Implementing GIS for Expanded Data Accessibility and Discoverability


 NASA’s Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC) is piloting the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies that can increase data discoverability and accessibility of ASDC data to the GIS user community in formats that are more conducive to their needs than formats currently served at the ASDC. By utilizing the existing Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) between Esri and NASA for software the ASDC will be able to provide data in GIS formats and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) compliant services. These services will include a Web Mapping Service (WMS), Web Coverage Service (WCS), and Web Processing Service (WPS). This is expected to yield a greater usage of NASA ASDC data as well as promote new analyses utilizing GIS tools for an increased understanding in the earth’s radiation budget, clouds, aerosols, and tropospheric chemistry.

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