KECK INSTITUTE FOR SPACE STUDIES

       

California as Seen from Space: Delivering Actionable Science

September 14, 2009

California Institute of Technology - Pasadena, CA 91125


Introduction

Once famously described as the final frontier, space is becoming a key vantage point for managing precious resources, protecting fragile environments, and supporting emergency response and preparedness here on Earth.  The view from space provides both the global context of changes on Earth and the local and regional impacts of those changes. 

However, transforming space-based observations to scientific information that is accessible and useful to decision-makers remains a tremendous challenge.  Many decision-makers are not aware of the full capabilities of current space-based instruments.  Moreover, much of the information derived from space-based observations is buried in data archives and only accessed by technical experts for select research topics. 

With the rapid evolution of information technology and the increasing emphasis on translating science data for the benefit of society, the prospects for applying space-based data to California’s day-to-day and long-term strategic challenges have never been higher.

Objective

This one day symposium was designed to bring together specialists in space-based Earth observations/information with technical leaders of state and local agencies, non-governmental environmental groups and commercial resource and environmental companies to address the promise and impediments in translating science observations to useful information and effectively getting that information into the hands of decision-makers.


  • Kim Aaron, JPL
  • Lynn Abelson, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • Norman Ackerman, Rivers and Mountains Conservancy
  • Jess F. Adkins, Caltech
  • Arzhang Alimoradi, USC
  • Jennifer A. Anderson, City of Dana Point
  • Tanya Atwater, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Francois Ayoub, Caltech
  • Esther Azal, Office of Congressman Howard Berman
  • Gerald W. Bawden, US Geological Survey
  • Subhasis Biswas, California Air Resources Board
  • Ron G. Blom, JPL
  • Mayor Bill Bogaard, City of Pasadena
  • Stacey W. Boland, JPL
  • Bradley Boman, City of Pasadena Water and Power
  • La Ronda Bowen-Fruin, California Air Resources Board
  • Rafael L. Bras, UC Irvine
  • Eric Breckheimer, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Alan Buis, JPL
  • Janet W. Campbell, University of New Hampshire
  • Colin Campbell, Calif. State University Los Angeles
  • Carol Carmichael, Caltech
  • Mous T. Chahine, JPL
  • Jean-Lou Chameau, Caltech
  • Sulekha Chattopadhyay, Air Resources Board
  • Ajay K. Chaudhary, USC
  • John X. Chen, LADWP
  • Wei-Ting Chen, JPL/Caltech
  • Jianjun Chen, California Air Resources Board
  • Cali Cohen, UCLA
  • Stuart A. Cooley, City of Santa Monica
  • Tom Cwik, JPL
  • Hall Daily, California Institute of Technology
  • Liz M. Delgado, Office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein 
  • Dave J. Diner, JPL
  • Andrea Donnellan, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Allis Druffel, California Interfaith Power and Light
  • Charles Elachi, JPL / Caltech
  • Diane L. Evans, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Jay S. Famiglietti, University of California, Irvine
  • Tom G. Farr, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Jerome Fenoglio, Le Monde Newspaper - France
  • Robert Ferraro, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Tony Freeman, JPL
  • Randy Friedl, JPL
  • Scott Fruin, USC
  • Bill B. Gail, Microsoft
  • Michael J. Garay, Raytheon
  • Jackie G. Gish, Northrop Grumman
  • Deborah Glaser, LASGR Watershed Council
  • Russel D. Grace, Calif. Air Resources Board
  • Jim Graf, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Kass O. Green, Kass Green & Associates
  • Emily Greene, Raytheon Company
  • Michael R. Gunson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Tahra Goraya, Office of Senator Carol Liu
  • Ruth G. Gyllenhammer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Jeffrey R. Hall, JPL
  • Benjamin L. Hancock, Calif. State Air Resources Board
  • Ray M. Haynes, Northrop Grumman Corp
  • Jeffrey Hilland, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Julianne Hines, Office of Assemblyman Anthony Portantino
  • Steve Hipskind, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Yvonne Hsu, Office of Congressman Adam Schiff
  • Kevin Hussey, JPL
  • Jason J. Hyon, JPL
  • Eastwood Im, JPL
  • Sridhar Jagannathn, Pasadena City College
  • Amber H. Jenkins, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Jianjun Jin, California Institute Technology
  • Kenneth R. Johnson, JPL
  • Lawrie Jordan, ESRI
  • Michele Judd, Keck Institute for Space Studies
  • Menas Kafatos, Chapman University
  • Said A. Kaki, JPL
  • Jack Kaye, NASA HQ
  • Michael J. Kearney, University of Surrey
  • Michael Lamb, Caltech
  • Gary Lau, JPL
  • Sebastien Leprince, Caltech
  • Carol Liu, California State Senator
  • Elis Lu, Sing Tao Newspapers, Los Angeles Ltd. 
  • Sami Maalouf, UCLA / JPL
  • Molly K. Macauley, Resources for the Future
  • Jim Margitan, JPL
  • Steve A. Margulis, UCLA
  • Claire Marie-Peterson, JPL
  • Lyn McAfee, Nature Reserve of Orange County
  • Eileen McCauley, Air Resources Board
  • Dan J. McCleese, Jet Propulsions Laboratory
  • Brian McClendon, Google
  • Toni H. Miguel, California Environmental Protection Agency
  • Sharita Moon, Office of Representative Diane Watson
  • Gabriel M. Monares, San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority
  • Berrien Moore III, Climate Central
  • Jeff Newman, Calif. Business, Transp. & Housing Agency
  • Mary D. Nichols, California Air Resources Board
  • Eni G. Njoku, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Charles D. Norton, JPL
  • Bogdan V. Oaida, JPL
  • Susan E. Owen, JPL
  • Fabien Paulot, Caltech
  • Kala Perkins, American Jewish University
  • Alen Pijuan, City of Los Angeles
  • Erika Podest, JPL
  • Harut Pogosyan, Senator Carol Liu's District Office
  • Anthony Portantino, 44th District Assemblymember
  • Henry Poon, HBCI
  • Tom Prince, Keck Institute for Space Studies
  • Vickie L. Rausch, Antelope Valley Air Quality Managment District
  • Patty Rhee, JPL
  • Philip J. Riggan, USDA Forest Service
  • Bill Robertson, California Air Resources Board
  • Stan P. Sander, JPL/Caltech
  • Satya B. Sardar, California Air Resources Board
  • Rebecca Schaffner, Southern California Coastal Water Project
  • Ursula Schmidt, City of Pasadena
  • Mark Simons, Caltech
  • Maria E. Sklar, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Cameron Smyth, 38th District Assemblymember
  • Soroosh Sorooshian, University of California, Irvine
  • Glen Speckert, SpeckTech Inc.
  • Gary D. Spiers, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Margaret Srinivasan, JPL
  • Robert Rhoads Stephenson, Motor Vehicle Fire Research Institute
  • Gordon Stewart
  • John E. Tangenberg, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter
  • Baijun Tian, JPL 
  • Pierre Trefouret , CNES-France
  • Kevin P. Tu, UC Berkeley
  • Joe J. Turk, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Craig I. Underwood, University of Surrey
  • Susan L. Ustin, University of California Davis
  • Duane E. Waliser, JPL/Caltech
  • Amy L. Walton, NASA-ESTO
  • Paul Wennberg, Caltech
  • Mike W. Werner, JPL/Caltech
  • Dean V. Wiberg, JPL
  • Don L. Wilcox, California State Senate
  • Cheryl Wold, Wold and Associates
  • Simon P. Worden, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Jindong Wu, California State University, Fullerton
  • Feiqin Xie, JPL/Caltech
  • Herman Yuen, Haagen-Smit Laboratory
  • Yuk L. Yung, Caltech
  • Cinzia Zuffada, JPL