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GEO Health Community of Practice Meeting (Side Event at AGU Fall Meeting 2018)

  • Grand Hyatt Washington (Tiber Creek AB Meeting Room) 1000 H Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

The GEO Health Community of Practice (CoP) and American Geophysical Union (AGU) have partnered to hold the GEO Health CoP in-person meeting on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at the AGU Fall Meeting 2018 in Washington, D.C. As a global network of governments, organizations, and observers, this international platform aims to promote interdisciplinary collaborations that use environmental observations to improve health decision-making at the international, regional, country, and district levels. This meeting will provide an opportunity for members of Earth science and public health communities to describe key international projects and updates, enhance professional networks, and discuss priority focus areas that advance GEO and AGU efforts. It will also allow active engagement for the review and commentary of the GEO Health CoP Goals and Work Plan, which support GEO efforts and further development of the GEO CoP as a GEO initiative.  


1. Welcome (15-minute presentation)

  • Update on AGU/GEO Health CoP Partnership and Participant Introductions (John Haynes, NASA; Juli Trtanj, NOAA; Mark Shimamoto, AGU)

2. GEO Updates (20-minute presentation)

  • Update on the GEO Secretariat, GEO Week 2018 in Kyoto, Japan, and GEO/Amazon Web Services Collaboration on Cloud Credits Program (Doug Cripe, GEO Secretariat representative)

3. Invited Presentation I (20-minute presentation)

  • Update from PAHO (Marcelo Korc, PAHO)

4. Invited Presentations II (10-minute presentations)

  • Sustainable Development Goals and Indicators (Argyro Kavvada, NASA)

  • Global Landscape on Climate, Environment, and Health Science Policy Related to Earth Observations (John Balbus, NIH/NIEHS)

  • Bridging Earth Observations with the “One Health” Community (Juli Trtanj, NOAA; Helena Chapman, NASA)

5. Review and Commentary (2-hour open discussion)

  • Draft GEO Health CoP Goals and Work Plan (Juli Trtanj, NOAA)

  1. Heat: Predict and Prevent Heat-related Risks across Time Scales (Ben Zaitchik, John Hopkins University)

  2. Infectious Disease: Predict and Prevent Environmentally-sensitive Infectious Diseases (Vector-borne, Water-related, Other) (Antar Jutla, West Virginia University)

  3. Air Quality, Wildfires, and Respiratory Health (Tatiana Loboda, University of Maryland, College Park)

  4. Health Care Infrastructure (Andreas Skouloudis, Joint Research Centre, Italy)

  5. Food Security and Safety – Vibrio and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), Mycotoxins, and Subsistence Hunting (TBC)

  6. Cross-cutting Issues: Regional Foci, Vulnerable Populations, Data/Access – Especially Concerning Health, Capacity Building, and Training (TBC)

  7. Integrating EO-based Population and Data Disaggregation Techniques in One Health Tools and Projects (TBC)

6. GEO Project Updates (5-minute presentations)

  • Predictive Assessment of Transmission Conditions of Cholera in the Environment and Human Population using Earth Observations (Antar Jutla, West Virginia University)

  • Myanmar Malaria Early Warning System: Multi-sensor Satellite Data Fusion System for Monitoring Environmental Predictors of Malaria in the Region of Emerging Artemisinin Resistance (Tatiana Loboda, University of Maryland, College Park)

  • Environmental Determinants of Enteric Infectious Disease: A GEO Platform for Analysis and Risk Assessment (Ben Zaitchik, Johns Hopkins University)

  • AquaWatch/Blue Planet (Emily Smail, NOAA)

7. Schedule and Preparation of Upcoming Critical Dates (15-minute open discussion)

  • Facilitated discussion of upcoming meetings and funding opportunities that GEO Health CoP members plan to attend (e.g., Can a GEO Health CoP side meeting or town hall engagement be held at any upcoming meetings to promote GEO?) (John Haynes, NASA)

8. Ongoing Liaison Engagement with Global Health Related Initiatives (15-minute open discussion)

  • Facilitated discussion of global activities and updates of GEO Health CoP members (John Haynes, NASA)