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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2018 can be found here.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  Visualizing 16 Years of Data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua Satellite
Disciplines:  Earth Science, Data Visualization
Mentor:  Sharon Ray, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-9483
Background:  Launched into Earth orbit in 2002 the AIRS instrument flies aboard NASA's Aqua spacecraft and is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Designed to support climate research and improve weather forecasting, AIRS, along with its partner microwave instrument AMSU-A, represents the most advanced atmospheric sounding system ever deployed in space. Together these instruments are providing information about Earths global water and energy cycles, climate variation and trends, and the response of the climate system to increased greenhouse gases. AIRS observes numerous atmospheric trace gases and properties, and it's data are utilized by all the major weather computing agencies worldwide.
Description:  Since 2002 AIRS has been observing Earths atmospheric temperature, water vapor, humidity, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, methane, outgoing longwave radiation, cloud and surface properties. AIRS temperature and water vapor are available at multiple altitudes through the atmospheric column, providing a three-dimensional view of these quantities from the surface through the troposphere. With a data record that spans 16 years, we are seeking an intern who can create a variety of visualizations that showcase the scope of the AIRS data record. Visualization products can include anomaly plots, heat maps, GIS and Google Earth plots, combined plots of AIRS and other NASA missions, and more. Subjects can include extreme events, climatologies, trends, and more. AIRS staff will provide guidance for identifying maps to create, using AIRS data, and visualization support.
References:  - AIRS web site
- Choosing Colors for Data Visualization
- Subtleties of Color
- Use of Color in Data Visualization
- Perceptually Uniform Colour Maps
- Beautiful colormaps for oceanography
- Graphics: Scrap rainbow colour scales
- Finding the Right Color Palettes for Data Visualizations
Student Requirements:  - Earth science, atmospheric science courses
- Programming experience, python, IDL, MATLAB
- Data visualization interest and/or experience, visual communication with color
- GIS experience a plus
- Apple iOS, Unix experience
- Excellent writing skills
- Self starter
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.

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