[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 60 (Wednesday, March 30, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 16310-16311]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-6224]


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OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TRANSPORTATION


National Science and Technology Council's Committee on 
Environmental and Natural Resources (CENR) Interagency Working Group on 
Earth Observations (IWGEO)

ACTION: Notice of public meeting/workshop and opportunity for public 
discussion.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces an Integrated Earth Observation System 
Public Engagement Workshop by the National Science and Technology 
Council's Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) 
Interagency Working Group on Earth Observations (IWGEO) to discuss the 
nine societal benefit areas and the six near term opportunities 
identified in the Stratetic Plan for the U.S. Integrated Earth 
Observation System. This plan was developed to address the effective 
use of Earth observation systems to enable a healthy public, economy 
and planet.

DATES: The Interagency Working Group on Earth Observations will hold a 
two-day workshop on Monday, May 9, 2005, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
(e.d.t.); Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to identify 
Earth observation system components and solutions to contribute to the 
implementation of the Integrated Earth Observation System. All sessions 
of the workshop will be held at the Ronald Reagan Builing and 
International Trade Center, Washington, DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this notice, 
please contact Carla Sullivan, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration. Telephone: (202) 482-5921. E-mail: 
carla.sullivan@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Strategic Plan for the U.S. Integrated 
Earth Observation System was developed by the Interagency Working Group 
on Earth Observations of the NSTC Committee on Environment and Natural 
Resources.
    Purpose of the Workshop: The purpose of this workshop is to bring 
ideas and information from the broader community into the IWGEO 
planning process as it further develops the U.S. 10-Year Plan for 
Developing an Integrated Earth Observing System. The nine strategic 
social/economic benefit areas identified in the Strategic Plan include:
    1. Improve Weather forecasting;
    2. Reducing Loss of Life and Property From Disasters;
    3. Protecting and Monitoring Ocean Resources;
    4. Understanding Climate, and Assessing, Mitigating, and Adapting 
to Climate Change Impacts;
    5. Supporting Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, and Combating 
Land Degradation;
    6. Understanding the Effect on Environmental Factors on Human 
Health and Well-Being;
    7. Developing the Capacity To Make Ecological Forecasts;
    8. Protecting and Monitoring Water Resources; and
    9. Monitoring and Managing Energy Reserves.
    The six near term opportunities identified in the Strategic Plan 
are:
    1. Data Management
    2. Improved Observations for Disaster Warnings
    3. Global Land Observing System

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    4. Sea Level Observing System
    5. National Integrated Drought Information System, and
    6. Air Quality Assessment and Forecast System.
    Public Participation: Due to space constraints, interested parties 
will need to pre-register for this meeting, Deadline for registration 
is April 29, 2005, or when capacity of facility is met. See IWEGEO Web 
page for registration materials and additional information: http://
iwgeo.ssc.nasa.gov, or contact the IWGEO Secretariat office: Carla 
Sullivan, Interagency Working Group on Earth Observations (IWGEO), 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 1401 
Constitution avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230. Telephone: (202) 482-
5921, telefax: (202) 482-5181. E-mail: carla.sullivan@noaa.gov. 
Subject: IWGEO Integrated Earth Observation System Public Engagement 
Workshop.

Authority

    The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) was established 
under Executive Order 12881. The CENR is chartered under the NSTC. The 
purpose of the CENR is to advise and assist the NSTC, with emphasis on 
those federally supported efforts that develop new knowledge related to 
improving our understanding of the environment and natural resources.

M. David Hodge,
Acting Assistant Director for Budget and Administration.
[FR Doc. 05-6224 Filed 3-29-05; 8:45 am]
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