News

08-26-2014
We are getting ready to release a powerful online and interactive Remote Sensing based Phenology analysis tool. Stay tuned-


07-10-2014
We are organizing the second AGU Long Term MultiSensor data session at AGU 2014 in San Francisco, CA.

Session Name: Multi-sensor Long Term Data Records of Land Surface Parameters for Global Change Research

Session ID#: 2921 (Biogeosciences)


07-10-2014Participate in this social computing experiment at NASA AMES,
NEX Workshop


04-15-2014
Forestsat 2014 conference in Italy.
forestsat2014


04-01-2014
Plans are under way for the production of our last VIP (V4) product suite. Stay tuned.


03-26-2014
The MODIS Science Team Meeting will take place late April 2014 [MST].


02-11-2014
Check this out.
Qatar National Research Fund [QNRF]is building a new model for science and Environmental research .


01-13-2014
VIP V3 Data Record is now ready for use. Keep us posted with your work using this new data set.


11-25-2013
Check out the University of Arizona Strategic Plan.
New faces, new ideas, same goals: It is all about money.



11-18-2013
Check out the Google Earth Engine.
Very interesting way of accessing and playing with data.


10-03-2013
More bad news....due to the Federal Government shutdown the PROSE 2013 has been cancelled. Prose organizers' message "We regret to inform you that due to the Federal government shut-down, this year's PROSE meeting has been cancelled. Many of our attendees, presenters, and organizers are federal employees who are prohibited from working until the shutdown is resolved.
We are sincerely sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We hope to see you at next year's PROSE meeting!"



10-01-2013
due to the US Gov. shutdown, the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) has suspended the distribution of ASTER and MODIS data. Users will be unable to receive orders placed through Reverb, Earth Explorer, GloVis, the Global Data Explorer (GDEx), MRTWeb, and TerraLook. Users will also be unable to download data through the LP DAAC Data Pool, ASTER EDS, and HTTP.



09-04-2013
Our AGU 2013 session received 32 abstracts and we will be organizing an oral and a poster session. The final schedule will be posted soon


09-04-2013
the Lab. just hired a postdoc, Dr. Armando Barreto Munoz. He will be starting his job soon.


08-05-2013
Fall Meeting Abstract Deadline Extended
Due to technical issues, the Fall Meeting website experienced intermittent outages throughout the morning and was taken offline at 12:00 P.M. to repair the service issue. The Fall Meeting abstract submission deadline will be extended until 6:00 P.M. EST on Wednesday, 7 August 2013.




06-27-2013
And we just have a brand new Doctor in the Lab. Dr Abd-Salam El-Vilaly, was a Ph.D. candidate few hours ago, and has just successfully defended his dissertation today.



06-18-2013
Abd-Salam El-Vilaly, a Ph.D. student at the Lab., will be defending his Ph.D. dissertation next Thursday, June 27th, 2013 starting 9am at the OALS office (6th ST and Campbell).


06-10-2013
AGU Abstract submission will be open June 17th, 2013.
Consider submitting to our session "B046. B046*. Multisensor Long Term Land Surface Data Records" Check
AGU 2013



06-05-2013
IGARSS Australia 2013 Registration deadline is fast approaching.
Check the IGARSS 2013
site


05-21-2013
We have a new Doctor in the Lab.
Armando Munoz Barreto, just finished defending his Ph.D. dissertation and he passed. Congratulation Dr. Barreto.


04-22-2013
The NASA Terrestrial Ecology Meeting will take place at the Scripps Seaside Forum, La Jolla, CA. And will start on April 30, 2013




04-15-2013
The NASA MODIS Science Team Meeting is taking place at Silver Spring, MD, April 15-16, 2013


04-01-2013
The NASA TE Workshop (La Jolla, San Diego, CA. April 30-May 2, 2013) is now approved and will take place as planned. Check the announcements.






01-24-2013 @ 1:15pm
The VIP Workshop just adjourned. This was a very successful event.
A total of 36 scientists attended and presented their research on- and with Long term VI and Phenology data products and a range of other data and topics.
All meeting material will be posted online soon. Stay tuned-



01-23-2013
Follow our workshop live on line @
Live Link


12-11-2012
We just started Collection V3.0, with advanced filtering and continuity this version will address all previous issues and builds towards a high fidelity research and application data record.


08-15-2012
Check this out VIP Workshop


The Vegetation Index and Phenology Group is organizing a workshop in support of their V2/V3 long term data record.
When: January 23-24th, 2013
Where: The University of Arizona

More info will be posted on that web site.


08-15-2012
Check this out New DataExplorer


The new DataExplorer V.0 allows the user to explore the phenology data record for any site on Eerth. Check it out-

08-01-2012
Check this out The Amazon and Remote Sensing



06-11-2012
The Applied Sciences Program in the Earth Science Division at NASA HQ announces a workshop on the SUOMI NPP (National Polar-orbiting Partnership) mission.
When: June 21-22, 2012
Where: Westin City Center Hotel, 1400 M St. N.W., Washington DC



05-07-2012
V2 is on the way. We're almost done with V2 reprocessing and should make the data available soon.


04-09-2012
Earth Day at UofA

At the UA, It's Earth Day All Week Long

01-16-2012
The International Congress Geotunis - Sixth Session

“The use and the applications of GIS, remote sensing and digital modeling in the field of environment and in the management of natural resources and hazards”.
Visit beautiful TUNISIA in the process.
Tunisia, from 26th to 30th March 2012

11-20-2011 -
VIP is hiring a Post-Doc. For more info visit
Learn about it and Apply online

11-15-2011 -
Version 2.1 of our DataExplorer is now ready for testing and use, give it a try. Updates: Online Time series, Field images browsing and more.
V2.1 Data Explorer

08-01-2011 -
Version 2.0 of our DataExplorer is now ready for testing and use, give it a try. Updates: Online Time series, Field images browsing and more.
V2 Data Explorer


06-15-2011 -
Our Data Explorer is online now. Give it a try, and help us to improve it by submitting feed back, comments and suggestions. Data Explorer

06/7-9/2011 -
FLUXNET and Remote Sensing Open Workshop: Towards Upscaling Flux Information from Towers to the Globe.
FLUXNET Workshop June 7-9, 2011

05/18-20/2011 -
NASA EOS MODIS Science Team Meeting. University of Maryland.
MODIS Science Team Meeting Site

04/10-15/2011 -
34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre 10-15 April 2011
The GEOSS Era: Towards Operational Environmental Monitoring.
Meeting Site


04/10-15/2011 -
Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual meeting. Seattle April 12-16, 2011.

Meeting Site


03-8/9-2011 - Second NASA MEASURES Vegetation Index and Phenology Project Review Meeting in conjunction with the Lp/ORNL DAAC UWG Joint Meeting in Annapolis (March 8-9, 2011.


03-8/9-2011 - Joint LP & ORNL DAACs UWG Meeting in Annapolis MD. :

12-13-2010 - Dr. Diane Wickland will give a Seminar at the University of Arizona on topics ranging from NASA Future missions, to Earth Science Research Directions, and NASA Research Opportunities.
Follow this link

12-06-2010 - NASA MEASURES Vegetation Index and Phenology Project Review Meeting.:

The VIP Lab. will host a science review meeting (January 4-5, 2011) of their NASA MEASURES' project. For more info visit the Meeting Site open only by invitation.

10-05-2010 - iPhen: A crowdsourcing tool for the observation of vegetation dynamic and phenology:

The VIP Lab., in collaboration with the Compositional Systems lab,at the ECE Dept.are developing a mobilde device application to aid in collecting field observations about vegetation dynamic and phenology.
for more info visit the iPhen website
.

08-15-2010 - Student programmer needed:
The VIP Lab is seeking a student programmer to work on various tasks, including image processing, php, java and web page related coding projects.
If interested please send a short CV to
the Lab.
.


07-22-2010 - Test drive our data portal:
The LP-DAAC @ USGS EROS and VIP Lab. have released their second version of their client ESDR data distribution system.

To test this distribution system please contact us and we'll send you an ID/Password.

04-23-2010 - Be a Scientist, really!:
USA-NPN Releases Nature's Notebook Plant and Animal Phenology Observation Program
US-NPN

04-12-2010 - It is all over now:
2010 US-IALE Twenty-fifth Anniversary Symposium
Athens, Georgia | April 5-9, 2010


03-15-2010 - It is all done now:
2010 NASA Terrestrial Ecology Science Team Meeting
La Jolla, CA | March 15-17, 2010

01-19-2010:
Thanks for your interest, the student positions were recently filled. Visit our web page for future opportunities.

01-05-2010:
Once again the VIP Lab. is seeking a student employee for the 2010 Spring semester, if interested visit:
Job Description.

10-16-2009:
If you wish to review and provide feedback on the ESDR product specification please send us an email
and we'll provide you with more infromation. Put "File Specs" in the subject line. Or you can use the contact us link below. More information will follow soon.

09-28-2009:
The VIP Lab., in collaboration with the USGS LPDAAC, plans to start testing a Beta version data distribution system. If you are interested in helping us assess this system please contact us. More information will be forthcoming.

09-21-2009:
seeking a student employee for the '09 Fall semester, if interested visit
Job Description

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System Status

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V3 Reprocessing Status
Updated 01/13/14
Data acquisition = done
Data Preprocessing = done
Data Filtering = Done
Long Term Average = Done
Compositing processing = Done
Continuity processing = Done
Long Term Average Continuity = Done
Phenology processing = Done
NOTE: V3 is now ready for research and application use. Please keep us posted with your work using this data record
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V3 Reprocessing Status
Updated 11/18/13
Data acquisition = done
Data Preprocessing = done
Data Filtering = Done
Long Term Average = Done
Compositing processing = Done
Continuity processing = Done
Long Term Average Continuity = Done
Phenology processing = Progressing
NOTE: V3 is almost ready for public release. We're putting the last touches on the data and should have it ready for pubic download shortly
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V3 Reprocessing Status
Updated 09/04/13
Data acquisition = done
Data Preprocessing = done
Data Filtering = Done
Long Term Average = Done
Compositing processing = Done
Continuity processing = Issues/Redone/Reprocessing
Long Term Average Continuity = Done
Phenology processing = Reprocessing
NOTE: V3 is going through some major delays due to issues discovered in the continuity algorithm, where AVHRR data becomes excessively unstable over sparsely vegetated areas.
We've identified a fix and V3 is now progressing and should complete by end of September.
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V3 Reprocessing Status
Updated 06/05/13
Data acquisition = done
Data Preprocessing = done
Data Filtering = Done
Long Term Average = Done
Compositing processing = Progressing
Continuity processing = Progresing
Long Term Average Continuity = Done
Phenology processing = Did not start
NOTE: V3 is going through some major delays due to system and continuity work delays.
We're hoping to have the V3 ready before June is out, maybe early July.
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V3 Reprocessing Status
Updated 01/10/13
Data acquisition = done
Data Preprocessing = done
Data Filtering = Done
Long Term Average = Done
Compositing processing = Progressing
Continuity processing = Preparing code
Long Term Average Continuity = Did not start
Phenology processing = Did not start
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Updated 11/20/12
ResourceStatusNotes
Linux Cluster System Status Online Our Linux cluster was upgraded recently to the latest RHEL OS, which caused few tings to misbehave. People who connect from external sites may need to perform the following commands to reset their ssh keys and regain access. On your host: sed -i -e ' d' ~/.ssh/known_hosts
Where is the line number listed in the warning message.
For example in your output the offending host line number is 4 (see below). Hence, you would issue: sed -i -e '4 d' ~/.ssh/known_hosts.
If issues persist contact the Lab. or our IT.

V3 Reprocessing Status
Updated 11/01/12
Data adquisition = done
Data Preprocessing = done
Data Filtering = Started
Long Term Average = In planning
Compositing processing = Did not start
Continuity processing = Did not start
Long Term Average Continuity = Done
Phenology processing = Did not start
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V2 Processing Status
Updated 06/25/12
Data adquisition = done
Data Preprocessing = done
Data Filtering = Done
Long Term Average = Done
Compositing processing = Done
Continuity processing = Done
Long Term Average Continuity = Done
Phenology processing = Done
All V2 data is now loaded and ready for distribution.
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V2 Processing Status
Updated 06/11/12
Data adquisition = done
Data Preprocessing = done
Data Filtering = Done
Long Term Average = Done
Compositing processing = Done
Continuity processing = Done
Long Term Average Continuity = Done
Phenology processing = Partially Done
All data is being now loaded to the distribution system and should be available shortly.
  
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Updated 06/11/12
ResourceStatusNotes
Network System Status Online Our network continues to experience issues making data access, display, etc...very slow and problematic sometimes. IT Looking into it.

V2 Processing Status
Updated 06/04/12
Data adquisition = done
Data Preprocessing = done
Data Filtering = Done
Long Term Average = Done
Compositing processing = Done
Continuity processing = Done
Long Term Average Continuity = Done
Phenology processing = Algorithm checked/Processing
  
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V2 Processing Status
Updated 05/07/12
Data adquisition = done
Data Preprocessing = done
Data Filtering = Done
Long Term Average = Done
Compositing processing = Done
Continuity processing = Done
Long Term Average Continuity = Done
Phenology processing = Algorithm checked/Processing
  
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Updated 04/11/12
ResourceV1 Data StatusNotes
V1 data quality note Online We recently found a bug with our V1 "All Average" composite method data. That data was taken offline and a fix is being developed/implemented.

Updated 04/01/12
ResourceStatusNotes
Processing System Status Online Our processing system is back online and working fine now.

Updated 03/20/12
ResourceStatusNotes
Processing System Status Online Our processing system is partially down slowing our V2 progress. The system should be up soon

02/27/12
ResourceStatusNotes
Data Distribution System Online Our Data distribution system has been updated and is online. A dedicated server is in charge of data distribution from now on

02/17/12
ResourceStatusNotes
Data Distribution System Status Update System is currently down Our Data distribution system is currently being updated/maintained and is down. The system should be back in operation by Feb. 27th, 2012
V2 ESDR Data Slight delays Due to new system hardware installation and delays in processing algorithms deliveries our V2 Data records will also be delayed. Currently our estimate is for Later February 2012.
Data Explorer Back online The Data Explorer database is now back online, but users could experience instability
Data Explorer Temporarily down The Data Explorer database is temporarily down due to a system migration that is taking longer than anticipated. All system services are working except image display/exploration. The system should come online by Friday Jan., 6th, 2012
Lab. Resources New Resources to be added. Two new additional processing and storage systems will be added to the VIP Lab. This will mean better and faster access and more capabilities. An announcement on system shutdown is forthcoming.
Data Explorer A new version of the Data Explorer is now available. Many thing have been enhanced for a better experience. Version 1.2 The link will change when it is fully approved. None
Data Explorer A new version of the Data Explorer is in the making. It will make things a lot easier. None
Data Explorer You may experience some slow down when accessing the Explorer. This is due to UA system load. Please try again. None
Data Distribution System A new data distribution system will be online and will host the full data record (direct access).
None
Overall System Fully operational, Now only 1 RAID disk still in silvering mode.
None

Resource Status Notes
Data Explorer: Fully operational, data still provisional mode (V1.0 ESDR). Many Explorer tools have been enhanced. Images now load now faster using GE tiling. FTP order and direct http download are now possible.
This is V2.0). Version (V2.0) is still in the making and should be available soon.
None
Overall System Fully operational, with 2 disks on our RAID systems in silvering mode.
None

Updated 09/01/11
ResourceStatusNotes
Data Explorer: Fully operational, but data in provisional mode. Many tools have been updated and enhanced.
This is the latest version (V1.1) A new version (V2.0) is in the making and should be available soon.
Please send us your suggestions, feedback, or report problems. Use the link above to do so.
Data Explorer: Sub optimal operation. Many tools and data are in a provisional mode. Your experience using the Data Explorer will depend on your internet connection. Some of the images, animations, and tools depend on a good internet connection. We are currently testing different compression methods and image resolutions to improve the data exchange between server and client.
The new version (V10.0) for this tool is being developed and should be ready for release in early Auguste 2011. You can check it out here
Please send us your suggestions, feedback, or report problems. Use the link above to do so.
Hodari (team accessible): One of our RAID File Systems (Kubwa) experienced a disk failure and is now rebuilding (the system is reporting a 30 day process - really long - but that is how RAID systems work). The system remains fully accessible and operational but in a degraded mode with noticeable delays. Suggestions: If you have to you can access and use the system, but it will be very slow. If your work can wait we suggest you delay using the machine till the file system is rebuilt.
Linux systems (restricted) Kaskazi, Uwingu, Kijiti,and our Wanaweka NAS Fully operational but access to Kubwa file system is very slow. None
Printers Mchapaji and Ukindu Fully operational with no problems reported. None
All windows machines Dunia, Mwitu, Unyasi, Mkurengezi, and Mkubwa Fully operational with no problems reported. None
Miscellaneous Lab. services Web page, email services, ftp server, group and team access, NASA managers access, etc... Fully operational with new additions as of June 30th, 2011. None
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