Workshop announcement: Surface Topography and Vegetation

Donna Charlevoix donnac at
Wed Jun 24 14:47:09 UTC 2020

*First Plenary Surface Topography and Vegetation (STV) Workshop*

*Thursday, July 9, 8 am - 1 pm PT/11 am - 4 pm ET*

*Workshop web page:*

*Registration Link:*

The NASA Surface Topography and Vegetation (STV) Incubation Study will hold
its first community workshop on Thursday July 9, 2020. The STV incubation
study is being conducted by an STV team at the request of NASA in response
to recommendations made in the 2017-2027 Earth Science Decadal Survey. This
first virtual workshop in an ongoing series will introduce the STV Team and
study to members of the relevant science and applications communities, and
begin to collect their input.

The Decadal Survey recommended *high-resolution global topography,
including bare surface land topography, ice topography, vegetation
structure, and shallow water bathymetry* as a Targeted Observable (TO).
Targeted observables address key priorities within and across disciplinary
lines for a set of science objectives related to a common aspect of the
Earth system. The survey identified STV as an Incubation Observable and
called for assessment of next-generation measurement approaches that could
be ready for spaceborne implementation in 10+ years. The survey recommends
focused and sustained attention by NASA to the Incubation Observables to
establish the associated prospective scientific and other user communities,
and to make progress towards maturing both measurement capabilities and
implementation concepts within this decade.

In late 2019 NASA established an STV Incubation Study Team
<>. The objective of the
incubation study team is to identify science and applications priorities,
gaps in the specification of requirements and in technology capabilities
needed to meet those priorities, and methods and activities to fill those
gaps. The study team will develop a white paper for delivery to NASA
outlining potential future methods and activity areas, such as modeling,
Observing System Simulations Experiments (OSSEs), field campaigns, data
analysis and evaluation of a range of potential observing system
architectures utilizing emerging sensor, platform and information
technologies, and activities to advance those technologies to the point
where they could support future space-based STV observations. The team will
produce a preliminary Science and Applications Traceability Matrix (SATM)
that includes relevant societal or science questions, Earth science and
application objectives, geophysical observables, product requirements and
draft concepts of associated measurement approaches. The white paper and
preliminary SATM will be used by NASA Headquarters to help inform future
solicitations to advance STV.

The team will solicit input from the broader community through online
questionnaires and a series of virtual workshops. The first plenary
workshop will be held Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 8 am - 1 pm PT/11 am - 4
PM ET. At this first workshop the team will introduce the STV study and
progress to date. There will be time for input, questions, and
clarification. Subsequent workshops will be discipline specific. Additional
plenary meetings will allow the community to provide input to the STV SATM
and white paper.

Additional information about the study is available at

The decadal survey  can be found here:

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