Disasters Pilot

Disasters Resilience Pilot 2019 Demonstration Event

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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Disasters Resilience Pilot 2019

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Organized by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the Pilot is sponsored by US Geological Survey. The OGC Disasters Resilience Pilot 2019 focuses on the demonstration of the usefulness of standards and SDI architecture within the Disaster community. This Pilot builds on previous work that was executed as the Disasters Interoperability Concept Development Study (CDS) and is documented in the OGC Development of Disaster Spatial Data Infrastructures for Disaster Resilience.

This OGC initiative has active involvement by several OGC member organizations.

Goals of this pilot include:

  • To articulate the value of interoperability and to demonstrate the benefits of standards through pilot(s) and demonstrations.

  • Improve disaster planning and response capability

  • Develop Cookbook / User guides and demonstrations to support developers, analyst and other disasters stakeholders.

 The Disasters Resilience Pilot will be delivering User Guides (Cookbooks) and video on accessing and integrating geospatial information from different sources and giving the …

Right Info to Right Person at Right Time

In addition, this pilot will demonstrate how data standards help stakeholders and decision makers gain new and beneficial perspectives into social, economic, and environmental issues related to disasters.

The multiple User Guides will focus on specific users and disaster scenarios. These scenarios may be an individual disaster or a cascading series as shown below.

Cascading Disaster Types

Current Schedule

Date Event
02 April 2019   
Release of Call for Participation (CFP)
14 June 2019  Kick-off meeting 
06 Sept 2019 Draft Demo and User Guides
9 – 12 Sept 2019 TC Demonstration videos, Banff, CAN
18 September  Demonstration event at USGS, Reston, VA
30 Sept 2019  All final Guides due, official end of project   
15 October 2019 Participants' summary reports due
4-9 Nov. 2019 Presentation at GEO Week 2019

Results will also be presented at International Society for Digital Earth, American Geophysical Union


OGC Invites you to Participate in its combined Disasters Resilience 2019 & GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot

The Call for Participation was issued April 2, 2019. If there are any questions, please don't hesitate to contact techdesk [at] opengeospatial.org 

The OGC Disaster Pilot will focus on the demonstration of the usefulness of standards and SDI architecture within the Disaster community. This Pilot builds on previous work that was executed as the Disasters Interoperability Concept Development Study (CDS) and is documented in the OGC Development of Disaster Spatial Data Infrastructures for Disaster Resilience

The initiative is further supporting GEOSS, the Global Earth Observation System of Systems. GEOSS provides comprehensive, coordinated and sustained observations of the Earth system in order to improve monitoring of the state of the Earth. It increases understanding of Earth processes and enhances prediction of the behavior of the Earth system. The GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP) develops and deploys new process and infrastructure components for the broader GEOSS architecture. OGC leads the AIP using the OGC Innovation Program for over a decade. 

The Pilot will bring data and infrastructure experts together to exercise specific scenarios. Focus is on disaster resilience, exercised together with additional scenarios that have similar interoperability challenges. Examples are energy assessments, ecological, or public health scenarios. Within four months, specific aspects such as the integration of remotely sensed data, derived products such as e.g. shorelines, survey data and derived products such as digital elevation models (DEMs), model and forecasting data, and in-situ data shall be demonstrated for selected use cases. The goal is to develop best practices that help domain members to enhance current systems and system setups, to better understand how data can be shared and integrated more efficiently, and to provide a platform to exchange know-how around Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs). All scenarios will be demonstrated at a final event at USGS headquarters, Reston, VA in September 2019. All activities shall show results in two main outcomes: 

1. User guides that help enhancing existing data infrastructures and components, to better understand interoperability challenges, and solutions that increase the value of data and data infrastructures in the context of disaster resilience 

2. Demonstrations of implemented scenarios that serve as blueprints for future activities and demonstrate the potential of modern Spatial Data Infrastructures


02 April 2019 Release of Call for Participation (CFP) 

07 May 2019 Proposals due 

07 June 2019 Participant selection and agreements 

14 June 2019 Virtual Kick-off meeting (Go-To-Meeting) 

06 September 2019 Demonstrations and Engineering Reports due 

18 September 2019 Demonstration event at USGS, Reston, VA 

20 September 2019 All final Engineering Reports due, official end of project (updated from CFP)

15 October 2019 Participants' summary reports due.

CFP Clarifications Table


Scenario "B 2.2.2 In-Situ for Floods forecasting system": The water information expected to be accessible via an API by the pilot is clarified as follows –

1 - Discharge data: (Flux volume/s)

Minimum requirements: recent or past raw data or in near real time 

Preferred requirements: same data as minimum but quality checked

If available: 4 years of history ( can be different locations) would be appreciated. 

Backup: In case only river level (height) data are available and discharge data are not, the data should be completed by profiles of river level (height) if possible.

Having both discharge and river level data available could be interesting.  

2 - Static Data

The lat long attached to the data in the above should be as precise as possible. Also, the upstream catchment outline should be provided when possible. In case the upstream area is not available, the precision of the lat long will be critical.

Formats: Please try to use standards when possible: WaterML, SOS, etc...

If you are interested in sponsoring this initiative, contact Terry Idol (tidol [at] opengeospatial.org).