NSIDC 30th Anniversary Seminar

25 October 2006


NSIDC will host a one day seminar on 25 October 2006 to celebrate 30 years of the WDC for Glaciology, Boulder, and to acknowledge the contributions of Dr. Stan Wilson to the NASA Polar Oceanography Program, the DAACs, and their predecessor Pilot Data Systems. The agenda consists of four themes, with speakers and scientists involved in the development of the NASA Polar Oceans Program and the Boulder WDC. The four themes are as follows:

  • The introduction of satellite remote sensing to snow and ice monitoring
  • Glacier monitoring from field photography to space sensors
  • From the International Geophysical Year (1957) to the International Polar Year (2007)
  • The evolution of Data Systems and future challenges: From paper collections, to PODS/NODS to DAACs.

The NSIDC DAAC User Working Group (PoDAG) will meet immediately following the workshop on Thursday and Friday of the same week. For more information, please contact Ron Weaver (weaverr (at) nsidc.org) or Cindy Brekke (brekke (at) nsidc.org).

Schedule of Talks




0800 Coffee  

Session Chair

R. Weaver
0830 Session Begins  
0830 Introductory Remarks

K. Steffen
R. Barry

Introduction of Satellite Remote Sensing to Snow and Ice Monitoring to the WDC/NSIDC

0900 Connecting Sensors: SSMI and QuikSCAT --the Polar A Train J. Stroeve
0920 Almost Seven Years of Snow and Ice Results from MODIS D. Hall
0940 Multi-Sensor Snow Mapping and Global Trends R. Armstrong
1000 Coffee Break  
1030 From Bits to Bytes, an Early Look at Passive Microwave Processing at NSIDC M. Anderson
1050 Discussion (Moderated) T. Scambos

Evolution of Data Systems and Future Challenges: From Paper Collections to PODS/NODS and DAACs

1110 How We Got to Here F. Carsey
1130 What should Data Systems Evolve To? J. Curlander

Lunch (catered) Lunchtime Remarks

R. Thomas
1310 Addressing NOAA's Data Management Challenges C. Fox
1330 From NASA's Pilot Data Systems to EOSDIS to the Future: Lessons Learned V. Zlotnicki
1350 Discussion (Moderated) R. Weaver

Session Chair

W. Meier

Glacier Monitoring: From Field Photography to Space Sensors

1410 Why Bother With the Little Glaciers? M. Meier
1430 Climate Variability and Melt-Flow Acceleration at the Western Slope of the Greenland Ice Sheet K. Steffen
1450 A GIIPSY for the Poles. IPY Satellite Data K. Jezek
1510 Discussion (Moderated) B. Raup
1530 Coffee Break  

From the International Geophysical Year ('57) to the International Polar Year ('07)

1600 The Cryospheric Observing System for the IPY and Beyond J. Key
1620 From Log Books to Digital Data Files: Spanning the IGY to the IPY S. Ruttenberg
Discussion (Moderated)
F. Fetterer
1700 Closing Remarks R. Barry, S. Wilson

Seminar Logistics

Talks will be held in ARC Building (RL-3) Rm 620. For location details, visit the University of Colorado Web site to view the University of Colorado Campus Map.

Parking permits will be available for purchase for the EC lot . Cost is $5.50.

For those interested in taking the bus you can use the Stampede which stops directly in front of the ARC building.

For an up-to-date bus schedule including routes please see Go Boulder or Denver RTD.


Dr. Roger G. Barry, NSIDC Director