National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) To Host NOAA Hollings Scholar [May 06, 2013]
NOAA Hollings Scholar Ms. Nicole Calsbeek will begin her summer internship at NGDC on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Ms. Calsbeek will lead the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) development of a new bathymetric model of Southern California. This model will incorporate the most recent, publicly available bathymetric data to update one of NOAA's key coastal products, the U.S. Coastal Relief Model Series. Ms. Calsbeek will gain valuable practical skills and understanding of ocean mapping data by gathering publicly available bathymetric data; processing, evaluating and editing the data in a GIS environment; gridding and assessing the resulting model using a variety of techniques; and thoroughly documenting the model development and source data utilized. The resulting improved bathymetric model of Southern California will support a wide variety of applications including coastal processes (tsunami inundation, storm surge, sea-level rise, contaminant dispersal, etc.), ecosystems management and habitat research, hazard mitigation and community preparedness, and Earth visualization and exploration. NGDC builds and distributes high-resolution, coastal digital elevation models (DEMs) that integrate ocean bathymetry and land topography to support NOAA's mission to understand and predict changes in Earth's environment, and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation's economic, social, and environmental needs. The Hollings Scholar Program increases undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric sciences and prepares students for public services careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies.
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