4 December 2020

AGU Fall Meeting Workshop: Working with Cloud-Based NASA Earth Observations Data and Tools

This half-day AGU Fall Meeting workshop will provide hands-on demonstrations of NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System evolution to the cloud, hosted by the NASA Physical Oceanography and NSIDC Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs). Activities include exploration of cloud-based capabilities using Python-based Jupyter notebooks and AWS cloud environment setup.

NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) is in the process of moving EOSDIS data to the cloud, motivated by rapid rate of data ingest into the archive. NASA remote sensing data from both upcoming (e.g. SWOT) and existing (e.g. Terra, Aqua, ICESat-2) missions will be available in the Earthdata cloud platform in the coming years. The paradigm shift from on-premise to cloud-based data distribution, and that from “download and analyze” to “analysis-in-place” present opportunities and challenges. Guiding users through this transition is of the upmost importance.  

This half-day workshop hosted by two NASA EOSDIS data centers - PO.DAAC and NSIDC DAAC - will provide an overview of the EOSDIS evolution to the cloud, what it means to the Earth Observations data users, and guide participants through interactive demos that highlight data discoverability, accessibility, and usability capabilities, on and off the cloud. These demos run through science and applications user stories and workflows, which range across disciplines, including ocean, hydrology, cryosphere, and coastal. Following the demos, participants will have the chance to further explore these cloud-based capabilities with jupyter notebooks (python), familiarize themselves with setting up an AWS cloud environment, or taking a deeper dive with analysis-in-place to explore opportunities cloud can offer, by choosing one of these hands-on tracks. Participants should leave having a better understanding of how cloud-based NASA data and services can best be leveraged and integrated within their own work.

Cloud experience not necessary. Have own computer ready for hands-on portion of the workshop.

Date and Time: 4 December 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon MST

Location: Please see https://www.agu.org/Fall-Meeting/Pages/Register-Housing/Registration-Rates for more information on 2020 AGU Fall Meeting registration. Signup for workshop session SCIWS8.