Job Opportunity! NOAA PolarWatch Coordinator Position at UC Santa Cruz

The candidate accepting the position must reside in the U.S., be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and undergo a background check to meet NOAA security requirements.

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus / Off Campus, Can be fully remote, hybrid or office-based.  If not residing in Alaska, must willing to travel to Alaska (1-2 trips/year) to meet with PolarWatch stakeholders.

The University of California, Santa Cruz seeks a program manager to serve as the PolarWatch Coordinator ( for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) CoastWatch program ( The PolarWatch Coordinator will engage user groups working in Alaskan, Arctic, and Antarctic waters to determine their satellite product needs, plus provide the tools, training, and support to use these products.

The first review of application begins on August 15, 2022, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. UC Santa Cruz is advertising parallel recruitments for the PolarWatch Coordinator position to increase hiring options. Applicants are encouraged to apply to both the staff and academic recruitment paths.

Position description and staff position recruitment path instructions:

Academic recruitment path instructions (please reference the PolarWatch Coordinator position in the cover letter):

New Book Announcement! Earth Observation Applications and Global Policy Frameworks

Earth Observation Applications and Global Policy Frameworks | Wiley has now gone to press!  Congratulations to the many authors who contributed to this book, including many members of GEO AquaWatch.

The country in which this title will publish first is the U.S. and that is expected to be in September 2022. Publication in other locations can be up to six weeks later.

About this book…..

Data and insights from Earth observations are critical for assessing the health of our planet, monitoring change, and addressing societal challenges from the local to the global scale.

Earth Observation Applications and Global Policy Frameworks presents case studies of Earth science information integrated with statistics and socioeconomic data for managing development targets, improving disaster resilience, and mitigating and adapting to climate change. It also showcases open collaboration among researchers, United Nations and government officials, entrepreneurs, and the public.

Volume highlights include:

  • Case studies of projects working with local and national governments, and through public-private partnerships, to make the most of the large volume of complex and diverse Earth science information sources
  • Applications from diverse disciplines including wetland preservation, food security, water quality, marine conservation, disasters, urbanization, drought and land degradation, and greenhouse gas monitoring
  • Examples of internationally coordinated initiatives that are driving progress on three landmark United Nations agreements
  • Resources for decision-makers and practitioners in local and national governments

Take the NEON Algal Taxonomic Data Survey!

Hello, the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is exploring options for providing high-quality algal taxonomic data (DP1.20166.001 Periphyton, seston, and phytoplankton collection) to our end users, including potential changes to the current data product. We have created a survey to explore topics such as voucher flora, field sampling design, and analysis and archiving procedures.

We would like to get as much feedback as possible to help inform decisions and justify any changes to the data product. Please take a moment to answer the short survey below, and please distribute to your colleagues, grad students, and anyone who may have used or may potentially use NEON data or any algal taxonomic data.

Nominations Open for 2023 David Johnson Award!

Friends and Colleagues,

We are now accepting nominations for the 2023 David Johnson Award for Outstanding Innovative Use of Earth Observation Satellite Data.

The award, presented by the National Space Club, is given annually to young professionals who have developed an innovative application of Earth observation satellite data.

Nominations are due to NOAA by September 23, 2022. To make a nomination, please click the link, here.

If you have any questions, please contact

Check out the announcement page for more information, and forward to your friends and colleagues who may be interested in nominating someone!

Register NOW! GLIMR Applications Workshop September 16, 2022

1st GLIMR Applications Workshop 
When: September 16, 2022, 12:00p -4:00p ET
Where: Online
Register here

Registration is now open for the 1st NASA GLIMR Applications Workshop
Join us to discuss NASA’s new GLIMR mission – A geostationary sensor that will provide actionable data for a dynamic coastal ocean

This event will introduce the GLIMR mission and will discuss how measurements from the vantage point of geostationary orbit offer an unprecedented potential to benefit society, inform stakeholders, and support decision-making in the context of coastal hazards, disasters, resource management, human health, food security, climate change, and ecological forecasting.

The GLIMR Mission will allow stakeholders to address cross-disciplinary research and applied science. This event encourages collaboration across disciplines and invites participation of individuals and organizations with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, across different sectors and countries.

The workshop will include:

  • Keynote presentations on the GLIMR instrument, data products, science and applications foci areas, and multi-mission synergies.
  • Live panel sessions to discuss critical needs and challenges of communities that are interested in working with GLIMR data and identify ways to address these challenges
  • Networking opportunities and small group discussions for additional feedback

This event is open to all participants. Registration is required, but free to attend.

Join the conversation on social media with #GLIMRApps2022

Contact us at: (Maria Tzortziou, GLIMR Applied Science Lead)

We look forward to seeing you in September!

The GLIMR Applied Sciences Team

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