MMO continuously evolves through communications with users and a vibrant competitive research program. These activities help prioritize evolution investments as technology, user expectations, and science understanding improves on an annual, NOT decadal, time scale.
ESDS Data System and Science Products are evolved through a combination of competitive awards and sustained and strategic investments
Competitive awards provide a constant source of innovation to improve data products, advance systems, and nurture interdisciplinary tools. NASA Headquarter's ESDS Program's Competitive Award Programs include:
Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs)
Objective: To develop long-term, consistent, and calibrated data and products that are valid across multiple missions and satellite sensors.
Benefit: Focused on product generation, availability, and utility.
Advancing Collaborative Connections for Earth System Science (ACCESS)
Objective: To enhance and improve existing components of the distributed and heterogeneous data and information systems infrastructure (Earth Observing System Data and Information System, or EOSDIS) that support NASA's Earth science research goals.
Benefit: Increased interconnectedness and reuse of key information-technology (IT) software and services in use across the broad spectrum of Earth system science investigations.
Objective: To comprehensively address and communicate information about the science issue in collaboration with Research and Analysis Programs.
Benefit: Effective and sustainable capability.
Citizen Science for Earth Systems Program (CSESP)
NASA's Citizen Science for Earth Systems Program (CSESP) is a competitive award program implemented by NASA Headquarters in 2016. Two elements are involved in this program:
1. Focus on collection and analysis across Earth Science Focus Areas.
2. Technological development and production of low-cost sensors (e.g., mobile, raspberry pi, arduino, etc.) for measurement/monitoring.
Sustained and strategic investments increase efficiency and interoperability of EOSDIS. Investments are made in various areas of the program, including:
Ex: Networks, Virtualization, Storage, Backups
Earth Science Data System Working Groups (ESDSWG)
Focus: Exploration and development of recommendations derived from pertinent community insights of NASA's heterogeneous and distributed Earth science data systems.
Membership: Comprised of working groups organized around key technology and information system issues. Membership is limited to NASA funded researchers and EOSDIS personnel.
NASA's Earth Science Data System Working Groups (ESDSWG) provide a forum for PIs from the Competitive Programs and system managers and engineers from EOSDIS to collIaborate and infuse new ideas and technology cooperatively.
- 150 Earth science researchers and system developers attended the March 2017 ESDSWG meeting in Annapolis, MD.
Significant evolutionary activities are initiated as a result of programs reviews
In 2015, NASA proactively tasked the Earth Science Division (ESD) / Earth Science Data and Information Systems (ESDIS) Project to sponsor an independent, holistic review (with appropriate stakeholders, including ESD Research and Analysis, ESD Applications, ESDIS, Science community leaders, and Mission stakeholders, as well as a senior representative from NASA's Chief Information Officer community) to study potential efficiencies and enhanced capabilities from a variety of perspectives based on:
- Science Discipline
- Optimizing common data operation tasks across NASA's Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs)
The review resulted in the following recommendation:
Consider advancing current efforts to achieve efficiencies across DAACs, including cloud computing, dataset interoperability, and open source software.
Last Updated: Feb 15, 2019 at 1:23 PM EST