NASA's Global Hydrometeorology Resource Center Distributed Active Archive Center (GHRC DAAC) is a joint venture of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the Information Technology and Systems Center (ITSC) located within the University of Alabama in Huntsville. GHRC DAAC was established in 1991 and is located at the National Space Science and Technology Center on the UAH campus.
GHRC DAAC provides a comprehensive active archive of both data and knowledge augmentation services, with a focus on hazardous weather, its governing dynamical and physical processes, and associated applications.
With this broad mandate, GHRC DAAC focuses on lightning, tropical cyclones, and storm-induced hazards through integrated collections of satellite, airborne, and in-situ data sets.
GHRC DAAC manages:
- Space-based lightning data from ten instruments: the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) on the International Space Station (ISS), which includes ISS LIS standard products (from 2017 forward) and ISS LIS near real-time (NRT) data from NASA's Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for Earth Observing Systems (LANCE). LIS heritage instruments include the Optical Transient Detector (OTD) on OrbView-1 (1995-2000), and Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) LIS (1997-2015), along with seven Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Operational Linescan System (OLS) instruments. Over 20 years of lightning data from space are used to create a series LIS/OTD Climatology data sets, and a set of High Resolution LIS Climatologies is also available. In addition, GHRC DAAC holds ancillary data from ground-based lightning sensors. Future efforts will include the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) post-launch test data from GOES-16
- MEaSUREs Program datasets
- Airborne: EV-1 HS3
- Field campaign data from the GPM Ground Validation Program and the Hurricane Science Research Program, including the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel Venture mission, as well as satellite passive microwave data for analysis of our climate and the water and energy cycle.
Dr. Aaron Kaulfus, DAAC Manager
David Hood, Deputy DAAC Manager
Will Ellett, IT/Operations Lead
Geoffrey Stano, Chief Scientist
National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC)
Bud Cramer Research Hall 320 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35805