The last full week of February 2012 (even though it's a leap year) features several meetings and conferences that will be attended by NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) scientific staff members. The conferences include the biennial American Geophysical Union (AGU) Ocean Sciences meeting, the AGU Chapman Conference on Remote Sensing of the Terrestrial Water Cycle, and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) 2012 Software Engineering Conference.
Aijun Chen of the GES DISC and George Mason University will be at the UCAR laboratories in Boulder, Colorado for the Software Engineering Conference. Chen, who has been working intensively in the use of graphical presentations of earth science data in "virtual earths", is also working on aspects of cloud computing, as described in the poster recently presented at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
William Teng and Hualan Rui are traveling to the Big Island of Hawaii's Kona Coast for the AGU Chapman Conference on Remote Sensing of the Terrestrial Water Cycle. Two co-conveners of the conference have direct NASA connections, Jared Entin of NASA Headquarters and George Huffman of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Two members of the program committee also have ties to NASA GSFC; Robert Adler, now at the University of Maryland, is a former Project Scientist for the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), and Matt Rodell is in the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory at GSFC.
James Acker will be at the AGU Ocean Sciences 2012 meeting, convening inland in Salt Lake City, Utah (but at least at a location near a large body of saline water). Acker will be supporting the NASA exhibition display at the meeting, which will feature presentations on the NASA "Hyperwall" display system. At the display, Acker will provide hands-on demonstrations of the NASA Giovanni data visualization system. Acker is also the first author of two posters at the meeting: in the session Active Learning Approaches to Teach Concepts in Ocean Sciences on Wednesday, February 22, he will present "Using the NASA Giovanni DICCE Portal to Investigate Land-Ocean Linkages with Satellite and Model Data" with co-authors Daniel Zalles and Ruth Krumhansl; and on Thursday, February 23, in the session Ocean Biogeochemistry Time-Series and Climate, he will present "Using NASA's Giovanni System to Simulate Time-Series Stations in the Outflow Region of California's Eel River". Co-authors for this presentation are Suhung Shen, Gregory Leptoukh, and Zhongping Lee. The latter poster is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Leptoukh, who passed away suddenly on January 12, 2012.