Senior Associate Scientist, Retired - National Snow and Ice Data Center
Ron Weaver was the Principle Investigator of NASA’s Distributed Active Archive Center National Snow and Ice Data Center, located at the University of Colorado in Boulder. During his 25 year tenure he was responsible for management and operations at the NSIDC DAAC, a NASA funded Earth Observing System data center, one of the largest earth science contracts at CU Boulder. The NSIDC DAAC manages and distributes environmental satellite and in situ data describing the earth's cryosphere, to users in the scientific research community as well as the general public. The Data Center currently houses approximately 8 Terra Bytes of digital data in its archives.
Major data management programs include: ingest, archival and distribution of snow and ice products from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Radiometer on NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites, sea ice and snow cover extent products derived from passive microwave data collected by the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E) on the Aqua platform and from the Special Sensor Microwave Imager on USAF Defense Meteorological Satellite Program satellites, and laser altimetry data from the IceSAT I.
He also participated in the design and implementation of energy efficiency retrofit upgrades to the NSIDC DAAC computing facility which have been saving operation costs since mid-2010. Since retirement in mid-2015 he has been active in computing facility energy efficiency improvements at NSIDC.