Lab Fellow Ben Roberts-Pierel's Update
Snowmelt runoff provides water to more than a billion people around the world and tens of millions in the Western United States alone. However, our knowledge of many parts of the cryosphere, the world’s snow and ice reserves, remains somewhat limited. In many cases this is due to issues of data scarcity, whether as a result of factors like harsh mountain environments or persistent cloud cover in the winter months.
Therefore, in keeping with this year’s Summer Meeting theme of “Data to Action: Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information,” I am leading a session that will explore existing types of data available for monitoring of the cryosphere and connections to the hydrosphere. Panelists will include researchers and practitioners working on a variety of approaches to gathering and processing data including machine learning, in situ sensor networks, satellite remote sensing and UAS-based platforms. The discussion will center around challenges that are particularly prevalent in this area of study, data collection and processing and future directions for data collection, processing and applications. Although the session is domain specific, it will be broadly applicable and interesting to a wide ESIP audience.
I look forward to seeing you there!