Data User Profiles

Each profile demonstrates how and where Earth observation data are being used for research and applications.

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Dr. Nadia Smith
Sep 30, 2021

Data from NASA’s GES DISC helps scientists like Dr. Nadia Smith build and improve retrieval systems that provide important information to climate scientists and meteorologists around the globe.

Photograph of Dr. Robert Wright Director, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Aug 26, 2021

Data available from NASA’s LP DAAC helps scientists like Dr. Robert Wright develop systems for autonomously detecting volcanic eruptions from space.

Laura Kurgan
Jul 29, 2021

Data from NASA’s SEDAC helps researchers like Professor Laura Kurgan study the ways in which urban spaces are structured, shaped, and transformed by conflict, and identify the ideological assumptions behind many data visualization projects.

Photograph of Kyla Drushka
Jun 24, 2021

Salinity data from NASA’s PO.DAAC helps Dr. Kyla Drushka investigate sea surface salinity and the circulation and structure of the ocean.

Dr. Steven Bowman
May 26, 2021

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Data from NASA’s ASF DAAC helps scientists like Dr. Steve Bowman provide Utah’s citizens with timely scientific information about the state’s geologic hazards.

Dr. Melinda Webster
Apr 28, 2021

Data from NASA’s NSIDC DAAC helps scientists like Dr. Melinda Webster study sea ice and overcome the challenges of working in the Arctic’s inhospitable environments.

Dr. Qing Liang
Mar 23, 2021

NASA’s wide range of atmospheric datasets help scientists like Dr. Qing Liang monitor and simulate concentrations of trace gases that impact ozone in the atmosphere.

Dr. Anthony Walker
Feb 23, 2021

NASA’s wide range of ecological and atmospheric datasets help scientists like Dr. Walker gain insight into how Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems respond to global change.

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Dec 30, 2020

NASA EOSDIS 2020 Data User Profile Yearbook showcases scientists, researchers, managers, and educators and the datasets that make their work possible.

Dr. Thomas Herring
Dec 22, 2020

The Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) enables the precise location of points on Earth’s surface. For geodesists like Dr. Herring, it also is a key geodetic technique for his studies of surface deformation processes.

Dr. Steven Miller
Dec 3, 2020

Imagery of Earth at night provide unique opportunities for research. Dr. Miller uses these data in his studies of Earth’s nocturnal environment.

Dr. Brian Barnes
Oct 23, 2020

Ocean color data provide key information about ocean health. Dr. Barnes uses these data in his investigations into the health of optically shallow waters.