NASA’s Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments, or MEaSUREs, Program enables the research community to participate in the development and generation of data products that complement and augment Earth science data products produced and distributed by NASA. Descriptions of the 2017 MEaSUREs projects are now available on the Earthdata website.
The 2017 MEaSUREs projects include continuations of previous MEaSUREs projects (such as the Greenland Ice Mapping Project (GIMP) and Web-Enabled Landsat Data (WELD) project), enhancement of the Freeze/Thaw Earth System Data Record, and a number of new projects.
MEaSUREs projects focus on the generation, availability, and utility of consistent global- and continental-scale Earth System Data Records (ESDRs). An ESDR is a unified and coherent set of observations of a given parameter of the Earth system that is optimized to meet specific requirements in addressing science questions. The 2017 MEaSUREs projects are producing ESDRs in several Earth science disciplines, including atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric composition, land cover, topography, solid Earth, ocean biology, hydrology, cryosphere, climate change, and physical oceanography. ESDRs in NASA’s Earth science collection are made available to the user community through NASA’s EOSDIS Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs).