Making the Most of Earth Science Data: The 2nd Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop
Join us November 10, 12, 13, and 14, 2014 to learn how Giovanni contributes to research across many different Earth science disciplines.
News date: 10/21/2014
Making the Most of Earth Science Data: The 2nd Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop, November 10, 12, 13, and 14, 2014
A vital tool for researchers using NASA Earth science data is the Web-based Giovanni system. Giovanni, or the Geospatial Interactive Online Visualization And aNalysis Infrastructure, helps facilitate research by allowing scientists to quickly compare large datasets representing a range of environmental variables and see potential interrelationships among datasets.
The 2nd Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop, November 10, 12, 13, and 14 (November 11 is Veterans Day, which is a Federal holiday), showcases this innovative system’s use across Earth science disciplines and its application as a tool in environmental analysis and research. The workshop is being organized by Dr. Jim Acker, Senior Support Scientist at NASA’s GES DISC (Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center) and is named in honor of Dr. Gregory Leptoukh.
From 2003 until his unexpected death in 2012, Dr. Leptoukh led numerous NASA projects related to the visualization of atmospheric data; model data intercomparison; and the design and development of the online data analysis tools that are the foundation of Giovanni.
“Gregory pushed Giovanni forward. He constantly tried to work out improvements on it and went around to various nations getting their involvement with it,” says Acker. “We’ve always called him the Father of Giovanni.”
The goal of the four-day workshop is to show how Giovanni contributes to research across many different Earth science disciplines. The workshop’s first three days feature 12 live online presentations discussing recent research utilizing Giovanni, as well as a session devoted to the current status of the most recent version of Giovanni, Giovanni-4. The workshop’s final day (November 14) is devoted to a 24-hour Online Global Poster Session, where poster PDFs will be displayed online and workshop participants can send questions to the presenters via e-mail or Twitter. All sessions will be recorded and available for viewing after the workshop concludes.
“Anyone who is interested in seeing how Giovanni is used will benefit from this workshop,” says Acker. “I think you benefit from seeing some of the many multi-disciplinary uses of Giovanni because this is one of the strengths of the system.”
Giovanni was developed by the GES DISC to allow researchers to access NASA Earth science data, which includes numerous satellite remotely-sensed datasets, and compare these datasets without having to download vast quantities of data. The system was released in 2002, and has been a cited in almost 1,000 professional peer-reviewed articles. For Acker, this is one verification of the value of Dr. Leptoukh’s work.
“Gregory [Leptoukh] always said that he wanted to get people interested in Giovanni. I see this happening; it’s a tool that people now expect to be there,” Acker says.
The 2nd Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop takes place November 10, 12, 13, and 14, 2014. While there is no charge to attend, you must register in advance.
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