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NOAA Scientist Receives 2014 World Data System (WDS) Stewardship Award [November 05, 2014]
Dr. Rob Redmon of the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) has been recognized by the WDS of the International Council for Science (ICSU) for exceptional contributions to the improvement of scientific data stewardship by an early career researcher. Dr. Redmon will represent WDS for Geophysics and Oceanography at the International Conference on Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability (SciDataCon) in New Delhi, India on November 2-5 to receive the Stewardship Award, deliver a plenary talk on scientific data stewardship, and, as a cross data center collaboration, will exhibit recent and future activities of NGDC and the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) World Data Services for Geophysics and Oceanography, respectively. SciDataCon is being co-sponsored by two interdisciplinary committees of the International Council for Science (ICSU), the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and the WDS. ICSU is a non-governmental organization with a global membership of national scientific bodies representing 141 countries and 32 International Scientific Unions.
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) to Automate Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) for Fishing Boat Detections [November 05, 2014]
Dr. Chris Elvidge of NGDC will give a report and demonstration at the Pan Ocean Remote Sensing Conference (PORSEC) in Sanur, Indonesia on November 5, 2014. It has been known since the 1970s that low light imaging sensors flown on satellites are capable of detecting heavily lit fishing boats at night (Croft, 1978). Several published studies have documented the value of these observations to fishery management. For more than a decade, NGDC has supplied Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) data to fishery agencies in Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Peru. With finer spatial resolution and lower detection limits, VIIRS day/night band data are clearly superior for detection of lights on boats. However, to date there has not been an automatic algorithm for extracting and reporting lit fishing boat detections. NGDC's Earth Observation Group (EOG) is developing an automatic system for identifying and reporting locations and radiances for boats. This project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) via the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The initial service area is Indonesia with EOG plans to expand the service to other areas once algorithms are refined and tested. Dr. Elvidge will report on and demonstrate the current system at the conference.
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