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9th CCI Collocation 2019

The 9th CCI Collocation Meeting will take place from 26 - 28 March 2019 at St. Hugh's College, Oxford, UK with a meeting of  Science Leaders held in the afternoon of the 25th March. 

Agenda and local details

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Monday 25th March

Preparatory meetings (for Science Leaders and TO's only)

13:30 – 14:00

Registration & Coffee (MTB Hall)


14:00 – 15:30


Science Leaders Meeting (Part 1)

Seminar Room

CCI Technical Officers Meeting (Part 1)

MTB Hall

15.30 - 16.00

Tea & biscuits


16:00 – 17.30


Science Leaders Meeting (Part 2)

Seminar Room

CCI Technical Officers Meeting (Part 2)

MTB Hall


Science Leaders Meeting Agenda

The format and content are entirely for the Science Leaders to decide. The only requests from the Programme are:

  • A summary of the SL meeting to be presented in session 1 of the colocation
  • Lists of ideas for discussion in session 4 (CCI and IPCC) and session 5 (cross-ECV) of the colocation meeting

CCI Technical Officers Meeting Agenda

The meeting will review:

  • successes of the CCI, things that have worked well, or not
  • opportunities to improve cooperation and exploit more synergies
  • how the Programme should evolve in a way that maximises the return for the Agency investments and responds to IPCC/GCOS/COP instances
  • potential future activities beyond CCI

Tuesday 26th March 

Co-location Meeting Day 1

08:30 – 09:30

Registration, placement of posters and coffee

MTB Hall

09:30 – 10:30 

15 min


45 min





Session 1: CCI Programme 

Chair: Pascal Lecomte – Plenary, MTB Hall

Opening of the meeting and introduction:  Maurice Borgeaud, Head of Science, Applications and Climate Department, ESA


CCI Programme Status & PlansPascal Lecomte, Head of ESA Climate Office

  • Programme Status
  • Planning and upcoming activities (LPS2019 in brief: more details on Thursday)
  • Coordination with C3S (in brief: more details on Thursday)
  • GCOS Climate Indicators
  • Objectives of 2019 Co-location
  • Review of the Agenda

10:30 - 11.00

Coffee & biscuits

11:00 –12:30

30 min


30 min


20 min


10 min

Session 1 - continued

The Dos and Don’ts of ESA-P for proper financial management of ESA contracts
Massimo Canese, Head of Project Control & Management Support Office, ESA


Knowledge Exchange ActivitiesPaul Fisher, Ed Pechorro, Stephen Plummer, ESA Climate Office


Issues arising from the Science Leaders’ Meeting Science Leaders’ representatives

Art for Climate: the ESA Climate Office Visiting Artist introduce themselves and their work which will be on display at LPS2019, Shane Sutton


12.30 – 13:30


13:30 – 17:30

ESA-P Support Kiosk Massimo Canese, Head of Project Control & Management Support Office, ESA

Massimo will be available to Projects for a one-to-one discussion of any issues with the ESA-P system

13:30 – 15:15






105 min


Session 2: Theme (ii) ECV Projects

Chair:  Anna Maria Trofaier – Plenary, MTB Hall


(10+5) min presentation per Theme (ii) ECV project


15.15 - 15:45

Tea & biscuits

15:45 – 17:30




105 min




Session 2 (cont.): Theme (ii) ECV Projects

Chair:  Paolo Cipollini – Plenary, MTB Hall


(10+5) min presentation per Theme (ii) ECV project


17:30 - 19.00


Poster Session & Refreshments

Posters from Theme (i) ECV projects (9 ECVs), CMUG, Toolbox & App demos

(posters remain up for the remainder of the meeting)


Wednesday 27st March

Co-location Meeting Day 2

09:00 – 10:30

5 min

20 min

20 min

15 min


20 min


10 min




Session 3:  AI for CCI

Chair: Ed Pechorro – Plenary, MTB Hall


Introduction.Ed Pechorro

AI in ESA f-lab (Keynote). Sveinung Loekken, f-lab, ESA/ESRIN

AI & Climate - Applying State-of-the-Art AI for Good. Simon Jackman, Frontier Development Lab (FDL) and University of Oxford

AI in Fire CCI. Emilio Chuvieco, University of Alcala

AI in Ocean Colour CCI. Carsten Brockmann, Brockmann Consult

AI from Formula One and Financial Services to Climate Change - A Call for Support in Identifying a CCI Data Use CaseGary Connolly, Kx and Stefano Ferretti, ESA/ESRIN






10:30 – 11:00

Coffee & biscuits

11:00 –12:30



90 min

Session 4: GCOS and CCI impacts on IPCC

Chair:  Simon Pinnock – Plenary, MTB Hall


GCOS Update, Stephen Briggs, GCOS Chair

IPCC AR6 and Special Reports:  

  • Report structure, process and schedule: Richard Jones, UK Met Office

Open Discussion:  

  • Starting from points identified by Science Leaders on Monday
  • Identify specific opportunities per project for maximising CCI impact on IPCC Reports 


12.30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00






90 min


Session 5: Cross-ECV Activities and Future Opportunities

Chair: Stephen Plummer – Plenary, MTB Hall


Sign-up for 4 groups on Carbon, Water and Energy/Radiation and on Data Engineering (DEWG) (Lead and rapporteurs)

15.00 - 15:30

Tea & biscuits

15:30 – 17:30


 120 mins

 Session 6a: Data Engineering Working Group (DEWG)

Chair: Ed Pechorro – Seminar Room

Session 6b: Carbon Cycle

Chair: Stephen Plummer

Session 6c: Water Cycle

Chair: Anna Maria Trofaier

Session 6d: Energy/Radiation Budget

Chair: Michael Eisinger


18:00 - 21.00


Dinner in St Hugh’s 



Thursday 28nd March

Co-location Meeting Day 3

09.00 – 10.30



40 min



15 min


15 min


Session 7: Wrap-up

Chair: Pascal Lecomte – Plenary, MTB Hall


Breakout Reports:

  • DEWG
  • Carbon Cycle
  • Water Cycle
  • Radiation/Energy Budget

LPS 19 – Climate Office Activities and CCI contributions (Paul Fisher / Paolo Cipollini)

Discussion of CCI Conference idea – proposed by Science Leaders at last meeting

10.30 – 11.00


11:00 – 12:30



30 min

30 min


30 min


Session 7 (cont.): Wrap-up

Chair: Pascal Lecomte – Plenary, MTB Hall


C3S Status on Essential Climate Variables, Joaquín Muñoz Sabater​ & C3S Beyond 2020, Dick Dee

Discussion: synergy between CCI and C3S

How to handle overlapping documents, how to handle data sets on Portal vs CDS, Acknowledgements, etc.  Bring draft proposal to colocation for discussion/approval.

Wrap up and Conclusions:  Pascal Lecomte (ESA)


End of meeting


Transport and local information


Transport to St Hugh's college

Destination address: St Hugh's College, St Margaret's Rd, Oxford OX2 6LE, UK

Getting to Oxford -->

Getting to St Hugh's college -->

By Train
There are regular links to Oxford from London, Birmingham, Bristol and Southampton. Train times and tickets can be booked via this link --->

Once you have arrived at Oxford train station it is a relatively nice 25 minute walk to St Hugh's along Banbury Road or Woodstock Road.  There is a taxi rank and regular bus service from the station. If taking the bus take the S3 ( from stop R5 takes you right next to St Hugh's (Get off at St Margarets Road West) or  the number 6 and get off at St Margarets Road East ( Other buses are available from the local bus station (Gloucester Green) which is five minutes walk (see 'Local Buses' below)  

By Coach

There is a very good bus link to Oxford from Heathrow and Gatwick airports: This drops you off at Oxford central bus station (Gloucester Green).  If you are arriving from elsewhere, we suggest you check the National Express timetable ( To get to St Hugh's from the Gloucester green bus station,  see 'by Local buses' information below. 

Local buses

Several buses take you past St Hugh's from Oxford train station, the central bus station (Gloucester Green) and city centre.

From the central bus station (Gloucester Green) and city centre --> Take the number 2, 2a or 2b which take you along the A4165 (Banbury Road) and stop right next to the college (Look to get off at St Margarets Road East) timetable and map of where to find the bus stops are here


From Oxford train station take the number 6 ( or S3 ( both of these buses take you along the A4144 (Woodstock road). Get off at the St Margarets Road West.

By Taxi 

Taxi's are available via online booking sites.  London Heathrow is approximately 1 hour,  London City and London Gatwick approximately 1.5 hours. Please note that it is much cheaper to book a taxi in advance than to take a "black cab" at the airport.  Taxi journeys from Birmingham, Bristol and Southampton are 1-1.5 hours.

By car

There is NO PARKING available at St Hugh's college and parking elsewhere in Oxford is very difficult to find and expensive. We advise do not arrive at St Hugh's by car if it can be avoided.

Local Information

St Hugh's College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. It is located on a 14.5-acre site on St Margaret's Road, about 25 mins walk north of the city centre and within easy walking distance of several places to eat and drink.

The main entrance to St Hugh's college is on St Margaret’s Road and access for pedestrians is via the gate which is open 24 hours a day. The College Lodge is to the immediate left of this entrance.

Address: St Margaret's Rd, Oxford OX2 6LE, UK
Web Site:

On Arrival:  All visitors should report to the College Lodge on St Margaret’s Road.

There is NO PARKING available at St Hugh's college, and parking elsewhere in Oxford is very difficult to find and expensive.

Restaurants and Pubs:

There are a few pubs/restaurants within 5-10 mins walk of St Hugh's college (see Google maps) and a larger variety of places to eat and drink in Jericho (15 mins walk away). Here are some of our recommendations:

Some local pubs:
The Gardeners Arms, 8 N Parade Ave
Rose & Crown, 14 N Parade Ave
The Anchor, 2 Hayfields Rd

Some local restaurants:
Brasserie Blanc - 71-72 Walton St, Oxford OX2 6AG
The Rickety Press - 67 Cranham St, Oxford OX2 6DE
Branca - 111 Walton St, Oxford OX2 6AJ
Al-Shami - 25 Walton Cres, Oxford OX1 2JG
Al-Andalus - 10 Little Clarendon St, Oxford OX1 2HP