Presidential Forum


Sunday, 8 January 2023, 4:00-5:15 PM MT

Data is power and with power comes responsibility. Environmental Earth and space system data has one of the largest digital footprints and is a central component of scientific inquiry, but we have not yet collectively solved the problem of data access, discovery, and service. This Presidential Forum will be the catalyst for a week-long inclusive and collaborative discourse on the challenges posed by the data deluge with a focus on how to stage environmental data to make it efficiently useful and accessible for the plethora of applications important to driving science, informing decisions, and enriching humanity within our community and beyond. 

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Lucas Joppa

Lucas Joppa is Senior Managing Director and Chief Sustainability Officer for Haveli Investments, a technology focused private equity company, where he helps a growing portfolio of companies achieve net zero carbon operations while also investing in companies building software solutions to sustainability challenges.



Roundtable Panelists: 

Franco Amalfi

Franco Amalfi is the Head of Sustainability Strategy, Global Public Sector for Google Cloud. In this capacity, Franco is responsible for the go to market strategy for climate insights solutions globally. He is focused on advising governments to effectively use modern cloud based solutions and emerging technologies to analyze earth observation data at scale to inform adaptation strategies. 

Dr. Amy McGovern

Dr. Amy McGovern is a Lloyd G. and Joyce Austin Presidential Professor in the School of Computer Science and School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma.  She is also the director and principal investigator for the NSF AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography, also known as AI2ES. 

Dr. Michael Morgan

Michael C. Morgan, Ph.D. is the assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction. In this role, Dr. Morgan is responsible for providing agency-wide direction with regard to weather, water, climate, and ocean observations, including in situ instruments and satellites, and the process of converting observations to predictions for environmental threats.




Mona Behl

Mona Behl is the associate director of University of Georgia’s Sea Grant college program where she also holds public service and academic appointments. She was formerly a visiting, and then a non-residential policy fellow with the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) policy program.