The NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC) provides access to hundreds of data products in support of cryospheric research, global change detection, and water resource management. Snow measurements are of particular importance to each of these research disciplines, as their integration with other geophysical measurements at different spatial and temporal scales is critical for understanding the global hydrological cycle.
The NSIDC DAAC’s offerings on snow data continue to grow with NASA’s recent SnowEx campaign, the Airborne Snow Observatory (ASO) mission, and ongoing global snow cover products from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) missions.
This webinar will introduce several of these snow-focused NASA missions and data products followed by a live demonstration teaching how to discover, access, and couple snow data across these varying geospatial scales. In particular, we will highlight the ability to search and access data by a defined region, and combine and compare snow data across different data formats and scales using a Python-based Jupyter Notebook.
Amy Steiker, Data Services Lead, NASA NSIDC DAAC
Amy is the Data Services Lead at the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC) specializing in the development and management of data education resources and tools and services for NSIDC DAAC’s growing user community. Amy has been a member of the NSIDC Science Communications Group for more than 5 years, applying her background in stable isotope biogeochemistry and laboratory data management to user support for NASA’s ICESat-2 mission. Amy continues to pursue efforts improving the accessibility and utility of NSIDC DAAC’s data, growing her focus and expertise on cloud computing resources for cloud-based data access and analysis.
Dr. Walter Meier, DAAC Scientist, NASA NSIDC DAAC
Walt is the DAAC Scientist at the NASA NSIDC DAAC, and a Senior Research Scientist within the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environment Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His background is in remote sensing of snow and ice with a particular focus on passive microwave retrievals of these properties. He has been the DAAC Scientist at the NSIDC DAAC since 2017, providing science support within the DAAC and to NASA snow and ice data users. Previously, he was a research scientist in the Cryospheric Sciences Lab at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and a research scientist at NSIDC.