National Forum on Earth Observation from Space

Introduction

The National Forum on Earth Observation (EO) from Space will be held from - at the Canadian Space Agency's John H. Chapman Space Centre, in Saint-Hubert, Quebec.

This event will bring together Canadian space stakeholders from industry, academia and government who will take stock of current EO undertakings and achievements by the community and jointly articulate a forward-looking national vision for space-based EO in Canada.

In preparation for the forum, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is undertaking a number of consultations with the stakeholder community via short questionnaires. The results will be presented, discussed and debated during the Forum.

At a glance

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What Who Where
Consultations and development of a joint forward-looking vision for space-based EO in Canada Representatives from academia, industry and government involved in EO (by invitation only) 6767 Route de l'Aéroport
Saint-Hubert
, Quebec J3Y 8Y9
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Workshop sessions

Space data infrastructure, exploitation and services

Given the rapid evolution of the space sector, information technology and Big Data analysis, how can the CSA help the community access and make use of the unprecedented quantity of high quality EO data and information, including upcoming RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) data?

Canadian participation in Copernicus

Led by the European Commission, with the assistance of the European Space Agency (ESA) and many partners, the Copernicus program seeks to provide data and services to a large number of users in the public sector, in academia and in the private sector. Discussions and exchanges at the forum will help define Canada's interest in Copernicus, the largest EO program in the world, both in terms of capabilities of the program that Canadian organizations would be most interested in as well as Canadian technology and know-how that could contribute to the diversity and quality of services provided by Copernicus.

In order to better understand the scope and importance of Copernicus and to identify the capabilities that your organization would be most interested in, please refer to the material below, which was produced by the European Commission.

  1. What is Copernicus?
  2. Thematic videos
  3. Copernicus for Entrepreneurs
  4. Access to Data

Canadian participation in the implementation of the US - Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space

The United States released Thriving on Our Changing Planet A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space, a report outlining the country's science priorities in EO for the next decade. How do these priorities align with Canada's and what are the opportunities for collaboration?

If you want to learn more, watch the webcast of the report release event hosted by the study co-chairs and their slides where they describe the decadal survey process and identify key science priorities and measurements for Earth observations in the next decade.

Re-tooling of the applications development activity

With a substantive amount of EO data now available and the emergence of new space technologies, the CSA is currently reviewing its space-based data application development activities. We will be seeking views on how to improve its program and to foster an enhanced collaborative approach to support the space-based EO community and the downstream sector.

In order to contribute to this consultation, as prospective stakeholder, you are invited to complete the short online survey.

Should you already be an engaged stakeholder or if you would like to significantly contribute to the design of the renewed and modernized Applications Development Activity, you are invited to contribute to a discussion paper and complete the online long version survey. The Challenge Dialogue Paper (PDF, 1.43 MB) will provide added context on the renewal and modernization of the Applications Development Activity.

Post RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) data needs

With the launch of the RCM this year, it is now time to map out future solutions and ways to ensure continuity and sustainability of strategic EO applications to Canadians. The Canadian Government has initiated work to identify needs and requirements (PDF, 1.41 MB) that could be answered using synthetic aperture radar technology or by other means and technologies. The next step is to offer stakeholders a voice in reviewing and assessing the needs collected to date, solicit opportunities and solutions responding to those needs and solicit perspective on key issues such as commercialisation and role of government. Highlights of this consultation will be presented and discussed at the Forum.

Preliminary program

Day 1
Plenary
Day 2
Unlocking the potential of EO data for Canadians
Day 3
Canadian participation in major international programs
8:00 Registration Registration Registration
9:00 Welcome and Introduction Welcome and Introduction Welcome and Introduction
9:15

Keynote speaker:
Dr. Trevor Dhu
Acting Branch Head, Geoscience Australia's National Earth and Marine Observations Branch, and Program Director, Digital Earth Australia Program

Title: How Australia was able to make the case for Digital Earth Australia (DEA)?Table note 1

Data Infrastructure, exploitation and services Canadian participation in Copernicus (part 1)
10:30 Networking break Networking break Networking break
10:45

Partnerships

Voice to our partners and stakeholders

Data Infrastructure, exploitation and services Canadian participation in Copernicus (part 2)
11:30 Retooling of the Applications Development Activity (part 1)
12:30 Lunch (non hosted) Lunch (non hosted) Lunch (non hosted)
13:30 Panel: the Business Case on data infrastructure (part 1) Retooling of the Applications Development Activity (part 2) Canadian participation in US 2017-2027 Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space (Part 1)
15:00 Networking break Networking break Networking break
15:30 Panel: the Business Case on data infrastructure (part 2) Post RCM data needs Canadian participation in US 2017-2027 Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space (Part 2)
17:30 Networking Cocktail Adjourn Adjourn

Questions?

Should you have any questions, please contact us at asc.forumnationalobservationterre-nationalforumearthobservation.csa@canada.ca.

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