EVENT: National Plan for Civil Earth Observations


Thursday, September 4th, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, 6th Floor Boardroom

In July 2014, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO) released the National Plan for Civil Earth Observations. Developed from the results of the first-ever assessment of the Federal civil earth observation enterprise, the Plan provides strategic guidance for a balanced portfolio approach to managing civil earth observations to fulfill agency mandates, achieve national objectives, and help inform Federal investments in civil earth observations. This briefing will highlight the key components of the National Plan, outline its impacts across Federal agencies involved in earth observations, and review associated efforts to enable interagency coordination.


  • Lea Shanley, Director, Commons Lab, Woodrow Wilson Center



Peter Colohan is the Assistant Director for Environmental Information in the Environment and Energy Division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where he has served since 2010.  Peter’s technical work at OSTP focuses on Federal budgeting and international cooperation for capital infrastructure in Earth observation satellites, airborne, terrestrial and marine platforms and their associated data management approaches and architectures. He serves as the White House chair of the United States Group on Earth Observations (USGEO), a subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council.  He also facilitates the Climate Data and Tools Working Group of the Climate Resilience and Preparedness Council, and chairs a steering group on water science and technology initiatives under the Committee on Environment Natural Resources and Sustainability (CENRS).

From 2002 to 2010, Peter served the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as an advisor and program manager in strategic planning and international coordination of Earth observations and environmental monitoring.  During this time, he facilitated the establishment of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), an intergovernmental body involving over 90 governments, five United Nations agencies, and more than 50 international organizations.

Peter holds degrees from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and American University’s School of International Service.


Timothy Stryker is Director of the U.S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO) Program, which supports the cabinet-level National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) under the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Working with the USGEO Subcommittee of the NSTC’s Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability, the Program supports coordination of civil Earth observation activities, including systems assessments and data management initiatives, among multiple Federal agencies and their international partners.

Mr. Stryker’s previous positions include Chief of Policy, Plans, and Analysis for the Land Remote Sensing Program of the U.S. Geological Survey; Executive Officer of the international Committee on Earth Observation Satellites; and, Deputy Director of the Office of Policy at the National Reconnaissance Office.  He has also served in assignments at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Office of Management and Budget, the Federal Communications Commission, and the U.S. Information Agency.

A former Presidential Management Fellow, Mr. Stryker earned his Master’s Degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and his Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Michigan.

WHEN: Thursday, September 4th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

WHERE: 6th Floor Boardroom

The Wilson Center
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC
Directions: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/directions

This event is free and open to the public. Please allow time on arrival at the building for routine security procedures. A photo ID is required.

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