The Environmental Information Revolution - A Forum

Climate change has spurred an unprecedented demand for information about our changing planet. Decision makers need timely, accurate, scientifically sound and relevant information. IUCN CEC Chair Keith Wheeler will moderate one of several high-powered panels on this issue at a Washington D.C. forum on July 30, 2009. Panel topics include private sector opportunity; Earth Observations and how to deliver information about carbon and oceans;  managing risk and guiding climate change adaptation; and financing the environmental information revolution.

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EVENT: Forum on Earth Observations III: The Environmental Information Revolution
July 30, 2009 - Washington D.C., USA

Insurance executives, renewable energy experts, governors - they all have unique information needs. How will climate change impact the US agricultural sector? When and how will we see climate change's impact on our transportation infrastructure? When and where will sea level rise occur? How will we deliver information on climate and other global changes to a rapidly changing marketplace? How can today's information providers respond to this diverse set of users with varying knowledge of the environment, science, and technology?

The forum will bring together leading entrepreneurs and innovators to examine these compelling issues. More than 200 private sector and public sector participants are expected. Target audiences include the information technology, aerospace, oceans industry, geospatial energy, climate, and science communication sectors.

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The Private Sector's Opportunity-The Globally Integrated Enterprise
Two business giants discuss the emerging opportunity to respond to the need for environmental information. Moderator: Andrew Winston, Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies; co-author Green to Gold; Author, Green Recovery


  • Jack Dangermond, President and Founder, ESRI
  • Richard Lechner, Vice President for Energy and Environment, IBM 

From Sensors to Sensible Solutions
Leading US Earth observation experts from the public and private sector address key questions regarding carbon monitoring, oceans observations, strengthening the Earth observations value chain and delivering information products to an ever-growing and more diverse user community. Moderator: Keith Wheeler, Chairman and CEO, ZedX, Inc.; Chairman, IUCN Commission on Education and Communication


  • Robert Gagosian, President and CEO, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
  • Berrien Moore III, Executive Director, Climate Central
  • David Skole, Professor of Forestry, Michigan State University; Director,; Member, Offsets Committee and Chair Technical Committee on Agroforestry, Chicago Climate Exchange
  • W. M. (Marty) Strauss, Ph. D., Vice President, Food Policy, The Monsanto Company
  • William F. (Bill) Tyndall, Senior Vice President - Federal Government and Regulatory Affairs, Duke Energy 

The Balancing Act: Managing Risk and Guiding Adaptation
A Roundtable of industry, government, Academic, and NGO leaders discuss strengthening the environmental information value chain. Moderator: Lon Rains, Sector Director, Strategic Communications, Northrop Grumman


  • Sherri Goodman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Center for Naval Analyses
  • Thomas D. Peterson, President and CEO, Center for Climate Strategies 

Financing the Environmental Information Revolution
This session will include leading entrepreneurs to discuss emerging opportunities to develop environmental information sector. Moderator: Nancy Colleton, President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies


  • Dan Berkenstock, Ph.D. Candidate, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University; CEO, Skybox Imaging, Inc.
  • Sally Ericsson, Associate Director for Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
  • Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Vice President, Polar Programs, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)
  • Robert Mitrevski, Vice President, Commercial Space Systems, ITT Corp. Space System Division
  • Lindene Patton, Chief Climate Product Officer, Zurich Financial Services 

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Or contact Dan Stillman by email at [email protected]

The event is hosted by The Alliance for Earth Observation and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies.

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