An Overview of the EOS Data Distribution Systems

  • H. K. Ramapriyan
  • Robin Pfister
  • Beth Weinstein
Part of the Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing book series (RDIP, volume 11)


The Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) is the ­primary data system serving the broad scope of NASA’s Earth Observing System (EOS) program and a significant portion of the “heritage” Earth science data. EOSDIS was designed to support the Earth sciences within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (previously the Earth Science Enterprise (ESE) and Mission to Planet Earth). The EOS Program was NASA’s contribution to the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) enacted by Congress in 1990 as part of the Global Change Act. ESE’s objective was to launch a series of missions to help answer fundamental global change questions such as “How is Earth changing?” and “What are the consequences for life on Earth?” As part of supporting that objective, EOSDIS distributes a wide variety of data to a diverse user ­community (Fig. 9.1)


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These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



Figure 9.1 is adapted from the EOS Reference Handbook, NASA, 1993, page 18, modified and updated. Figure 9.2 has evolved over time from several presentations by managers at the ESDIS Project, NASA GSFC. Figure 9.4 is adapted from a presentation titled “EOSDIS Elements Evolution Tiger Team Progress Report,” January 20, 2004, by Glenn Iona, NASA GSFC. The authors appreciate the detailed review and comments by Frances Lindsay and Martha Maiden (NASA Headquarters) on a draft version of this chapter. They also appreciate the encouragement and support of Mary Ann Esfandiari (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. K. Ramapriyan
    • 1
  • Robin Pfister
  • Beth Weinstein
  1. 1.NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA

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