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Amanda Leon

Deputy Manager, NASA Distributed Active Archive Center

NSIDC data manager Amanda Leon
B.B.A., Duquesne University, 2001

Specialties

Data management and administration

Recent Highlights

Deputy Manager, NSIDC Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC), 2011—present
Data Operations Manager, NSIDC, 2007-2012
AMSR-E Validation Data Management Lead, 2007—present
AMSR-E Data Management Lead, 2005—present

Current Roles

Deputy Manager, NASA Snow and Ice Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC)

The DAAC is NASA's single largest Earth sciences data management program at the University of Colorado Boulder. The Center manages satellite derived snow and ice data products from NASA Earth Observing System sensors in the visible/infrared and passive microwave spectra. These data are used by Earth scientists internationally to monitor the Earth's cryosphere.

  • Co-manage the NSIDC DAAC, to provide ingest, support, and distribution of assigned satellite and aircraft mission data as well as in situ and ancillary products
  • Oversee the DAAC budget and staffing allocations
  • Work with the DAAC Manager and Service Group Managers to define, implement, and support relevant NSIDC-wide standards, procedures, and policies
Metadata Project Product Owner
  • Responsible for the overall success of the complete replacement and modernization of NSIDC's metadata infrastructure
  • Maintain knowledge of external metadata requirements and standards (ISO, DIF, FGDC)
  • Gather requirements from internal programs and users and reports status all stakeholders
  • Manage project within the Agile Scrum framework
  • Prioritize and approve development efforts

Publications and Presentations

Leon, A., J. Collins, B.W. Billingsley, and E.Jasiak. 2011. NSIDC Metadata Improvements: Building the foundation for interoperability, discovery and services. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Leon, A., W. Meier, and D. Scott. 2011. Passive Microwave Data Management and Sea Ice Applications at NSIDC. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Regner, K., H. Conover, B. Beaumont, S. Harrison, S. Jones, S.J. Graves, A. Leon, and L. Booker. 2010. Introducing LANCE, NASA's Near-real Time Processing Capability for Aqua AMSR- E. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Leon, A., L. Booker. 2009. Aqua/AMSR-E Data and Services at the NSIDC DAAC. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Leon, A., S.J. Singh Khalsa. 2008. AMSR-E at the NSIDC DAAC: Updates to products and services. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Kovarik, J., A. Leon, P. Gibbons, and C. Bond. 2008. Data Storage Systems at NSIDC: Evolution in Response to Change. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Swick. R., F. Fetterer, S.J. Singh Khalsa, and A. Leon. 2008. Near Real Time Animations of Earth Science Data on Virtual Globes. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Leon, A., and M. Holm. 2006. AMSR-E Products and NASA's AMSR-E Validation Data at the NSIDC DAAC. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA

Weaver, R., W. Meier, A. Leon, D. Fowler, R. Duerr, V. Troisi, and T. Scambos. 2006. Snow and Ice Products from the MODIS, AMSR-E, and GLAS Instruments on NASA's EOS Satellites. CIRES Science Symposium, Boulder, CO, USA.

Marquis, Melinda, and Amanda Paserba. 2003. Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer – Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) Validation Data Management at NSIDC DAAC, Fall AGU, San Francisco, USA.

Mullins, Teresa, Mai Edwards, Richard Armstrong, Alex Machado, Lisa Ballagh, and Amanda Paserba. 2002. Glacier Fluctuation and Climate Change: the NOAA/NSIDC, Fall AGU, San Francisco, USA.

Related Resources

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

NSIDC NASA DAAC

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