National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Collaboration with Indonesia Extends to Kalimantan [September 16, 2014]
Dr. Christopher Elvidge of NGDC will be meeting staff from the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) at their satellite data collection ground station in Balikpanan, Kalimantan on September 16 (Kalimantan refers to the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo). BMKG collects Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) data from a ground station. However, due to limited bandwidth, they are not able to move the data to their weather prediction center in Jakarta. NGDC has software to geolocate the VIIRS data and strip out the ancillary data layers that are not used on a routine basis for reduction of the data volume 80-90%. NGDC's software could reduce the data volume to a point where it could all be transferred to Jakarta. Dr. Elvidge will be reviewing the ground station facility to advise BMKG on the feasibility of running NGDC's geolocation software. Dr. Elvidge will then join the staff from the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) in the conduct of field data collection to validate VIIRS fire detection in peatland areas southeast of Palangkaraya, Kalimantan. This is in support of an NGDC project funded by the U.S. Forest Service International Program office.
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Participates in Seafloor Survey to Map Limits of the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) [September 15, 2014]
NGDC's Jennifer Jencks and Elliot Lim will participate in a U.S. ECS field survey to map the Mendocino Ridge, a prominent feature located off the coast of northern California. This 16-day mapping expedition will continuously collect seafloor bathymetry, acoustic backscatter data, and high-resolution sub-bottom profiles which will be analyzed by the ECS project team in order to determine the U.S. outer limit points for the Mendocino Ridge region. Under international law, as reflected in the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), every coastal nation has a continental shelf that extends out to 200 nautical miles, where that nation has jurisdiction over resources. The ECS is that area beyond 200 nautical miles that also meets the criteria of the continental shelf as set forth in Article 76 of UNCLOS, which would extend the resource jurisdiction of the coastal nation. NGDC is the data integration and long-term archive center for the U.S. ECS project and supports the analysis required to determine the limits of the U.S. continental shelf.
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Fisheries Sonar Scientist to Participate in NOAA Fisheries Research Cruise [September 14, 2014]
Dr. Carrie Wall, CIRES/NGDC Affiliate, will be onboard the NOAA Fisheries FSV Bell M. Shimada from September 4th to 14th, 2014. The cruise will take place off the Northwest Pacific coast of the U.S. from Seattle, WA to Newport, OR. The main objective of the cruise is to use acoustic monitoring technology to understand the distribution, abundance, and associated ecosystem of the commercially important species, Pacific Hake. The additional field experience gained during this cruise will further the understanding and development of data products, and strengthen the collaboration between NOAA Fisheries and NGDC. Further, the application of sonar technology for fisheries management reflects the value of the water column sonar data archive.
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NGDC Participates in Environmental Data Management Workshop and Interagency Ocean and Coastal Mapping Retreat [September 12, 2014]
NGDC personnel will be in Silver Spring, MD the week of September 8, 2014 to attend NOAA's Environmental Data Management Workshop and the Interagency Ocean and Coastal Mapping (IOCM) Retreat. The meetings will be open to personnel from NOAA and other Federal agencies with expertise in environmental data management and IOCM activities. The purpose of the meetings is to report on relevant activities and methodologies and to maximize the benefits derived from information sharing. The Environmental Data Management Committee (EDMC) coordinates the development of NOAA's environmental data management strategy, and policy, and provides guidance to promote consistent implementation across NOAA. Environmental data management is an end-to-end process that includes acquisition, quality control, validation, reprocessing, storage, retrieval, dissemination, and long-term preservation activities. The goal of the EDMC is to maximize the value of NOAA's environmental data assets through sound and coordinated data management practices. Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping is defined as the practice of planning, acquiring, integrating, and disseminating ocean and coastal geospatial data and derivative products in a manner that permits easy access to and use by the greatest range of users. IOCM requires intra- and inter-agency coordination with a focus on streamlining operations, reducing redundancies, improving efficiencies, developing common standards, and stimulating innovation and technological development.
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NOAA Presentation to be given on Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) [September 11, 2014]
Francine Coloma, part of the CORS Data Management Team of the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) facility located at the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) will give a presentation at the U.S. Coast Guard's Civil Global Positioning System Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) meeting. Francine will also participate at the concurrent Institute of Navigation GNSS+ Conference on Sept 8-11th in Tampa, Florida. As part of CGSIC, the NGS will hold an afternoon session titled "Surveying, Mapping and Geosciences" to interact with the Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) community and receive feedback. The CGSIC meeting is the recognized worldwide forum for effective interaction between all civil users of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and the U.S. GPS authorities.
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