The Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI) Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) recently announced the establishment of the Leptoukh Lecture, honoring the life of Dr. Gregory G. Leptoukh. The official announcement of the Leptoukh Lecture appears in EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Volume 93, Number 20, May 15, 2012, and is reproduced below with permission of the AGU.
“Data management and analysis, large-scale computation and modeling, and hardware and software infrastructure profoundly affect the research capabilities of all AGU disciplines. In 2012, the Earth and Space Science Informatics Focus Group has established the Leptoukh Lecture to recognize advances in these fields and their contributions to Earth and space science. Named in honor of the late Dr. Greg Leptoukh, a pioneer in satellite data quality and provenance, the Leptoukh Lecture aims to identify and support achievements in the computational and data sciences.”
Karen Moe and Thomas Narock of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center were instrumental in establishing the Leptoukh Lecture. At the AGU Fall Meeting in December 2012, the inaugural lecture of the annual series will be given by Christopher Lynnes of the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC), where Dr. Leptoukh had worked over the past 15 years.