The Airborne Data Management Group (ADMG) works with NASA Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) to ensure good communication and effective airborne and field data stewardship. Various policies and procedures exist to help bring consistency and user satisfaction to DAAC support of the heterogeneous data collected over the past five decades.

Airborne and Field Data Assignment

Each campaign, facility instrument, or major airborne instrument has an assigned DAAC that is responsible for coordinating the archiving of data and information from the campaign or instrument. The assigned DAAC works with the data producers (research scientists that make the data products) and other DAACs to ensure future data users have the access and information they need.  

NASA Headquarters is responsible for DAAC assignment in collaboration with NASA's Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) Project and ADMG. The ADMG is responsible for creating and sharing a summary of each field activity requiring assignment to provide everyone in the decision-making process with access to the same information about the activity. The DAAC assignment process can take several months; therefore, it is best to alert ADMG as soon as a new campaign activity is funded. Early DAAC assignment tends to significantly improve campaign data stewardship.

DAAC Standards and Policies 

NASA's data and metadata standards are managed by ESDIS. Since many standards and policies were developed with a NASA satellite perspective, ADMG works to augment existing documents or develop new standards or policies for improving airborne and field data management at NASA DAACs. The latest information can be found on the Airborne and Field Working Group Earthdata wiki (limited access; Earthdata login required)  

Additional data stewardship resources are listed below that DAACs may find useful. If you have questions or feel additional resources would be helpful, please contact ADMG (

DAAC Resources

Item Description
ADMG Stewardship Best Practices for Documenting and Representing NASA Airborne and Field Campaign Data and Information (PDF)

Recommended high-level practices for DAAC airborne and field data stewardship. The document outlines the methodology of development and the recommendations.

Airborne Investigation Data System Requirements (PDF)

Programmatic data system requirements to be utilized in large NASA funded investigations.

ADMG Guide to the Open Science and Data Management Plan (OSDMP) Template for Data Producers (available on request by contacting ADMG at

Additional ADMG guide on drafting an OSDMP that satisfies NASA’s Earth Science Division (ESD) requirements for airborne and field investigations.

EOSDIS Preservation Requirements (updated to include airborne and field) 

Content requirements for data, metadata, and supporting documentation for NASA-funded projects to ensure their proper preservation.

Level of Service Model for NASA Earth Science Data

Information about assigning the appropriate Level of Service to data products.

ADMG Airborne and Field Data Inventory Definitions

Terms developed by ADMG to bring consistency to language commonly used across NASA’s ESD. ESCO reviewed.

ADMG Decision Trees (PDF)

Decision trees developed by ADMG to use in building CASEI.

Airborne Science Program (ASP)

Aircraft, instrument, and campaign information.

Airborne Science Program Mission List

Airborne campaigns flown by ASP, as well as campaign descriptions and logos.

Airborne Science Newsletters and Annual Reports

Past and current aircraft, flight, and campaign information.

Airborne and Field Data Workshop

Recordings and reports from the March 2022 two-day workshop.


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