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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.

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. Click here for more tips on finding a mentor.

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New for 2021: Students applying for JPL projects should complete a SURF@JPL application instead of a "regular" SURF application.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
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Project:  Research and Development of Novel Visualization Services for NASA GIBS
Disciplines:  Computer Science, Earth Science
Mentor:  Joe Roberts, (JPL), Joe.T.Roberts@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (818) 393-8249
Background:  NASAs Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) provides a full-resolution image archive and access services for over 900 NASA Earth science data products. Its image server component, OnEarth, is an open source image processing and server software package developed at JPL. OnEarth specializes in rapidly serving tiled raster imagery and GIS data over the web to client applications such as NASA Worldview and the State of the Oceans (SOTO) visualization tool at PO.DAAC. To achieve its high-level of performance, all tiled imagery is pre-generated and sourced from existing imagery provided by NASAs distributed active archive centers (DAACs). The current GIBS system architecture is great at many things, but also has several shortcomings. For instance, pre-generated imagery results in high storage overhead and low-fidelity duplication of the data. The low-precision nature of imagery is generally inadequate for scientific analysis. Moreover, pre-generated imagery becomes increasingly difficult for high data rate missions of the future, such as SWOT and NISAR. GIBS is also investigating novel ways to serve and visualize its data sets, including the use of vector graphics, 3D Tiles, and augmented/mixed/virtual reality.
Description:  This project involves the research and development of novel visualization services for NASA GIBS. We would like to investigate potential software and system architectures that enable rapid visualization of Earth science data in various forms, such as vector graphics, 3D Tiles, and augmented/mixed/virtual reality. Ideally, this could be accomplished on demand from actual science data values and allow for analysis of the data without loss of fidelity. This project will also investigate how scientists and other users would use the provided services for their own science research in applications such as climate science, environmental health, managing natural resources, and disaster response/mitigation.
References:  https://worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov
https://earthdata.nasa.gov/gibs
Student Requirements:  Computer programming, Python, C#, GIS, AR/VR development, data science, data visualization, Earth science
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: .
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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