ORNL DAAC MODIS Team recipient of NSDI Champion of the Year Award

The ORNL Distributed Active Archive Center for Biogeochemical Dynamics (DAAC) MODIS Team is the recipient of the first Doug D. Nebert NSDI Champion of the Year Award. The ORNL DAAC won this award for developing an innovative tool suite to allow users to access and use complex MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) satellite data sets easily. The visionary leadership shown by the ORNL DAAC MODIS Team and its members and their emphasis on service and dedication to National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) principles uniquely fit the team for this honor.

Omitaomu elevated to IEEE senior rank

Olufemi (Femi) Omitaomu of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Climate Change Science and Urban Dynamics Institutes (CCSI and UDI) has been elevated to the grade of IEEE Senior Member. Senior Member is the highest grade for which members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) can apply and requires at least 10 years’ professional experience, including 5 years of significant achievements.

Bob Andres—lessons from an unplanned career

Bob Andres of the ORNL Climate Change Science Institute (CCSI) and Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) has been a volcanologist, a geochemical consultant, a university professor, a laboratory manager, a remote sensing expert, and an instrument developer over the course of a 24-year career that has spanned numerous organizations, including two national laboratories, and taken him all over the world. “My career, or rather its trajectory, was certainly not planned,” Andres says.

ORNL researchers contribute to State Department's Arctic blog

ORNL's Peter Thornton, Stan Wullschleger and Kate Evans have written an entry for the State Department's "Our Arctic Nation" blog on The blog, run by the Arctic Council of the State Department's Office of Oceans and Polar Affairs, invites individuals with personal or professional connection to the Arctic to contribute to raise awareness of U.S. interests and priorities in the region and reinforce the idea of the United States as an Arctic nation

Finding the human fingerprint in Northern Hemisphere greening

Using newer data and strict statistical methods, a multinational team led by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Climate Change Science Institute’s (CCSI’s) Jiafu Mao has found the first positive correlation between human activities and enhanced vegetation growth in the northern extratropical latitudes (NELs; roughly between 30°N and 75°N). “This is the first clear evidence of a discernible human fingerprint on physiological vegetation changes at the continental scale,” Mao says.