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Special December 2012 issue of The Giovanni News available online

Issue provides summaries of NASA GES DISC staff presentations about Giovanni at AGU 2012 Fall Meeting

Special December 2012 issue of The Giovanni News available online

Products & services for Version 7 of Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission data were discussed in a presentation by GES DISC staff at the AGU 2012 Fall Meeting. This Giovanni image of V7 TRMM data shows heavy rainfall over northwestern South America.

Special December 2012 issue of The Giovanni News available online


The special December 2012 issue of The Giovanni News is now available online.   The issue provides summaries of presentations which involved the Giovanni data visualization and analysis system, given by NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services (GES DISC) staff at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2012 Fall Meeting.   The annual meeting, sometimes referred to as “The Super Bowl of Earth Science”, is held in San Francisco, California in early December. This year’s meeting took place from December 3 to December 7.
The presentations covered many aspects of current Giovanni-related activities at the GES DISC, including the following:
  • New global SeaWiFS ‘Deep Blue’ aerosol data products;
  • Support for Version 7 Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission data products and intercomparison;
  • Challenges and benefits of migrating Giovanni to a cloud computing platform; and
  • The current status of the Data-enhanced Investigations for Climate Change Education (DICCE) project.
One of the highlights of the meeting was the inaugural Leptoukh Lecture, given by NASA GES DISC software engineer Christopher Lynnes. The Leptoukh Lecture will be an annual event at the meeting, highlighting advances in data informatics (information science) as they pertain to geoscience data. Data informatics, particularly data access, data quality, and data provenance, comprise one of the primary interests of GES DISC scientist, Dr. Gregory Leptoukh, who passed away on January 12, 2012.  The presentation by Dr. Lynnes, “Bridging Informatics and Earth Science: a Look at Gregory Leptoukh’s Contributions,” can be viewed at the AGU Fall Meeting Web site: The NASA Giovanni system was one of Dr. Leptoukh’s main areas of interest and effort during his tenure at the GES DISC.
All of the presentations by GES DISC staff members will be available online at the GES DISC 2012 Publications page early in January 2013.
This special issue is the first of two December 2012 issues of The Giovanni News. The second will report on an updated count of journal papers published in 2012 which have utilized Giovanni; the new Giovanni-4 Aerosol Express data portal; a summary of the proceedings of the 2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop (held in late September); the new MODIS-Aqua ocean color data climatologies in Water Quality Giovanni; and other articles of interest.

Author: James Acker. Editing by Bill Teng, editing and Web formatting by James Acker.
The GES DISC is a NASA earth science data center, part of the NASA Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) Project.
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