Event

Using volunteer observer networks to monitor precipitation and wildfires

Meeting to assess the feasibility of establishing and expanding the CoCoRaHs network and other citizen science observers networks to complement national and subnational observational capacities.

Where:

Crowne Plaza Hotel de México – Salón Holiday 3, Dakota 95, Nápoles, Benito Juárez, Mexico City
Mexico

When:

25 and 26 September, 2019

Participation:

Private

Contact:

Orlando Cabrera-Rivera
Environmental Quality, Head of Unit
(514) 350-4323

Agenda

DAY 1 (Wednesday)

The goal of the project, Using volunteer observer networks to monitor precipitation and wildfires, is to assess information needs and gaps relative to precipitation and wildfires and the feasibility of expanding citizen science and volunteer observation networks across North America, to complement national and sub-national capacities to prepare for and respond to extreme events. The specific objectives of the present meeting, which has been organized in support of this project, are:

  • To discuss the expansion of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow, (CoCoRaHS) network in North America; and
  • To assess the feasibility of establishing or expanding other networks across the region.
8:45

Registration

9:00

Session 1: Welcome and Introductions; Objectives of the Meeting

  • Orlando Cabrera, Head, Environmental Quality Unit, Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)
  • Jorge Zavala Hidalgo, General Coordinator, National Meteorological Service (Servicio Meteorológico Nacional)
9:30

Session 2: Monitoring and prediction of precipitation and wildfires in Mexico:

Capacities, gaps, and needs

Fabián Vázquez Romaña
Observation and Telematics Networks,
National Meteorological Service (Servicio Meteorológico Nacional, SMN)
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Telma Castro Romero and Michel Grutter de la Mora
Atmospheric Sciences Center (Cientro de Ciencias de la Atmósfera),
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Red Universitaria de Observatorios Atmosféricos (RUOA)
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César Alberto Robles Gutiérrez
Associate Manager, National Fire Management Center (Centro Nacional de Manejo del Fuego),
National Forest Comission (Comisión Nacional Forestal, Conafor)
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11:00

Break

11:15

Session 3: CoCoRaHS and the added value of a North American network

Henry Reges, National Coordinator; Steve Hilberg, Project Manager; and Matt Spies, Volunteer Coordinator, CoCoRaHS United States
CoCoRaHS overview: Structure, volunteer engagement, coordination, quality control, data/technical needs, and relationships with other networks
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Rick Fleetwood
Manager, Atlantic Climate Centre,
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) Experience and lessons learned: Canada
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Odalys Martínez
CoCoRaHS Puerto Rico
Experience and lessons learned: Puerto Ricoo,
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13:00

Lunch

14:00

Session 4: Benefits of collaborating with the CoCoRaHS network

Chris Fiebrich
Executive Director,
Oklahoma Mesonet
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Sarah Ingram
Tribal Capacity and Training Program,
Local Environmental Observers (LEO) Network
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15:15

Break

15:30

Session 5: Feasibility of expanding the CoCoRaHS network: Factors to consider

Henry Reges
CoCoRaHS United States
CoCoRaHS as a Model: Considerations for a successful volunteer network
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Is this the right model? Next steps? – Group discussion

DAY 2 (Thursday)

8:45

Registration

9:00

Session 1: Re-cap of Day 1 – Key messages and lessons learned

  • Orlando Cabrera, CEC
9:15

Session 2: Availability and communication of air quality and smoke data and information to protect public health

  • Introductory comments –Annette Guiseppi-Elie, Associate Director for Exposure Science, National Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
9:30

Session 3: Availability and communication of air quality and smoke data and information to protect public health: Mexican and Canadian perspectives

Ramiro Barrios Castrejon
Director, Air Quality Management for Metropolitan Zones,
Environment Commission of the Megalopolis (Comisión Ambiental de la Megalópolis, CAMe)
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Luis Gerardo Ruiz Suarez
General Coordinator, Pollution and Environmental Health Division
National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (Instituto Nacional de Ecología y Cambio Climático, INECC)

11:00

Break

11:15

Session 3 (cont’d): Availability and communication of air quality and smoke data and information to protect public health: Mexican and Canadian perspectives

Sarah Henderson
Senior Scientist, B.C. CDC
British Columbia Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
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11:45

Session 4: Existing tools for communicating air quality, smoke/fire, and public health information 

Olivia Rivera
Directora, SIMAT – Secretaria de Medio Ambiente (SEDEMA),
Ciudad de México AIRE application
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Céline Audette
Senior Policy Analyst, Air Quality & Health Forecast Services, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
Firework Wildfire Smoke Prediction System
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13:00

Lunch

14:00

Session 4 (cont’d): Existing tools for communicating air quality, smoke/fire, and public health information 

Ana Rappold
Principal Investigator, Smoke Sense, U.S. EPA
Smoke Sense project: Overview and findings
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14:30

Session 5: Perspectives of volunteer observation networks in North America

Evaristo Rojas
Director, Data Sciences, and Ana Marichal, GECI, Mexico
Island Ecology and Conservation Group (Grupo de Ecología y Conservación de Islas, GECI)
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Sarah Ingram
Tribal Capacity and Training Program, LEO Network
Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network, United States
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15:15

Session 6: Expanding Smoke Sense and other tools or networks: Factors to consider

Sarah Julien
CEC Communications Coordinator
Communications perspective
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Ana Rappold
EPA
Smoke Sense project: Next steps

16:00

Session 7: Opportunities for mutual collaboration across North America; next steps

Group discussion

16:30

Session 8: Closing remarks and meeting adjournment

  • Orlando Cabrera, CEC