DISCOVER

GHRC announces RASI; Datasets published

GHRC has published a set of Regional Air Sea Interactions (RASI) climatology datasets containing coastal mountain gap wind events and resulting sea surface temperature changes due to ocean upwelling. These datasets were created using an automated intelligent algorithm, which identified gap wind and coastal ocean upwelling events using two satellite-based microwave datasets. The Cross-Calibrated Multi-Platform (CCMP) ocean surface wind data product was used for wind data while the Optimally Interpolated Sea Surface Temperatures (OISST) data product provided by Remote Sensing Systems was used for sea surface temperatures. Data is available from 1998-2011 for three regions in Central America: Tehuantepec, Papagayo, and Panama. Users can explore these climatologies via the interactive online RASI application. The RASI algorithm, datasets and application were developed by RSS and the University of Alabama in Huntsville for the DISCOVER project, funded by the NASA MEaSUREs program.

New data server deployed; datasets available via new service

GHRC has deployed a new OPeNDAP / THREDDS Data Server as part of the Big Earth Data Initiative (BEDI). Initially, 44 datasets from the TRMM Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) mission and DISCOVER MEaSUREs project are available via this service. Acronyms: • OPeNDAP – Open-source Project for a Network Data Access Protocol • THREDDS – Thematic Real-Time Environmental Distributed Data Services • DISCOVER – Distributed Information Services for Climate and Ocean Products and Visualizations for Earth Research • MEaSUREs – Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments

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