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Terrestrial Information Systems Laboratory hosts SED Director's Seminar

Join the Terrestrial Information Systems Laboratory on October 7, 2022 at 12:00 pm EDT, hosted by NASA’s Earth Science Division's Terrestrial Information Systems Laboratory.
  • Jenny Hewson (619/SSAI), Otmar Olsina (619/GST) – "Leveraging NASA's Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) for Active Fire Mapping in the U.S. and Canada"
  • Alexis Hunzingerr (619/ADNET) – "Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) User Engagement for Cloud Services"
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Request for Information: NASA's Terra, Aqua, and Aura Drifting Orbits Workshop

The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Request for Information (RFI) via NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) seeks input from the science community that will be considered in the development and implementation of a Terra, Aqua, and Aura (T, A &A) Drifting Orbits workshop planned for later this calendar year. NASA Headquarters Earth Science Division (ESD) requests input from the science community addressing 1) science that is uniquely enabled by observations during the period of orbital drift and 2) the benefits to and impact on current societal applications.

The RFI seeks information for planning purposes only. NASA does not intend to award a contract or assistance, i.e., grant or cooperative agreement, funding at this time. As stipulated in FAR 15.201(e), responses to this notice are not considered offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract.

The most recent Senior Review for NASA’s Earth science operating missions (available at: https://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/missions/operating) discussed the aging Terra, Aqua, and Aura spacecrafts and recommended further study of science possibilities near their lives’ end. All three satellites currently have sufficient remaining propellant to continue operations for a few more years, but the amount of propellant is insufficient in each case to maintain the platforms in controlled equatorial Mean Local Time (MLT) polar orbits. This orbital drift suggests that, for many purposes, the future observations will have reduced scientific and application value compared to data from fixed MLT orbits.

RFI responses should address the potential for new, unique science made possible with the observations provided by the orbital drift of the platforms. All responses to this RFI must be submitted in an electronic format only via NSPIRES, the official NASA source for the full text of the RFI. In the event of a lapse in NASA operations, please visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/.

Please email questions and comments concerning this RFI to the point of contact’s email address and use in the subject line: “NASA’s T, A & A Drifting Orbits Workshop RFI Question/Clarification.”

Depending on the nature of the question(s), NASA may respond on an individual basis by email or may post questions and answers (Q&A) of broad interest or general clarification on the RFI’s NSPIRES landing page. Posted Q&As will be edited to preserve the submitter’s anonymity. The following email address is not to be used for RFI response submissions; any RFI submissions made via email will not be considered.

Note: Please visit NSPIRES and carefully review the RFI’s full text and any Q&As before emailing.

Number: NNH22ZDA018L Release Date: September 08, 2022 Response Date: October 11, 2022 Short Direct URL:https://go.nasa.gov/NH22ZDA018L

The Terrestrial Information Systems Laboratory and Global Change Data Center Merge to Form New NASA Office

In August 2022, the Terrestrial Information Systems Laboratory and the Global Change Data Center merged to form a new office in the Earth Science division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. While the new office maintains the name, “Terrestrial Information Systems Laboratory,” the merger presents more opportunities to collaborate, supporting Earth science research and innovation across different science disciplines (atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere science).

The new office produces, archives, and distributes important atmospheric data products from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD and is home to three data centers, the Level-1 and Atmosphere Archive and Distribution System (LAADS) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC), the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences (GES) Data and Information Services Center (DISC) and the Ocean Biology DAAC (OB.DAAC). These data centers are three of twelve NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) data centers that provide Earth science data, information, and services to research scientists, applications scientists, applications users, and students. LAADS DAAC and GES DISC primarily provide atmospheric data, with LAADS DAAC providing data focused on clouds and aerosols, while GES DISC primarily distributing atmospheric composition, precipitation, and climate variability data. The Ocean Biology DAAC (OB.DAAC) processes ocean biology data from the Moderate Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), Visible Infrared Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI), Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite (OMPS), and Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM). Additionally, the new office also supports the Precipitation Processing System (PPS) which processes satellite radar data to measure precipitation globally.

The new office oversees programs including the Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS), MODIS Adaptive Processing System (MODAPS), Ozone Monitoring Instrument Data Processing System (OMIDAPS), and the Land, Atmosphere Near-real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE). These programs provide essential data for monitoring natural hazards around the world, helping people prepare and respond to natural hazards, like fires, floods, and food security, using satellite data to aid in decision making.
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The Terrestrial Information Systems Laboratory produces stable, well calibrated, and scientifically validated products from Earth observing satellites. These products fill the needs of researchers at Goddard Space Flight Center working to advance understanding of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere on a global scale. The Laboratory partners with other federal agencies to develop and operate computing systems that provide custom products in near real-time for applied research and applications.

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