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RSAD Climate Change Subcommittee News




Items of Interest

Meeting Notes




Remotely sensed imagery and other geospatial data will be accurately acquired and appropriately used for monitoring and modeling climate change at global, national, continental, and regional scales.


The Climate Change Committee falls under the Remote Sensing Applications Division.  Its purpose within ASPRS is to develop guidelines and best practices for the acquisition, documentation, dissemination, and use of remotely sensed and geospatial data within the arena of climate change; promote the understanding and use of geospatial data for climate change; provide an avenue for ASPRS to become more active in national and international climate change organizations and activities. 



Geospatial Climate Change Awareness Day

As a way to get the Student Chapters more involved with ASPRS, and the CCC in particular, we are investigating the possibility of creating a Geospatial Climate Change Awareness Day.  Although we are still in the planning phases, we can mention some of our thoughts to this point.

  • The student chapters could pick topics more related to where they are geographically.  Coastal sea level rise, crop security in the heartland, increases in weather extremes (tornados, nor'easters, hurricanes, etc.)
  • From the chosen topic, the students could then research issues of geospatial data availability, tools and techniques, challenges, etc.
  • The developed material, whether it is posters, brochures, web pages, presentations, could then be used  elsewhere (e.g., middle/high schools)
  • Maybe there is a potential for some sort of ASPRS sponsored competition?  Winning Chapter gets something from ASPRS?

So, what do you think about this idea?  Would you be willing to participate in a Geospatial Climate Change Awareness Day?

Student Involvement

The CCC recognizes that the Student Chapters are key to the growth and long term success of ASPRS.  A primary focus of the RSAD has been to actively engage students and encourage their participation in its activities.  The RSAD has for the Academic Engagement Subcommittee specifically for this purpose.  The CCC has been working students in a variety of ways.

  • Communicating with students: Adam Benjamin (SAC Chair) will talk to Kim Tilley and they will try to set a webinar.  The purpose of the webinar would be to allow students the opportunity to present on a topic, or their research, to other ASPRS members in a less formal atmosphere.  This will give the students presentation experience and receive feedback, or help on questions they may have.
    • Students would be informed about the webinar by email blast and be invited to join online to participate in the discussions. 
    • The CCC would provide a brief text explaining the reason why we are putting the webinar together to be added to the email blast. 
  • Use of social media:  The SAC is probably the most active portion within ASPRS in using social media to communicate and raise overall awareness within, and external to, the Society.  This seems like a prime area to tap into the Student members particular skill sets.  Is it possible to have student members keep these pages current under the direction of the Division Directors?
  • Student Credit: Individual study credit, pairing a student with ASPRS member (professor at University)
    • Dr. Michael Hodgson (USC), Dr. Steven Degloria (Cornell), and Dr. Joseph Knight (UMN) have all expressed some interest in the idea.
    • Approach needs to be defined.  One possibility would be for ASPRS Divisions to create a list of needs or potential topics to be addressed.  The list could be shared with Student Chapter Faculty Advisor (typically professors at universities). The Faculty Advisor could then oversee the work of the student.
  • Continue to ensure SAC and student members are made aware of all regular meetings of the Divisions/Committees.

Guidelines/SOP development

  • The idea of developing Guidelines for using remote sensing for climate change continues to be a difficult task to tackle.  The range of topics, as well as sensors, varies dramatically in scale and approaches.
  • The Hot Topics session at the spring meeting in Baltimore attempted to get member feedback and direction.
  • While several topics were discussed, one stronger idea came to the front.
    • NASA Ames is currently developing SOPs for processing spectral data for use in climate models at different scales.  We are currently investigating the potential of ASPRS helping review and formalize some of these SOPs.

Ideas for the Fall Conference

  • We are looking for ideas for Special Sessions or Hot Topics for the fall conference.  Remember the topic of conference is Imaging and Mapping for Disaster Management.  If you would like to organize a session, please let us know!
  • Workshop idea.  John McCombs is hoping to have a workshop on Coastal Inundation Mapping.



  • The Climate Change Committee is constantly looking for volunteers to participate in any of the above activities.  Your help may be as involved as you would like it to be.  By participating in these and other ASPRS activities, you will gain valuable experience, make professional contacts, and help ASPRS achieve its mission.  Please contact John McCombs or Sergio Bernardes for Climate Change Committee activities, or David Szymanski or Stuart Blundell for Remote Sensing Application Division activities.
  • Are you connected to other climate professionals?  The National Weather Service?  American Meteorological Society? USGS Climate and Land Use Change? EPA Climate Change?  If so, please contact us, as we try and expand our connections and capabilities.


Items of Interest

Interested in some free learning opportunities?  NOAA offers free seminars through its OneNOAA Science Seminars.  These on-line seminars are open to all, and often highlight remote sensing and climate related research by leading scientists.  Just follow the above link to learn about upcoming seminars and how to participate.


Meeting Notes 

We plan on having bimonthly teleconferences (link to RSAD meeting announcement).  The CCC will be a part of the RSAD teleconference, and we will alternate with the GISD teleconferences.  Teleconferences can be held as the need arises for dedicated topics, so please don’t hesitate to ask!

Spring 2013 Conference (Baltimore, MD)

Teleconference (August 27, 2012)

Spring 2012 Conference (Tampa, FL)

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