ESIP Update: ESIP Winter Meeting, ESIP@AGU, 4th National Climate Assessment, and moreLots going on around ESIP this week. 

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ESIP UPDATE: 12.03.18

Good Morning, ESIP – 

AGU is certainly on most of our minds, but first, I would like to share a quick announcement about the 2019 ESIP Winter Meeting and remind you to register to attend by the early registration deadline of December 15th. ESIP is very excited to announce that Dr. Michael Freilich, Director of the Earth Science Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA, will give a plenary talk on Thursday, January 17th. The meeting is shaping up to be a great one. We hope to see you there.

Now back to AGU. As you plan your schedule for next week, please don't forget to join ESIP at the various Data Fair events, including Town Halls, Workshops, and the Data Help Desk at Exhibit Hall Booth #513. Thank you to those of you who signed up to share your tools and expertise with others!

Also, please plan to join us for Ignite@AGU, an evening of exhilarating lightning talks and free food hosted jointly by ESIP and NASA's Applied Sciences Program. If you have never been to an Ignite@AGU, I strongly encourage you to check it out. Ignite talks are not your average scientific conference talks — speakers are encouraged to push boundaries and be creative, funny and thought-provoking, all while adhering to a strict rapid-pace presentation format.

Looking forward to seeing you at upcoming events!

  This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Tuesday: CLEAN Network, Ag & Climate, Envirosensing
  • Wednesday: IM Code Registry, Education
  • Thursday: Citation Guidelines

See the full telecon calendar here. Select the meeting you'd like to attend, login instructions are included in description.

Federation News 

Register NOW for the 2019 ESIP Winter Meeting
The meeting is shaping up to be a great one. Please note that the early registration deadline is fast approaching (December 15th). Register now to avoid paying more. ESIP is very excited to announce that Dr. Michael Freilich, Director of the Earth Science Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA, will give a plenary talk on Thursday, January 17th. Check out the rest of the draft schedule and look out for the final schedule to be released shortly here.

Join the 6th and Final Socioeconomic Value of Earth Science Data Webinar:
Building Societal Capacity: The Educational Value of Earth System Science data, information, and applications

Date: December 4, 2018
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET
Location: GoToMeeting;

For the sixth and final webinar in our series, we explore the value and benefits that Earth Science data bring to society, including its contributions to economics and quality of life through educational systems. The challenges and opportunities for enhancing Earth System and Climate Science societal benefits through education are broadly addressed. Much of the panel will focus on the CLEAN project, a large database collection of educational resources and a support network for teaching about climate and energy topics. CLEAN provides opportunities for educators to use earth science data in their classrooms, enhancing student experience and societal benefit by increasing understanding of climate science. Our panel will also discuss database management and analysis of database use for CLEAN. Our panel represents expertise from education, earth and climate science, data and informatics, engineering, social sciences, and policy. Panelists provide examples of techniques and approaches that can be used to enhance educational value and highlight some communities of practice that are currently addressing these issues. For more information about the webinar and series, see

●      Frank Niepold, Climate Education Coordinator, Climate Program Office, NOAA
●      Sean Fox, Technical Director, Science Education Resource Center (SERC), Carleton College 
●      Katie Boyd, Education & Outreach Assoc., Coop. Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
●      Cheryl Manning, Earth Science Teacher and Science Education Consultant
●      Patrick Chandler, Graduate Student and ESIP Community Fellow, University of Colorado 

Data FAIR at AGU Fall Meeting
The Data FAIR at AGU Fall Meeting will provide researchers with opportunities to engage with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain and learn about skills and techniques that will help further research and make  data and software open and FAIR. The Data FAIR activities will include Town Halls, Workshops at the AGU Booth, and a Data Help Desk hosted by ESIP and staffed with experts from the Earth and space science informatics community to answer your data questions and demo tools and platforms. Feel free to tell others about these exciting events!

Ignite@AGU 2018
ESIP and NASA's Applied Sciences Program are thrilled to co-sponsor Ignite@AGU 2018. As in past years, the event will feature a number of quick and exciting presentations with auto-advancing slides. Presenters are encouraged to “Enlighten us, but make it quick!” The event, which will take place on Wednesday December 12th from 6:30-8:30 pm at Busboys and Poets (450 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001), will include free appetizers and a cash bar. Learn more and watch previous year's talks here.

Fall ESIP Lab Request for Incubator Proposals
Through this RFP, the ESIP Lab will provide seed funding for incubator-style projects. Incubator projects run 6-8 months in duration and lie in the realm of good ideas ready to be tried out. We have identified the following topics as areas of need in the Earth science community. Proposals that address these topics will be given priority:

  • Proof-of-concept for emerging technologies slated for operational use.
  • Modernization of Earth science workflows using open source, machine learning and cloud computing.
  • Extension of open source software critical to collecting, distributing, or analyzing Earth observations.

Multiple awards are anticipated up to $10,000 each. Learn more here. Contact with questions.

Voting now Open for 2019 ESIP Volunteer Leadership
Nominees have been announced for 2019 ESIP Leadership on the ESIP Wiki. The Assembly Voting Representatives will begin the electronic voting process this week. Thanks very much to the Nominations Committee for their great work and to all those being considered for leadership.

Around the Federation

US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Releases Fourth National Climate Assessment
The 4th National Climate Assessment, NCA4 Vol II, Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States, assesses a range of potential climate change-related impacts, with an aim to help decision makers better identify risks that could be avoided or reduced. The assessment follows Vol I, the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR), which was released in November 2017. Together, these reports meet the requirements of the Global Change Research Act, which mandates a quadrennial assessment of our understanding of global change and its impacts on the United States. NCA4 Vol II can be viewed here.

USGCRP also released the 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report, SOCCR2, which provides an overview of how human and natural processes are affecting the global and North American carbon cycle, emphasizing advances in the understanding of carbon cycle science and associated human dimensions. Read the report here.

Vote on USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI) Statements of Interest
All CDI members are invited to vote on submitted SOIs. Principal investigators gave 1-minute lightning presentations about their SOIs last week. These presentations have been posted on the RFP wiki page. Voters are expected to read and consider all SOIs. Guidance for voting and evaluation criteria are posted on the CDI wiki page. Voting is now open and will close on December 14th, 2018. Contact with questions.

Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) Announces Science Ambassadors Program
SGCI is pleased to announce a new program to help end users of science gateways publicize their research and teaching accomplishments by promoting the use of gateways in research or education or in training others in the use of a gateway. The Science Ambassadors Program provides travel support for attendance at relevant events in exchange for blog posts and advice. A brief application is due on January 16th, 2019 for a one-year term.

NASA Giovanni Short Course at Upcoming AMS Meeting
The NASA GES DISC is hosting a short course prior to the upcoming American Meteorological Society (AMS) 99th Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ: An Introduction to Using the NASA Giovanni System for Multidisciplinary Research and Applications. The short course will take place Sunday, January 6, 2019, and will give participants the necessary knowledge and skills to perform multi-disciplinary research using Giovanni. Along with learning how to use Giovanni, participants also will learn about GES DISC’s large collection of NASA Earth science data, have the opportunity to conduct several hands-on data visualization scenarios demonstrating Giovanni capabilities, and learn how to use Giovanni to create multidisciplinary data analyses. For more information, please contact James Acker ( or Zhong Liu (

Post-doc Opportunity through USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program
A 2-year postdoctoral fellowship is now available on “Bridging the Disconnects Between Science and Decision Making.” The Mendenhall Fellow will be a member of the USGS Biogeographic Characterization Branch of the Core Science Systems Mission Area. She/he will interact primarily in a group partnership with the USGS Science and Decisions Center of the Energy and Minerals Mission Area and the Geosciences & Environmental Change Science Center. The Biogeographic Characterization Branch is actively engaged in providing technical services to enhance data use and integration and to document data provenance. Areas of focus within the biogeographic sciences include a) improving information transfer between scientific and professional communities, b) establishing techniques to integrate and evaluate diverse information used for scientific purposes and decision-making activities, c) advancing the use of analysis tools, including techniques used to support the decision-making process, and d) increasing productivity and reproducibility of scientific investigations using open source code. To learn more, see here.

Program Manager Opening in NASA Earth Science Division Applied Sciences Program
This position is located in the Applied Sciences Program in the Earth Science Division (ESD) of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters and will serve as a Program Manager responsible for managing portions of the Applied Sciences Program. It is closely tied to the NASA Earth Science applications themes and interacts with all of NASA Earth Science Division's programs. Learn more here.

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