Data User Profiles

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

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Dr. David Thoma
May 20, 2022

Data from NASA’s LP DAAC help Dr. David Thoma determine how climate change will impact natural resources on National Park System lands.

Kristin Poinar
Apr 28, 2022

Data from NASA’s NSIDC DAAC helps scientists like Dr. Kristin Poinar develop the next generation of models for forecasting sea-level rise from melting glaciers and ice sheets.

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Mar 24, 2022

Data from NASA’s Atmospheric Science Data Center helps system engineers like Abigail Nastan develop engaging new ways of partnering with data users to maximize the benefits of NASA Earth science missions.

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Feb 24, 2022

Data from NASA’s LAADS DAAC help Dr. Robert Holz develop algorithms and data products for studying aerosols and clouds.

This is an image of Kevin Schaefer.
Jan 27, 2022

Data from NASA’s ORNL DAAC helps scientists like Dr. Kevin Schaefer detect climate-induced thawing of permafrost throughout the Arctic.

Dr. Zachary Erickson
Dec 21, 2021

Data from NASA’s OB.DAAC helps scientists like Dr. Zachary Erickson study the ocean’s role in the global carbon cycle

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Nov 18, 2021

NASA’s Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE) helps scientists like Dr. Glasscoe assess risks and responses to natural hazards on a global scale.

Headshot of Dr. Anna Wilson, Field Research Manager at the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego.
Oct 28, 2021

Data from NASA’s GHRC DAAC helps scientists like Dr. Anna Wilson develop accurate representations of atmospheric rivers to increase forecast accuracy and improve weather model outputs.

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.

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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.