ISRSE Demonstration - Stresa, Italy. May 2009

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Highlighted ESIP Federation Partners

The demonstration in Stresa highlights the products and services of several ESIP Federation members.

Global Change Master Directory (GCMD)

The GCMD database holds more than 25,000 descriptions of Earth science data sets and services covering all aspects of Earth and environmental sciences. One can use the search box or select from the available keywords to search for data and services. We encourage your participation in writing and maintaining the information in our databases. You will find authoring tools to assist you. In addition, Subscription services are available to notify you of new entries. The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) International Directory Network (IDN) Interoperability Forum is available to discuss content and database issues.

Included in the holdings of GCMD is a specialized portal for discovering ESIP Federation Products and Services.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive (ORNL DAAC)

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center (ORNL DAAC) is a NASA-sponsored source for biogeochemical and ecological data and models useful in environmental research. All of our data sets and model products are free of any costs to you (including shipping).

Data have been collected

  • on the ground,
  • by aircraft,
  • by satellite, and
  • from computer models.

The extent of data and model products ranges from site specific to global, and durations range from days to years. To learn more about the types of products we provide, see our project areas.

Many ORNL DAAC products are available through their collection of WebGIS services.

ESIP Air Quality Working Group

The ESIP Air Quality group has spent the last few months working on the process to publish metadata for datasets (with WMS) into the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (Registry, Clearinghouse, GEO Portals) in order to find the metadata and bind to the service. They have now completed the initial GCI-augmented publish-find-bind loop (here is a picture with the details) - Here is an example of the ESRI GEO Portal binding to their airnow wms (this will also work with other WMS - you can try your own by just changing the url).

Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC)

Since 1964, the Earth Data Analysis Center has focused on the transfer of science products to end-users in a wide variety of research and application domains including public health, transportation, natural resources management, and international remote sensing applications. Common to these application areas are the application of state-of-the-art geospatial technologies to the problems at hand.

One recent NASA funded project is the Public Health in Remote Sensing Project (PHAiRS) in which, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Arizona and George Mason University, a services oriented architecture for the delivery of near-real-time dust forecast data to public health decision makers. The following two animations illustrate the types of dust forecast model outputs generated as a result of the PHAiRS project.

PM25 most recent.gif PM10 most recent.gif

University of Wisconsin Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC)

Satellite Observations in Science Education SOSE

The purpose of this site is to improve the teaching and learning of the Earth system through quality educational resources that make use of satellite observations. Recognizing the increasing importance of online learning techniques, this site makes freely available a library of Reusable Content Objects (RCOs) - a toolkit adaptable to a wide variety of applications. Using this toolkit, an educator can quickly assemble highly interactive web-based activities.

The site also provides access to real-time satellite data via a very simple (one click) interface.

Sponsored by NASA, developed and hosted by the University of Wisconsin Space Science and Engineering Center, SSEC Contact information available on the site.


McIDAS-V is a free, open source, visualization and data analysis software package that is the next generation in SSEC's 35-year history of sophisticated McIDAS software packages. McIDAS-V displays weather satellite (including hyperspectral) and other geophysical data in 2- and 3-dimensions. McIDAS-V can also analyze and manipulate the data with its powerful mathematical functions.

Developed by the University of Wisconsin Space Science and Engineering Center, SSEC

Screenshot follows:

McV screenshot.jpg


The Data and Information Application Layer (DIAL) ACCESS project uses plug-in technology to add NASA data visualization and access tools to the Adobe Director™ multimedia application authoring environment. This means that, with a little additional work, stand-alone data-rich applications can be authored as easily as any other software authored using Director™.

Under the hood of the DIAL technology are two (soon to be three) pieces of commercial, off-the-shelf software: Adobe Director™, ITTVis IDL™, and ESRI ArcEngine™. A small plug-in to Director™ links this to IDL™ or (soon) ArcEngine™. Licence agreements with ITTVis and ESRI make the resulting applications free for educational use and distribution. DIAL currently uses the OPeNDAP client in IDL™ for data access. Emerging WCS capabilities within IDL™ and ArcEngine™ will expand data access options.

The DIAL project is a technology infusion effort. We are building a community of developers looking to bring new data resources to their users. The IDL plug-in and ESRI plug-in to Director™ will be made available for free to NASA partners for non-commercial end use. Other uses will require licensing agreements. The IDL and ArcEngine licenses are for educational use, but other agreements can be negotiated. DIAL puts the power of IDL and ArcEngine into the hands of students and the public through user interfaces that a simple and easy to use.

Open Geospatial Consortium Web Map Services (WMS) Demonstration

A large number of ESIP Federation members host WMS services for their data products. Several of these services have been integrated into a demonstration client hosted by the Earth Data Analysis Center, at the University of New Mexico.