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The OGC Announces GEOSS Workshop XLIII: Sharing Climate Information and Knowledge

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Release Date: 
29 July 2011

29 July 2011 - The GEOSS Workshop XLIII: Sharing Climate Information and Knowledge will be held 23 September 2011 at NCAR Center Green in Boulder, Colorado. At this daylong meeting, key representatives from industry, academia, and government will provide invited talks focused on issues, tools and techniques now available to improve interdisciplinary discovery and use of climate data, records and modeling results. The workshop will take place a week after the FOSS4G conference in Denver and immediately following the OGC TC meeting in Boulder.

The Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS, see is a complex international system of sensors, communication devices, storage systems, computational and other devices used to observe the Earth and to gather the data needed for a better understanding of the Earth’s processes. In addition, GEOSS includes models and processes to create information from the observational data. GEOSS is also a forum to promote collaborations across communities of interest and among geophysical scientists from around the world.  These interactions allow for leveraging software development and improved interoperability for Earth system monitoring and predictions.

With the highly coupled nature of the Earth system and the need to understand global environmental processes and their regional linkages, it is increasingly important to allow and enable disparate organizations around the world to access, process and share climate data and model results now being compiled for the next assessment report (AR5) by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Regional downscaling and ensemble applications, using common standards for exchange and encoding, are of particular interest for the coming year, as the next phase of global modeling results become available. It is also crucial to long-term and interdisciplinary use of climate data to develop methods for collection, understanding, and preservation of data quality and other provenance metadata. This workshop will emphasize tools and techniques now available to improve interdisciplinary discovery and use of climate modeling results.

This GEOSS workshop is being organized by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the IEEE Committee on Earth Observation (ICEO), the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Unidata, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), and the Italian Research Council’s Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research (CNR-IIA).

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Admission is free, however seating is limited. To reserve your seat, please register here:

GEOSS is a project of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). The OGC and IEEE are Participating Organizations in GEO, and the OGC leads the multi-year GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP). The AIP is leading the incorporation of contributed components consistent with the GEOSS Architecture using a GEOSS Web Portal and a GEOSS Clearinghouse search facility to access services through GEOSS Interoperability Arrangements.

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 415 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at