ESIP Update: Welcome New Partners, AGI Geosciences COVID Impacts Study, & more

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ESIP UPDATE: 05.03.21

Good Morning, ESIP,

On this first Monday in May, I'd like to reflect on something an ESIP Community member said last month about our friend and colleague, Dr. Peter Fox. He said that Peter “had a knack for bringing something out of you that you didn't know you contained.” In other words, Peter looked for possibilities – wisdom, ideas, brilliance – in others that they hadn't yet seen or realized in themselves and he helped bring them to light. From what I know and from what I've heard from others, Peter exuded this quality in abundance. I have seen this spirit in others in ESIP and I believe it's an important one to continue to cultivate and protect as we go forward and interact in ESIP spaces and beyond.

This week, we would like to give a warm welcome to 2 new ESIP partner organizations, approved at the ESIP Board Meeting last month:

Finally, a note that a draft schedule for the ESIP Summer Meeting has been shared with session organizers for comment and we look forward to sharing the full schedule on the meeting website very soon. From what I can see, it should be one of the most engaging meetings yet!

Have a good week, everyone,

Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

Registration Open NOW: Learn More HERE

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons: 

  • Monday:
  • Tuesday: Envirosensing; COR
  • Wednesday: Soil Ontology & Informatics; IM Code Registry
  • Thursday: Disaster Lifecycle

See the full telecon calendar here. Select the meeting you'd like to attend, login instructions are included in description.


ESIP Summer Meeting: Registration Now OPEN
Registration is now open for the 2021 ESIP Summer Meeting (July 19th-23rd, 2021 ONLINE), which will have the theme: Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers. The meeting will be another jam-packed week of plenaries, community-contributed breakout sessions, networking opportunities, FUNding Friday, and much more. The session proposal deadline has now passed and a draft schedule will be released soon. In the meantime, you can learn more about the meeting and register here.

ESIP Innovation Webinar: European Space Agency Φ-Lab and the InCubed Programme Recording Now Available
Last week's ESIP webinar featured InCubed, which stands for ‘Investing in Industrial Innovation’ and is a Public Private Partnership co-funding program run by the European Space Agency (ESA) Φ-Lab. InCubed focuses on developing innovative and commercially viable products and services that leverage the value of Earth observation imagery and datasets. Check out the recording on our YouTube Channel to learn more about InCubed and these 4 activities that have been supported by it:

  • Hyperscout-2Miniaturised hyperspectral and thermal imaging coupled with Artificial Intelligence for breakthrough operational space missions. Speaker: Marco Esposito, Managing Director at cosine Remote Sensing
  • COASTEOProviding validated water quality information to commercial clients using a combination of low cost buoy platforms and satellite data. Speaker: Charlotte O'Kelly, CEO at TechWorks Marine
  • MANTISA demonstration mission to jointly develop, build, launch and operate an innovative nanosatellite platform that will fly a high resolution Earth Observation (EO) camera aimed at oil and gas exploration. Speaker: Florian Deconinck, Vice President of Institutional Partnerships and Future Missions at Open Cosmos
  • SAT4FLOODA global levee risk monitoring service combining satellite high-resolution soil moisture data with InSAR deformation data and other EO data sources. Speaker: Patrick Stoppelman, Director Business Development at SkyGeo

More News

American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Geoscience COVID Impacts Study
AGI's COVID-19 Impacts study has been extended into a second phase that will continue the longitudinal study through March 2022, thanks to continued support by the NSF. The 2nd phase of this study will focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has permanently changed the way in which geoscientists work and study and how workplace and instructional environments transition into post-pandemic configurations. A key focus of the 2nd phase of the study will be assessing pandemic-related impacts to the academic achievement and early-career trajectories of geoscience students, new graduates, and early-career geoscientists. The study will also examine the strategies being implemented by geoscience faculty, academic departments, and employers to mitigate these pandemic-related impacts. The study will continue to accept new participants through January 2022 and is open to all geoscientists, including students, retirees, and those not currently employed, who reside in the United States, and are at least 18 years old. AGI also encourages company, organization, and academic leaders to participate one behalf of their organizations to elucidate the organization-level changes underway. A brief online survey is sent to study participants twice a month and only takes a few minutes to complete. Results from the study are reported only in aggregate and in a manner that ensures the confidentiality of the participants. For more information and to participate in the study, please visit

Now available on AWS Cloud: CMIP6 dataset to foster climate innovation and study the impact of future climate conditions
Amazon announced recently that it is now hosting petabytes of data from the largest and most updated climate simulation dataset in the world. Through two Cloud grants from the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative (ASDI) to the Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF), Amazon is enabling climate researchers worldwide to access and analyze the dataset used for the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report (IPCC-AR6) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. The report—scheduled to be published in May 2022—provides policymakers worldwide with the latest assessment of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation. Learn more here.

Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) Focus Week: June 14-24, 2021 (Apply by 6/9)
Gateway Focus Week is a virtual, two-week intensive workshop for innovative research teams. All disciplines welcome!  During the Focus Week workshop, teams engage in hands-on activities that help them articulate the value of their work to key stakeholders. Participating teams produce a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan with a corresponding pitch deck that includes actionable goals. By working closely across teams, participants have the opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and challenges. Teams also learn how to access consultations, engagement opportunities, and other resources from the SGCI. Focus Week is offered twice per year and is subsidized by the National Science Foundation. This allows you to attend what would otherwise be a $2,500 per team event at no cost. You’ll leave Focus Week with a flexible toolkit that you can use as your project continues to mature. Learn more and register here.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Software Citation, Indexing, and Discoverability (due 7/16)
Software is increasingly essential to research. It can be viewed as both a tool to be recorded (for reproducibility) and cited (for credit) as a part of scholarly research works, as well as an output of research that can be used, reused, and further developed. Making this happen effectively leads to challenges in how it is cited, indexed, and discovered. These include challenges relating to: software metadata; identifiers for software and their relationship to those of other research objects; the role of other stakeholders such as indexes, libraries and registries; fostering adoption; development of related tools; and the role of the FAIR principles in this space. This special issue will focus on recent work addressing these challenges. Learn more here.

OGC Seeking Participants in 2021 Disaster Pilot
OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) has issued a call for participation in the 2021 Disaster Pilot, which will prototype and demonstrate end-to-end capabilities that integrate OGC standards, data, services, and state-of-the-art technologies to support decision makers and responders in times of crisis. Learn more about the Pilot and how you can participate here.

Job Opportunities Channel in the ESIP Slack Workspace
In case you haven't noticed, there is a lively channel in the ESIP Slack where community members can post and view current job opportunities, like the one posted below. Please feel free to peruse and add openings you are aware of. To find the channel, join the ESIP Slack workspace and then join the #job-opportunities channel.

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