Presenters at the Ecology from Space workshop at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting, Portland, Oregon, August 10. Left to right: Michele Thornton, ORNL; Pinki Mondal, SEDAC; Alison Boyer, ORNL; Jennifer Brennan, ESDIS. Not pictured: Cole Krehbiel, LP-DAAC.
Scientists from three NASA Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) joined together at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting in Portland, Oregon to give a workshop on "Ecology from Space: How Can NASA Remote-Sensing Data Inform Your Research?" August 10. CIESIN senior research associate Pinki Mondal gave a presentation and demonstration about data and applications from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) operated by CIESIN, highlighting geospatial data sets from SEDAC relevant to ecological research. The workshop was organized by Alison G. Boyer of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) DAAC, with presentations from ORNL scientist Michele M. Thornton, Cole Krehbiel from the Land Processes (LP) DAAC, and Jennifer Brennan from NASA's Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) project. The aim of this workshop was to provide a beginner's level introduction to NASA's remote-sensing and ground-based ecological data and to demonstrate user friendly tools to access, subset, and visualize these data.