2007 SESDA II Conferences

SESDA II Staff Participate in National AGU Meeting in San Francisco

Many SESDA II staff at the Goddard Earth Sciences-Data and Information Services Center (GES-DISC) participated in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall gathering held this past December 2007 in San Francisco. Oral presentations, exhibition posters, or demonstrations were presented by the GES-DISC staff covering many aspects of Earth science data at GSFC including data access, visualization, and analysis tools for the many data products produced and archived at GSFC.

Promoting the services and tools provided at GSFC is an important outreach component of the SESDA II contract, and our staff contributed directly to many aspects of this important outreach activity. The following is a list showing the contributions from the GES-DISC to the AGU 2007:

  • NASA's Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Support for eGY Initiatives (Stevens, Tyler)
  • Accessing Earth Observation Platforms and Instruments through NASA's Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) (Stevens, Tyler and Mao,Jianping)
  • Intercomparison of Atmospheric Aerosol Climatologies Obtained From Passive Satellite Instruments (Gregory Leptoukh, Viktor Zubko, Arun Gopalan and Lorraine Remer)
  • Integrating NASA Satellite-Derived Precipitation and Soil Moisture Data Into the Digital-NGP Decision Support System for Agriculture (William Teng, Xiaodong Zhang and Melissa Soriano)
  • A Novel Hydro-information System for Improving NOAA AWIPS DSS for Disaster Management (Yao Liang, Thomas Adams, Xu Liang, William Teng and Long Chiu)
  • Spatial Prescreening Techniques for Earth Observation Data: Bounding Box vs. G-Polygon (Xin-Min Hua, Jianfu Pan, Gregory Leptoukh and Bruce Vollmer)
  • Multi-Sensor Data From A-Train Instruments Brought Together for Atmospheric Research (Peter Smith, Steven Kempler, Gregory Leptoukh, Andrey Savtchenko, David Winker and Graeme Stephens)
  • Merging MODIS Terra and Aqua Level 3 Aerosol Optical Thickness for Giovanni Online Data Analysis and Visualization (Viktor Zubko, Gregory Leptoukh, Arun Gopalan and Steven Lloyd)
  • New Data and Capabilities in the NASA Goddard Hurricane Data Portal (Zhong Liu, Gregory Leptoukh, Dana Ostrenga, Andrey Savtchenko, Stephen Berrick and Steven Kempler)
  • The NASA NEESPI Tools Use in Studies of Environmental Changes in Northern Eurasia (Suhung Shen, Gregory Leptoukh, Ivan Csiszar, Tatiana Loboda, Peter Romanov and Irina Gerasimov)
  • The Goddard Interactive Online Visualization ANd aNalysis Infrastructure: GIOVANNI Demonstration (Gregory Leptoukh)
  • Solutions for Mining Distributed Scientific Data (Chris Lynnes, Long Pham, Sara Graves, Rahul Ramachandran, Manil Maskey and Ken Keiser)
  • Using Selection Pressure as an Asset to Develop Reusable, Adaptable Software Systems (Stephen Berrick and Chris Lynnes)
  • NASA Hydrology Data and Information Services Center (HDISC) Supports Global Land Data Assimilation System (GLDAS) Products (Hongliang Fang, Patricia Hrubiak, Hiroko Kato, Matthew Rodell, William Teng and Bruce Vollmer)
  • New Data and Capabilities in the NASA Goddard Giovanni System (Hualan Rui, John Farley, Gregory Leptoukh and Stephen W. Berrick)
  • AIRS Science Data Services at NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Info Services (Jason Li, Michael Theobald, Bruce Vollmer, Xin-Min Hua and Young-In Won)
  • Assessing U.S Air Quality Using CALIPSO and MODIS Data via Giovanni (Ana Prados, Gregory Leptoukh, Erica Alston and Irina Sokolik)
  • Global Monitoring of Atmospheric Pollutants from the Aura Satellite (Suraiya Ahmad, Gregory Leptoukh, James Johnson, John Farley and Steven Kempler)
  • Web Services Implementations at Land Process and Goddard Earth Sciences Distributed Active Archive Centers (Marge Cole, Myra Bambacus, Chris Lynnes, Brian Sauer, Stefan Falke and Wenli Yang)
  • Enhanced capabilities for Aura MLS, OMI and HIRDLS data within Giovanni (James Johnson, Suraiya Ahmad, Gregory Leptoukh, Irina Gerasimov, John Farley, and Tong Zhu)
  • NASA A-Train Vertical Data (Curtains) in Google Earth (Aijun Chen, Gregory Leptoukh, Liping Di, Chris Lynnes, Steven Kempler and Denis Nadeau)
  • Cloudsat, CALIOP, MODIS, AIRS, OMI, and POLDER Data Search and Visualization Available to Facilitate Multi Instrument Cloud Studies Along the A-Train Path (Steven Kempler, Peter Smith, Andrey Savtchenko, Gregory Leptoukh, Graeme Stephens and David Winker)
  • Voyager Observations of Galactic and Anomalous Cosmic Rays in the Heliosheath (F.B. McDonald, W.R. Webber, E.C. Stone, A.C. Cummings, B.C. Heikkila and N. Lal.)
  • Contributions to the International Polar Year (IPY) from NASA's Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) (Stevens, Tyler)
  • Incorporating Web Tracking Into EOSDIS Metrics Collection (Murphy, K J, Boquist, C L, Hines-Watts, T M, Moses, J F, Sofinowski, E J)

In addition, staff from the Solar Astronomy group presented the following papers on Heliospheric data analysis techniques:

  • Extending the VSO to Incorporate Data Analysis Capabilities (Dominic Zarro, invited)
  • Callable Virtual Observatory Functionality: Sample Use Cases (Dominic Zarro and Joe Hourcle)
  • Stereoscope Observations of a Kreutz Sungrazing Comet by the SECCHI COR1 Coronagraphs Aboard STEREO (William Thompson)
  • Correlation of Multi-Resolution Analyses of Active Region Magnetic Field Structure with Flare Activity (Jack Ireland and Alex Young)
  • Multi-scale Tools for Solar Image Processing (Alex Young and Jack Ireland)
  • Two New Approaches to Determining Parameter Values to Emission Spectra From RHESSI (Jack Ireland)
  • Methods of Detecting Polar Coronal Holes in the EUV (Michael Kirk)
  • Design Considerations for Data Catalogs (Joe Hourcle)
  • Dealing with Large Dataset Queries in the Virtual Solar Observatory (Joe Hourcle)
  • Lessons Learned in Heliophysics Data Description: Discussion of the Development and Use of the SPASE Data Model (Joe Hourcle)
  • Evolution of the Energy Spectra of Low-Energy Particles at Voyagers 1 and 2 in the Outer Heliosphere and Implications for the Source Location of Anomalous Cosmic Rays (by A.C. Cummings, E. C. Stone, F. B. McDonald, B. C. Heikkila, N. Lal, W.R. Webber)

Link to AGU Website.

GCMD Population and Usage Stats

by Olsen, Lola and Mao, Jianping, the DAAC Managers Meeting, Washington, DC, 14-16 Nov. 2007. (Presentation)

Discover Climate Information through NASA's Global Change Master Directory

by Olsen, Lola. Ritz, Scott. Mao, Jianping. Restrepo, Arturo, Climate Information: Responding to User Needs (CIRUN) Conference, College Park, MD, 22-23 October 2007. (Poster)

CEOS WGISS 24 – IDN Task Team

by Stevens, Tyler, CEOS Working Group on Information Systems and Services (WGISS) Fall Meeting, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, 15-19 October 2007 (Presentation)

IDN Services Update

by Stevens, Tyler, CEOS Working Group on Information Systems and Services (WGISS) Fall Meeting, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, 15-19 October 2007. (Presentation)

Improved Search and Retrieval of Ocean Biodiversity Information through NASA's Global Change Master Directory

by Meaux, Melanie, International Conference on Biodiversity Data Management, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2-4 October, 2007. (Presentation)

The Antarctic Master Directory: a metadata portal network for data discovery, access, and exchange of Antarctic data and services

by Meaux, Melanie F., Joint Committee on Antarctic Data Management (JCADM-11), Rome, Italy, 2-7 September, 2007. (Presentation)

Effect of Lunar Emission on Aquarius Measurements

by Abraham, S., LeVine, D. M., Jacob, D., Dinnat, E. P. and Matthaeis, P. de, presented at URSI-2007, Ottawa, Canada, July 21-26, 2007

Accessing Instrument and Platform Descriptions through NASA's Global Change Master Directory (GCMD)

by Stevens, Tyler, Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Summer Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin, 17-20 July 2007

Discover Earth Science Data and Services Using NASA's Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) and the DIF/SERF

by Stevens, Tyler, Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Summer Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin, 17-20 July 2007. (Presentation)

Surveillance and Control of Malaria Transmission Using Remotely Sensed Meteorological and Environmental Parameters

by R. Kiang, F. Adimi , J. Nigro, International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE) Jun 2007.

Improving IUE High Dispersion Extraction

by Lawton, Patricia J., M.E. Van Steenberg, and D. Massa, 210th American Astronomical Society Meeting, 27-31 May 2007, Honolulu, Hawaii, Abstract 76.08

Discrete Sources and the Galactic Background Map

by Le Vine, D. M., Abraham S., Emmanuel, P. and Floury, N., the SMOS Satellite's 21st SAG Meeting, The Netherlands, April 11-12, 2007

All Roads Lead to Data: Searching from Multiple Entry Points.

by Meaux, Melanie F, The Nineteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE-XIX), Trieste, Italy, 12-16 March 2007. (Poster)

Access to Local Geospatial Data and Metadata Through NASA's Global Change Master Directory and Prototype Mapserver

by Stevens, Tyler, ESRI Federal User Conference, Washington, D.C., 9-11 January 2007. (Poster)

Demo: docBUILDER – A Web-based metadata authoring tool

by Meaux, Melanie F., 2007 Winter Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), Portland, Oregon, 3-5 January 2007. (Presentation)

Global Change Master Directory (GCMD)

by Meaux, Melanie F., 2007 Winter Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), Portland, Oregon, 3-5 January 2007. (Poster)

Malaria Modeling & Surveillance

by Richard Kiang, Farida Adimi, and Joseph Nigro, National Conference on Science and Policy and Environment (NCSE) – Integrating Environment and Human Health February 2007.

Consistency in the Variations of Total Column Ozone, Inferred from OMI and SBUV-2 During 2004-2007

by Chiou,E.W., R.D.McPeters, J.P.Veefkind, and S.Frith, Proceedings of Joint 2007 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference and the 15th Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography Conference of the American Meteorological Society, 24-28 September, 2007, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Spatial aspects of multi-sensor data fusion, aerosol optical thickness

by Leptoukh, G., V. Zubko, and A. Gopolan, International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Denver, CO, 2007.

Remote Sensing Data Visualization, Fusion and Analysis via Giovanni

by G. Leptoukh , V. Zubko, A. Gopalan, M. Khayat, ISRSE conference, Costa Rica 2007.

A-Train Data Depot bringing atmospheric measurements together, International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)

by Savtchenko, A., R. Kummerer, P. Smith, S. Kempler, and G. Leptoukh, International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Barcelona, Spain, 2007.

WMO Intl. Conference on Secure and Sustainable Living, Mar. 19-22, Madrid, Spain

As part of the ongoing effort to improve security and sustainable living, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is holding an international conference in Madrid, Spain, on the social and economic benefits to society of the products and services provided by the meteorological and hydrological community, especially the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and WMO members states.

This is being organized with the collaboration and support of the Government of Spain (Ministry of Environment), and with the gracious patronage of Her Majesty Queen Sofia.

Link to WMO Web Site.

National Science Teachers Association, Mar 29.-Apr. 1, 2007, St. Louis MO

Join the SESDA II staff in St. Louis as we support NSTA's 2007 National Conference on Science Education. The theme of the St. Louis conference is Science: A River of Connections.

Link to the NSTA Conference Site



National Space Symposium, Apr. 9-12, Colorado Springs, CO

The National Space Symposium is the premier U.S. policy and program forum, a "must attend" opportunity for information and interaction on all sectors of space – civil, commercial, and national security. More than 7,000 attendees from around the world are expected to participate in the 23rd National Space Symposium. Program highlights include a spectacular Opening Ceremony, which features the presentation of Space Foundation awards including the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award, John, L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration, Space Achievement Award, and the Education Achievement Award.

Link to NSS Web site

Odyssey of the Mind, May 23-27, 2007, Michigan

Odissey of the mind logo

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Kids apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.

Link to the Odyssey of the Mind Conference Site

27th Annual ESRI International User Conference, June 16-22, 2007, San Diego

SESDA II staff will support this year's ESRI User Conference (UC). The ESRI UC is unlike any other event. It's the largest conference in the world devoted to GIS. Users from more than 120 countries come to learn new skills, share information and discover best practices and tips and tricks that they can instantly use. Be a part of this exceptional event.

Link to the ESRI Web site