The Population-Environment Research Network cordially invites you to
participate in its forthcoming cyberseminar, "What are the remote
sensing data needs of the population-environment research community?",
from May 10-21. If you are not already subscribed to the PERNSEMINARS
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summary description below.
The goal of this cyberseminar is to identify the past use of remote
sensing data products in population-environment research, to explore
challenges of remote sensing data integration, and to begin to think
about the specifications of future remote sensing data products that
would meet the needs of the research community. An ancillary goal is
thinking about how to organize a process whereby greater social science
input is provided for the design of future satellite sensors. The
cyberseminar is co-sponsored by the NASA Socioeconomic Data and
Applications Center (SEDAC), which supports the PERN Web site, and the
Group on Earth Observations (GEO). SEDAC has been tasked by NASA and its
User Working Group to think specifically about how to increase the input
of social scientists in designing future missions, and GEO has expressed
a similar interest in engaging the social sciences as it builds a Global
Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to address nine societal
benefit areas. It is recognized that the nature of the challenges to
global sustainability are fundamentally interdisciplinary, but that
social scientists have often not had a place at the table when
discussing data needs for Earth systems science in the broadest sense,
which comprises coupled human-environment systems.
Major questions that this cyberseminar will address include:
1. What are the branches of population-environment research that
use remote sensing data?
2. Which sensors/instruments are most often used in P-E research?
3. What are the barriers to greater use?
4. How do indicators constructed from remotely sensed data compare
with those collected through field research or in surveys?
5. What data integration issues are faced in combining data from
different sources and resolutions?
6. What are the prerequisites for inter- and transdisciplinary
research in terms of standards of data interpretation, access to data
from different sources, and the social and political purposes for which
the data are used?
7. What are the societal benefits from the fundamental or applied
research (using remote sensing data) engaged in by the P-E research
8. Are there common data needs that can be articulated by our
9. What are the major programmed missions such as NASA’s Decadal
Missions (from the US National Research Council’s Decadal Survey) or
those of the European Space Agency, China, Brazil, India, or commercial
providers, that may meet important data gaps?
10. Recognizing that past research may have been constrained by the
capabilities of existing sensors, what capabilities might be desired by
this community for future missions (which hopefully are also technically
feasible to build and launch)?
11. Is there a way to build a broad consensus across the social
science community for the remote sensing data that is most needed by
this community? What kind of process would be required?
As in the past, PERN will engage several experts to write brief
contributions touching on these different themes. But the cyberseminar
will be conducted in the spirit of a “brainstorming session”, in which
there is freedom to think “out of the box” and express ideas for new
sensors and how they might be applied to specific research questions.
In line with the above questions, the structure of the seminar will have
three parts: The first part of the seminar will focus on what sensors
researchers have used in the past to answer different P-E related
questions and how data integration challenges were met. The second part
will would look towards future programmed missions and examine how those
future missions might be used to address P-E research questions. And the
third part will consider “ideal” future missions for answering P-E
research questions. Examples include the proposed 50m “NightSat” mission
that, if launched, would provide much higher resolution night-time
lights imagery than the current DMSP-OLS sensor.
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