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April 2024

Earth Resources Technology - Type II[edit | edit source]

Earth Resources Technology, Inc. integrates full-spectrum, data-driven science and technology solutions to solve high-profile and demanding Federal Earth and Space mission priorities -enabling government agencies and the industry to make critical climate decisions that contribute to preserving lives and property and sustaining economies and ecosystems. We are at the forefront of the entire environmental data lifecycle, from collection, to ingest, processing and analysis, modeling, archive and dissemination, and decision support. Primary capabilities are in Satellite Ground Segment Engineering, Scientific Data Modeling, Data Analytics and Application of AI/ML to Scientific Problems, Scientific Software Development, and Enterprise and Cloud Computing.

Full Application: [1]
Supplemental Material: [2]

February 2024

East Tennessee State University Department of Geosciences - Type II

East Tennessee State University's Center for Rural Health Research and Department of Geosciences are dedicated to promoting geosciences as a unifying interdisciplinary science, focusing on the earth and societal and health challenges and opportunities through education and research. Their mission is to educate students and community in geosciences with hands-on experiences and interdisciplinary learning, explore the world, develop innovative solutions for societal problems, produce exceptional geoscientists, advance career opportunities, and further scientific knowledge.

Full Application: [2]

NASA Science Explorer - Type II

In 2023, NASA invited the Astrophysics Data System (ADS) to expand it's focus into the Earth sciences, heliophysics, planetary science, biological sciences, and physical sciences, giving rise to the digital library portal known as NASA Science Explorer (SciX). Crafted to be as invaluable to Earth science as ADS is to astrophysics, SciX efficiently cross-links diverse bibliographic and data sources, fostering inclusivity and comprehensive scientific exploration. Offering researchers unparalleled access to a wealth of knowledge, SciX actively embraces Open Science principles, indexing NASA's PubSpace, Earth Science journals, preprints, meeting abstracts, theses, data sets, software, and more. Beyond being a comprehensive library resource, SciX empowers researchers with advanced citation metrics and data visualizations to pinpoint potential collaborators, establishing itself as a dynamic resource capable of supporting accessible and collaborative scientific research across all NASA science mission directorate areas.

Full Application: [1]

January 2024

UK Met Office Informatics Lab - Type II

The Met Office is the National Weather and Climate Service for the United Kingdom and a world leader in weather & climate research and operations. The Informatics Lab is a team within the Met Office that focused on exploring future themes in science and technology that will be relevant to the wider organisation on a 5-10 year horizon. The current focus is leading research into applying data science and machine learning to weather and climate research and operations. Themes within this include analysis-ready data, platforms and tools that enable scaling up ML pipelines to meet the requirements of weather and climate, physics-informed-machine learning, Explainable AI, and the potential of digital twins to assist in making informed decisions.

Full Application: [1]

Open Science Computing, LLC - Type III

Accelerating Open Science by expanding the community of researchers sharing cloud-optimized data and conducting analysis and visualization with a scalable open-source framework that works effectively on laptops, HPC and Cloud.

Full Application: [2]

October 2023

USAP-DC - Type I

The US Antarctic Program Data Center (USAP-DC) provides a research data repository and project catalog for the NSF funded USAP community.

Full Application: [3]


The Global Initiative for Flood Forecasting and Alerting (GIFFT) provides flood early warning incorporating hydrologic models and remote sensing to identify areas affected by floods. We have partnered with the Pacific Disaster Center to deliver this information to their global user community. Our initiative produces flood alerting information as well as remote sensing products to identify the extent and depth of floods. We also incorporate damage assessment as well as exposure to assess the impacts of floods. We have developed an algorithm that assigns flood severity and is used as a trigger for remote sensing evaluation.

Full Application: [4]

July 2023

Intertidal Agency - Type II

Intertidal Agency brings design thinking and data science to conservation decisions. We’re a nonprofit consulting firm that believes the planet deserves high quality digital services. If you work with seas, forests, fish, parks, rivers, reefs, or coastlines (and the people who rely on them) we want to work with you. Our core clients include government agencies big and small, foundations, entrepreneurs, and social impact organizations who need data and design strategy to deliver on resilience and sustainability goals.

Full Application: [5]

Nearview, LLC - Type I

Established in 2015, Nearview’s mission is to provide expert aerial drone services and solutions that will lead us to a better tomorrow. We deploy light, small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) with advanced remote sensing capabilities and offer surveying, mapping, analysis, and monitoring to organizations and individuals around the world. Our specialization is in supporting natural resource management, alternative energy initiatives, infrastructure projects, cultural research, and environmental justice campaigns. We develop remote sensing tools and open-access spectral libraries and data portals.

Full Application: [6]

Radiant Earth - Type III

Radiant Earth is a nonprofit technology company working to expand access to data, machine learning models, and cloud-native geospatial knowledge.

Full Application: [7]

California Water Data Consortium - Type V

The California Water Data Consortium is an independent, nonprofit organization that supports data-informed water management decisions in California in the face of climate change and other pressures on water resources. We amplify efforts to improve water data infrastructure by creating a neutral organizational space to build trust and facilitate collaboration across sectors.

Full Application: [8]

Anecdata - Type II is a citizen science platform developed by the Community Lab at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Maine. It enables individuals and organizations to collect, manage, and share observations on environmental topics. is particularly useful in Earth science research, where it can facilitate the monitoring of changes in plant and animal populations, tracking of weather patterns, and collection of water quality data. These observations can help understand the impacts of climate change, detect environmental hazards, and inform conservation efforts. empowers citizens to contribute to the scientific community's understanding of the Earth's systems and the impacts of human activity on the environment. Its role in citizen science is vital as it enables the collection of large amounts of data from a wide range of contributors that can be used for scientific research and decision-making.

Full Application: [9]

April 2023

EarthScope Consortium - ESIP-I

EarthScope Consortium is a university consortium dedicated to transforming global geophysical research and education. Our vision is an engaged society, resilient to geohazards, informed by geophysical discovery and global collaboration.

EarthScope operates NSFs Seismological Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience (SAGE) and the Geodetic Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience (GAGE). SAGE and GAGE are the main repositories of seismic and geodetic data for the US and a large part of the world.

Full Application: [10]

March 2023

Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment, University of Florida - ESIP-II

The Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment (ESSIE) is a unique cross-disciplinary school at the University of Florida. ESSIE continues to improve and advance sustainability through a nexus of the civil, coastal, environmental and oceanographic programs. ESSIE is comprised of the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering (CCE) and the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences (EES).

ESSIE offers broad-based, yet cutting-edge undergraduate and graduate programs. Undergraduates have a choice of two exceptional undergraduate degree programs, one leading to a B.S. in Civil Engineering and the other a B.S. in Environmental Engineering. Each program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Both programs provide options for a combined bachelor's/master's degree (i.e., "4-1 Program") in which students may double-count graduate course credit to accelerate progress toward a master's degree.

The school also provides multiple master's and doctorate programs in three major disciplines: Civil Engineering, Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering, and Environmental Engineering Sciences. Instilling excellence in teaching, research, leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship are ESSIE's highest priorities. A growing number of our undergraduate and graduate students are participating in a college-wide initiative to foster concomitant training in entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership skills in engineering.

Full Application: [11]

October 2022

Azavea - ESIP-III

Azavea is a mission-driven geospatial software and technology firm. Our goal is to help solve planetary-scale problems, and as such our work consistently overlaps with earth science topics, particularly in the climate change, conservation, and sustainability areas. We work on projects for both NASA and NOAA, and do significant work with the National Water Model. We believe in open knowledge systems, and interact heavily with the open source geospatial community.

Full Application: [12]


OpenAQ is a non-profit organization empowering communities around the globe to clean their air by harmonizing, sharing, and using open air quality data. We aggregate air quality data from all over the world and provide them open-access on our platform. In addition to the web-based platform, users can also access the data via an API or archives. We also spearhead or participate in programs that empower champions in low- and middle-income countries.

Full Application: [13]

July 2022

Australian Research Data Commons - ESIP-I

Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) is funded by the Australian Federal Government under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure (NCRIS) Strategy.

The ARDC enables the Australian research community and industry access to national significant, data intensive digital research infrastructure, platforms, skills and collections of high quality data.

The Australian research community includes the solid Earth, environmental, marine and biodiversity communities. In the past decades, ARDC has been actively collaborating with members of the Australian National Earth and Environmental Science Facilities Forum (NEESFF) including the Integrated Marine Observing Service (IMOS), the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), AuScope, National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) and Geoscience Australia, all of whom are existing partners in ESIP.

Full Application: [14]

Synoptic Data PBC - ESIP-III

Synoptic Data PBC is a leader in the aggregation and dissemination of real-time weather data. With more than 350 networks and 70,000 plus stations, Synoptic provides a one-stop shop for government agencies, private industry, and the general public for easy access to mission-critical data.

Full Application: [15]

January 2022

Farallon Institute - ESIP-II

Open source development, NASA data, open science. The Farallon Institute emphasizes long-term, multi-species, multi-disciplinary research into the interdependent aspects of the marine environment, including the effects of natural and human based climate change, and the broad implications and influences of ocean currents, weather patterns, fishing practices and coastal development on marine food webs and ecosystem processes.

Full Application: [16]

July 2021

Case Consultants International - ESIP-II

CASE consultants make global warming science relevant and actionable for communities, business sectors, and policy makers. Based on use-inspired products, we develop projects that improve outcomes in a changing climate. Proven leaders in climate services, CASE consults in climate change adaptation, sustainability, and resilience. CASE subject matter experts inform science-based decisions from international policy to local community planning.

Full Application: [17]

Earth Big Data, LLC - ESIP-III

Earth Big Data focuses on bringing Earth Observation data from remote sensing instruments via cloud computing solutions to analysis ready data for science application to solve environmental challenges at all geographic scales.

Full Application: [18]

Ocean Data Alliance - ESIP-V

Ocean Data Alliance is a consortium of businesses, scientists, journalists, and data professionals collaborating on ocean and earth geospatial solutions to urgent ocean challenges.

Full Application: [19]

April 2021

Blue Hill Observatory - ESIP-I

Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory was founded in 1885 by Abbott Lawrence Rotch as a private scientific center for the study and measurement of the atmosphere., It maintains one of the longest continuous climate records in the nation, and it was the site of many pioneering weather experiments and discoveries. The earliest kite soundings of the atmosphere in North America in the 1890s and the development of the radiosonde in the 1930s occurred at this historic site. Today, the Observatory is a National Historic Landmark and remains committed to continuing its extensive, uninterrupted climate record with traditional methods and instruments. The Observatory has also been recognized by the World Meteorological Organization as a Centennial Observing Station, one of only seven such sites in the United States. The Science Center, established in 1999, expands this mission by enhancing public understanding of atmospheric science.

Full Application: [20]

Riverside Technologies, Inc. - ESIP-III

Interactions with the natural world require an understanding of the challenges and an ability to balance the needs of the environment, the economy, and society. For the last 30 years, Riverside Technology, inc. has provided innovative solutions that address the increasing demand for environmental decision support technologies in an ever-changing world.

Full Application: [21]

January 2021

Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration - Earth and Environment Hub - ESIP-II

This is the Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration's (HMC) task: to promote the qualitative enrichment of research data by means of metadata – and implement this approach across the whole organization. The platform pools the scientific expertise on metadata from several domains in special metadata hubs (including an Earth and Environment Hub) for the research fields. Association-wide services offer advice and provide infrastructure services for storing, reusing, and exchanging metadata. The work is always embedded in the national and international context. HMC aims to keep the research data "alive". The platform is intended to make it possible to access specific data even after many years, and to make the data available and usable to interested parties in various disciplines. By combining research data and metadata from different sources, researchers can work on new interdisciplinary research topics or validate models, for example. Research in the field of artificial intelligence is also reliant on excellent reference data sets.

Full Application: [22]

Marine Geoscience Data System - ESIP-I

MGDS is a trusted, NSF-approved data repository that provides free public access to a curated collection of marine geophysical data products and complementary data related to understanding the formation and evolution of the seafloor and sub-seafloor. Developed and operated by domain scientists and technical specialists with deep knowledge about the creation, analysis and scientific interpretation of marine geoscience data, the system makes available a digital library of data files described by a rich curated metadata catalog. MGDS provides tools and services for the discovery and download of data collected throughout the global oceans produced primarily by National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported researchers.

MGDS is designed to serve the needs of the science user community with a focus on (1) enabling data discovery and access, (2) curating coherent disciplinary collections of data that facilitate the creation of global syntheses, (3) ensuring the long-term preservation and stewardship of research data products, and (4) facilitating compliance with data management and data sharing obligations.

MGDS has, in fact, been part of the ESIP community since 2012, since MGDS was a major component in the IEDA Data Facility. With the end of the IEDA project, MGDS now seeks independent partnership in ESIP.

Full Application: [23]

Massive Connections, LLC - ESIP-II

Environmental challenges may be modeled as a massively interacting mesh of socio-environmental actors connected to one another and modulated by policies at various spatial, temporal, organizational, and social scales.

Massive Connections, LLC specializes in the art and science of: 1) Architecting strategic initiatives that weave science, technology, and policy into a coherent whole. 2) Strategizing how data can be used to understand and manage complex social-ecological systems. 3) Engaging government, NGO, and private sector constituents in crafting solutions to wicked problems.

Full Application: [24]

National Microbiome Data Collaborative - ESIP-I

The National Microbiome Data Collaborative is a new initiative focused on making microbiome data FAIR - findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. Initially, the NMDC is working with the environmental microbiome community to standardize genomic, proteomic, and metabolomic data from environmental samples. Microbes are key drivers of nutrient cycling, which directly impact the Earth sciences. Building stronger collaborations between Earth sciences and environmental microbiology, especially in support of FAIR data, is a top goal for the NMDC. We are also keen to diversify our community and reach beyond the DOE. Partnering with ESIP would provide another avenue to strengThe NMD then our exisiting collaborations with NASA, NOAA, and USGS, as well as NSF and other key agencies already engaged with ESIP.

Full Application: [25]

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) - ESIP-II

Data Analytics foundational approaches and technology shaping to best address earth science specific vision. SAIC has corporate capabilities in the following Earth Science functions: Modernization of legacy IT, Cloud Migration, Enterprise App Development, Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Optimization, Advanced Analytics, End User Services, Organizational Change Management

Full Application: [26]

October 2020

Airborne Snow Observatories - ESIP-III

Building on a 7-year legacy with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Airborne Snow Observatories Inc. provides basin-scale inventories of mountain snow water resources using industry-leading airborne remote sensing techniques and modeling. ASO collaborates with many academic research organizations, including NCAR, and distributes data to academics for research purposes.

Full Application: [27]

Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning (SNAP) - ESIP-II

Since 2007, SNAP has used climate data to create and share ideas of what a future Northern climate could look like. Because climate projections can be misleading and potentially misused, interpretation that recognizes uncertainty is needed. We work with climate data every day and know how to display a specific trend or pattern in the most unbiased manner. SNAP scenarios are not forecasts based on probabilities. Instead, they use data to ask "What if ...?" and consider multiple divergent, challenging, and possible future events. Combining these scenarios with stakeholder knowledge fosters informed dialogue and planning.

We help partners and clients of varying needs and technical experience choose the best ways to visually communicate climate research information by creating maps, websites, interactive tools, diagrams, and print publications. Some examples include the Historical Sea Ice Atlas website and custom maps created for an Arctic management report to the President of the United States. SNAP also applies dynamical and statistical (delta) downscaling methods to climate data to create locally accurate climate information.

Full Application: [28]

July 2020

American Meteorological Society - ESIP-II

The American Meteorological Society is dedicated to advancing the atmospheric and related sciences, technologies, applications, and services for the benefit of society.

Full Application: [29]

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) - ESIP-V

CLEAN is an award-winning resource collection, a teaching support community, and a network of professionals committed to improving climate and energy literacy. Its three key components include: the CLEAN Collection of 700+ free, peer-reviewed, NGSS-aligned, and ready-to-use educational resources for teaching about climate and energy from grades 6-16; the CLEAN Educators Toolbox with thematic newsletters, background information, and teaching guidance, webinars, and workshops; and the CLEAN Network, a professionally diverse community of scientists, educators and other professionals that connect regularly through weekly teleconferences, and email list, and event hosted at conferences to work toward fostering climate and energy literacy.

Full Application: [30]

First Street Foundation - ESIP-III

First Street Foundation is a non-profit research and technology group committed to defining America's flood risk, under current and future climate scenarios. First Street both consumes Earth science community data (satellite imagery, DEMs, sea levels, hurricane storm surge) and contributes analyses and assessments related to climate change and flood risk.

Full Application: [31]

April 2020

American Geosciences Institute - ESIP-V

AGI is a federation of 51 geoscience societies which provides pan-geoscience services to the profession and public and educational outreach.

Full Application: [32]

Associated Universities, Inc. - ESIP-II

AUI helps design, build, and manage the large, sophisticated facilities necessary for world-class scientific research and experimentation., including NRAO, Green Bank Observatory, and the Network for Earth-space Research Education and Innovation with Data (NEREID), which advances research and innovation through education and engagement with big data in Earth-space sciences.

Full Application: [33]

Derwen, Inc. - ESIP-III

Derwen, Inc. works on knowledge graph technology for discovery of datasets, i.e., to assist in implementing the automated data inventories described by the US Federal Data Strategy.

Full Application: [34]

January 2020

Engineering Research Development Center at US Army Corps of Engineers - ESIP-II

The USACE collects, processes, and analyses geospatial and earth science data for both military and civil applications, particularly in support of our nation's infrastructure needs.

Full Application: [35]

Crowd2Map - ESIP-II

We are supporting capacity development in Tanzania by helping train community activists and youthmapper chapters to use technology to develop their communities. We are mapping rural Tanzania into OpenStreetMap and supporting rural groups and universities with remote sensing. We are working with organizations such as Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI, in Arusha, Tanzania, and Africa Soil Information Service project (AfSIS, to help farmers groups and others to access and use their data.

Full Application: [36]

Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) - ESIP-II

EDGI is a home for accountability around federal treatment of environmental data and information. In addition to monitoring changes to federal sites and writing public comments, we provide reporting and information around the state of earth science coverage & influence in the U.S. federal government, and envision more archivally sound, distributed, and just futures for data in this sector.

Full Application: [37]

Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research - ESIP-III

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research is one of seven New Zealand Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) formed in 1992. CRIs function as independent companies but are owned by, and accountable to, the New Zealand Government. We are responsible for four National Outcomes, to: 1) Achieve the sustainable use of soil and land resources and their ecosystem services across catchments and sectors; 2) Improve the measurement and mitigation of greenhouse gases from the terrestrial biosphere; 3) Improve the measurement, management and protection of New Zealand's terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity, including those in the conservation estate; and 4) Increase the ability of New Zealand industries and organizations to develop within environmental limits and meet market and community requirements.

We have 7 science portfolios that work closely with central and local government, private sector businesses and organizations, and Māori organizations. We collaborate extensively with other research organizations in New Zealand and around the world.

Full Application: [38]

Metadata Game Changers - ESIP-III

Many ESIP members rely on metadata as a primary mechanism for describing data and other research objects in a way that facilitates discovery and use. Our role is to help provide advice and analysis to scientists and data managers on documentation, metadata and data management. We bring extensive experience with NOAA, NASA, DataOne, DataCite, CrossRef, and other metadata repositories to this work.

Full Application: [39]

Montana Technological University - ESIP-II

Montana Technological University specializes in engineering and science and houses the Montana Bureaus of Mines and Geology. Montana Tech currently has research on Geophysics, Remote Sensing, Domain Science in Biology, Chemistry, Geophysics, and other fields. Students, faculty, and affiliated researchers have a wide variety of in-situ and remote sensing projects that are integral to the Earth science community.

Full Application: [40]

October 2019

Anaconda, Inc. - ESIP-III

Anaconda creates, maintains, and distributes Python-based software tools used by a large fraction of the Earth science community (e.g. 5000 unique users just within NASA in 2018).

Full Application: [41]

CyVerse - ESIP-III

Earth science data are heavily utilized by our users. Our emphasis is on enabling the underlying computational infrastructure, allowing researchers to obtain data sets and analyze them at the requisite scale. We work closely with data providers to ensure that best practices for obtaining the data and computation are employed.

Full Application: [42]

Geoscience Australia - ESIP-II

Geoscience Australia is Australia's pre-eminent public sector geoscience organisation. We are the nation's trusted advisor on the geology and geography of Australia. We apply science and technology to describe and understand the Earth for the benefit of Australia.

Full Application: [43]

Goucher College Center for Data, Mathematical, and Computational Sciences - ESIP-II

The Center for Data, Mathematical and Computational Sciences is dedicated to developing the analytical and critical thinking skills of all Goucher College students, advancing their ability to investigate complex data-rich questions using multiple perspectives, and fostering an appreciation for the utility and the artistry of our fields. The Center’s intent is to guide the intellectual development of all students, so that, relative to their chosen academic goals, they become confident and sophisticated practitioners of data analysis, mathematics and computing. The center offers majors and minors in both computer science and mathematics and supports the Goucher Commons Data Analytics proficiency requirement.

Full Application: [44]

Jetstream - ESIP-II

Jetstream, led by the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI), adds cloud-based, on-demand computing, education, and data analysis resources to the national cyberinfrastructure. Jetstream is allocated via the NSF's XSEDE program and provides resources free of charge to the US research and education community.

Full Application: [45]

San Diego Supercomputer Center - ESIP-II

SDSC is an advanced computing center that partners with the geosciences community to apply computational and data science techniques on large-scale infrastructure. SDSC is home to several projects and initiatives in the earth sciences, such as OpenTopo and EarthCube building blocks such as CINERGI and SuAVE.

Full Application: [46]

Zeus Volkov Systems LLC - ESIP-II

Our founders work for federal and state government in earth science and environmental protection and have a long history of developing relationships within this community. One of our cofounders has made several presentations at ESIP through NOAA and GSoC. Zeus Volkov Systems (ZVS) was founded as a way to go into private practice in the realms of data platforms, remote sensing IoT Systems, and software and systems consulting. Our primary domain is earth science, as we are based in Asheville and have connections at NCEI and the Collider. We regularly release and participate in Open Source Software projects as a company and want to continue to release useful data platform tools for the earth science community.

We build IoT remote sensing devices and networks that we are planning on turning into large scale data processing systems for earth science data operations in government, like stream monitoring and atmosphere monitoring. We release open source data platforms built for environmental data processing when possible - generally after we integrate a standard tool into one of our systems, we release the underlying platform as open source.

Full Application: [47]

July 2019

Axiom Data Science - ESIP-II

Axiom Data Science provides cyberinfrastructure support and data management services to a variety of federal, private, academic and non-governmental organizations. Axiom has developed a scalable set of core systems for data management, integration, and visualization which it leverages across a variety of partners in the ecological, geological and ocean sciences.

Full Application: [48]

Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) - ESIP-II

TERN is Australia's land ecosystem observatory. We observe, record and measure critical terrestrial ecosystem parameters and conditions for Australia over time from continental scale to field sites at hundreds of representative locations. This information is standardised, integrated and transformed into model-ready data, enabling researchers to discern and interpret changes in land ecosystems. Understanding ecosystem change, the rate of change, and underlying causes is essential for effectively protecting and managing Australia's environment and the many services it provides.

Full Application: [49]

ESS-DIVE Repository - ESIP-II

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Environmental Systems Science Data Infrastructure for a Virtual Ecosystem (ESS-DIVE) is a new data archive for Earth and environmental science data. ESS-DIVE is funded by the Data Management program within the Climate and Environmental Science Division under the DOE's Office of Biological and Environmental Research program (BER), and is maintained by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. ESS-DIVE archives and publicly shares data obtained from observational, experimental, and modeling research that is funded by the DOE's Office of Science under its Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR) and Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (TES) programs within the Environmental Systems Science (ESS) activity.The mission of ESS-DIVE is to preserve, expand access to, and improve usability of critical data generated through DOE-sponsored research of terrestrial and subsurface ecosystems in support of the DOE's efforts to address some of society's most pressing energy and environmental challenges.

Full Application: [50]

April 2019

California Digital Library - ESIP-I

The University of California Curation Center at the California Digital Library helps researchers and the UC libraries manage, preserve, and provide access to their important digital assets.

Full Application: [51]

MIT Space Enabled Research Group - ESIP-III

The mission of the Space Enabled research group is to advance justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space. Our message is that six types of space technology are supporting societal needs, as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These six technologies include satellite earth observation, satellite communication, satellite positioning, microgravity research, technology transfer, and the inspiration we derive from space research and education. While much good work has been done, barriers still remain that limit the application of space technology as a tool for sustainable development. We strive to enable a more just future in which every community and country can easily and affordably apply space-enabled technology to improve public services and solve local challenges.

Full Application: [52]

NCI Australia - ESIP-II

NCI is Australia's national HPC centre. It is in the national collaborative centre for high performance computing, data analysis and data management for research, with focused activities in Weather, Climate, Satellite Earth Observation and Geophysics.

Full Application: [53]

January 2019

The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries - ESIP-II

The University of Florida Geological Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate programs and internships in geology students. The UF Geography Earth System Science focus area can benefit from ESIP membership. See:

Full Application: [54]


TAG LLC does Earth science and hazard studies, physical oceanography and atmospheric physics work, climate change analysis, numerical and statistical investigations, analytical modeling, processing and validating climate quality satellite information.

Full Application: [55]


The ONTOLOG community has been around for more than 10 years now. We currently have over 800 members in the community, coming from over 30 different countries (more than 120 locations) around the world. Our aim is to promote the development and use of formal semantics as a useful tool for IT and society

Full Application: [56]


OSRS Group constructs software for environmental and earth systems monitoring and analytic communities.

Full Application: [57]

eScience Institute - University of Washington - ESIP-II

The eScience Institute fosters data-intensive discovery across all fields but has strong collaborations, activities, and staff members who are part of the earth science community.

Full Application: [58]

January 2019

AuScope Limited- ESIP-II

AuScope is the primary provider of national-scale research infrastructure to the earth and geospatial science communities in Australia. AuScope revives federal funding through the NCRIS scheme and works with partners at 11 Universities, state governments, CSIRO and Geoscience Australia in order to deliver this infrastructure in support of Australian and international research activity in our sector. We strive to increase collaboration nationally and internationally in order to help researchers answer the big science questions over the next decade.

Full Application: [59]

Geological Survey of Canada - ESIP-II

The Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) is part of the Earth Sciences Sector of Natural Resources Canada. The GSC is Canada’s oldest scientific agency and one of its first government organizations. It was founded in 1842 to help develop a viable Canadian mineral industry by establishing the general geological base on which the industry could plan detailed investigations. Throughout its long and colourful history, the GSC has played a leading role in exploring the nation.

Full Application: [60]

University of Nevada Reno cyberinfrastructure - ESIP-II

UNR Cyberinfrastructure is a new institutional program to bring greater resources and awareness of technology to campus researchers, including the earth sciences. UNR Cyberinfrastructure is a partner with the statewide AlertWildfire digital network and the Nevada Climate- ecohydrology Assessment Network, both of which operate real-time hazards and climate monitoring stations for research and management. We are also partners with the Nevada Research Data Center, a laboratory in UNR Computer Science and Engineering that specializes in streaming data tools and management.

Full Application: [61]


CSIRO is the leading public sector applied science research organization in Australia. We conduct research across a range of sectors, independently and in collaboration with other elements of the research sector. CSIRO has specific business units in Land and Water, Oceans and Atmospheres, Minerals, Agriculture and Food, which deal with information in applications related to the interests of ESIP.

Full Application: [62]

National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) - ESIP-II

NCSA conducts research, development, and provides user support for a wide range of scientific communities, building out broadly usable and sustainable cyberinfrastructure spanning computational & data resources as well as software and services. NCSA has a long track record of supporting efforts within Earth science as well as efforts in other domains utilizing Earth science data spanning funded activities across the NSF directorates, NIST, EPA, ARPA- E, NASA, FFAR, and USDA to name a few, and is active in communities such as EarthCube and the Critical Zones.

Full Application: [63]

Open Topography - ESIP-I

Democratize online access to high-resolution (meter to sub-meter scale), Earth science-oriented, topography data acquired with lidar and other technologies. Harness cutting edge cyberinfrastructure to provide Web service-based data access, processing, and analysis capabilities that are scalable, extensible, and innovative. Promote discovery of data and software tools through community populated metadata catalogs. Partner with public domain data holders to leverage OpenTopography infrastructure for data discovery, hosting and processing. Provide professional training and expert guidance in data management, processing, and analysis. Foster interaction and knowledge exchange in the Earth science lidar user community.

Full Application: [64]

Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University - ESIP-II

The Department of Earth Sciences (ES) at Montana State University (MSU) is comprised of 14 full-time faculty. This core faculty provides opportunities for students to earn Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees rooted in the observation, research, application, education, and use of Earth science. Currently the department has over 200 undergraduate students and 50 graduate students. One of the study tracks is GIScience, and in fall 2018 the department hired a tenure track faculty with experience in the spatial sciences (Sproles) who will further develop Earth science-focused research. Additionally, ES has strong research and teaching collaborations with the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at MSU.

Full Application: [65]

July 2018

The following application has been submitted for the upcoming ESIP New Member Class.

Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc (SGT) - ESIP-II

SGT has provided research, development, and operations support to environmental satellite programs since 1994—core capabilities that align with the goals and objectives of ESIP. SGT provides engineering, science and mission application development, and environmental data analysis services to NOAA, NASA, and USGS, focusing on services that support both research and operations. We integrate satellite environmental data to support analysis of land change, marine commerce, and environmental resilience of communities and ecosystems. In addition, we support development of applications such as national and global land cover mapping, fire severity monitoring, danger forecasting, distribution mapping, near real-time drought monitoring, decision support for famine early warning in third world countries, carbon modeling and assessments, and predictive modeling of future land use and land cover under multiple scenarios.

Full Application: [66]

January 2018

Harte Research Institute- ESIP-III (primarily applications and education)

The Coastal Marine and Geospatial Science Laboratory of HRI seeks a better understanding of the dynamic links between geomorphology, sediments, hydrology, climate, and biology that create the various environments of coastal zones.

Full Application: [67]

Science Gateways Community Institute - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

We are an NSF-funded software institute whose mission is to support those developing advanced web interfaces for science, also called science gateways.

Full Application: [68]

Indiana Geological and Water Survey - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

Established in Indiana Statue in 1993 as an institute of Indiana University, the IGWS is committed to providing unbiased and reliable earth science information through directed research, service, and education

Full Application: [69]

July 2017

Air Sciences - ESIP-III (primarily applications and education)

Air Sciences is a consulting firm that specializes in atmospheric problems including air quality, fugitive dust emission, wildland smoke management and meteorological monitoring and data visualization.

Full Application: AirSci

University of Maryland - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

The Department of Geographical Sciences (GEOG), University of Maryland is supporting NASA and NOA research in the domains of Earth observations (biophysical parameter retrieval, cal/val) and ecosystem modeling.

Full Application: UMD

U.S. EPA: Information Access and Analytical Services Division - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

Needs more detail? Review with committee.

Full Application: USEPA

Neptune and Company Inc. - ESIP-III (primarily applications and education)

Neptune is a small, employee-owned business that specializes in (1) statistical analysis and quality assurance of health and environmental data, (2) characterization of risk to human health and the environment, and (3) development of decision analysis methods/software to facilitate all forms of risk management.

Full Application: Neptune

New Knowledge Organization Ltd. - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

NewKnowledge is an interdisciplinary social science think tank collaborating with change-makers to build a strong, healthy democracy, and thriving biosphere.

Full Application: NewKnowledge

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy - ESIP-III (primarily applications and education)

Our education program shares and implements a science-based, interdisciplinary model of climate change education and public engagement that engages all learners, and fosters climate literacy and action.

Full Application: ClimatGen

University of Notre Dame/Center for Research Computing (UND-CRC) - ESIP-III (primarily applications and education)

The UND CRC provides high performance computing, algorithmic design, geospatial analysis, data collection and software support to Earth science professionals.

Full Application: UND-CRC

In addition, Partnership invited three historical NASA DAACs to become Type I members, bypassing the applications process. Early in its history (2000-2001) ESIP invited all NASA DAACs to be Type 1 (data repository) Members. In the ensuing time, these organizations become a NASA DAAC. The ESIP Partnership Committee therefore extended the same invitation to the following DAACs:

OB.DAAC (Ocean Biology) - ESIP-I (primarily a data center/archive)

CDDIS (Crustal Dynamics) - ESIP-I (primarily a data center/archive)

LAADS (MODIS Level 1 and Atmosphere Archiving and Distribution System) - ESIP-I (primarily a data center/archive)

January 2017

Department of Energy (DOE) Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) - ESIP-I (primarily a data center/archive)

The DOE Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) focuses on advancing a robust predictive understanding of Earth's climate and environmental systems and to inform the development of sustainable solutions to the Nation's energy and environmental challenges.

Full Application: DOE

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) is a leading provider of scientific, engineering, and IT support for customers who seek new frontiers in science and technology.

Full Application: SSAI

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology - ESIP-I (primarily a data center/archive)

IRIS is a major data center that manages time series data. Primarily seismological time series, but data from roughly 30 different types of sensors are available.

Full Application: IRIS

Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System - ESIP-I (primarily a data center/archive)

GCOOS aggregates and re-serves marine meteorological, physical oceanographic and biogeochemical data and products to the federal backbone and our regional stakeholders. We serve resource managers, the professional science community, citizen scientists, K-12+ educators and the general public. We believe that networking with ESIP folk will expose us to cutting edge technologies.

Full Application: GCOOS

July 2016

Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

Ronin scholars conduct research, write papers, etc. on various data related topics. Existing Ronin members are interested in data management, data stewardship, data discovery and access.

Full Application: Ronin Institute

Cyber Infrastructure Research and Development Lab for the Earth Sciences (CIRDLES) - ESIP-III (primarily applications and education)

CIRDLES collaboratively and continuously develops open source software systems and cyber infrastructure to support the scientific workflows of geo-chronologists engaged in isotope-based dating of rock samples. This mission includes discovering ways to ensure sustainability within our working definiton of cyber infrastructure - "a collaboratively and sustainably evolving socio-technical system of systems including humans, software, computing devices, and electronic storage intended to support and advance open science and ensure reproducibility."

Full Application: CIRDLES

Geospatial Metadata - ESIP-III (primarily applications and education)

General data documentation as well as metadata education through the site, a free site dedicated to our passion for metadata.

Full Application: Geospatial Metadata

EarthCube - ESIP-V (in-kind partnership)

EarthCube broadly supports the geosciences by building capacity and capabilities to meet the challenges of scientific discovery. EarthCube membership is completely open. EarthCube hosts the Council for Data Facilities that represents the NSF Funded Earth Science data facilities who are very strongly connected to their user communities across the earth sciences.

The focus of EarthCube is primarily on academic geoscientists (due to NSF funding) but the benefits expand to all geoscientists and potential data users. ESIP is largely comprised of earth scientists from US Federal agencies. We believe there is a strong synergy in bringing these 2 communities with strongly aligned missions together to work on common issues and share capabilities.

Full Application: EarthCube

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) - ESIP-V (in-kind partnership)

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international industry consortium of over 519 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface standards. OGC® Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services and mainstream IT. The standards empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications.

Full Application: OGC

Jan 2016

American Geophysical Union (AGU) - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

The mission of the American Geophysical Union is to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity.

Full Application: AGU

National Agricultural Library (NAL) - ESIP-I (primarily a data center/archive)

We expect to participate in improving standards and best practices for the general community, and also will focus effort on communication with the more specific agricultural research communities we serve. As a government agency we promote activities that align with federal data management policies. As a library we can contribute expertise in scholarly literature, thesauri, and preservation as well as access.

Full Application: NAL

Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI) - ESIP-I (primarily a data center/archive)

CUAHSI is an NSF-funded university consortium whose mission is the interdisciplinary study of water. Our mission is to shape the future of hydrologic science by:

  • Strengthening multidisciplinary collaboration,
  • Developing and operating research infrastructure,
  • Promoting water education and training
Full Application: CUAHSI

Northwest Knowledge Network (NKN) - ESIP-III (primarily applications and education)

The Northwest Knowledge Network is a research data management support unit based in the office of research at the University of Idaho. We partner with the UI library to maintain a data repository that is also linked to other national and international efforts such as DataONE, Redcap, VIVO and others. We support over thirty different projects with a strong focus on earth and environmental data management and application development. We serve up much of the northwest US regional climate data, air quality data and support several multi-million dollar collaborative efforts with regional Universities, institutes and agencies.

Full Application: NKN

Data Semantics Laboratory at Wright State University - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

Interdisciplinary collaborations on Earth Science project, in particular NSF EarthCube involvement (GeoLink project partner) and frequent co-organization of GeoVoCamps.

Full Application: Data Semantics Laboratory

July 2015

Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, Florida State University (COAPS) - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

The Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS) is a center of excellence performing interdisciplinary research in ocean-atmosphere-land-ice interactions to increase our understanding of the physical, social, and economic consequences of climate variability. COAPS hosts a marine data center specializing in underway observations from research vessels and remotely-sensed data from satellites. The data center actively collects, quality evaluates, and distributes data in delayed-mode to the marine climate community.

Full Application: COAPS

Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR) - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

CRWR at the University of Texas at Austin has been at the core of the CUAHSI organization since its beginnings. CRWR conducts research in hydrology and hydraulics on a regional and national scale.

Full Application: CRWR

US Global Change Research Program GCIS Team (USGCRP GCIS) - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), a confederation of 13 agencies active in global change research, has established the Global Change Information System (GCIS) to better coordinate and integrate the use of federal information products on changes in the global environment and the implications of those changes for society. The GCIS is a web-based resource for traceable, sound global change data, information, and products. Designed for use by scientists, decision makers, and the public, the GCIS provides coordinated links to a select group of information products produced, maintained, and disseminated by government agencies and organizations.

Full Application: GCIS

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

The mission of MBARI is to achieve and maintain a position as a world center for advanced research and education in ocean science and technology, and to do so through the development of better instruments, systems, and methods for scientific research in the deep waters of the ocean. MBARI emphasizes the peer relationship between engineers and scientists as a basic principle of its operation. All of the activities of MBARI must be characterized by excellence, innovation, and vision.

Full Application: MBARI

University of New Mexico Library - ESIP-III (primarily applications and education)

The University Libraries at the University of New Mexico support the Earth science community through the delivery of research support services including data management planning support; instruction and training in research strategies, technologies, and data management; development of Earth science research collections (both physical and digital) consisting of publications, databases, and data; and hosting and support for research data management infrastructure including a collaborative data management system, a collaborative software development and version control platform, and UNM's institutional repository for both documents and data.

Full Application: University of New Mexico Library

Liquid Robotics Inc - ESIP-I (primarily a data center/archive)

Liquid Robotics Inc is the company behind the WaveGlider, a sea surface, wave propelled, solar powered, robotic oceanography platform. Wavegliders carry a variety of physical, chemical and biological sensors, and conduct data collection missions of varying durations, world-wide. Wavegliders are used by numerous academic partner institutions (e.g. MBARI, WHOI, NOAA, Scripps), individual research labs, as well as on missions by private companies.

Full Application: Liquid Robotics Inc

University of California Natural Reserve System (UCNRS) - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

The UC Natural Reserve System is a network of protected natural areas throughout California. Its 39 sites include more than 756,000 acres, making it the largest university-administered reserve system in the world. Most major state ecosystems are represented, from coastal tidepools to inland deserts, and lush wetlands to Sierra Nevada forests. The reserves also serve as a gateway to more than a million acres of public lands. Founded in 1965 to provide undisturbed environments for research, education, and public service, the Natural Reserve System contributes to the understanding and wise stewardship of the earth.

Full Application: UCNRS

Jan 2015

COOPEUS - ESIP-I (primarily data centers)

Application excerpt: The role of COOPEUS is to guide and coordinate interoperability efforts among environmental research infrastructures in the EU and US. COOPEUS itself does not produce technology or infrastructure but all COOPEUS partners have independent contributions in their domains. All COOPEUS partners have independently developed software that are registered with the GEOSS Brokering Service and are freely available to the public.
Full Application: COOPEUS

E-DECIDER - ESIP-II (primarily research)

Application excerpt: E-DECIDER provides decision support primarily for earthquake disaster response. The platform converts geophysical simulations and remote sensing observations into data products relevant to emergency preparedness and response communities. We utilize remote sensing data and Earth science models to respond to disasters and working in partnership with the Disasters cluster and the Federation would enhance collaboration with other projects in the field as well as provide the opportunity to test our platform.
Full Application: E-DECIDER]

GeoGateway - ESIP-II (primarily research)

Application excerpt: NASA's GeoGateway project (formerly QuakeSim) for earthquake geodetic imaging analysis, modeling, and response. Provides analysis tools for NASA geodetic imaging data products including UAVSAR, GPS, and InSAR. Provide analysis, modeling, and response tools.
Website: http://geo-
Full Application: GeoGateway

Geological Data Center, SCRIPPS - ESIP-I (primarily data centers)

Application excerpt: The GDC has been curating and providing access to oceanographic data for more than 40 years. In the current era, the emphasis is on collaborative projects that create integrated access to well-described digital oceanographic data on institutional, national, and international scales. The GDC also curates an archive of analog data products from the past century of exploration by Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Full Application: Geological Data Center

Kitware - ESIP-III (primarily applications)

Application excerpt: Kitware Inc. supports creation and development of open-source software and state of the art technology related to computing and visualization. Kitware and Mr. Aashish Chaudhary has been involved in various open source projects related to earth and climate science. The Kitware Site-PI of UV-CDAT, Aashish Chaudhary, has been leading the open source ClimatePipes project with NYU. ClimatePipes Phase-I and II are funded by DOE. It is web- based, multi-faceted software project that combines social networks, graphical user interfaces, data-flow networks, data provenance, and existing high- performance software libraries. Also, Mr. Chaudhary and other Kitware developers have contributed significantly to the core feature of UV-CDAT. Mr. Chaudhary is the SITE- PI for the project. As part of this project, he has been collaborating with NASA, NOAA, DOE, and other universities. Also, Mr. Chaudhary is the SITE-PI for the Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) project and has been a member of the Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF). His collaborators include scientist from NASA (JPL, Ames, Goddard), NOAA, Unidata, IOOS, USGS etc. Some of the other open souce tools and projects developed by Kitware are; ParaView, ParaViewWeb, VTK, ITK, and CMake.
Full Application: Kitware

Marymount University - ESIP-II (primarily research)

Application excerpt: The Department of Information Technology at Marymount University offers program s in Data Science and Applied Information Technology. Myself, and other faculty members, use the Earth sciences as a primary application area for our teaching and research. I also currently serve as Chair of ESIP's Semantic Web Cluster.
Full Application: Marymount

Purdue Libraries - ESIP-II (primarily research)

Application excerpt: Purdue University's dedication to study the Earth Sciences is illustrated in the numerous departments and research centers performing world-class research and teaching in many disciplines from the Earth Sciences. In the College of Science, the research agenda includes atm osphere/surface interaction, clim ate and extrem e weather, geology and geophysics. In the College of Agriculture, one finds agriculture and biological engineering, environmental soils and landscape processes, plant biochemistry, botany and plant pathology, forestry and natural resources.
Full Application: Purdue Libraries

UC Berkeley Libraries - ESIP-I (primarily data center)

Application excerpt: The Library Data Lab has a critical role in the UC Berkeley Library's implementation of OpenGeoportal. We're currently working on developing new metadata workflows for geospatial data. In addition, the Data Lab plays an important role in supporting data use publication across all disciplines.
Full Application: UC Berkeley Libraries

UNAVCO - ESIP-I (primarily data center)

Application excerpt: UNAVCO, a non-profit university-governed consortium, facilitates geoscience research and education using geodesy. UNAVCO operates the National Earth Science Geodetic Facility, known as the Geodesy Advancing Geosciences and EarthScope (GAGE) Facility with NSF- and NASA-funded core funding. The GAGE Facility provides support to the NSF investigator community for geodesy, related research, education and workforce training with broad societal benefits. NSF-funded geodesy investigators are active on every continent, across a broad spectrum of the geosciences and facilitated by UNAVCO data, engineering, and education services.
Full Application: UNAVCO

June 2014

Climate Data Solutions LLC - ESIP-III (primarily applications)

Application excerpt: Climate Data Solutions, LLC is a woman-owned small business created to address the need for climate data and information in today's world. The complex nature of climate- and weather-related impacts requires a cross sectoral, data rich approach to decison making and planning. Climate Data Solutions, LLC has the expertise to help businesses and communities better formulate their climate problems, design solutions that minimize risk and enhance opportunties, and identify and access the right data and tools for the tasks. The interaction with user members of the ESIP community may help enhance the private-public partnership for data sharing, I am very interested in helping the decision making community better access and understand the vast amount of data available. I am hoping to find other ESIP members with similar goals.
Full Application: Climate Data Solutions, LLC

Element84 - ESIP-II (primarily research)

Application excerpt: Element 84 provides software architecture and development services to NASA's EED program and other customers. We are comprised mainly of software developers who have extensive experience in the Earth science domain.Element 84’s interest in ESIP is two fold, to both share what we’ve learned in our work with NASA’s data, and also to learn about the broader community.
Full Application: Element84

Global Research Network Operations Center (GRNOC) at Indiana University- ESIP-II (primarily research)

Application excerpt: We currently support over 1200 institutions with through our networks and support software. However, most work in networks has been for network engineers, and we believe that trend needs to shift. We are currently putting in place usability studies and advocacy support for end users in a way that has not previously been done by a primary networking group, with Earth sciences as one of our preliminary focus areas. We believe that by becoming a member of the ESIP community we will better be able to assist geoscience researchers sharing data over high speed networks, and will be better positioned to let our end users know about the variety of tools and services supported by other ESIP members.
Full Application: GRNOC

Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) Program - ESIP-I (primarily data centers)

The National Science Foundation supports a fleet of academic research vessels operating throughout the world's oceans. These vessels routinely deploy a suite of underway environmental sensors, operating like mobile observatories. The Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) Program is funded by NSF to ensure that these data are routinely captured, cataloged, described, and submitted to the appropriate national repositories for long-term public access. R2R works in close collaboration with the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) and the NOAA National Data Centers.
Full Application: R2R

US LTER - ESIP-I (primarily data center)

Application excerpt: The largest and longest-lived ecological network in the United States, LTER provides the scientific expertise, research platforms, and long-term datasets necessary to document and analyze environmental change. The Network brings together a multi-disciplinary group of more than 2000 scientists and graduate students. The 25 LTER sites encompass diverse ecosystems in the continental United States, Alaska, Antarctica and islands in the Caribbean and the Pacific—including deserts, estuaries, lakes, oceans, coral reefs, prairies, forests, alpine and Arctic tundra, urban areas, and production agriculture. LTER is recognized internationally as one of the best organized and most successful groups conducting research in ecology. Not only has the program pioneered the development of data sets to study the processes taking place over long time periods at multiple sites, it has also provided a new paradigm for networking, data management, and efficient allocation of limited resources. However, not all data are gathered directly by LTER scientists and many rely on existing earth data products for their research. Partnering with ESIP would enhance information exchange about existing and needed data resources.
Full Application: LTER

Vermont Monitoring Cooperative - ESIP-II (primarily research)

Application excerpt: VMC's primary mission is to serve Vermont through improved understanding of long-term trends, annual conditions, and interdisciplinary relationships of the physical, chemical, and biological components of forested ecosystems in Vermont. In its primary function as a data center and access point, the VMC primarily uses earth science data by serving it out others. However, one role of the VMC is to act as a central point of discovery of new data sources for research or integration with existing monitoring, and partnership in the Federation would increase our institutional awareness here in Vermont of both new data sources and examples of access from other places. In addition, many of our cooperators are increasingly using models requiring intensive earth science data inputs, and we could be a greater resource in this effort through exposure to the great work that other Federation partners are doing.
Full Application: VMC

January 2014

Microsoft Research- ESIP-III (primarily applications)

Application excerpt: Our Computational Ecology and Environmental Science (CEES) Team works with researchers and organizations and researchers around the world to do various forms of research. We have various data sets we use for the study of climate change--some of which ship with out tools. We also, have tools to "generate" information from that data and want that to be surfaced in a sharable collaborative way.
Full Application: Microsoft Research

National Academy of Science - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

Application excerpt: The Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) is one of the major entiities organized under the NAS/NRC institutional umbella. The mission of BRDI is to improve the nation's stewardship,policy, and use of digital data and information for science and society. Earth sciences data and information form a major part of BRDI's focus, both on an interdisciplinary level in all projects, and specifically at this time with two studies that are now actively being planned, one on Strategies for Improving the Sharing of Earth Observation Data Between China and the United States, and the other on a Decadal Strategy for Research Priorities for Data Management: Focus on Earth Science Data. BRDI is also very active in the Group on Earth Observations Data Sharing Working Group.
Application: National Academy of Science App

Science Exchange - ESIP-III (primarily applications)

Application excerpt: We are an online startup and focused on creating an online marketplace that enables scientists to connect virtually. This includes sharing expertise, info, and data.
Full Application: Science Exchange App

July 2013

Back to Partnership -- The following nine applications have been posted for review by the Partnership Committee

Community Modeling & Analysis (CMAS) Center at UNC - ESIP-II (primarily research center)

Application excerpt:
In partnership with EPA we shared the development of CMAQ and SMOKE models, These are state of the science air quailty and

emissions models.

Full Application: CMAS Center at UNC

Discinnet Labs - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

Application excerpt:
Discinnet Labs provide a web 2. platform with collaborative processes letting earth science communities parameter, govern and

observe our their own communities shape, evolve and react to their own objects, with new scientific communication concepts

Application: Discinnet Labs

Geological Survey of Alabama - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

Application excerpt:
Key to the mission of both agencies is developing, maintaining, and providing access to information related to the above activities.

Currently, the agencies maintain online databases of oil and gas well records and forms, drilling and workover reports, production history, engineering records, and core catalog information. We have been working with the AASG Geothermal project to add to the National Geothermal database, including cataloging available bottomhole temperatures for oil and gas wells throughout the state. Additionally, we maintain a GIS database of oil and gas well locations (surface and bottomhole when available), well unit and field boundaries, and infrastructure, and provide an ArcGIS MapService that contains geologic data.

Full Application: Geological Survey of Alabama

JPL Data Systems and Technology Group - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

Application excerpt:
We are constructing end to end data systems support for acquisition, delivery and end-user support for a snow and ice climatology,

as well as support for regional climate modeling and analysis of CORDEX data.

Full Application: Data Systems and Technology Group

Knowledge Motifs, LLC - ESIP-III (primarily applications and education)

Application excerpt:
Knowledge Motifs LLC acts as a liaison between digital library and cultural heritage archive organizations and science DAACs and

archives. In that capacity, we apply digital preservation and data management methodologies and techniques used for social science and cultural heritage resources to science data, and transfer to each community what knowledge is useful.

Full Application: Knowledge Motifs

NASA Capacity Building Program - ESIP-III (primarily applications and education)

Application excerpt:
The Capacity Building Program builds human, scientific, technological, organizational, institutional and resource capacity of

governments and non-traditional partners within the United States and the developing world to use Earth observations, models, tools, and applications to support data-driven decisions. Science and technology capacity building activities include strengthening the ability to access Earth science data, tools, and applications and to use appropriate information technology to do so.

Full Application: NASA Capacity Building Program

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

Application excerpt:
Since 1995, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, NCEAS, has been supporting synthetic, multidisciplinary

studies in the ecological and environmental sciences, primarily through funding of working groups and postdoctoral scientists. NCEAS researchers bring together existing earth systems data to uncover new insights into ecological and ecosystems processes in the terrestrial, ocean, and freshwater realms, with specific attention to issues that can help inform policy and decision-makers.

Full Application: NCEAS

OPeNDAP - ESIP II (primarily a research center)

Application excerpt:
OPeNDAP has developed the Data Access Protocol, a SOA protocol for data and metadata access that leverages the existing web

infrastructure. We have also developed a data server that implements this protocol, client applications and application development toolkits that support it. In addition we have developed implementations of several of the OGC's specifications.

Full Application: OPeNDAP

Vightel Corporation - ESIP II (primarily a research center)

Application excerpt:
Working on standards development and software architecture in support of NASA's sensor web.
Full Application: Vightel Corporation (Updated June 21)

January 2013 Class

Mercury Consortium - ESIP-III (primarily applications and education)

Application excerpt:
Mercury consortium currently helps various Earth Science projects to create and manage their metadata, distribute to broader scientific community. Mercury is a open source based system that allows projects to prepare, distribute and discover their metadata records. Mercury is one of the early adapters of Solr/Lucene (in 2005), and has custom components for geospatial and facet searches. It also has a powerful parser for various metadata standards based records.
Full Application

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

Application excerpt:
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society. The ocean is a defining feature of our planet and crucial to life on Earth, yet it remains one of the planet's last unexplored frontiers. For this reason, WHOI scientists and engineers are committed to understanding all facets of the ocean as well as its complex connections with Earth‚ atmosphere, land, ice, seafloor, and life‚ including humanity. This is essential not only to advance knowledge about our planet, but also to ensure society's long-term welfare and to help guide human stewardship of the environment. WHOI researchers are also dedicated to training future generations of ocean science leaders, to providing unbiased information that informs public policy and decision-making, and to expanding public awareness about the importance of the global ocean and its resources.There are a myriad of information-related technologies being developed at WHOI. Two current technologies that we are willing to share are (1) the experiences we have had and work we are doing with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Tetherless World Constellation and other collaborators in the development of scalable semantic frameworks such as S2S for various aspects of scientific data handling and (2) techniques we are developing for the building strong ocean scientist - computer scientist partnerships -- right now in the area of data technology development for underwater ocean image informatics systems.
Full Application

Colombian geological Survey - ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

Application excerpt:
We are a governmental institution in charge of the geological and geoharzads studies in Colombia, and also the evaluation of natural resources. We are part of the National System on Science and Technology and also of the national Systems for Disasters management. We are involved in different type of research projects and provide useful information for the colombian community.
Full Application

Consortium for Ocean Leadership ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

Application excerpt:
Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is an international marine research program that explores Earth’s history and structure as recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks, and monitors sub-seafloor environments. Through its ocean drilling programs, Ocean Leadership is responsible for overall program leadership in the U.S. The IODP principal science themes include the deep biosphere and the sub-seafloor ocean; environmental change, processes and effects; and solid earth cycles and geodynamics. Tools to manage physical sampels and relate them to data have been developed. Methods to work with deep time data and mediate between collection and sample based data are all areas we would enjoy sharing with the Federation.
Full Application

Met European Research Observatory ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

Application excerpt:
The Met European Research Observatory (MetEROBS) is an accredited HyMex-GEWEX (Global Energy and Water cyle Experiment) supersite, which provides support to the Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Research Institute, and other international Institutes. For these collaborations, MetEROBS was awarded in 2011 by the Computer-World Honors Program ( Geographical Infromation Systems and Geostatistics, Regression Models, Wawelet Power Spectrum
Full Application

Large-Scale Scientific Information Systems (LSIS) - ESIP-III (primarily applications and education)

Application excerpt:
The Large-Scale Scientific Information Systems research group is making two main contributions: (i) the rasdaman ("raster data manager", see Array Database System, which enables storage and retrieval on massive multi-dimensional raster ("array") data sets, and (ii) leading the coverage standardization part in the Open Geospatial Consortium by chairing the WCS.SWG and having editorship on most of the WCS suite standards. Bidirectional communication on WCS and related OGC standards helps to better educate communities about the opportunities the WCS suite offers, and allows to gather new requirements and other feedback on the specifications. For our rasdaman system we hope to find new fans to broadn the user (and maybe even contributor) community.
Full Application

Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO) - ESIP-I (primarily a data center/archive)

Application excerpt:
BCO-DMO staff members work closely with NSF OCE funded investigators to manage, curate and serve data from their respective research programs. All data are ultimately made freely available and documented sufficiently to support re-use by research colleagues. BCO-DMO, in collaboration with colleagues at RPI/TWC has developed an ontology to describe ocean data.
Full Application

IMOS ESIP-II (primarily a research center)

Application excerpt:
IMOS/AODN are primarily targetting the marine and climate science research community, but the data are free with open access so the wider community have access including the public. The Federation can help us improve our interoperability of the same data / different data from multiple sources, improve web delivery mechanisms, increase our awareness of other community activities.
Full Application

Mid-2012 Class

Oct. 2012

UNC-CH / Data Intensive Cyber Environments Center / DataNet Federation Consortium (DICE) (Type III)

Application excerpt:
The DICE Center at UNC-CH develops open source policy-based data management systems called the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System. The iRODS data grid is used to support the MODIS data set at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation, and is being considered as software middleware to improve access to holdings at the NOAA National Climatic Data Center. The DataNet Federation Consortium is an NSF funded project to develop national data management infrastructure that supports research collaborations.
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University of South Florida College of Marine Science (USFCMS) (Type II)

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The USF College of Marine Science owns and operates buoys, coastal stations, Slocum gliders, and other custom instruments which generate various datasets. Currently we store these datasets onsite in a variety of database engines (primarily Postgres, MySQL, and SQLite).
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NASA Applied Sciences Program - Health and Air Quality Applications, NASA HQ (Type II)

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. In concert with the communities of practice, and the NASA HQ Applied Sciences Program Management, we develop applications plans for Earth Science missions that identify potential NASA satellite and air borne measurements have societal benefits. At the user end we organize applications communities of practice and facilitate physical or virtual interactions to imagine, articulate, and anticipate possible applications. As early as possible in the mission planning process, we identify, encourage and facilitate potential partnerships and collaborations.
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University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill / RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute) / iRODS Development and Support (RENCI) (Type II)

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The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) is a research institute at UNC-CH whose primary mission is to advance the science of CyberInfrastructure through partnerships with researchers and application-driven groups. A main science driver for RENCI’s activities is within the Earth Sciences community, in particular coastal oceanography, with close ties to NOAA IOOS and regional association activities.
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April 2012

Information International Associates, Inc (IIa) (Type III)

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We provide scientific information management and technology tools to the Earth Science community. Our interest is to work with Earth scientists and assist with solving the data management challenges of the community.
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LASP (Type II)

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LASP has been gathering measurements and studing space since the Mariner mission flew by Venus in 1967. LASP scientists study the sun, the atmosphere, space weather, and the planets in our solar system. It was recently announced that CU Boulder was chosen to host the National Solar Observatory headquarters. The PI for that project is a LASP scientist.
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NCAR (Type II)

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NCAR is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) devoted to research, service, and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. We conduct scientific research, operate observational and computational facilities for the science community, develop and transfer technology and information products to interested users, and provide opportunities for educational and professional development to post-secondary students and early career scientists
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USGS (Type II)

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The USGS is a leading science agency of the United States government within the Department of the Interior. The USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI) incorporates the contributions of USGS employees and external partners into a community of practice focused on data integration issues
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GEIA (Type II)

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Since 1990, GEIA ( has been bringing together people, data, and tools to create the highest quality information about emissions, the inputs to the atmosphere from human and natural activities. Accurate emissions information is critical to understanding and predicting air quality and climate. GEIA’s activities aim to improve access to emissions information, facilitate the development of better emissions datasets, and strengthen connections within the broad international community of developers and users of emissions knowledge. GEIA is a community-run organization made up of individuals affiliated with a variety of host institutions; its current co-chairs are Gregory Frost and Leonor Tarrasón.
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IEDA (Type I)

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IEDA (Integrated Earth Data Applications) is a data facility that is based on a partnership between the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS, and the Geoinformatics for Geochemistry Program (GfG, and funded by the US National Science Foundation under a Cooperative Agreement to ensure access and preservation of observational data from the Ocean, Earth, and Polar Sciences. IEDA’s goal is to maximize the return on research investments, while enabling verification of research results and contributing to new science initiatives.
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In Situ Experience (Type III)

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In Situ Experience creates data-driven interactive experiences and media products for formal and informal education and commercial end-users. Founded by two highly-accomplished producers and developers, ISE brings a wealth of experience to the table.
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In Situ Experience

October 2011

The Data Conservancy (DC) (Type I - Data Center)

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Complex interactions among the atmosphere, the ocean, the land, the biosphere, and human behavior pose daunting challenges in understanding the causes of observed phenomena such as climate change and its associated impact on biodiversity and urbanization. Through collection, preservation, and semantic integration of data that are now very difficult to assemble and analyze, the Data Conservancy will transform the ability of scientists to answer grand challenge questions that are important to the nation and the world.

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Data Conservancy

Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network (Type II - Research)

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The Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network was designed to address questions that are fundamental to understanding the dynamics of biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being as they interact from local to global scales in the context of multiple changing drivers (e.g., climate change and land cover change). The TEAM Network is currently a partnership among Conservation International, The Missouri Botanical Garden, The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Smithsonian Institution. The TEAM Network monitors biodiversity and a set of ecosystem services using a relatively small suite of standardized protocols implemented at TEAM Sites. These protocols include: Climate, Carbon Stocks, Tree Species Diversity, Liana Species Diversity, Bird and Mammal Species Diversity and the Zone of Human Dynamics and Ecosystem Change (ZoHDEC). The protocols facilitate comparisons among sites and continents using metrics that quantify changes in climate, land use/land cover, biodiversity and carbon sequestration. The protocols were designed and vetted through a series of workshops involving more than 200 scientists from around the world and are freely available on the web. Multi-disciplinary data is collected from technician collected field measurements, mobile devices, ground based sensors and satellite sensors. As a result the TEAM Network has worked extensively to develop one of the first operational cyberinfrastructure that supports a global observatory network. Our main cyberinfrastructure partner is the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego.
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TEAM Network

Arizona Geological Survey (Type II - Research)

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AZGS is an independent state agency with objectives to: (1) Serve as a primary source of geologic information in this state to enhance public understanding of the state's geologic character, geologic hazards and limitations and mineral resources. (2) Inform, advise and assist the public in matters concerning the geological processes, materials and landscapes and the development and use of the mineral resources of this state. (3) Encourage the wise use of the lands and mineral resources of this state toward its development. (4) Provide technical advice and assistance in geology to other state and local governmental agencies engaged in projects in which the geologic setting, character or mineral resources of the state are involved. (5) Provide technical advice and assistance in geology to industry toward the wise development and use of the mineral and land resources of this state.
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Ozone and Atmospheric Quality Processing Team, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Type II - Research)

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The Ozone and Air Quality Processing Team (OAQPT) develops and operates data processing systems that flight projects and individual scientists use to produce data sets from spacecraft sensors in an automated production system. We developing approaches that will enable Earth Science Community Members to search for and retrieve selected data products and to automatically stage them for further processing through user supplied scientific algorithms. Our system currently supports data from the Backscattered UltraViolet sensor, BUV, from Nimbus 4 from 1970 to 1976, The Solar Backscatter Ultra