NASA's Earth Science Data Systems Geographic Information Systems Team (EGIST) provides sustained support across NASA's Earth Science Data Systems (ESDS) Program to enable the appropriate use and adoption of geographic information system (GIS) technology in support of Earth science research and applied science for Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) data. EGIST is located at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
EGIST serves as the GIS subject matter expert to ESDS components, provides guidance, evaluates GIS technology, and engages the community in developing program-wide strategy.
EGIST focuses on three areas:
- Maintains an inventory of GIS capabilities across NASA Earth Science components and NASA's Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) and encourages development, coordination, maturation, and evaluation of GIS at ESDS
- Builds an ESDS GIS community to curate, publicize, and highlight relevant use cases and other content to aid users in navigating Earth science GIS data, capabilities, and resources; develops communication materials and GIS content for the Earthdata website
- Demonstrates the proper use and utility of GIS for NASA Earth Science by leading technical discussions, webinars, and instruction, as well as participating in events and conferences
EGIST works closely with the ESDS Communications Team and the Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) Project as well as with the Interagency Implementation and Advanced Concepts Team (IMPACT) to coordinate communications and transfer knowledge.
Learn more about NASA Earth Science GIS through the following resources: