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Friday, July 19 • 11:45am - 1:15pm
Improving Airborne Data Discovery and Use

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Join us to talk about Airborne Data issues!
Airborne earth observations are typically collected in field campaigns aimed at satellite data validation or intensive observation of a particular geophysical feature or physical relationship. This results in a wealth of coincident observations of Earth system processes from a wide variety of instruments. However, these heterogeneous data have diverse temporal and spatial scales, variables, and data formats and organization. Compared to satellite data, airborne data typically have a much smaller user community and consist of more data types containing fewer and smaller data files. In many cases, the users of airborne data may be limited to just those involved with the airborne campaign due to the complexity of the data and the difficulty visualizing and using the data. Individual data centers have developed their own particular way of serving the needs of a particular community of airborne data users effectively. In this session, we aim to bring together data providers and data users to gather effective ideas for broadening airborne data user communities beyond the campaign scientists. 

Session Notes Doc (please add your name to attendees list):  http://bit.ly/ESIPAirborneDataNotes 

Session Agenda:  
Introduction- 10 min
Speakers - 45 min
  • Heather Holbach (NOAA/AOML/HRD) Hurricane airborne data use/issues
  • Tristan Goulden (NEON)  Ecological airborne data use/issues
  • Jeff Deems  (NSIDC)  Snow and Ice airborne data use/issues
  • Helen Conover (UAH/ITSC) - Technology examples for airborne data exploration
Discussion - 30 min
Wrap up - 5 min

Goals of Sesion:
  • Build interest in this topic
  • Bring together data providers, data users, and data managers
  • Gather ideas for increasing airborne data use among more communities
  • Explore effort vs outcome as consideration to prioritizing airborne data improvements
  • Identify future webinar topics that would aid users/data managers

Session recording here.


Heather Holbach

Assistant in Research, NOAA/AOML/HRD
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Deborah Smith

Airborne Data Management Group, IMPACT/ UAH
I am the lead scientist of the IMPACT Airborne Data Mangement Group (ADMG). I work towards improving airborne data knowledge, use, access and value.
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Amanda Leon

DAAC Manager, NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center DAAC
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Helen Conover

ESDIS Standards Office, UAH/ITSC
Data stewardship, metadata, standards, lightning observations from space

Friday July 19, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm PDT
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