Winter Meeting 2016

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The 2016 ESIP Winter Meeting is January 6-8 in Washington, D.C.


The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP Federation) comes together twice each year to discuss topics around changing technology, data, information and knowledge in support of society. ESIP meetings are interdisciplinary and inclusive. Among the attendees are Earth science data and information technology practitioners; researchers representing a variety of scientific domains that include land, atmosphere, ocean, solid earth, ecology, data and social sciences; science educators; and anyone working in science and technology-related fields who is interested in advancing Earth science information best practices in an open and transparent fashion.

2016 ESIP Meetings Theme: Earth Sciences Big Data

The era of big data in the Earth sciences is upon us. The terabytes of data now collected by Earth observing technologies present unique opportunities and challenges for data storage, management and access technologies. These must be addressed to improve the use of Earth and space science big data and to further our understanding of Earth.

ESIP’s focus in 2016 is Earth sciences big data. This theme was chosen for the biannual ESIP meetings and our virtual collaboration initiatives to facilitate professional development opportunities, increase exposure and promote dialogue among ESIP community members on the many facets of big data and how they pertain to the Earth and space sciences. Among the topics we plan to discuss are:
·      What ‘big data’ means in Earth and space science
·      The volume, variety, veracity and velocity of Earth sciences big data
·      How big data technologies will benefit Earth and space science research
·      How to increase the productivity and effectiveness of scientific data analysis

And any other Earth sciences big data topics of interest to the ESIP community.

Why participate in an ESIP meeting?

ESIP meetings feature plenary talks, breakout sessions, poster presentations, technical workshops and networking opportunities. Through these, attendees address emerging and persistent topics in Earth science data, gain exposure to new technologies and emerging concepts, and meet colleagues from diverse institutions and disciplines. Check out our summary of the 2015 ESIP Summer Meeting to find out more about what happens at an ESIP meeting. 

Ways to participate

  • Submit a meeting session by October 30, 2015
  • Contribute to a session already submitted 
  • Present a poster or demo (submit by December 21)   
  • Register to attend (early bird deadline is December 21)
  • New! Live stream plenary sessions and select events


The registration fee is $515 for members and $650 for 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 21, 2015. To register:


The 2016 Winter ESIP Federation Meeting will be held at the Wardman Park Marriott. The hotel is easily accessible by transportation from Washington National Airport (DCA) and by Metro (Woodley Park/Zoo), see the hotel transportation page for additional details. 


A limited block of rooms is available at the Wardman Park Marriott. Rooms at the Marriott are $179/night (plus tax). Reservations can be booked online here:

The room block is limited with rooms available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cut-off date for reservations is December 15, 2015 or when the room block is full, whichever comes first.

Agenda & Plenary Speakers

The At-A-Glance posted on Google Docs.
For full details on all sessions see the Commons Schedule

Information on plenary session live stream.

Session and Poster Descriptions

January 6, 2016 - The Value of Big Data 

  • Rafael Ameller, Chief Technology Officer, StormCenter 
  • Kerstin Lehnert, Director, Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance (IEDA), Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Patrick Meier, Next Generation Humanitarian Technology and Robotics
  • Gavin Schmidt, Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

January 7, 2016

  • Steve Adler, Chief Data Strategist, IBM


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 2016 Winter Meeting for the event. All poster abstracts must be added by December 21, 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 Annie Burgess ([email protected]).

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

Important Dates

  • January 6-8: ESIP Meeting! 

Follow us online!

Follow the Twitter hashtag #ESIPFed and our @ESIPfed account for meeting updates and activities.

Submitted Breakout Sessions

We are no longer accepting breakout sessions. If you would like to present your work, please contact a session that most closely aligns with your work. An alternative to presenting in a session would be to present a poster or demo during the poster session on the evening of January 6. 

Session Check-In

The “Session Check-In” is a new feature at the 2016 Winter Meeting. The system does two things - it allows you to record your attendance by “checking-in” to a session, and it allows you to see who else is in attendance at any current session. 

A primary function of the check-in system is to help event attendees find others at the event that they may be interested in meeting and interacting with. When people registered for the event they were asked to indicate their interests. Those interests are now displayed in the session check-in system when you click or tap on an attendee’s name. It’s simple: Go to the Check-In page, click List Attendees to see who is in the room, click their name to see where they’re from and what their interests are.

There are two ways to access the check-in system - tap the icon in the mobile event app, or access it directly through any web browser at this address: Bookmark this address in your laptop browser. It is a very handy way to see who is in the room with you, without having to pull your phone out of your pocket to do so.

Note: For privacy purposes, this is an opt-in system. The first time you access the check-in system you will enter your name and email address. Next you will select either “Allow others to locate me at this event” or “Do not allow others to locate me.” If you do not wish to be seen by others, simply choose the 2nd option. If you ever wish to change this setting, simply check out of the event and check back in.

Remote Participation

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.

  • ESIP Connects, our meeting app, allows you to view the schedule, speakers and posters (Search 'ESIP' in the App Store)
  • WebEx has a chat feature, which will enable you to talk amongst yourselves or, more importantly, talk with the session moderator. Please use WebEx chat to send a question to the moderator, who will then relay it to the live group. You can also use chat to make us aware of sound issues, for example, to request that the microphone be moved close to the speaker.
  • Social media users should follow @ESIPfed on Twitter and @Federation-of-Earth-Science-Information-Partners-ESIP on Facebook to keep up with meeting activities and updates. We encourage virtual attendees to share their meeting experience on social media. Tag your posts #ESIPFed; later we’ll gather some of these posts into a Storify to show what happens at an ESIP meeting.

WebEx Details: 

  1. For breakout sessions, refer to the schedule (At-A-Glance Schedule) and identify the room where the session you are interested in is being held. There is a single WebEx session for breakout rooms each morning and afternoon.

  2. Go to:

  3. Click Join next to the meeting name.

  4. Enter your name and email address.

  5. If you are asked for a password, enter the access code given below, with no spaces.

  6. Join the audio portion of the conference meeting with:

    • ​​Your computer: WebEx or VoIP

    • Your phone: Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-877-668-4493 Attendee access code followed by #

For Breakout Room Sessions:

Room                         Access Code

Coolidge:                    77805272
Hoover:                       78278735 
Thurgood Southwest: 23138379

Chat Feature:

If the Chat panel is not visible on the right, below the Participants panel, click the Chat icon in the grey bar. (You may or may not need to expand the Chat panel and/or the Participants again by clicking the arrow next to Chat or Participants)
To send a chat, first indicate who you are sending to, in the Send To drop-down box, then type the message, paste a URL, or do something similar and press Enter.

Let us know if there’s anything we can do to enhance your meeting experience. We want you to feel like the virtual experience is almost as engaging as being at the meeting. Contact Dan Keyes ([email protected]) or Annie Burgess ([email protected]) with any questions or comments.


Please sign-in to the appropriate rooms (individual sessions times listed on the tabs) for sessions you attend: 

Madison A -
Madison B -
McKinley -
Hoover -
Coolidge -
Thurgood Southwest -


Submitted Content: