The ORNL DAAC is pleased to inform the community of a new resource for NASA’s airborne and field campaigns for Earth Science.
CASEI is NASA's Catalog of Archived Suborbital Earth Science Investigations and was developed to improve discoverability, information, and data access for airborne and field campaign by collecting suborbital data housed at different archives and providing one detailed inventory. This new inventory provides a streamlined search and discovery interface with detailed contextual information critical to the interpretation and use of the data.
CASEI was developed by NASA's Airborne Data Management Group (ADMG) and includes data from a number of different platforms and instruments. These platforms for Earth systems include airborne data from planes, drones, rockets, and balloons; data collected from the ocean by ships, boats, buoys, and sail drones; as well as ground-based platforms such as vehicles, trailers, observation towers, and temporary field stations.
Searching by location and/or time, researchers can find key observations of specific campaigns addressing the scientific goals of their projects within the CASEI interface. While one use of the suborbital data collected through field campaigns or investigations is the validation of satellite instruments and algorithms, other uses include public health research on air chemistry and quality, and observations of the dynamic interactions between the ocean, land and atmosphere.