Gibs: A Rich Visual Interface to NASA’s Earth Science Data Holdings

Friday, 19 December 2014
Charles K Thompson1, Matthew F Cechini2, Thomas Huang1, Joe T Roberts1, Christian Alarcon3, Ryan A Boller4, Kevin J Murphy5, Lucian Plesea6, Shriram Ilavajhala7, Jeffrey E Schmaltz7 and Mike McGann8, (1)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, (2)Columbus Technologies and Services Inc., Greenbelt, MD, United States, (3)Jet Propulstion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, (4)NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (5)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (6)ESRI, Redlands, CA, United States, (7)Sigma Space Corporation, Lanham, MD, United States, (8)Columbus Technologies and Services Greenbelt, Elkridge, MD, United States
The Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) are being developed to promote and widen the use of NASA’s vast archive of Earth science data across the research, education, governmental, and general public user communities. GIBS provides access to a large and growing image archive consisting of historical and frequently-updated near real time image (NRT) products representing geophysical parameters and themes from across an array of NASA-supported satellite instruments. All imagery is global in extent, available up to its full spatial resolution with near zero access latency, and is pedigreed with provenance information linking the source science data products as well as interpretive information such as a color legend and units. Currently, GIBS contains over 100 individual image layers that are available to everyone, including surface temperature, ozone, fires, sea ice, snow cover, water vapor, carbon monoxide, and true color surface reflectance. In this presentation, we highlight the use and incorporation of GIBS as a contextual visualization component into web tools, interfaces, and displays targeting different audiences and purposes. We will also discuss GIBS' open source software status, facilitating the deployment of a complementary set of similar services for non-NASA imagery.