-31.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-3: Hans-Peter Plag will contact relevant groups and motivate them to review the URR contents related to CZ topics. Responsible: Hans-Peter Plag, Deadline: 2014-01-31.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-4: Hans-Peter Plag will contact Jimmy Adegoke and ask him to present on the CZCP at the ocean conference in Nigeria. If he agrees, Hans-Peter Plag will work with Paul DiGiacomo to prepare slides for Jimmy Adegoke. Responsible: Hans-Peter Plag, Deadline: 2013-10-31.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-5: Hans-Peter Plag will work with Paul DiGiacomo and Douglas Cripe to prepare a proposal for a coastal zone-focused task component for the Blue Planet Task and ensure that this proposal is included in the responses to the Work Plan review. Responsible: Hans-Peter Plag, Deadline: 2013-09-15.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-6: Guy Seguin will present the proposal for the island study in the North Atlantic to CEOS and report back to the CZCP. Responsible: Guy Seguin, Deadline: 2013-10-31.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-7: Paul DiGiacomo will discuss with PICO how the CZCP could get involved in the gap analysis detailed in the PICO report. Responsible: Paul DiGiacomo, Deadline: 2013-12-31.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-8: Paul DiGiacomo will consider to develop a water quality case for the CZCP to analyze observational requirements. Responsible: Paul DiGiacomo, Deadline: 2013-12-31.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-9: Hans-Peter Plag will make available a presentation on the GCZIS on the CZCP web page. Responsible: Hans-Peter Plag, Deadline: 2013-09-15.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-10: All will provide comments on the GCZIS to Hans-Peter Plag. Responsible: All, Deadline: 2013-12-31.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-11: Hans-Peter Plag will develop a concept for a workshop that discusses the GCZIS and develops the overall system functions and approaches. Responsible: Hans-Peter Plag, Deadline: 2014-01-31.

Action Item CZCP-CG-9-12: Hans-Peter Plag will follow up on a potential meeting of the CZCP after the RCN meeting on Dec. 8, 2013 in S.F. Responsible: Hans-Peter Plag, Deadline: 2013-11-30.


Minutes prepared by Hans-Peter Plag


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