The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) 2021 Webinar Series, which focuses on our annual theme of Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers, will continue on Wednesday June 23rd at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT. This series is generously sponsored by our partner SAIC. Learn more about the event below and check for details on future webinars.

Data System & Software Development Challenges in a NASA Research Program Turned Private Enterprise: Airborne Snow Observatories, Inc.

Speaker: Evan Burgess, Lead Data Scientist at Airborne Snow Observatories, Inc.
 Wednesday June 23rd, 1:00-2:00 pm ET
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Evan Burgess, Lead Data Scientist at Airborne Snow Observatories, Inc.

Webinar details
Airborne Snow Observatories Inc. (ASO), a start up born out of a NASA JPL research program, aims to provide inventories of mountain snow water resources worldwide with unprecedented precision. Evan Burgess, Lead Data Scientist at ASO, will discuss the data system and software development challenges in transitioning research-focused code and data into an operational system in the AWS cloud. Rapid data turnaround, the fast pace of innovation at ASO and complexities inherent in airborne remote sensing data have forced ASO to rethink its approach to processing and data distribution.

More about the speaker
Evan Burgess is a software developer and data scientist with an academic background in glaciology. Evan has worked with radar and lidar data, UAVs, atmospheric and land surface models, in-situ data, and more. Through this work, Evan has developed innovative software, visualization tools, and cloud computing solutions that can accelerate data-driven discovery. Evan’s PhD used synthetic aperture radar to discover widespread interactions between wintertime glacier flow speeds and climate. His postdoc distilled decades-worth of airborne lidar data to understand glacier mass loss in Alaska in ways that were not possible previously. As ASO’s Lead Data Scientist, Evan works to advance ASO’s processing pipelines, data analytics, and decision support systems. Evan holds a BA from University of Colorado, and a MS/PhD from University of Utah.


About ESIP
Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is a community for global Earth science data professionals that works to advance the usefulness and impact of data to address pressing global environmental challenges and fuel new discoveries. For more than 20 years, ESIP has worked to support the networking and data dissemination needs of the global Earth science data community by linking the sectors of observation, research, application, education, and use of Earth science data. ESIP facilitates collaboration and builds connections across federal agencies, academia, and the private sector through innovative collaboration methods and infrastructure that provide a scalable, neutral platform to support Earth science research, data, and technical communities. To learn about ESIP, visit and follow @ESIPfed.