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CEOS Strategy for Space Data Coverage and Continuity in Support of GFOI/FCT Stephen Ward (Australia) 1 The 25 th CEOS Plenary – Lucca, Italy - 8-9 November,

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1 CEOS Strategy for Space Data Coverage and Continuity in Support of GFOI/FCT Stephen Ward (Australia) 1 The 25 th CEOS Plenary – Lucca, Italy November, 201

2 Contents Background & rationale Scope Basic strategy Core data streams Further data streams Timing Institutional arrangements Status of support – and way forward The 25 th CEOS Plenary – Lucca, Italy November, 20112

3 Background and rationale CEOS - effectively coordinated acquisitions for FCT needs since 2009 Accepted responsibility for coordination of satellite data contribution GFOI – regular & routine (systematic) observations and measurements for effective reporting – ensuring continuity of data supply for maintenance of time series and consistent reporting 25-10: CEOS FCT participants, supported by CEOS Chair, to develop a CEOS Strategy Report on continuity and coverage plans year by year for 2010 – 2015 using public good data sources and identifying the role for high-resolution data : CEOS & SIT Chairs to initiate a short study among participating agencies to report to CEOS Plenary on the institutional arrangements for management of the CEOS role in supporting FCT future development and expansion The 25 th CEOS Plenary – Lucca, Italy November, 20113

4 Background and rationale Anticipates implementation of GFOI from GEO-VIII Recognises the central role of space data in securing engagement of key forested countries Signals to GEO-VIII that CEOS and space agencies are well-prepared Extensive consultation with CEOS agencies since SIT- 25 The 25 th CEOS Plenary – Lucca, Italy November, 20114

5 Scope CEOS space agencies embrace a range of data policies Missions of all types are of interest for GFOI – and may be needed given the scale of the challenge CEOS Data Strategy - as a matter of principle – focuses on the coordination of data made available for GFOI purposes on a free of charge basis (whilst taking account of known plans for data which is not) The Annual CEOS coordinated acquisition strategy annually will clearly identify observational gaps and needs that might be served by industry or by data donors – dialogue with commercial data providers as appropriate – noting commercial supply arrangements that may exist to satisfy the data requirements for one or more countries – GFOI Project Office can broker communications among user governments and potential data providers, including both CEOS and commercial interests. The 25 th CEOS Plenary – Lucca, Italy November, 20115

6 Basic strategy 1.A baseline, coordinated global data acquisition strategy involving a number of ‘core data streams’ that can be used free-of-charge for GFOI purposes. Systematic and sustained wall- to-wall acquisitions of forested areas globally (anticipated to be twice-annual). The default forest observations data for all countries without specific technical requirements, heritage or data preference. 2.A coordinated national data acquisition strategy in response to national needs assessments undertaken in the course of GFOI implementation. Accommodates countries that have specific technical requirements, or heritage and experience on working with a particular data source or type, as well as numerous intergovernmental arrangements that may exist/emerge for supply of certain data to one or more countries. Involves a wider range of satellite data sources (including commercial). 3.Data supply in support of the FCT activities, including in support of: the science studies assisting the development and evolution of the GEO-branded methods and protocol documents for GFOI; interoperability studies; and validation activities. Includes continuation of National Demonstrator coverage, and acquisitions at the corresponding Validation Sites. The 25 th CEOS Plenary – Lucca, Italy November, 20116

7 Core data streams for global baseline The baseline global data acquisition strategy for CEOS will involve coordination of a number of core data streams that satisfy key criteria consistent with the principles for implementation of the GFOI: – core data streams provide sub-30m data free-of-charge for GFOI purposes, consistent with being available in support of any country’s information requirements; – core data stream systems should have a sustained and long-term capacity in coverage, processing and distribution which is consistent with the large (global) scale data requirements of the GFOI. CEOS space agencies embrace a range of data policies. Discussions among CEOS agencies active within the FCT task for the last several years have resulted in consensus on a working list of CEOS agency satellite missions assumed to represent the GFOI Core Satellite Data Streams The 25 th CEOS Plenary – Lucca, Italy November, 20117

8 Core data stream candidates Landsat-5/7/8 (optical) – USGS ENVISAT (C-band SAR) – ESA Sentinel-1 series (C-band SAR) – ESA/EC Sentinel-2 series (optical) – ESA CBERS-3 & -4 (optical) – INPE/CRESDA Radarsat Constellation Mission (C-band SAR) – CSA SAOCOM series a candidate The 25 th CEOS Plenary – Lucca, Italy November, 20118

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10 Further data streams Many more CEOS agency missions which will be able to contribute to systematic national, regional, and global coverage – these include optical high-resolution missions, as well as X-band and L-band SAR Coordination of the national data acquisition strategy for GFOI and of the data supply in support of the FCT activities will involve participation of a larger number of CEOS agencies, and possibly engagement of some commercial operators The CEOS Data Strategy encourages non-core data streams to contribute to the long- term building of consistent wall-to-wall time series archives on scales from national to global – even if an explicit commitment to free-of-charge data provision cannot be guaranteed. Uninterrupted time-series archives of wall-to-wall data are fundamental to the success of GFOI and all interested agencies are encouraged to participate in the GFOI coordinated acquisition strategies, even if future data policies (and indeed national reporting requirements in frameworks such as UNFCCC) are not yet fully defined. The 25 th CEOS Plenary – Lucca, Italy November,

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12 Timing GFOI IP suggests key components operational by CEOS data strategy should reflect and support GFOI IP schedule Limited core data stream capacity until into 2013/14 Enough is known of expected reporting requirements for a provisional definition of the first element of the CEOS Data Strategy – the baseline, coordinated global data acquisition strategy Second element timing - coordinated national data acquisition strategy – determined by the GFOI Linkages Forum and the national needs assessments which are undertaken in support of it. The third element - Data supply in support of the FCT activities – assumed to continue uninterrupted, with arrangements transitioning to become part of the broader GFOI activity within CEOS and the GFOI Project Office Initial coverage priorities can be expected to reflect current levels of engagement of different countries (eg in UN-REDD or REDD+) The 25 th CEOS Plenary – Lucca, Italy November,

13 Institutional arrangements GFOI Project Office & Funding arrangements to be progressed at GEO-VIII Space data coordination is a significant proportion of the overall operational activity for GFOI – CEOS expected to have good representation within and/or links to the GFOI Project Office. Propose a reinforced and formal coordination group be established by CEOS in anticipation of an immediate requirement for its functions in support of GFOI: GFOI Space Data Coordination Group (SDCG) Reflecting GFOI IP schedule – initial priority is definition of the baseline global data acquisition strategy – Ensuring planning of core data streams as supportive as possible of the baseline global data strategy for GFOI – Global data acquisition strategy should be completed by end 2012 and should indicate a credible plan for transition to global coverage in the few years ahead as GFOI reaches operational status The 25 th CEOS Plenary – Lucca, Italy November,

14 Status of Support Positive response from ESA Positive response USGS Positive response from INPE Hopeful response from CONAE DLR supportive & exploring opportunities for bulk commercial data supply The 25 th CEOS Plenary – Lucca, Italy November,

15 Way Forward Plenary to endorse the CEOS GFOI/FCT Data Strategy Plenary to agree to establish the GFOI Space Data Coordination Group – and action: – stakeholder agencies to explore management and operation arrangements – development by SDCG of the GFOI Global Data Acquisition Strategy for 26 th Plenary CEOS stay aware of developments in arrangements within GEO for GFOI implementation and institutional arrangements and ensure that adequate representation and connections exist between CEOS efforts and the anticipated GFOI Project Office. The 25 th CEOS Plenary – Lucca, Italy November,


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