ESDS Program

NASA ESD Support System and Services for Northern Eurasia Earth Science Partnership Initiative

Principal Investigator (PI): Gregory Leptoukh, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

The proposal objective is to provide the NASA data management for Northern Eurasia Earth Science Partnership Initiative that is relevant to regional and global scientific and decision-making communities. Many types of remote sensing and ground data are needed and many models must be applied, adapted or developed for properly understanding the functioning of Northern Eurasia "cold" and diverse regional system. Mechanisms for obtaining the requisite data sets and models, and sharing them among the participating scientists are essential.

The proposed project targets integration of remote sensing data from polar-orbiting satellites, such as Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - EOS (AMSR-E), and other NASA instruments, customized data products from climatology data sets (e.g., International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project [ISCCP], International Satellite Land Surface Climatology Project), and model data (e.g., National Center for Environmental Prediction [NCEP]/National Center for Atmospheric Research) into a single, well-architected data management system. It will utilize four existing components developed by NASA's Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC):

  • Online archiving and distribution system (TRL 7), that allows collection, processing and ingest of data from various sources into distributed online archives. It includes various kinds of data preparation for seamless interoperability between measurements by different instruments.
  • User-friendly intelligent web-based online visualization and analysis system (TRL 7) that provides a suite of preloaded statistical tools for exploration.
  • Web-based data search and distribution system (TRL 8), and
  • Convenient web-based data mining system (TRL 6) with the ability to upload custom algorithms to mine through large volumes of data

When integrated into a cohesive system, these components will provide convenient access to geophysical parameters measured in the Northern Eurasia region without any need to learn complicated remote sensing data formats, or to retrieve and process large volumes of NASA data.

Main focus of this project in on the following NASA Science Focus Areas (SFA): Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems, Climate Variability and Change, Atmospheric Composition and Water and Energy Cycle as applied to NEESPI.

Initial implementation will concentrate on atmospheric data and surface data aggregated to coarse resolution to support collaborative environment and climate change studies and modeling, while at later stages, data from NASA and non-NASA satellites at higher resolution will be integrated into the system.

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