Linking USDA-LTAR with ESIP, in the framework of the new Climate Data Initiative


Identify linkages between USDA LTAR and ESIP that would be of mutual interest and benefit.

Explore these linkages in the context of the USDA Regional Climate Hubs and Climate Data Initiative, both recently announced by the White House.


Mark Walbridge, USDA ARS LTAR - "The Long-Term Agro-ecosystem Research (LTAR) Network: Current Status and Future Trends"

Justin Derner,  USDA ARS Rangeland Resources Research Unit - "USDA Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub: The first 6 months"

Bill Teng, GES DISC - GPM products and services

Barry Weiss, JPL - SMAP products and services

Barry Weiss, JPL - OCO-2 products and services

General discussion



Bill Teng

Intro: Bill Teng

Mark Walbridge (See attached pdf.)

Top 100 questions of importance to future of global agriculture

need to optimize agriculture in a way that is responsive to a lot of needs

need transformative change to agriculture

part of USDA Research, Education, and Extension Action Plan 2012

How will LTAR address stated needs

Four priority areas of concerns

                agro-ecosystem productivity

                climate variability and change

                conservation and environmental quality


linkage diagram

LTAR network, 18 sites

Highlights of each site and review of goals

Annual $10M of funding

Workshop products

Next steps:

pair new and existing LTAR sites for sharing of information and resources

cross-site denitrification research

design the observatory components of LTAR

-neon compatible infrastructure (i.e. sensors)

-linked across LTAR sites and the Forest Service's Smart Forests network, accessible via the web

review of the 4 key products to be produced over the next two years:

designing a "cross annual meeting in -site sustainability experiment"

implement GRACEnet across all LTAR sites within the next two years

Sponsor a symposium at the AGU in San Francisco

Satellite data and LTAR

-NASA, ongoing ARS/NASA interactions and with NOAA

-evaporative stess index work

Data archiving and management is a big deal

ARS developing big data initiative


Justin Derner (See attached pdf.)

USDA Climate Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitgation to Climate Change

Key role: Assist producers with climate trends


-science based knowledge and practical information to enhance decision making to reduce risk, and increase resilience of the lands

Conceptual framework of hubs....

Hubs Provide:

-technical support

-look at assessments/forecasts

-outreach/education (through extension)

What's coming?

--regional websites coming

--regional vulnerability assessments

--enhanced coordination/collaboration of existing resources



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GPM, OCO-2, and SMAP (Bill Teng and Bary Weiss at JPL) (See attached pdfs.)


-timeline (launched 27feb14

-lots of details

OCO-2 The Orbiting Carbon Observatory Mission

-went up last week

-lots of details


-going up in the fall

-lots of details















Linking USDA-LTAR with ESIP, in the framework of the new Climate Data Initiative; Summer Meeting 2014. ESIP Commons , March 2014