Presentation Titled Promoting “The Value Of Water Cycle Remote Sensing Missions And Climate Studies To Non-Traditional Consumers” By Faisal Hossain

I want to alert you to an excellent powerpoint slide presentation by Faisal Hossain of Tennessee Technological University titled

Promoting the Value of Water Cycle Remote Sensing Missions and Climate Studies to Non-Traditional Consumers

The talk was presented on March 12 2012 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

As written in the seminar announcement

Dr. Faisal Hossain is an Associate Professor in the Civil Engineering Department of Tennessee Technological University. He holds a B.S in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, an M.S. from the National University of Singapore and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. His research interests lie in the field of water resources, remote sensing and education. He received a NASA New Investigator Program Award in 2008 and an American Society of Engineering Education Outstanding New Faculty Research Award in 2009. Currently, he is leading a capacity-building initiative to train staff in developing nations to better harness the potential of satellite remote-sensing missions.

The slides go through these three topics

Societal (Application) Value for Non-traditional Consumers.

Key findings of Recent Application-driven Research

Packaging the Research as a Product for Consumers: Lessons Learned and Way Forward

with a focus on

Water Cycle Remote Sensing: Tactical Scale of Decision Making (Transboundary Flood Management)

Climate Studies: Strategic Scale of Decision Making (Design and Operations of Large Dams)

With respect to water cycle remote sensing he writes that the consumer he is considering is the public community (transboundary flood management) who have time scales of decision making of days to weeks. For climate studies he is considering the engineering community in terms of the design and operation of large dams in which the time scale for decision making is years to decades.

His recommendations for a way forward on these issues are:

  • More Hands-on Education Effort involving (active learning) of consumers (stakeholders)
  • Co-design of Research Experiments with input from consumers.
  • Working with Philanthropic Institutions: Broaden the value of water cycle satellites (beyond water – health, food, poverty) to increase appeal to non traditional consumers. Is it possible to make massive amounts of satellite water data freely accessible on a daily basis to people around the world (much like Google Earth –intuitive design)?
  • Search Engine Optimization – Simple Issue involving social science (but can reach out to millions of web users)

I recommend viewing the entire talk as it fits with our bottom-up, resource-based focus that we discuss in our paper

Pielke Sr., R.A., R. Wilby, D. Niyogi, F. Hossain, K. Dairuku, J. Adegoke, G. Kallos, T. Seastedt, and K. Suding, 2012: Dealing  with complexity and extreme events using a bottom-up, resource-based  vulnerability perspective. AGU Monograph on Complexity and  Extreme Events in Geosciences, in press.

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