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Updated bathymetry viewer highlights cross-NOAA collaboration [June 30, 2014]
The National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) just released a new version of the Bathymetry Data Viewer for the global oceans (http://maps.ngdc.noaa.gov/viewers/bathymetry). The Data Viewer provides easy discovery of and access to NOAA and other public data mapping the depth of the seafloor. Improvements to the viewer include a redesigned user interface, tabs to navigate to Mercator/Arctic/Antarctic map projections, improved maintainability, and the inclusion of a new data type: bathymetric lidar, distributed by the NOAA's Coastal Services Center and archived at NGDC. Utilizing web services hosted at CSC, spatial footprints of the bathymetric lidar data are displayed in the Bathymetry Data Viewer's interface. Upon user request, a link to the data in the CSC Data Access Viewer (http://www.csc.noaa.gov/dataviewer) is provided, improving both data discovery and access for bathymetric data users. Improvements to NGDC's web services and map viewers will facilitate increased collaboration between NGDC and CSC and improve discovery and use of these valuable data.
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) To Participate in First Annual Summer Academy on the Continental Shelf [June 28, 2014]
On June 21-28, Barry Eakins NGDC / Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) will participate in the first annual Summer Academy on the Continental Shelf (SACS), to be held in the Faroe Islands under the auspices of the University of the Faroe Islands. The purpose of SACS is to disseminate scientific and legal knowledge relating to the regime of the continental shelf, in particular the area beyond 200 nautical miles. SACS will focus on the legal and technical conditions governing the entitlement to and establishment of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles, and on the delimitation of overlapping areas. Articles 76 and 83 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, including Annex II, will be emphasized during the week-long academy. The U.S. ECS Project is a multi-agency collaboration to determine and define the extent of the U.S. continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles as reflected in the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. NGDC is the U.S. ECS data archive and integration center and supports the U.S. ECS Project Office.
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Technology in Space Weather Satellites Presented at Jet Propulsion Laboratory Conference [June 27, 2014]
Dr. Rob Redmon of NGDC will give a presentation at the 13th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference (SCTC) hosted by the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory during the week of June 23-27, 2014. The SCTC is focused on studying the deleterious effects of the space environment on space-based systems and on technologies to mitigate these effects through improved spacecraft design and operational response. Dr. Redmon will speak on access to and use of NOAA space environmental data sets and services including products derived from currently operating Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) and Polar Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) spacecraft and planned products for the next generation GOES-R series satellites. Dr. Redmon will also speak on recent and planned activities in support of a Safeguarding Satellites from Space Weather program initiative including anomaly assessments during large events and the upcoming Satellite Anomaly Information Service (SAIS) portal which will provide tools designed for operators to assess causal connections between space system impacts and space environment. Feedback from the SCTC community will help NGDC optimize current and future space weather products and services.
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Scientist Speaks at National Science Foundation (NSF) Event [June 20, 2014]
NGDC Scientist, Dr. Rob Redmon, will speak at the NSF Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) workshop the week of June 16-20. GEM is a broad-based, community-initiated research program on the physics of the Earth's magnetosphere and the coupling of the magnetosphere to the atmosphere and to solar wind. Dr. Redmon will give one lead presentation and one co-authored presentation on behalf of NGDC's Solar & Terrestrial Physics division, highlighting vital services NGDC provides to the GEM community. Dr. Redmon will deliver presentations on the access to and use of NGDC's existing and upcoming space environmental data sets and data services. These data sets and services include products derived from currently operating NOAA operational weather satellites, and planned products for the next generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite satellites plus services to be made available from NOAA's Satellite Anomaly Information Service portal. Feedback from the GEM community will allow NGDC to optimize its space environmental products and services.
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) To Participate in Swarm Calibration/Validation and Science Meetings [June 20, 2014]
On June 16-20, Arnaud Chulliat, Patrick Alken, Stefan Maus and Adam Woods, NGDC / Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), will participate in the second Swarm Calibration/Validation (Cal/Val) Meeting and the third Swarm Science Meeting, to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Swarm is a European Space Agency satellite mission dedicated to the observation of the Earth's magnetic field. Comprised of three satellites, Swarm was launched in November 2013 and has a nominal duration of four years. During the Cal/Val meeting, several groups of investigators will share their results on the quality of the data provided by the Swarm instruments and discuss how to improve the measurement calibrations. First scientific results based upon Swarm data will be reported during the Science meeting.
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Hosts Strategic Planning Session [June 18, 2014]
Key leaders from the National Oceanographic Data Center and the National Geophysical Data Center met during the week of June 16-18 to strategize the organization, function, and focus of a combined center for oceanographic/geophysical data, products, and services as proposed under the Strengthening NESDIS reorganization. Participants reviewed current programs, priorities, and drivers while looking for areas of common interest, areas of expertise and partnerships. Under the proposed reorganization, the existing data archive, stewardship, and services provided by NODC and by NGDC's Marine Geology and Geophysics Division would be merged into a single Division, uniting all aspects of ocean data management.
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) visit to NMFS Science Centers [June 18, 2014]
NGDC affiliates Dr. Carrie Wall and Chuck Anderson will travel to Seattle, WA to meet with acousticians at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) and Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) on June 17-18, 2014. Topics of discussion will include current and future directions of the water column sonar data archive, establishing a data submission agreement with NWFSC, and planning of a passive acoustic data archive. In addition to individual discussions, Dr. Wall will present the progress of the water column sonar data archive to the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Science Board meeting whose members largely comprise the six NMFS Fisheries Science Centers' directors. These meetings serve to further NGDC's collaboration with NMFS scientists, highlight the progress of the water column sonar data archive and its value to the fisheries acoustic community, and increase the project's visibility. Developing and exploiting a central archive to generate new fisheries products from the versatile sonar instruments employed by NMFS is one of the key goals of the NGDC-NMFS collaboration.
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NGDC Participates in GEO Task SB-04 Workshop [June 14, 2014]
Dr. Chris Elvidge will present an update on NGDC's effort to produce a research quality global nighttime lights product from VIIRS data at a workshop organized as part of the Third International Workshop on Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Applications (EORSA 2014), June 11-14, Changsha, China. The SB-04 task title is "Global Urban Observation and Information". VIIRS ability to detect electric lighting at night make it one of the primary data sources suitable for global mapping and monitoring of human settlements. NGDC is currently working on algorithms to make monthly and annual cloud-free composites of VIIRS nighttime lights, with removal of background noise and features unrelated to electric lighting, such as lighting, aurora, and fires. Dr. Elvidge will review the current status of NGDC algorithm development.
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Participates in Workshop on Degradation and Inter-calibration of Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Instruments [June 13, 2014]
Dr. Janet Machol of NGDC/Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) will participate in the Workshop on Degradation and Inter-calibration of Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Instruments on June 10-13 in Brussels, Belgium. The workshop is sponsored by the Belgium Solar-Terrestrial Center of Excellence. Attendees aim to understand the absolute EUV solar irradiance by characterizing the various instruments which currently make solar irradiance measurements in the EUV. This work will be used to improve the long-term GOES satellite solar irradiance measurements that are archived and distributed by NGDC. Solar EUV irradiance is the primary energy input to the Earth's upper atmosphere; it heats the thermosphere, creates the ionosphere, and drives complex photochemistry and dynamical motions. Fluctuating EUV irradiance drives variability in the atmosphere which affects satellite operations, navigation systems, and communications.
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NOAA Boulder Hosts the Western Regional Collaboration Team Annual Meeting [June 02, 2014]
The NOAA West Regional Team met in Boulder on May 28-29, 2014. The focus of this annual meeting was to gain perspective on regional climate activities and identify ways the team can contribute to making NOAA more effective at characterizing regional climate impacts and delivering services that help communities adapt and respond to climate change. A special guest this year was Buck Sutter, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Director of Office of Habitat Conservation. The Western Region is one of NOAA's largest in terms of geography, number of employees, and facilities, encompassing roughly 23% of the total workforce and spanning the high mountains, deserts, and coasts. The National Geophysical Data Center's (NGDC) Susan McLean has been the NESDIS representative to the Western Region since its inception. NGDC supported the Earth Systems Research Lab in hosting the Regional Meeting.
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