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Octopus: Mining Space and Terrestrial Data for Improved Weather, Climate and Agriculture Predictions

Octopus: Mining Space and Terrestrial Data for Improved Weather, Climate and Agriculture Predictions

Approved by the CODATA 28th General Assembly,Taipei, 2012

Terms of Reference of the Task Group

The main aim of OCTOPUS is two-fold – to develop and apply enhanced data mining techniques for detecting, visualising and analysing the interactions and dynamics of space and terrestrial weather and to measure their impact on terrestrial phenomena. Its specific terms of reference are as follows:

  1. To explore the theoretical and empirical bases for the relationship between space and terrestrial weather based on historical and predicted data.
  2. To develop enhanced data mining methods for studying associations between the key parameters of terrestrial and space weather.
  3. To develop a general framework for associating space and terrestrial weather with terrestrial parameters such as agricultural productivity and water sources.
  4. To develop an integrated tool for monitoring and modeling variations and associations of the above parameters.
  5. To support young scientists & researchers within OCTOPUS’ research area.
Chair: Dr Kassim S. Mwitondi
Sheffield Hallam University
Faculty of Arts, Engineering, Computing and Sciences
United Kingdom
Co-Chair: Kehe Wang
Manager of World Data Center
IPS Radio and Space Services
Bureau of Meteorology, Australia
Dr YuTao
National Satellite Meteorological Center
China Meteorological Administration
Beijing, China
Dr Zou Ziming
National Space Science Center
China Academy of Sciences
Beijing China
Dr Rida Moustafa
Department of Statistics
George Washington University
Washington, DC
Dr Raphael Mmasi
Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH)
Dr Raed Said
Al-Ain University of Science and Technology
United Arab Emirates
Dr. Adil E. Yousif
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Qatar University
Doha, Qatar
Dr. Abbas F. M. Alkarkhi
School of Industrial Technology
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
11800 Penang. Malaysia
Prof. Paolo Gregorio Brunasti
Department of Statistics and Quantitative Methods
University of Milan-Bicocca
Dr Mohamed Dawo
Institute of Integrative and Comparative Biology
Faculty of Biological Sciences
University of Leeds,
Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom.
Dr Rifaat K. Hassona
Central Laboratories, Radiation Measurements Labs
Qatar Ministry of Environment
Muhammad Ayyaz Ameen
Manager – Space Weather Monitoring Division (SUPARCO)
Karachi, Pakistan
Miss Miza Khamis
Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Department of Forestry And Non Renewable Natural Resources
Zanzibar. Tanzania
Ms. Sargam M. Mulay
Junior Research Fellow
Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Department of Science and Technology. Pune, India.
Prof. Tarig El Gamri (PhD)
Head – Water Resources Department
Desertification Research Institute
The National Centre for Research
Sudan Academy of Sciences
Code 11111, PO Box 728 Khartoum, Sudan