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Giovanni Image Hall of Fame issue of The Giovanni News is online

January 2014 issue contains twelve images selected for Hall of Fame's inaugural class

Giovanni Image Hall of Fame issue of The Giovanni News is online

Two Hall of Fame images concern the eruption of the Aleutian island volcano Kasatochi, which forced sulfur dioxide high into the atmosphere - and also fertilized a phytoplankton bloom.

Giovanni Image Hall of Fame issue of The Giovanni News is online

 The 1st Giovanni Image Hall of Fame issue of The Giovanni News is now online.  This issue features twelve images selected for the inaugural class of Giovanni Hall of Fame images.   For this class, images with particular historical significance and scientific content were identified and chosen.  For subsequent classes, images that demonstrate strong data visualization technique will also be included.

The authors of the images, provided they can be contacted, will receive a certificate commemorating the inclusion of their image in the Giovanni Image Hall of Fame.  If the image was from a research paper with multiple authorship, the certificate will be given to the first author of the paper.
Listed below are brief descriptions of each image.
  1. An image comparing Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aerosol optical depth data for March 2001 and February 2003 was the first appearance of a Giovanni-generated image in a peer-reviewed journal paper.
  2. Greg Leptoukh, who led the development of Giovanni, created a depiction of the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation (QBO) with Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) atmospheric temperature data.
  3. An article in the American Geophysical Union weekly Eos provided a citation reference for scientists and publicized Giovanni’s scientific capabilities.  The image dissected a Saharan dust storm that streamed over Dakar, Senegal.
  4. A global image of aerosol optical depth for October 2006 showed a huge, thick atmospheric aerosol plume over Indonesia, along with elevated aerosols in several other source regions.
  5. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) from the powerful and brief eruption of the Aleutian volcanic island Kasatochi spread over North America in several different directions, as shown by Ozone Measuring Instrument (OMI) data in Giovanni.
  6. Ash from the Kasatochi eruption fell over the North Pacific Ocean, providing iron to iron-deficient phytoplankton and inducing an anomalous bloom.   Researchers used a time-series of Giovanni chlorophyll data to show this unique occurrence.
  7. Images of Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) rainfall data accompanied an article describing the creation of a flash flood warning system for Egypt.
  8. Measurements of the atmospheric concentration of a wildfire combustion product, measured at Mount Batchelor in Oregon, were correlated with fires occurring in northeastern Asia, depicted with MODIS fire pixel count data.
  9. The summer sea surface temperature (SST) in Hudson Bay provided a striking image in a book about climate change in the Hudson Bay region of northern Canada.
  10. Several data sources contributed to a plot showing the correlation of atmospheric aerosol concentrations and increasing population, and also showed how a very rainy year influenced these concentrations.
  11. Giovanni images of aerosol optical depth data from OMI were utilized in a paper describing the development of a model of the annual cycle of dust in northern Africa.
  12. Prior to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese government initiated programs that planted thousands of trees in the city and which also attempted to decrease air pollution.  A plot of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI) data from Giovanni showed that the city was observably greener in 2008 compared to earlier and later years.


Read the Giovanni Hall of Fame issue here!


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