CEOS Future Data Architectures Remains Priority for USGS
Though the USGS’ time as Chair of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) ended late in 2017, the agency remains fully committed to the CEOS priority of the Future Data Architectures (FDA) initiative. With USGS as the Chair in 2017, the FDA Ad-hoc Team focused its work on a comprehensive CEOS strategy for Analysis Ready Data (ARD), a user metrics activity, and the provision of open source tools to exploit advances in technology and meet user demand. For the last three years, CEOS’ strategy has been to achieve de-risking and simplification of Earth Observation (EO) data for users, and to allow those users to make use of all available and relevant CEOS agency data.
USGS’ commitment to FDA includes involvement in the CEOS Working Group on Information Systems and Services (WGISS). WGISS promotes collaboration in the development of systems and services that manage EO data. WGISS creates and demonstrates prototypes that support CEOS and Group on Earth Observation (GEO) requirements. WGISS also addresses the internal management of EO data, the creation of information systems, and the delivery of interoperable services.
USGS is equally invested in the Land Surface Imaging Virtual Constellation (LSI-VC), which leads the CEOS Analysis Ready Data for Land (CARD4L) initiative. As part of its role in LSI-VC, USGS has helped to formulate the overarching Definition of CARD4L, the individual surface reflectance and surface temperature Product Family Specifications, and has assisted with the Assessment Process and outreach, advocacy, and promotion.