David Gallaher is an Associate Scientist III, Manager, Information Technology Services, National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), Cooperative Institute for Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
Dave is leading the technical evolution of NSIDC systems and architecture to meet the needs of our scientific communities and stakeholders. This evolution includes advanced data products, dynamic data visualization, and enhanced data discovery. At the same time, he is focusing on evolving our internal and external systems integration, and on refining technologies and infrastructures to be more user-friendly, efficient, cost-effective, and scalable, while continuing to support our core data ingest and distribution functions.
He has built a “green data center” at NSIDC that reduced the power consumption for cooling by 90%. Dave is the lead investigator on a NSF grant for project to design and prototype a process (through creation of "Data Rods") for addressing time-series data as pure objects that will enable time-centric change analysis of massive multi-modality cryospheric data. He was also the Project Manager on a project to build web services and analysis application for determining changes to the Greenland ice sheet. He is the PI on a project is to recover 1960’s Nimbus satellite data to determine the sea ice extent during that decade. His latest project is to build a low cost CubeSat Passive microwave satellite to monitor polar ice conditions.