The European H2020 Coordination & Support Action ConnectinGEO (GA 641538) is organizing a new workshop on Essential Variables (EV) for further elaborating and integrating contributions from different communities/domains concerning the definition and operationalization of EV. The workshop will be held in Bari (Italy) on 11-12 June 2015 and is organized by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and the Euro Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC).
The workshop is a follow-up of the work started within the 3rd and 4th GEOSS Science and Technology Stakeholder Workshops, to focuse on metrics that can measure progress towards the "Sustainable Development Goals" (SDGs), that are currently being discussed in the United Nations. The objectives of the Workshop are:
reviewing extensively the status of existing essential variables in different Societal Benefits Areas (SBA) of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO);
assessing their observational needs and readiness (in terms of temporal frequency, spatial resolution, accuracy, etc.);
describing the monitoring networks currently operational;
capturing gaps and requirements for EV operational definition (mainly in terms of integration of all types of Earth Observations);
identifying the process underlying EV definition in support to less mature domains and the elaboration of new variables.
At the end of the workshop a document on the EV status, definition process, gaps and requirements for operationalization shall be produced.