PO.DAAC Joins NASA's Earthdata Forum

The participation by NASA's Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) in the Earthdata Forum gives users the chance to communicate with and learn from physical oceanography experts.
image of Africa with colors around the continent indicating sea surface temperature; coolest temperatures (blue) are at the southern tip of Africa; warmest temperatures (orange/red) are mid-continent.
The State of the Ocean (SOTO) is one of the products available through PO.DAAC. This SOTO image shows sea surface temperatures in Celsius around Africa on July 10, 2023. Blue indicates cooler temperatures; orange/red are warmer temperatures. Credit: NASA PO.DAAC.

NASA's Earthdata Forum continues to grow. With the addition of NASA’s Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) earlier this year, nearly all NASA Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) are now Forum participants (the exception is NASA's Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, SEDAC).

The Earthdata Forum provides a central online location where data users can interact with DAAC subject-matter experts to discuss data applications and research needs and get answers to specific questions about accessing, viewing, and manipulating NASA Earth observation data.

Located at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, PO.DAAC manages and provides tools and services for NASA's oceanographic and hydrologic data (satellite, airborne, and in situ) to enable greater understanding of the physical processes and condition of the global ocean. Measurements include gravity, ocean winds, sea surface temperature, ocean surface topography, sea surface salinity, and circulation. The data support a wide range of applications including climate research, weather prediction, resource management, policy, and the stewardship of ocean data resources.

For an introduction to the Earthdata Forum and tips on how to use it, watch the Earthdata Forum webinar.