Moe Statement

From Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

Karen L. Moe, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Emeritus), Nominee for Member-at-Large, ESIP Board

Candidate Statement: I am very honored to have been nominated for a member-at-large position on the ESIP Board. If elected I would be happy to contribute my time and insights to support the ESIP Federation’s goals and activities, especially with respect to plans to simplify and streamline the organization. Additionally ESIP is poised to expand its membership to more potential users of Earth science data, thus complementing ESIP’s strong base in data providers, a position I fully support.

Bio: I am pleased to have been associated with the Earth Science Information Partners from its very beginnings, when NASA was exploring how to best involve diverse science user communities in the management and use of NASA’s vast data and information systems during the early days of the Earth Observing System. My NASA career focused on evolving data systems technology that would help NASA and society benefit from the growing archives of remote sensing data. It has been very rewarding to see the ESIP Federation evolve and grow.

Since retiring in 2015, my continued participation in ESIP has been co-chairing the Disasters Lifecycle cluster. Our group has leveraged the ESIP Testbed funds and recently conducted an ESIP co-sponsored workshop on Data Driven Decision Making for the All Hazards Consortium, a power utilities collaboration group. Our Geo-Collaborate testbed helped demonstrate the benefit of satellite data products to a new community and the workshop served to help us better understand the power utilities needs in responding to massive power outages. Additionally the cluster has worked with other state and local disaster response providers, seeking methods to better understand and respond to their data system needs. I believe that ESIP is now in a good position to expand its membership to focus on similar communities who are beginning to realize that Earth science data can be a productivity game-changer.