Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) has an opening for an Applications Coordinator to lead the NASA PACE Applications Program, and interface with the Science and Applications team to integrate and forge the links of the PACE mission's science to Earth Science applications and the overall societal benefits. PACE is NASA's Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem mission (Learn more at: https://pace.gsfc.nasa.gov).
PACE's primary instrument (the Ocean Color Instrument - OCI) consists of two spectrometers that continuously span the ultraviolet to orange and orange to near-infrared spectral regions, with an additional seven discrete shortwave infrared bands. This instrument will be complimented by two small, multi-angle polarimeters with spectral ranges that span the visible to near-infrared region. Thus, the mission will be capable of performing radiometric and polarimetric ocean and atmosphere surveys, returning a range of biogeophysical data from which properties of the ocean and atmosphere can be produced to add to other critical climate and Earth system variables. With advanced global remote sensing capabilities, PACE will provide high quality observations that contribute to an extended time series of satellite data records on ocean ecosystems, including coastal and inland waters, and atmospheric properties of aerosols and clouds - all of which have substantial value beyond basic science and research. Global measurements from PACE will be essential for understanding ocean biology, biogeochemistry and ecology, cloud and aerosol dynamics, and can potentially support terrestrial biogeochemistry and ecology. These measurements will enable advanced understanding of delicate ocean ecosystems, understanding of vulnerable coastal regions, quantification of the atmosphere-ocean carbon cycling, unparalleled characterization of ecosystem change and function, improved characterization of clouds, aerosol properties, air and water quality, and cross-disciplinary studies of atmospheric, terrestrial, and aquatic processes and interactions.
1. Responsible for the organization and execution of all PACE Project applications strategies and activities, as described in the PACE Applications Plan (https://pace.oceansciences.org/docs/pace_applications_plan_v1-2.pdf) in support of, and in coordination with, the PACE Project and Deputy Project Scientists.
2. Establish, manage, and coordinate the Early Adopters Program to identify key stakeholders to promote the use of PACE products by user communities whose decisions could benefit from the application of PACE data.
3. Work with the PACE Applications Team to conduct periodic assessments of the PACE community of practice, and quantitative assessments of the societal benefit value of PACE data products.
4. Design communication strategies to reach out to new PACE data user communities; this will include organization of workshops and webinars to inform and build user communities, articulate key applications benefits, support applications readiness, and solicit and receive feedback.
5. Organize meetings and events, including workshops, focus sessions, and tutorials, and write event reports to foster comprehension of the PACE applications objectives.
6. Manage and coordinate PACE applications case studies.
7. Develop material to interface with the public and other stakeholders on project applications, and provide sustained outreach to the PACE applications community.
8. Support the PACE Project and Deputy Project Scientists to plan tasks for NASA personnel and external partners in work related to PACE Application areas, which include water quality, harmful algal blooms, air quality, ecological forecasting of ocean ecosystems, human health, and disasters.
9. Provide feedback to the PACE Project on factors that might impact the value of PACE data for applications purposes.
The position will involve interaction and relationship-building with decision-makers from a variety of government agencies, research institutions, and other organizations who are interested in the use of Earth observations to support water and air quality, food security, human health, ecological forecasting, and climate system investigation. Responsibilities also include coordinating, managing, and writing collaborative authorship publications for the popular press and peer-reviewed journals, and presentations at conferences and workshops.
• MS degree or higher in a scientific discipline related to ocean ecology, biogeochemistry, ocean color remote sensing, or similar science discipline (or equivalent combination of education and experience)
• 1-3 years of work experience in the areas listed above is desired, but not required.
• Experience in facilitating discussion and enhancing mutual understanding among scientists, policy makers, and the public, as well as other stakeholders
• Experience in planning, organizing, and leading conferences and workshops
• Must be able to work onsite at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center unescorted
• Expertise and experience across a number of scientific disciplines related to PACE Application areas is preferred, including aerosol and cloud dynamics.
• Willingness and interest to stay abreast of advances in a range of disciplines is also desired.
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