“OpenAltimetry” (www.openaltimetry.org) will build upon technology that SDSC developed for its NSF-funded OpenTopography facility.

SDSC and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, also at UC San Diego, were awarded a NASA ACCESS grant to develop a cyberinfrastructure platform for discovery, access, and visualization of data from NASA’s ICESat and upcoming ICESat-2 laser altimeter missions. ICESat and ICESat-2 (scheduled for launch in 2018) measure changes in the volume of Earth’s ice sheets, sea-ice thickness, sea-level height, the structure of forest and brushland canopies, and the distribution of clouds and aerosols.