You have been invited to “The PO.DAAC: An Open Ocean of Remote Sensing and In Situ Data for Science in the Cloud” NASA Earthdata Webinar

The Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) is the NASA archive for physical oceanography data, providing remote sensing and in situ measurements for ocean sea level, ocean winds, sea surface temperature, sea surface salinity, and changes to Earth’s gravity.

During this webinar we will introduce NASA’s open science policy and how it advances Earth science research. We will highlight new PO.DAAC cloud-based missions such as the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich mission, the emerging Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission, and the Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO) mission as well as discuss legacy data from existing missions. A focus will also be placed on in situ datasets available at PO.DAAC from the Saildrone autonomous sailing vessels, Salinity Processes in the Upper-Ocean Regional Study (SPURS1 and 2), Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) and in the future, datasets from the Sub-Mesoscale Ocean Dynamics Experiment (S-MODE) mission.

A live demonstration will show users how to use cloud-specific services, and tools to work with our data holdings. Finally, we’ll present some recent research findings and success stories of these data, and demonstrate their utility for coastal oceanography. By the end of the webinar we aim to provide enough familiarity with PO.DAAC data sources to enable our user communities to interact with and leverage in their science or applications efforts, including within the cloud environment.


Event: The PO.DAAC: An Open Ocean of Remote Sensing and In Situ Data for Science in the Cloud
When: Wednesday 24 March 2021, 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Time Zone: Eastern Daylight Savings Time (UTC/GMT-4)

Speaker: Jessica Hausman, Support Scientist, Physical Oceanography (PO) Program Office, NASA HQ

Jessica’s responsibilities include promoting open science within the PO program. This entails promoting the use of cloud computing, open software and open data. Before coming to NASA HQ, she worked at the Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). There she stewarded datasets for altimetric missions, sea level and ocean circulation and participated in those corresponding science teams. She also chaired and co-chaired multiple informatic groups for data and software citations and active with the coastal altimetry community. Just before leaving PO.DAAC Jessica was helping PO.DAAC transition its data and metadata to the cloud.

Speaker: Dr. Edward Armstrong, Senior Science Systems Engineer, NASA PO.DAAC, JPL

Ed has been an active member of the NASA PO.DAAC since 1999.  He has nearly 30 years experience in oceanographic remote sensing measurements, and with improving and evolving Earth data science and services capabilities. His current interests include improving infrastructure and data services to foster interdisciplinary science using NASA space, airborne and in situ data.

Speaker: Dr. Jorge Vazquez, Research Scientist, JPL, California Institute of Technology

Dr. Vazquez has been a research scientist at NASA’s JPL for 37 years. Currently he serves as a Project Science Team Member supporting Sea Surface Temperature and Sea Surface Salinity for the PO.DAAC. He also currently serves as the incoming chair for the Advisory Council for the international Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST).


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Thank you,

Jennifer Brennan, NASA  EOSDIS  Communications Lead


Phone: 301-352-4628

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