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Special Seminar: Two Decades of Observing Sea Level: How it has shaped my vision for ESOC

Special Seminar: Two Decades of Observing Sea Level: How it has shaped my vision for ESOC


Steve Nerem

Dr. Nerem joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado in August 2000 after spending over 6 years at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center as a geophysicist, and over 4 years at the University of Texas at Austin as an assistant and associate professor. He received his B.S. degree in Geology from Colorado State University (1982) and his M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1989) degrees in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Nerem also worked for NOAA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory during his graduate training.

Dr. Nerem has more than 90 refereed journal articles covering a variety of topics in satellite geodesy, geophysics, oceanography, climate change, atmospheric science and planetary science. He has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, and as Geodesy Editor for Eos Transactionsof the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He also was awarded an Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing by the journal Geophysical Research Letters in 1993. In 2002, he was elected to a 2-year term as Secretary of the Geodesy Section of the AGU. In 2005 he gave the honorary Bowie Lecture at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union and he received the AGU Geodesy Section Award in 2006. He was elected a Fellow of the AGU in 2008.

Dr. Nerem is a specialist in satellite remote sensing, satellite dynamics, sea level change, and space geodesy, the latter dealing with measuring the Earth's shape, gravity field, and sea level using space-based techniques. Dr. Nerem has participated in a variety of NASA flight projects including Lageos-2, TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1, Jason-2, GRACE, Pioneer Venus Orbiter, and Mars Observer. In 1995, Dr. Nerem was awarded NASA's Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for his research in the area of gravity field determination, in addition to a dozen NASA achievement and performance awards he received while at NASA. Dr. Nerem's research is currently supported by NASA and the National Science Foundation. He is currently a member of NASA's Ocean Surface Topography Science Team, the SWOT Science Definition Team and the GRACE Follow-On Project Science Team. He has led three different NASA Interdisciplinary Science (IDS) teams studying various aspects of sea level change. He was also recently selected to be the Team Lead for NASA's Sea Level Change Team (N-SLCT), an interdisciplinary team of ~40 scientists tasked with advancing sea level science using NASA satellite data. He was a Lead Author of the IPCC 5thAssessment Report (AR5) released in 2013.

Dr. Nerem has taught graduate level classes in space flight dynamics, satellite geodesy, satellite technology, remote sensing, GPS positioning and data analysis methods, and undergraduate classes in orbital dynamics, applications of GPS and senior projects. He is currently Associate Director of CU's Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research, and a Fellow of CU's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.

Abstract: Many of today's most important Earth science problems require interdisciplinary solutions, often using advanced technology that wasn't available even a decade ago. One of these problems, climate change, can be best understood using the global observations provided by satellite-based remote sensing. In this presentation, sea level change will be used as an example of how multi-disciplinary teams of scientists can work together to advance our understanding of the Earth using remote sensing measurements. The Earth Science & Observation Center (ESOC) has focused on addressing just such problems. A vision for how ESOC can move forward and solve these problems using a variety of satellite, airborne, and ground-based remote sensing technology will be presented. Concluding comments will be made on the importance of ESOC for addressing societal problems and how ESOC fits into the objectives of NASA and other federal research agencies.


CIRES Auditorium - CIRES - University of Colorado
CMC Minutes March 10, 2014

CMC Minutes March 10, 2014

CMC Meeting  03/10/2013


Members present: Doug Fowler, Joe Olson, Gloria Hicks, Robin Strelow, Anne Perring, Rick Tisinai, Barry Eakins, Kiki Holl, Deann Miller

Visitors: Lucia Harrop


Admin – need pics of Anne and Rick.  Advocacy tab – get rid of it or update it? CMC activities – old posting – needs update or remove.  Add tab for 2014 for the minutes. Next month try to get everyone


Contractors being PI – Waleed was going to talk to NOAA about this, but Doug hasn’t heard anything. Waiting on NOAA legal. Anne- good to keep this on Dave’s radar. 


Rendezvous – Lornay concerned about getting the abstracts in. Rick will continue to talk to Visiting Fellows and their supervisors about their requirement to do a poster for Rendezvous.

Abstract call will happen this week. They are due April 2.  Linda sent email to Rick re: the program etc.  Katie will be helping us with part of the program.


Awards Committee: Had really good candidates.  The CMC will now look at the finalists’ information and let OPA committee know if we have any objections.  We have 3 good service selections, and Waleed has agreed to up the service awards to 3. Nominator appeal is the week after.  Hopefully, by March 24, final decisions.  Barry – how does a nominator get feedback re: their nominee?  They don’t.  after Rendezvous, team will re-work the web site, including examples.


Supervisory  Committee – Doug and some committee members have appt. with Waleed on the 4th of Apr. to discuss the report. Barry will have a personal example of the problem of supervisors. In Barry’s group, they ramp up new people to take on supervisory positions.  New person Paula Robinson to take Jon Rush’s place – from NCAR.  She is mentoring with Jon.


Telecommuting –  Doug still needs to set up something with Jon/Paula to discuss. 

Rick – has the updated federal telecommuting policy.  We can work up an agreement with ~4 people (Waleed?, Lab Supervisor, your Fed & CIRES supervisors) to agree on your telecommuting.  We can’t make a uniform policy across CIRES.  They are talking about removing the clause banning telecommuting (Koni’s clause).  NOAA also has a clause for ad hoc telecommuting, don’t need lab supervisor agreement.  Rick will talk to Waleed (Paula/Jon).  One problem is who will supervisor that the work is being done.  Making it a level playing field might be a problem.  One of the sticking point, for some groups, outside access is limited to a certain number, which limits how many people can actually access network.

Lucia would like to see a push for more flexibility.  Meet the modern needs of the world.

New Members – Rick has been trying to recruit new members from the NOAA divisions. Talked to one person, and she is only 50/50 about becoming a member. 


Monday, March 10, 2014