🌱ESIP Lab Funding Opportunity, Happy 20th Earth Observatory & 3D Printed Weather Stations!Highlights from your favorite virtual Earth Science Lab. 

esipfed.org/lab | lab@esipfed.org | May Update 

Greetings all –

I hope this finds you well during this time of widespread uncertainty. This month we've released the spring 2020 ESIP Lab RFP (see below) and I can't help but wonder what kind of responses we'll get. I can imagine for some the idea of a new project is entirely out of the picture (i.e. you want me to take on ONE MORE THING?!), while for others a new project could provide a much-needed learning opportunity or creative outlet. While I'm positive all of our realities during the COVID-era are different, I'm certain all of us at ESIP want to support and encourage our community in any way we can.  

On a personal note, I moved to a new state in early March and am swapping work hours with my husband while we try to provide a sense of normal for our two small kids. “Going to work” every morning has been the one consistent thing over the past two months and I feel totally blessed to serve our community.

If you know anyone who might find comfort in a new project where learning and skill development are encouraged, please do share the new ESIP Lab RFP.

Keep safe. 
Annie Burgess
ESIP Lab Director

ESIP Lab Spring Request for Proposals is OPEN

The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Lab supports the Earth science community in building innovative, applied technologies through funding and community input. Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), the ESIP Lab seeks projects that lie in the realm of good ideas ready to be tried out. Projects should last 6 – 8 months, with a maximum budget of $10,000.

Proposals that address the following needs in the Earth science community will be given priority:

  • Modernization of Earth science workflows using community-recommended best practices — the use of open-source software and cloud computing are encouraged.
  • Cloud computing use cases for Earth science — creation of well-documented notebooks showing how to collect, distribute, or analyze Earth science data in the cloud.
  • Extension of open source software critical to collecting, distributing, fusing, or analyzing Earth science data.
  • Comparison or assessment of Machine Learning or Deep Learning techniques with controlled datasets and/or using well-defined benchmarks.
  • Linked open data techniques and methods, particularly harmonization of disparate information about the same identified objects and entities.

Although this RFP will give priority to proposals addressing the bulleted topics above, other high-quality proposals will also be given consideration.

Read the full RFP here.

ESIP Climate Change Xplorer Station

Become a Climate Change Xplorer with an open source, easy to build, modular, 3D printed weather station.

Citizen scientists can build a station to put into their backyards to share data with anyone would be interested.

Schools can build stations to teach concepts about weather and climate change and data-driven climate mitigation.

Researchers and forecasters can build low-cost small mesonets and weather station networks to support, operations, research, emergency management, and community outreach.

Our team has developed tools and capacity to build mesonets atop these low-cost sensors for deployment into your community or program of choice.

This project was funded through the Spring 2019 ESIP Lab RFP. Over the next few weeks, a handful of these stations will be deployed in Puerto Rico, filling a critical inland data gap; it is very exciting to see how far this project has come.

Learn more about the Xplorer Station here, including complete 3D printing instructions!

20 Years of NASA's Earth Observatory 

April 28, 2020 marked the end of the 20th-anniversary celebration for the NASA Earth Observatory 

While a lot has changed over the past 20 years, there’s been the same place to find daily images of our planet: Earth Observatory.

In two decades, NASA’s daily Earth magazine has shared 15,000 images, showing the latest satellite imagery, unique visuals, global maps, and easy-to-understand data visualizations so you can have a better understanding of our dynamic planet.

Congrats to the Earth Observatory team – we look forward to another 20 years of beautiful, humbling, alarming, and awe-inspiring images and the stories behind them!

Putting Data to Work Webinar: NSF CUAHSI

The IT&I Committee will host ESIP's next Putting Data to Work Webinar, which will feature HydroShare, a platform for sharing hydrologic resources (data, models, model instances, geographic coverages, etc.), enabling the scientific community to more easily and freely share products, including the data, models, and workflow scripts used to create scientific publications. The presentation will provide an overview of HydroShare, details of CUAHSI Compute resources which can be accessed through HydroShare or in a standalone mode, and the metadata model used in HydroShare, as well as describe some community resources held by HydroShare, including comprehensive information on recent hurricanes and the complete Critical Zone Observatory data library. Check the ESIP Telecon Calendar for connection info.

ESIP is funded with support from NASA, NOAA, and the USGS. 
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