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NOTE: These items are internal communications within NGDC and NESDIS.
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NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) Data Manager Visits National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Office [August 25, 2014]
OMAO's Data Manager will visit NGDC 03-05 September 2014 to collaborate on Ocean and Coastal Mapping initiatives related to improving ingest, discovery, and access to data in areas impacted by super storm Sandy. NGDC software development teams are currently working on several projects including enhanced map services and data discovery and delivery portals. Users of the new systems will be able to easily obtain all the desired data types in their area of interest from one Sandy focused website. NGDC is also working with OMAO to create a Web based data documentation system that allows users to create ISO compliant metadata without manually editing a single line of XML. Metadata created through use of this system will greatly enhance discovery and access to described data through and other metadata based search portals. Additionally, NGDC and OMAO are working with the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University to create an access portal for data collected by NOAA and UNOLS research vessels. This effort is focused on NOAA ships that have collected data in regions impacted by Sandy, but it will be applicable to the entire NOAA Fleet.
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Participates in National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) Workshop in Seattle, Washington [August 21, 2014]
Paula Dunbar from NGDC will participate in the NTHMP Subcommittee workshops in Seattle, Washington, August 19-21, 2014. Ms. Dunbar will present the status of joint activities to the Mapping and Modeling Subcommittee and Mitigation and Education Subcommittee meetings. Joint activities include coastal digital elevation model (DEM) development and tsunami data and information management supporting education, mitigation, and research. NGDC develops coastal DEMs supporting both NOAA's forecast and NTHMP's mitigation responsibilities. Utilizing the long-term historical archive of tsunami events and impacts, NGDC assesses the tsunami hazard, supports model verification and validation, and informs coastal mitigation and education efforts.
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) to attend the 22nd Electromagnetic Induction Workshop in Weimar, Germany [August 18, 2014]
NGDC affiliate scientist Manoj Nair will present a paper entitled "Magnetic Detection of Tsunamis." As part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) Innovative Research Program, the NGDC geomagnetism group is testing a method to detect and monitor tsunamis using a pair of island-based magnetic observatories. If successful, the magnetic detection method could help fill large gaps in the current bottom pressure sensor network used to detect the presence or absence of tsunamis in the deep ocean. High-risk areas such as the Indian Ocean, where the tsunami sensors are sparser than the magnetometers, can benefit greatly from this method. NOAA has responsibility for the tsunami warning system in the U.S. and takes a leadership role in tsunami research. This effort will benefit NOAA, the nation, and the international community by assessing a possible early detection system in the deep ocean. Early information on the existence or absence of a tsunami wave can inform tsunami warning efforts and ultimately save lives and property. NGDC archives global geomagnetic and tsunami data and information, and also has a primary role in geomagnetic research and modeling.
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NOAA Data Services for East Asia [August 15, 2014]
Dr. Christopher Elvidge from the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) will report on Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) data services for East Asia at the 38th Meeting of the Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) meeting in Nantou, Taiwan, August 11-15, 2014. The East Asia service area covers Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and portions of China. Imagery data are available in GeoTIFF format at: The data service includes selected spectral bands and Environmental Data Records that have been requested by in-region users. This includes the day/night band (DNB) low-light imaging data and the NGDC nighttime fire product (Nightfire). The objective of the data service is to expand access to VIIRS data in a readily usable form for users who lack the bandwidth and processing capabilities for dealing with the HDF5 format files available from CLASS. By converting to GeoTIFF and dropping a long list of ancillary data layers, NGDC is able to reduce the download data volume 80-90% over the HDF5. At the APAN meeting Dr. Elvidge will provide an overview of VIIRS, review the data service, explore recent Nightfire results, and discuss the use of the DNB in the detection of lit fishing boats.
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NOAA Participation at the EarthCube Domain End-User Workshop [August 15, 2014]
Dr. William Denig from the National Geophysical Data Center will participate at the EarthCube workshop on "Science-Driven Cyberinfrastructure Needs in Solar-Terrestrial Science" to be held at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark), August 13-15, 2014. This workshop will bring together experts in solar-terrestrial observations, theory, data analysis, data-driven 3D modeling, data management and high performance computing in order to identify the challenges related to data access, sharing, visualization and synthesis of such multi-wavelength datasets. The outcomes of the workshop will be documented in an Executive Summary that will provide solar-terrestrial community feedback to the EarthCube Program. This workshop is supported under the EarthCube initiative, which is a collaborative partnership between the National Science Foundation's Directorate of Geosciences and the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure that aims to "develop a framework over the next decade to assist researchers in understanding and predicting the Earth system from the Sun to the center of the Earth."
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Participates in Seafloor Survey to Map Limits of the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) [August 04, 2014]
Brian Van Pay, Department of State, Executive Director of the ECS Project Office located at NGDC, and NGDC scientist Brian Meyer are to participate in the U.S. ECS bathymetric, seismic, gravitational/magnetic potential field survey to map the ocean floor East of Newark, New Jersey to Norfolk, Virginia. This three-week long survey is to collect bathymetric, seismic, and gravity data which will be analyzed by the ECS Project to determine the US outer limit points for the Atlantic region. Under international law as reflected in the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), every coastal nation has continental shelf that extends out to 200 nautical miles, where that nation has jurisdiction over resources. The ECS is that area beyond 200 nautical miles that also meets the criteria of the continental shelf as set forth in Article 76 of UNCLOS, which would extend the resource jurisdiction of the coastal nation. NGDC is the data integration and long-term archive center for the U.S. ECS project and supports the analysis required to determine the limits of the U.S. continental shelf.
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