ESSIC and JGRCI host Orbiting Carbon OCO Workshop

On April 3-4, the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) jointly with the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGRCI), hosted the Orbiting Carbon Observatory Applications (OCO) Workshop, attended by over 50 scientists from across the country.

OCO-2 is scheduled for launch in July 2014, with preliminary OCO-2 data products available in spring 2015. The OCO applications workshop identified needs, opportunities, and helped frame potential future activities to further develop and exploit the OCO data sets relevant to societal needs.

The specific workshop objectives were to:

1) Create community awareness of OCO-2/OCO-3 capabilities

2) Solicit statements of stakeholder needs

3) Identify specific applications (or topic areas) to work towards in preparation for OCO-2 and OCO-3 data delivery 

4) Provide input to NASA strategic planning and potential future applied science solicitations