NASA Earth science returns to the Crescent City for the 2021 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting December 13-17, 2021, in New Orleans, Louisiana. NASA’s Earth Science Data Systems (ESDS) Program and Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) Project will host a series of events sharing the latest developments in open-source science, cloud computing, and advancements in data discovery and data access.
The AGU Fall Meeting brings together a diverse community of scientists, students, journalists, policymakers, organizations, educators, and others to advance Earth and space science. The ESDS and ESDIS events — a mix of workshops, presentations, demonstrations, Hyperwall talks, and more — will introduce new open science activities at NASA, inform attendees about NASA Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) data and services in the Earthdata Cloud, and demonstrate new ways to analyze and work with NASA Earth observation data. Throughout the meeting, participants will be able to connect with NASA Earth science personnel either virtually or in person to learn more about NASA Earth observation products and for demonstrations on how to access, visualize, and analyze NASA data.
Open Science at AGU
The agency and ESDS are embarking on a number of new open science activities. Workshops, talks, and events throughout the Fall Meeting will help attendees learn more about why open-source science is more equitable science.
On December 12, a half-day virtual workshop, Enabling Analysis in the Cloud Using NASA Earth Science Data, will provide an overview of the ESDS cloud vision, discuss what this means for data users, and guide participants through demonstrations highlighting data discovery, accessibility, and usability on and off the cloud. Demonstrations by representatives from ESDS and from EOSDIS Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) will include science and applications user stories and highlight example workflows from the atmosphere, ocean, hydrology, cryosphere, and land disciplines.
On Thursday, December 16, Kevin Murphy, NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Chief Science Data Officer and ESDS Program Manager, will describe NASA’s new Open-Source Science Initiative (OSSI). The talk, “Developing an Open Source Science Ecosystem for NASA,” will show how SMD is furthering open science by expanding participation in the scientific process, improving reproducibility, and accelerating scientific discovery for societal benefit.
Finally, on Friday, December 17, a half-day virtual session, Open Science in Action, will connect the community of open science practitioners, including both technology developers and users, across science disciplines. This session will combine keynotes in an oral session with a hands-on workshop and an e-Lightning session. Other open science presentations can be explored by sorting by the Open Science theme in the table of ESDS and ESDIS AGU presentations.
The NASA Hyperwall will be used for a wide range of presentations that highlight the latest science and technologies that span NASA’s SMD. Scheduled Hyperwall presentations include “NASA Contributions to Understanding and Responding to Climate Change,” “Earth Observations for Global Water Knowledge,” “Storms to Slides: How NASA Data Can Help Us to Better Assess Disasters Around the World,” and “NASA’s Earth Information System: A Cloud-Based Open Science Platform for Integrated Earth Science and Applications.”
For a complete schedule of Hyperwall presentations, workshops, demonstrations, and more, please see the special NASA Earthdata AGU webpage with information about ESDIS and ESDS-related sessions and posters to help you plan your activities during the meeting. You can also view the online Schedule of Events at the NASA Booth (#741) or check out the electronic schedule of events posted on the booth’s monitors. [Note: The AGU Virtual Exhibit and presentation schedule will be available Monday, December 13. Click here for more information.]
The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world and the primary gathering for Earth and space scientists, students, and those in affiliated fields to share scientific findings and identify innovative solutions. With in-person and worldwide online participation, attendees at this year’s meeting will have numerous opportunities to network with government researchers, scientific visionaries, and industry thought-leaders. For general meeting information and the full science program, check the AGU Fall Meeting website.