• Overview

    tcThe mission of the Earth Science Informatics Technical Committee (ESI TC) is to advance the application of informatics to the geosciences and remote sensing, to provide a venue for ESI professionals to exchange information and knowledge, and to give technology advice to major national and international ESI initiatives.

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    Contact Information

    Manil Maskey
    Earth Science Informatics Technical Committee Chair
    NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
    Huntsville, Alabama, USA
    EMail: manil.maskey@nasa.gov

    Prof. Peter Baumann
    Earth Science Informatics Technical Committee Co-Chair
    Jacobs University
    Bremen, Germany
    EMail: p.baumann@jacobs-university.de

    Dr. Weiguo Han
    Earth Science Informatics Technical Committee Co-Chair
    Center for Satellite Applications and Research, UCAR/NOAA
    College Park, Maryland, USA
    EMail: hanwg@ucar.edu

  • Activities

    GRSS ESI co-organized events and conference contributions

    Standardization: ESI contributions

    ESI members are continuously contributing to standardization, in particular of Big Datacubes.
    They also contribute actively – in design and implementation – to advances in standardization, such as in the OGC OpenAPI Hackathon in London (June 2019).
    A liaison agreement with OGC is in place.

    Below is a list of standards, most of them led by ESI members, others with significant contributions:

    • ISO SC32 Data Management and Interchange:
    • ISO TC211 Geographic Information / Geomatics:
      • ISO 19123-1: Schema for Coverage Geometry and Functions (under work)
      • ISO 19123-2: Coverage Implementation Schema
    • Open Geospatial Consortium:
      • OGC 09-146: Coverage Implementation Schema (adopted standard)
      • OGC 09-110: WCS Interface Standard – Core (adopted standard)
      • OGC 13-057: WCS Interface Standard – Transaction Extension (adopted standard)
      • OGC 12-040: WCS Interface Standard – Range Subsetting Extension (adopted standard)
      • OGC 08-059: WCS Interface Standard – Processing Extension (adopted standard)
      • OGC 12-039: WCS Interface Standard – Scaling Extension (adopted standard)
      • OGC 11-053: WCS Interface Standard – CRS Extension (adopted standard)
      • OGC 12-049: WCS Interface Standard – Interpolation Extension (adopted standard)
      • OGC 09-149: WCS Interface Standard – XML/SOAP protocol extension (adopted standard)
      • OGC 09-148: WCS Interface Standard – XML/POST protocol extension (adopted standard)
      • OGC 09-147: WCS Interface Standard – KVP protocol extension (adopted standard)
      • OGC 10-140: WCS Application Profile – Earth Observation (adopted standard)
      • OGC 14-052: WCS Application Profile – MetOcean (candidate standard)
      • OGC 12-174: WCS Interface Standard – REST protocol extension (candidate standard)
      • OGC 08-068: Web Coverage Processing Service (WCPS) Language (adopted standard)

    Society Outreach

    The 1h TV documentary Big Earth Data: the Digitized Planet has been created by Peter Baumann and Heike Hoenig, produced by German TV stations ZDF and ARTE, winning an award at the 2015 International Science Film Festival in Hungary.
    See more background.

    ESI committee meeting presentations

    ESI AdCom reports:
    [ 2019| 2018| 2017| 2016| 2015| 2014]

  • Research Areas

    Research areas investigated by the ESI membership include, but are not limited to:

    • Policies
      • Data and information policies
      • Data stewardship and preservation
    • Conceptual modeling
      • Knowledge representation and information models
      • Semantic representation of the spatial and temporal relationships between entities in the Geosciences (e.g., spatial and process ontologies, vocabularies, semantic web)
      • Spatio-Temporal Datacubes
      • Provenance and quality
    • Data access and processing
      • Data discovery and access
      • Web-based services and analysis
      • Sensor web and applications
    • Technology
      • Geospatial information, knowledge, and decision support systems
      • Tools supporting spatial and temporal analyses and their applications
      • Software tools and systems to model the Earth system, and visualize and analyze geoscience data, information, and knowledge
      • Emerging information technologies and their applications in the geosciences
      • Cyberinfrastructures
      • Cloud computing
    • Standardization
      • Interoperability
      • Data and service model standards, contributing to OGC, ISO, INSPIRE, and others
  • Members

    Current membership (as of July 2017):

    Last Name First Name Affiliation Country
    Abdullah Hasti Shwan University of Sulaimani Iraq
    Adesola Babatunde Akeem The Polytechnic Ibadan Nigeria
    Ahrari Amirhossein University of Tehran Iran
    Akçit Nuhcan METU Turkey
    Albright Wade Alaska Satellite Facility USA
    Andy Hueni University of Zurich Switzerland
    Ansari Abdolreza Iranian Space Agency Iran
    Azazy Mohamed Hossam Mohamed Rafat Shoubra Faculty of Engineering Egypt
    Bai Yuqi Tsinghua University China
    Bali Manik Deputy Director of the GSICS Coordination Center at NOAA USA
    Baumann Peter Jacobs University Bremen Germany
    Beltrán Ana Patricia Ruiz Universidad Nacional Autónoma Mexico
    Benali Abdelali University of Science and Technology of Oran – Mohamed Boudiaf Algeria
    Benson Michael The University of Michigan USA
    Bhandari Biplov Asian Institute of Technology Thailand
    Bhandari Laveesh Indicus Analytics India
    Bharambe Ujwala Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay India
    Bronsard Karen Canadian Space Agency Canada
    Broring Arne 52North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH Germany
    Bugbee Kaylin University of Alabama in Huntsville USA
    Burnett Michael NASA USA
    Cannata Massimiliano University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) Switzerland
    Chabot Mariella MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Canada
    Chang Ni-bin Univ of Central Florida (on detail at NSF) USA
    Chen Ling Beijing Forestry University China
    Cole Marge NASA/SGT Inc. USA
    Conchalish Henry St.Jude’s college, Thoothoor India
    Das Saurabh Center for Soft Computing Research, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata India
    Datcu Mihai German Aerospace Center (DLR) Germany
    Danacioglu Sevki Balikesir University Turkey
    De Rudder Anne Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) Belgium
    Deng Meixia George Mason University USA
    Deogawanka Sangeeta Independent Professional India
    Di Liping George Mason University USA
    Diodato Nazzareno Met European Research Observatory Italy
    Dlamini Wisdom M. University of Swaziland Swaziland
    Du Jenny Q. Mississippi State University USA
    Duerr Ruth National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) USA
    Durbha Surya Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay India
    Eberle Jonas University of Jena Germany
    Enloe Yonsook NASA USA
    Fleig Al PITA Analytic Sciences USA
    Flynn Lawrence NOAA USA
    Fontaine Kathy Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute RDA/US USA
    Fox Peter Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute USA
    Frew James University of California – Santa Barbara USA
    Goldberg Alan Mitre/NPOESS USA
    Grueau Maria Armanda Simenta Rodrigues Universidade Nova de Lisboa Portugal
    Guccione Pietro Politecnics Di Bari Italy Italy
    Hadi Sinan Jasim Anadolu University Turkey
    Hamilton Bob NASA Goddard USA
    Hardy Caroline University of Johannesburg South Africa
    Henry Okeke Ugo National Space Research and Development Agency Nigeria
    Hong Jung-Hong National Cheng-Kung University Taiwan
    Hong Yang University of Oklahoma USA
    Hua Hook NASA/JPL USA
    Huang Bormin Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison USA
    Huang Puo-Lin National Chiayi University Taiwan
    Hung Chih-cheng Southern Polytechnic State University USA
    Husar Rudolf Washington University USA
    Ige-Olumide Olusola Olufayo Institute of Ecology and EnvironmentalStudies, Obafemi Awolowo University Nigeria
    Inoue Yoshio Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council Japan
    Iqbal Fahee University of Tasmania Australia
    Jackson Nina NOAA USA
    Jiang Liangcun Wuhan University China
    Kamel-Boulos Maged N. University of the Highlands and Islands Scotland
    Kandasamy Sivasathivel Canada Center for Remote Sensing Canada
    Kavak Kaan Sevki Cumhuriyet University Turkey
    Kayabol Koray Istanbul Tech. University Turkey
    Khalsa Siri Jodha S National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)/University of Colorado USA
    Khan Jollozy Abdullah Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa India
    Khawas Chunnu Sikkim University India
    King Roger Mississippi State University USA
    Kleynhans Waldo Council for Scientific and Industrial Research South Africa
    Kou Tianyou Ohio State University USA
    Kucuk Fatma Yıldıım Byazıt Unıversıtesı Turkey
    Kumar Vineet Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay India
    Kuo Chiao-Ling National Cheng-Kung University Taiwan
    Kuo Kwo-Sen NASA/GSFC USA
    Labelle-Hamer Nettie University of Alaska, Fairbanks USA
    Lakshmi Venkat University of South Carolina USA
    Laymon Charles USRA Science and Technology Institute, Huntsville, AL USA
    Leblanc George National Research Council of Canada Canada
    LeMoigne Jacqueline NASA/GSFC USA
    Leon Amanda National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) USA
    Li Shutao Hunan University China
    Lindsay Francis NASA HQ USA
    Long David Brigham Young University USA
    Lourenco Ricardo Barros University of Chicago, Center for Robust Decisionmaking on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP) USA
    Madelón Nicolás Universidad Nacional de Córdoba Spain
    Magli Enrico Politecnico di Torino Italy
    Mallenahalli Naresh Kumar National Remote Sensing Centre (ISRO) India
    Mandal Mohammad Shamim Hasan Hiroshima Univerisity Japan
    Mangoni Gloria Ndindir Bureau d’Etudes et de Conseils en Développement Intégré (BECODI Sarl) Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Martínez-Álvarez Francisco Pablo de Olavide University of Seville Spain
    Mehta Yash Dilip Centre of Environmental Planning and Technology India
    Meyer Dave NASA GSFC USA
    Mihara Shoichiro USEF Japan
    Misra Prakhar University of Tokyo Japan
    Mitra Shreyashi Haldia Institute of Technology India
    Miura Satoko JAXA Japan
    Miyazaki Hiroyuki University of Tokyo Japan
    Moe Karen NASA/GSFC USA
    Mohamed-Ghouse Zaffar Sadiq Sinclair Knight Merz Australia
    Mohandas Anoop V Geological Survey of India India
    Morris Jay NOAA/NCDC USA
    Murphy Kevin NASA/GSFC USA
    Nativi Stefano National Research Council of Italy – Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research – (CNR-IIA) Italy
    Nekovei Reza Texas A&M University – Kingsville USA
    Nel Henk AngloGold Ashanti South Africa
    Obata Kenta NAIST, Geological Survey of Japan Japan
    Pairman David Landcare Research New Zealand New Zealand
    Palaniappan Kannan University of Missouri-Columbia USA
    Patel Nitin A Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER) Foundation India
    Pathak Diganta Kumar Gauhati University India
    Pedelty Jeff NASA/GSFC USA
    Percivall George OGC USA
    Pierce Leland The University of Michigan – EECS Dept USA
    Piolle Jean-Francois IFREMER France
    Prodemge Leonardo Unknown Unknown
    Pu Ge State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry USA
    Rahnemoonfar Maryam Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi USA
    Rajngewerc Mariela Universidad Nacional de San Martín Argentina
    Ramachandran Rahul NASA / Marshall Space Flight Center USA
    Ramapriyan H. K. (Rama) Science Systems and Applications, Inc. and NASA/GSFC USA
    Ramdas Gite Hanumant Dept. of Computer Science & I.T. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Aurangabad (M.H.) India
    Rank Bob NOAA/NESDIS/OSD (Retired) USA
    Riedel Morris Juelich Supercomputing Centre Germany
    Ritchey (Andreas) Nancy Northrop Grumman Corporation USA
    Robson Mike MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates USA
    Rochon Gilbert Tuskegee University USA
    Rosen Paul NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory USA
    Rosim Sergio INPE Brazil
    Rutzinger Martin Austrian Academy of Sciences Austria
    Salam Abdul University of Nebraska-Lincoln USA
    Schwarz Gottfried DLR Germany
    Schweiss Robert NASA/GSFC USA
    Scott Donna National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) USA
    Senadeera Prasadi Sabaragamuwa University Sri Lanka
    Sengupta Anushila SkyMap Global Pvt. Ltd India
    Sharma Amit Kumar COSTEL, LETG, CNRS, Rennes France
    Shie Chung-Lin NASA USA
    Shokr Mohammed Environment Canada Canada
    Singh Prafull Amity University India
    Small David University of Zurich Switzerland
    Smits Paul European Commission – Joint Research center Italy
    Snaith Helen National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. UK
    Schneider Karl University of Cologne Germany
    Srivastava Prashant Banaras Hindu University India
    Stocker Erich NASA/GSFC USA
    Su Hongbo Florida Atlantic University USA
    Su Lihong Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi USA
    Sullivan William HySpecIQ USA
    Surya Venkata Prasad Sista Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University – MLR Institute of Technology India
    Tang Liyu Fuzhou University China
    Tekdemir Emre Unknown Turkey
    Thind Gurman Beriqo Canada
    Tilmes Curt NASA/GSFC USA
    Turrubiates Iván Esteban Villalón ITESO, Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara Mexico
    Ugese Ayangeaor Andrew National Center for Remote Sensing Unknown
    Ullman Richard NASA/GSFC USA
    Upadhyay Ashish Indian Institute of Public Health – Gandhinagar India
    Upla Kishor Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, Gujarat India
    Vatsavai Raju Oak Ridge National Lab USA
    Vieira Pedro Brazilian Army Geographic Service (DSG) Brazil
    Suresh Vipin Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala India
    Weaver Ron National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)/Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences/Univ Colorado, Boulder USA
    White Benjamin Raytheon USA
    Wolf Vicky University of Alaska, Fairbanks USA
    Wolfe Robert NASA/GSFC USA
    Woodgate Peter Cooperative Research Center for Spatial Information Australia
    Wu Zhaoyan Wuhan University China
    Xie Xiaoyang Beihang University China
    Xie Jibo Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth-CAS China
    Yang Zhengwei USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service USA
    Yang Wenli George Mason University USA
    Yapur Martin NOAA USA
    Ye Xiaoyan Fuzhou University China
    Younan Nick Mississippi State University USA
    Yu Eugene George Mason University USA
    Yuan Xiaoping British Columbia Govt., Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Canada
    Yue Peng Wuhan University China
    Zhang Hai Wuhan University China
  • Links

    Relevant standards bodies

    Projects, tools, initiatives (alphabetically)