Collaboration Portals for NASA’s Airborne Field Campaigns (invited)

TitleCollaboration Portals for NASA’s Airborne Field Campaigns (invited)
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsConover, H, Kulkarni, A, Garrett, M, Goodman, M, Petersen, W, Drewry, M, Hardin, D, He, M
Conference NameAmerican Geophysical Union
Date Published12/2011
Conference LocationSan Francisco, CA
Keywordsuser interfaces
AbstractThe University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), in collaboration with the Global Hydrology Resource Center, a NASA Earth Science Data Center, has provided information management for a number of NASA Airborne Field campaigns, both hurricane science investigations and satellite instrument validation. Effective field campaign management requires communication and coordination tools, including utilities for personnel to upload and share flight plans, weather forecasts, a variety of mission reports, preliminary science data, and personal photos. Beginning with the Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) hurricane field campaign in 2010, we have provided these capabilities via a Drupal-based collaboration portal. This portal was reused and modified for the Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E), part of the Global Precipitation Measurement mission ground validation program. An end goal of these development efforts is the creation of a Drupal profile for field campaign management. This presentation will discuss experiences with Drupal in developing and using these collaboration portals. Topics will include Drupal modules used, advantages and disadvantages of working with Drupal in this context, and how the science teams used the portals in comparison with other communication and collaboration tools.