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NASA's Giovanni system generating 10 publications a month in 2011

GES DISC's data visualization and analysis system used in a wide variety of earth science research

NASA's Giovanni system generating 10 publications a month in 2011

MODIS image showing rafts of pumice created by the eruption of Home Reef volcano, Tonga, in 2006

NASA's Giovanni system generating 10 publications a month in 2011

How are these topics related? 

  • Penguins in the southern Indian Ocean; 
  • dust over West Africa; 
  • forest fires in India; 
  • the impact of noise pollution on sensitive marine species; 
  • root rot risk for bean plants in eastern Africa;
  • how a volcanic eruption might affect communities of algae; 
  • landslide potential of steep Himalayan hills; 
  • atmospheric aerosols over western Russia;  and
  • the production of ground-level ozone pollution during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


And the answer is:  Giovanni

The diverse topics listed above provide a cross-section of research publications that have appeared in recent months, all of which have utilized the NASA Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Service Center (GES DISC) Giovanni system to analyze and visualize satellite remote-sensing data from NASA missions and related data sets.   At the end of April 2011, an update to the Giovanni publications list for 2011 discovered 35 new journal papers, bringing the current total for 2011 to 42 – a rate of over 10 research publications a month!  

The rate at which publications are appearing in 2011 attests to the usefulness of Giovanni in many diverse areas of earth science research.   It also attests to the simplicity of using Giovanni, as researchers who are generally unfamiliar with NASA remote-sensing data can rapidly and easily find data related to their particular investigative quests.  

As we contemplate the recent catastrophic events in 2011, including the terrible toll of the tsunami in Japan and the devastation wrought by the massive tornado outbreak in the U.S. Southeast, we both hope and know that Giovanni might be used to investigate many different aspects of these geophysical phenomena, likely in ways that we cannot predict.    Such scientific application can contribute to both the advancement of science and to the improved welfare of mankind.


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List of Giovanni publications for 2011

Shown below is a list of the publications corresponding to the research topics listed at the beginning of the article.

  • Jaeger A., and Cherel, Y. (2011) Isotopic investigation of contemporary and historic changes in penguin trophic niches and carrying capacity of the southern Indian Ocean. PLoS ONE 6(2): e16484. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016484
  • Schmechtig, C., Marticorena, B., Chatenet, B., Bergametti, G., and Rajot, J.L. (2011) Simulation of the mineral dust content over Western Africa with the CHIMERE-DUST model from the event to the annual scale. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, 11, 8027–8079,, doi:10.5194/acpd-11-8027-2011
  • Badarinath, K. V. S. , Sharma, A. R. and Kharol, S. K.(2011) Forest fire monitoring and burnt area mapping using satellite data: a study over the forest region of  Kerala State, India. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 32(1), 85 — 102.
  • Azzellino, A., Lanfredi, C., D'Amico, A., Pavan, G., Podesta, M., and Haun, J. (2011) Risk mapping for sensitive species to underwater anthropogenic  sound emissions: model development and validation in two Mediterranean areas. Marine Pollution Bulletin, doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.01.003
  • Farrow, A., Didace, M., Cook, S., and Buruchara, R. (2011) Assessing the risk of root rots in common beans in East Africa using simulated, estimated and observed daily rainfall data.  Experimental Agriculture, 47, 357-   , doi: 10.1017/S0014479710000980
  • Mantas, V.M., Pereira, A.J.S.C, and Morais, P.V. (2011) Plumes of discolored water of volcanic origin and possible implications for algal communities. The case of the Home Reef eruption of 2006 (Tonga, Southwest Pacific Ocean). Remote Sensing of Environment, 115, 1341–1352.
  • Korup, O., and Weidinger, J.T. (2011)  Rock type, precipitation, and the steepness of Himalayan threshold hillslopes. Geological Society, London,  Special Publications 353, 235-249; doi:10.1144/SP353.12
  • Sitnov, S.A. (2011) Satellite monitoring of atmospheric gaseous species and optical characteristics of atmospheric aerosol over the European part of Russia in April–September 2010. Doklady Earth Sciences, 437(1), 368-373, doi:10.1134/S1028334X11030081
  • Witte, J.C., Duncan, B.N., Douglass, A.R., Kurosu, T.P., Chance, K., and  Retscher, C. (2011) The unique OMI HCHO/NO2 feature during the 2008 Beijing Olympics: implications for ozone production sensitivity. Atmospheric Environment, 45(18), 3103-3111, doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2011.03.015


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