Several GES DISC scientists have been on scientific travel in May and June, having just returned or ready to depart for scientific meetings and workshops.
Dr. Zhong Liu attended the NASA Passive Microwave Data Set Management Workshop in Huntsville, Alabama, in mid-May. Dr. Liu said that the purpose of the workshop was "for data producers and data distributors to come together and organize and document all passive microwave data sets available at NASA DAACs, with the purpose of better informing users of data set choices". The GES DISC has several passive microwave data sets, Dr. Liu noted, primarily from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) microwave imager (TMI), and also from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer -E (AMSR-E) on the Aqua satellite, and legacy data from the Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I). During the workshop, the attendees traveled to a tornado-damaged area and performed charitable work at a nearby church, which Dr. Liu said was "an eye-opening experience".
Dr. Suhung Shen has just returned from Harbin, China, where she attended the MAIRS workshop on Coupled Human-Environment systems in Asian Dryland. According to Dr. Shen, "The purpose of this workshop was to develop a research framework for climate-compatible sustainable development strategies, bridging local to national institutions, and integrated across multiple scales of ecosystem services and livelihood strategies of the social-ecological systems." MAIRS stands for the Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study.
Next week, GES DISC data manager Dr. Greg Leptoukh will be attending the NASA Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) Forum, ESTF 2011, in Pasadena, California (home of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory). On Wednesday, June 22, Dr. Leptoukh will give a presentation entitled "Addressing and Presenting Quality of Satellite Data via Web-based Services (PDF)".
Also next week, Dr. James Acker will be instructing teachers on the use of the NASA Giovanni data system at the African Dust Workshop 2011 in Lajas, Puerto Rico. The workshop will take place at the NASA AERONET facility. The workshop is sponsored by Hampton University, NASA, and the Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium.