Winter Meeting 2015

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2015 ESIP Winter Meeting, January 6-8, 2015 - Earth Science and Data in Support of Food Resilience: Climate, Energy, Water Nexus

The Federation for Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is having their 2015 Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. at the Renaissance Dupont Circle, January 6-8, 2015. The theme is "Earth Science and Data in Support of Food Resilience: Climate, Energy, Water Nexus" and will include a variety of activities supporting this theme for all levels of technical expertise. 


Early registration (through December 15, 2014) is $400/members and $525/non-members. After early December, the registration fee rises to $500 (members) and $625 (non-members). A student registration is available for $150. A special one-day attendance is available for $200. A full refund will be given through December 15, 2014. To register:


The 2015 Winter  ESIP Federation Meeting will be held at the Renaissance Dupont Circle. The hotel is easily accessible by transportation from Washington National Airport (DCA) and by Metro (Foggy Bottom, Dupont), see the hotel transportation page for additional details. 


A limited block of rooms is available at the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel (1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007). Rooms at the Renaissance are available for single/double occupancy for $184/night (plus applicable taxes). Reservations can be made by calling (1-877-212-5752) and requesting the ESIP Meeting rate or can be booked online. The room block is limited with rooms available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cut-off date for reservations is December 15, 2014 or when the room block is full, whichever comes first.


Commons annotated schedule

Google Doc spreadsheet


Day 1 - Jan. 6, 2015

Wade Crow, USDA ARS

Joseph Fiskel, Center for Resilience at Ohio State University

Dr. Joseph Fiksel is Executive Director of the Center for Resilience at The Ohio State University, an interdisciplinary research center that is developing a unified approach for modeling risk, resilience, and sustainability in complex systems. As a research faculty member in the Integrated Systems Engineering Department, he collaborates with companies, government agencies, non-profits, and other organizations to develop new methods and tools for understanding the interdependence among social, environmental, and economic interests.

Molly Jahn, University of Wisconsin

Molly Jahn is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, holding appointments in the Department of Agronomy, the Laboratory of Genetics, and the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. From 2006-2011, she served as dean of the University of Wisconsin’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Director of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station. In 2009-10, she was called to Washington, DC to provide interim leadership as Deputy and Acting Under Secretary of Research, Education and Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Her research programs at University of Wisconsin and Cornell University have produced vegetable varieties grown commercially and for subsistence on six continents. In 2011, she was selected to represent the U.S. on the CGIAR’s Commission for Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change. In 2012, she was recognized with the highest award conferred by the U.S.D.A., the Secretary’s Honor Award and, in 2013, was named a Rothamsted Fellow in the U.K. Based on her contributions to the recent U.S. President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology report on agricultural preparedness, Jahn was selected to launch and lead a national student prize for agricultural innovation.

Mark Walbridge, USDA LTAR

Panel on User Needs for Food Resilience: 

Moderated by Bradley Doorn, NASA 

Dr. Doorn is the Program Manager for Water Resources in the Applied Science Program of the Earth Science Division of NASA. With over 25 years of experience in applying remote sensing data to earth application issues, Dr. Doorn now manages over 50 applied projects. He also serves as the Applied Sciences Project Scientist on three missions; SMAP, LDCM, and GRACE-II; the Applied Project Scientist for two Earth Venture-1 projects; Global Agriculture Monitoring task lead at NASA; member of various sub-groups of the National Science and Technology Council of the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy; among other duties.

Molly Brown, NASA


Gary Eilerts, USAID

Gary Eilerts oversees management and implementation of U.S. Agency for International Development’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), collaborating with international and national partners to provide on-the-ground information regarding food security issues in many areas of the world. He has led development of new FEWS NET program expertise in identifying climate change impacts in food insecure countries and in building new tools for monitoring the impacts of markets and trade on food security.

Liangzhi You, International Food Policy Institute

Liangzhi You, a senior scientist, joined IFPRI in 2000 to conduct research on agricultural science and technology policy. Liangzhi earned a B.S. in hydraulic engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, and an M.S. in environmental economics and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Day 2 - Jan. 7, 2015

State of the Federation

Peter Fox 

Around the Federation

  • EarthCube - Bruce Caron
  • GEOSS Evaluation - Matt Druckenmiller
  • RDA-US
  • NASA
  • NOAA
  • USGS

Enhanced Use of Earth Observations for Societal Benefit

Tim Stryker, OSTP

Rick Driggers, National Security Council/ Climate Resilience Toolkit

Fabien Laurier, OSTP


The poster session will be held on January 6 during the evening reception. Posters should be no larger than 3' x 4' (landscape). Posters and poster abstracts are submitted digitally to the ESIP Commons by creating an account if you don't have one already and then creating a Poster. Choose the Winter 2015 Meeting for the event. All poster abstracts must be added by December 18, 2014 to be included in the printed program. After you've created your poster, please upload the digital image of your poster to your ESIP Commons poster page. These images will scroll at the registration desk throughout the duration of the meeting. Questions - email Erin (

Below are some sites that can help you create posters that are dynamic and hold the interest of your audience.

Important Dates

  • End of August, Call for Sessions
  • Early October, Agenda shared 
  • End of October, Registration Opents
  • December 15, Last day for registration refund 
  • December 15, Early bird registration ends and room block rates close
  • Jan 6-8, ESIP Meeting! 

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Submit Breakout Sessions

We’re inviting proposals for sessions and presentations from technical practitioners, scientist and educators for the Winter Meeting. We want to hear stories and innovation from around the Earth science community crossing sectors and organizations. We’re interested in success stories and cautionary tales; best practices and abject failures; lessons of the past and visions of the future. While the theme focuses on food resilience, sessions are welcome on all topics relevant to ESIP. Submit your ideas to the ESIP Commons (Instructions). Sessions are due by October 10. 

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