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Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program.

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Project:  Analysis and visualization of atmospheric CO2 and/or SIF data for Science Data Applications
Disciplines:  Earth Science, remote sensing
Mentor:  Karen Yuen, (JPL), Karen.Yuen@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (818) 393-7716
Background:  Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3), launched on May 4, 2019, is delivering total observation column data of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) and the photosynthetic activity indicator Solar-Induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence (SIF) , comparable to the unprecedented resolution of OCO-2. Both OCO-2 and OCO-3 missions strive to identify sources and sinks of CO2, including the small-scale CO2 sources such volcanoes, refineries, and fossil fuel burning power plants; however, OCO-3 is flying on the International Space Station and its unique precession orbit enables the OCO-3 instrument to capture dense coverage over certain areas such as some of the worlds megacities, as well as diurnal cycle studies over certain regions.
Description:  Mission data continuity is important to the research community and one of the criteria for justifying mission continuity is user base growth for remote sensing data. NASA has a focused effort on growing its data user base beyond traditional remote sensing users in order to justify and exploit its historical cross-mission data archive. We must be able to better represent and visualize the value and impact of our data in order to expand our set of non-traditional users, so that they are motivated to further explore OCO-2/OCO-3 data and incorporate these data into their science analyses. We see this as a strong potential for convergence research, especially in seeing how application and decision-making environments may want to incorporate CO2 and SIF data. We would like to work with a student to work on 1-2 use cases on how to characterize and visualize OCO-2/OCO-3 data that will facilitate analysis and data adoption. The student will leverage existing interactive visualization tools in order to illustrate science needs and having them help us create a case of a visual requirement for science in an interactive geographic context (GIS-style). The project will include designing the project with the mentor, identifying users and requirements, and producing some visual stories or animations to communicate the project. The student will support the OCO-2 and OCO-3 science applications and science visualization teams. Weekly progress meeting with focus on milestones and deliverables are an essential component of the internship.
References:  https://ocov3.jpl.nasa.gov/
Student Requirements:  Senior undergraduate or graduate student interested in Earth systems and environmental remote sensing with some minimum experience using ERDAS, ArcGIS or ArcPro for image analysis. Desirable although not require background in image classification or spectral analysis and introductory statistics. Proactive, self-motivated, willing to work Independently, good communication skills verbal and orally. Experience working with convergence research and cross cutting environments would be extremely valuable. Geography, ecology, and remote sensing and GIS backgrounds are preferred.
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    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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