Summer Meeting 2015

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2015 ESIP Summer Meeting, July 14-17, 2015 - The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners & Community Resilience: Coming Together.

The Federation for Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is having their 2015 Summer Meeting in Pacific Grove, CA at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, July 14-17, 2015. The theme is "The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners & Community Resilience: Coming Togetherand will include a variety of activities supporting this theme for all levels of technical expertise.


The registration fee is $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 June 15, 2015. 

Registration Link:


The 2015 Summer  ESIP Federation Meeting will be held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds. It's easy to get to Asilomar from area highways, as well as numerous airports. The Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) is just 8 miles from Asilomar, while Mineta San Jose International (SJC) is 80 miles to the North and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is 110 miles to the North. The airports in San Jose and San Francisco are also served by the Monterey Airbus, an airport shuttle service that can bring travelers right to the door.

Asilomar suggested two properties that are just outside the main entrance: Deer Haven Inn (831-373-7784) and Pacific Gardens Inn (831-646-9414)


At-A-Glance Schedule 

Annotated Agenda


July,15 2015

  • Bruce Goldstein [University of Colorado Boulder] will frame collaborative resilience as it applies to place-based and virtual networks.
  • Kathleen Weathers [Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON)] will share lessons learned from the application of resilience concepts to the GLEON virtual community.
  • Lauren Casey [Climate Action Champion, Sonoma County Team] will discuss the efforts of the Climate Ready Sonoma County project at creating a climate resilient community.
  • Dave Blodgett [United States Geological Survey (USGS)] will outline the dynamics of community resilience and how to manage the varied expectations of those in the community.
  • Lawrie Jordan [Esri—Director of Imagery] will describe how Esri is bridging the gap between Earth science data and local communities to enable local resilience.
  • Sangram Ganguly [NASA Ames Research Center] will speak about the big data challenges related to satellite platforms and the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) and OpenNEX initiatives.
  • David Lubar [Aerospace Corporation] will explain the challenges faced in sharing the weather satellite spectrum with terrestrial networks.
  • Chris Waigl [University of Alaska Fairbanks], the 2015 Robert G. Raskin Scholarship recipient, will speak about data usability in relation to remote sensing of Alaskan wildfires.

Link to download WebEx session recording here:

Link to download WebEx recording player here:



The poster session will be held on July 15 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 Summer 2015 Meeting for the event. All poster abstracts must be added by June 19, 2015 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 ([email protected]).

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


Hackerspaces are physical places where people share their interest in tinkering with technology, meet and work on their projects and learn from each other.

The ESIP Hackerspace will be available for anyone who wants to meet and create while at the ESIP Summer Meeting. 

Groups can reserve part of the hackerspace by contacting Annie Burgess ([email protected]) prior to, or during, the meeting. Check availability here.  If your group reserves the space, please know you’ll get part of the space as we’d like to keep the rest open for those who get an itch to do some on-the-fly hacking, i.e. this isn't intended to be a private meeting space.  

This space is not limited to hacking on code... concepts, collaborations, and even a Wiki Cleanup are all fair game!  

Important Dates

  • April 27, Call for Sessions deadline
  • Early May, Agenda shared 
  • May 8, Registration Open
  • June 15, Last day for registration refund 
  • June 15, Early bird registration ends and room block rates close
  • July 14-17, ESIP Meeting

Remote Details & Follow us online!

We’re excited to have so many virtual attendees and encourage you to participate in the meeting as much as possible. Below are a few ways to do so.

Twitter Hashtag#ESIPFed
WebEx Remote Meeting Info (all session room names in the Commons also have session-specific remote info)
Facebook ESIP Page for pics


Q: Are meals included in the registration?
A: Breakfast, lunch, and break snacks are included.
Q: The lodging rate at the conference center for the ESIP Summer meeting is more than the GSA rate for Monterrey - $166. Will this cause problems?
A: Here’s what will appear on the individual folio per night for the single occupancy:
  • Room Rate: $157.00 Occupancy
  • Tax: $15.70
  • Facility Fee: $10.00
  • Meals: $15.14
  • Service Fee (20%): $9.58
  • Sales Tax (8.5%): $4.89
  • Tourism Assessment Fee: $2.00
  • Total: $214.31
Q: When is check-in/out?
A: Check-in at Asilomar is at 4pm on Monday, July 13th. Check-out is at lunch on Friday, July 17th.
Q: Are there other lodging options near the meeting location?
A: Asilomar said two properties are just outside the main entrance: Deer Haven Inn (831-373-7784) and Pacific Gardens Inn (831-646-9414)