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CMS Applications Workshops

NASA CMS Applications Workshop: Linking CMS Products to Decision Makers and Stakeholders
Monday, November 14, 2016
Boulder, CO

This Workshop was held on the 1st day of the CMS Science Team Meeting. Stakeholders engaged with CMS PIs provided feedback about their uses and applications of CMS data products, as well as shared lessons learned and the impact of of CMS data products for their organizations. Stakeholders also provided information about their carbon data needs, data challenges, and when and how should carbon science information be delivered.

Agenda [pdf] | Participant List | Presentation [pdf] | Recording | Report (coming soon)

Goals of the CMS Applications Workshop:

  • Understanding of stakeholders needs for carbon monitoring and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV).
  • Identify the challenges/needs of communities that are interested in carbon measurement, reporting and verification (MRV), biomass, Lidar applications and related activities.
  • Provide information on value of CMS products for MRV and related applications – including exploration of key “what?” and “how?” questions for carbon data.
  • Link CMS community to active policy end users, decision makers and regulatory agencies to ensure maximum benefit of the projects to society.
  • Identify CMS products that are relevant and ready for use by stakeholders and decision makers-update Application Readiness Levels (ARLs).
  • Identify CMS data products that align with stakeholders. (Identify potential impact case studies).

CMS & USFS 2016 Applications Workshop & Tutorial: LiDAR and CMS Applications, Uses & Lessons Learned in the Tri-State Area of Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania
Friday, September 9, 2016
USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
Newtown Square, PA

This Applications Workshop discussed the uses and applications of new CMS data products available for the tri-state area stakeholders, and assessed results and lessons learned from the agencies and organizations using the data. The CMS leads and scientists learned about the climate change landscape and the mitigation targets and goals in each of the three states, and what is the current approach to forest carbon MRV in these states. The workshop also discussed the added value and extended benefits of LiDAR data for the states agencies and counties.
Agenda [pdf] | Presentation [pdf] | Recording | Report (coming soon)

Workshop Goals:

  • Understanding of stakeholders needs for carbon monitoring and measurement, reporting and verification (MRV)
  • Demonstration of new NASA-Carbon Monitoring System capabilities
  • Identify opportunities and challenges and next steps for application of new technology
  • Provide data access and use tutorial
  • Identify the challenges/needs of communities that are interested in biomass, Lidar applications, MRV and related activities

NASA CMS Applications Workshop: Linking CMS Products to Decision Makers and Stakeholders
Monday, November 16, 2015
Pasadena, California

This Workshop was held on the 1st day of the CMS Science Team Meeting. All stakeholders who are interested in models and observations of carbon in their research, management, policy, or business roles were invited to attend the workshop. Participating both in-person and remotely, stakeholders from local, national, and international scales engaged in a dialogue about their carbon data needs for decision-making with CMS Science Team Members who develop data products using remote sensing technology.

Agenda [pdf] | Participant List | Presentation [pdf] | Recording (coming soon) | Report (coming soon)

Goals of the CMS Applications Workshop:

  • Identify the challenges/needs of communities that are interested in carbon Measurement,
    Reporting and Verification (MRV) and related activities.
  • Provide information on value of CMS products for MRV and related applications – including
    exploration of key “what?” and “how?” questions for carbon data.
  • Link CMS community to active policy end users, decision makers and regulatory agencies to
    ensure maximum benefit of the projects to society.
  • Identify CMS products that are relevant and ready for use by stakeholders and decision makersupdate
    Application Readiness Levels (ARLs).
  • Review the CMS Data & Products Fact Sheet and identify CMS data products that align with
    stakeholders. (Identify potential impact case studies).

CMS & Maryland DNR Applications Workshop: Economic Analysis of LiDAR Applications
Monday, May 18, 2015
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Annapolis, MD

This Applications workshop presented results from a CMS sponsored economic analysis that helps quantify the impact of Maryland DNR’s Lawn to Woodland Initiative. This was a follow-up meeting to last year’s workshop hosted by DNR and NASA that explored the uses of LiDAR data for carbon assessments and other management needs at the county level.
Agenda [pdf] | Presentation [pdf] | Recording

Workshop Goals:

  • Discuss the research results from the cost benefit assessment of Maryland’s forestry cost-share programs.
  • Link CMS projects to decision makers and regulatory agencies that will help move biomass and Lidar applications forward but addressing DNR needs.
  • Identify ways to improve or advance science linkages between NASA’s CMS and Maryland DNR – What are the most effective ways to move science forward into policy?

NASA CMS Applications Workshop: Linking CMS Products to Decision Makers and Stakeholders
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Bethesda, Maryland

This Workshop was held on the 1st day of the CMS Science Team Meeting. All stakeholders who are interested in models and observations of carbon in their research, management, policy, or business roles were invited to attend the workshop. Participating both in-person and remotely, stakeholders from local, national, and international scales engaged in a dialogue about their carbon data needs for decision-making with CMS Science Team Members who develop data products using remote sensing technology.

Agenda [pdf] | Participant List

Goals of the CMS Applications Workshop:

  • Identify the challenges and needs of communities that are interested in carbon monitoring, reporting and validation (MRV) products and provide information on value of CMS applications.
  • Link CMS Community to policy, decision makers and regulatory agencies to ensure maximum benefits of the projects to society.
  • Identify products that are ready for operations and those in need of end users.
  • Review the CMS Data & Products Fact Sheet and identify CMS Early Adopters.

CMS & Maryland DNR Applications Workshop: Identifying the Benefits of Lidar for Maryland at the County Level
Monday, June 23, 2014
Annapolis, MD

This Applications workshop was a direct result of collaboration between the NASA Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) and Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Workshop Goals:

  • Identify the benefits for using Lidar at the county level in Maryland.
  • Link CMS project(s) to decision makers and regulatory agencies that will help move biomass and Lidar applications forward.
  • Identify products and policies that are ready for using Lidar.
  • Identify stakeholders that are willing to serve as CMS Early Adopters.

Recording of the live-stream and presentations can be accessed via the event page.

NASA SMAP & CMS Applications Workshop
May 18, 2014, Anchorage, Alaska (map)
Announcement Flyer

This workshop was part of the US-IALE 2014 Annual Symposium.

The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Applications Program and NASA’s Carbon Monitoring Systems (CMS) Initiative
Vanessa Escobar, M.S., Missions Application Deputy Coordinator, Support Scientist, Sigma Space Corporation, Biospheric Sciences Branch, Code 618, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Applications Program and NASA’s Carbon Monitoring Systems (CMS) Initiative are geared towards identifying and fostering research that will provide fundamental knowledge of how mission data products can be scaled and integrated into users’ policy, business and management activities to improve decision-making efforts. We define applications as innovative uses of mission data products in decision-making activities for societal benefit.

This one day workshop provided an opportunity to connect the methane and atmospheric scientists with the NASA mission experts to address the different uses of SMAP and CMS carbon products. We described mission products and uncertainties for SMAP and CMS. Because application requirements are different for each user, it is important to understanding the individual resolution, access and accuracy concerns by thematic discipline. We aimed to find benchmarking studies that will help pull together atmosphere models and look at the uncertainties more closely.

During the workshop, worked with participants to identify areas of application of methane and permafrost studies, especially those relevant for high latitude carbon cycle dynamics (application of soil active layer freezer thaw dynamics). We also explored effective ways of communicating modeling uncertainties and biases to decision makers.