Integrated Observations Interagency Working Group
The Integrated Observations Interagency Working Group (ObsIWG) facilitates the exchange and coordination of observations capabilities and observation technique-related research relevant to climate and
global change within USGCRP’s member agencies. The ObsIWG provides a forum for discussion, coordination, and implementation of integrated observational and monitoring capabilities for climate and related global change. ObsIWG serves as a resource on observational activities and progress for USGCRP and member agency activities and coordinates with other relevant interagency organizations related to observations and data.
The scope of the ObsIWG includes the comprehensive observational system needed to meet climate science research and monitoring requirements, and includes satellite-based observations and in situ observations (airborne, ground-based, and ocean-based, and including systematic human observations) in the terrestrial, oceanic, and atmospheric domains.
Coordination strategies developed are relative to the comprehensive climate observational system, not only to those portions covered by the USGCRP budget, and reflect external coordination with international organizations and partners.
- In collaboration with the
Carbon CycleIWG, informed the “Carbon Cycle Observing Strategy” workshop
- Development of possible collaboration with the Interagency Group on Integrative Modeling surrounding Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSEs)
- Participation in the scoping team for the Global Change Information Group
- Participation in observational activities including the U.S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO) Earth Observation Assessment
- Compendium of observational activities spanning FY18-19
- A Town Hall session at the 2017 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union provided a brief introduction to USGCRP and the ObsIWG, and presented updates on several interagency coordinated observational activities occurring across different areas and at different scales. The goal was to give the community an opportunity to engage with members of the ObsIWG about how agencies can better coordinate observational efforts. See the presentations here.
- Annual compendium of observational activities published in USGCRP’s annual Our Changing Planet report in FY15, FY16, and FY17
- Compendium of methane-related observational activities (FY16)