NSIDC at AGU (American Geophysical Union), Fall 2005

2005 AGU Fall Meeting Web site

San Francisco, California, USA
December 5-9, 2005

More than twenty-five people from NSIDC are attending AGU, this year. They are presenting a variety of posters and oral presentations, as well as presiding over several sessions.

One example of a scientific presentation is that of Tom Painter. He will present "Radiative effects of desert dust deposits to alpine snow" on Wednesday December 7 at 5:00 pm. Each winter and spring, the Colorado Plateau emits dust storms that cover the alpine snow-covered ranges of Colorado with dust layers that significantly decrease snow albedo and accentuate the evolution of the snowpack. Tom will discuss the frequency and magnitude of dust deposition events, their temporal impact on snow albedo, and the relative contributions of global, regional, and local impurity sources.

For more information about NSIDC scientists at AGU, download a schedule (PDF, 52 KB).

In addition to involvement by NSIDC scientists, several project managers and professional staff will present at AGU. An example is Mark Parson's presentation, called "Data Management, a Utility for Science." Mark's presentation will focus on ways to look at data management as a utilitarian endeavor, seeking parallels in the ways that the business world and software industry help customers get what they need. "By reviewing the experience of these two industries and the broader evolution of utilitarian and infrastructural technologies, we can develop a set of best practices that can guide the development of data systems that are durable, reliable, and simple to use," says Mark.

For a complete listing of AGU presentations by NSIDC personnel, please use the personal itinerary tool for the Fall meeting at the American Geophysical Union Web site or contact nsidc@nsidc.org.

When you're not attending sessions, please don't forget to visit NSIDC at booth number 921. You'll find information on new and updated data sets and tools, data resources for cryospheric and Earth science researchers, and information for journalists, educators, and the general public. 

Come by and learn more about how NSIDC can help you!