Technology, Industry, and Education: TIE Events

Exploring the frontiers of Technology, Industry, and Education

Welcome to the TIE program at IGARSS 2023. We invite you to explore with us the future of climate remote sensing and quantum sensing with experts from academia, industry and NASA. Come engage in thought provoking discussions on unconscious bias and the importance of diversity, equity and inclusivity in our workplaces. Take advantage of our workshops and pick up practical skills in python and resume building. Join us for all this and more!

Watch this space for more details!

TIE Event: Python for Remote Sensing Data Analyses and Visualization

Date: Monday 17 July
Location: TBD

Introduction to Geospatial Raster and Vector Data with Python

“Introduction to Geospatial Raster and Vector Data with Python” is an open source curriculum that teaches researchers how to query, fetch, analyze, and visualize geospatial data with python. The lesson is taught as a live coding workshop using the interactive Jupyter notebook programming environment, on participants' own laptops. The instructor works with real world remote sensing datasets (Sentinel-2) and environmental data (agricultural and urban features in and near Amsterdam). Fundamental geospatial libraries are introduced and the learners are shown how they interoperate together to form a holistic GIS. This tutorial is relevant to the IGARSS community, as it highlights a method of accessing and analyzing geospatial imagery that 1) uses modern metadata standards (STAC) to make it easier to use the same code to query and fetch remote sensing datasets from a variety of providers 2) using python based geospatial libraries like xarray and geopandas allow for a more scalable workflow that can be adapted for large or small datasets. Increasingly, datasets are being made available in STAC metadata format, by both private cloud providers (Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure Planetary Computer), and NASA (NASA CMR), and this lesson shows learners how to take advantage of this trend to more easily fetch and analyze their data.

IDEA/TIE Event: Women in GRSS Luncheon

Everyone is welcome! Be sure to register for the Women in GRSS (WGRSS) Luncheon on Tuesday, July 18, 2023! The luncheon, organized by the Inspire, Develop, Empower, and Advance (IDEA) committee, provides a forum for men & women interested in supporting diversity to interact in an informal setting. The luncheon immediately follows the DE&I Unconscious Bias session, which we hope you can attend. After a short welcome and introductions, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss & network with other participants and the DE&I Unconscious Bias session speakers over lunch. The atmosphere is welcoming and you will surely leave the event and continue the conference feeling like you have new friends at your side. The lunch will include a boxed lunch and a free alcoholic drink ticket / soft drinks plus prizes so don’t miss out!

WGRSS Luncheon in Yokohoma during IGARSS 2019

IDEA/YP Event: CV/Resume Writing Workshop

Description coming soon…

Town Hall Meeting: Digital Twins for Earth Science

Date: Thursday 20 July, 10:15 - 11:30
Location: TBD

Organized by Jacqueline Le Moigne/NASA and Claudia Vitolo/ESA

ESA and NASA have both started programs to design and develop Digital Twins of the Earth and/or Earth systems. Organized around interconnected, multi-domain, high-scale modeling capabilities, the three major components of an Earth System Digital Twin are a continuously updated Digital Replica of the Earth System of interest, dynamic Forecasting models, and Impact Assessment capabilities. Earth System Digital Twins integrate diverse Earth and human activity models, continuous observations, and information system capabilities to provide unified, comprehensive representations and predictions that can be utilized for monitoring the health of the Planet, as well as for developing actionable information to support decision making. More generally, Digital Twins will help researchers better understand the fundamental Earth systems that impact everything from wildfires to climate change.

This Townhall will first provide a short description of ESA’s and NASA’s current efforts in Digital Twins:

  • Destination Earth (DestinE) is the first initiative of the European Union to create a Digital Twin of the Earth, particularly focused on weather and climate, and as a coordinated effort between the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), ESA and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).
  • Additionally, ESA is developing several Digital Twin Earth Precursor Activities to study some of the key scientific and technical challenges associated with building a “Digital Twin Earth”. These include forests, hydrology, Antarctica, food systems, oceans, and climate hot spots Digital Twin prototypes.
  • NASA Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO)’s Advanced Information Systems Technology (AIST) Program has started an initiative in Earth System Digital Twins (ESDT), with 14 current projects in this area, developing various information systems technologies and prototypes that will help prepare the development of future NASA Digital Twins.

NASA and ESA are also currently defining science use cases that will be presented during the townhall; those and a few three-minute discussions of current projects will serve as a starting point to engage a dialogue about Digital Twins of the Earth with the IGARSS community.

Proposal Writing – Tips and Tricks

Date: Thursday 20 July, 14:15 - 15:15
Location: TBD


The success of scientists depends upon their ability to obtain funding. One of the largest challenges is to create strong proposals. Using Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) from NASA as a template, this talk will focus on teaching the audience key points to communicating science through successful proposal writing. Attendees will hear about the proposal writing, reviewing, and selection process for federally funded research. How to understand one’s values and maintain those throughout this process will also be focused on. A discussion of writing proposals and storytelling will also occur. This talk will be a Tips and Tricks version of the larger workshops Dr. Richey does for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD).

Speaker Biography

Dr. Christina R. Richey is the Program Manager for Research and Technology Development in the Office of Research & Development at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. They also provide guidance on the proposal process for divisions, and trains researchers within the community on best practices for proposal submission and review. Dr. Richey is also a consultant for the Europa Clipper Mission, and an affiliate team member of the Office for Inclusion.

In addition to their scientific activities, Dr. Richey has held several leadership positions and has actively engaged in education and public outreach opportunities. Christina is an accomplished leader and award winner in their field in dealing with anti-harassment policies and procedures and has been cited by major news agencies for their efforts within the community to create safe, inclusive environments. Christina has been awarded a Special Service Award at NASA HQ (2014) for their work within the Planetary Science community, as well as a NASA Group Achievement Award in 2020. Dr. Richey was honored with the AAS DPS Meritorious Career Service Award, the Harold Masursky Award in 2015. Dr. Richey was designated a Legacy Fellow by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in 2019.