Dr. Curt Tilmes

Dr. Curt Tilmes

  • AST, DATA SYSTEMS
  • 301.614.6218
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 619
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Research Interests

    Science Data Processing, Archive and Distribution

    Earth Science Data Provenance

     

    Positions/Employment

    3/2015 - Present

    AST, Data Systems

    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
    3/2014 - 3/2015

    ACCESS Program Manager

    NASA, HQ
    Program Manager for the Advancing Collaborative Connections for Earth System Science (ACCESS) program. Oversee the execution of ACCESS projects. Plan, manage and direct overall program budget. Review technical progress and status. Provide technical insight and strategic direction for funded projects.

    Support the Program Executive for Earth Science Data Systems, serving as an expert consultant providing strategy, budget, and technical analysis for program and mission data systems.

    Technical Lead for the White House "Climate Data Initiative" a key component of the President's "Climate Action Plan" and the broader "Big Earth Data Initiative."

    Co-Chair for the Interagency US Group on Earth Observations (USGEO) Data Management Working Group, NASA representative to the National Ocean Council (NOC) Data and Information Management Working Group and the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Data Implementation Team.
    5/2012 - 3/2014

    Technical Lead for the Global Change Information System

    USGCRP Detail from NASA, U.S. Global Change Research Program
    Detailed from NASA to the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), reporting to the Executive Director of the USGCRP of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the President, with oversight from the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR) under the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC).

    Provide technical expertise to plan, direct, manage and lead the development of the Global Change Information System (GCIS), a new information system that will provide a unified web based source of authoritative, accessible, usable, and timely information and data about climate and global change for use by scientists, decision makers, and the public. Implement prototype of the system to support the Third National Climate Assessment, and provide strategic vision, describing possibilities for the future of the system.

    Coordinate between a complex arrangement of participants from throughout the agencies of the USGCRP and in particular the NCA Technical Support Unit (TSU) run by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), the USGCRP National Coordination Office (NCO) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
    2/1999 - Present

    AST, Data Systems

    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
    Technical Lead and Element Manager, Suomi NPP Science Data Segment (SDS) Ozone Product Evaluation and Test Element (PEATE) (2004-2012) Provide overall direction and oversight for system development, testing and operations, algorithm integration and testing, and data quality assessment. Plan, manage and direct budgets and resources. Coordinate activities and interfaces with the NASA Science Data Segment and overall NPP project.

    Technical Lead and SIPS Manager, OMI Science Investigator-led Processing System (SIPS) (2001-2012) Provide overall direction and oversight for system development, testing and operations, algorithm integration and testing, and data quality assessment. Plan, manage and direct budgets and resources. Represent NASA’s Science Team on the International OMI Core Team with responsibility for overall OMI ground data processing. Support key flight project decision points on behalf of the ground data processing system and participated in numerous technical reviews, both for the U.S. system components and the international system components. Support numerous component, integration and system tests, including end-to-end testing prior to launch. Lead for the OMI-SIPS component of the LANCE (Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS).

    Co-Investigator, Creating a Long Term Multi-Sensor Ozone Data Record project, Making Earth Science Data Records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs) program, P.I. Dr. Richard McPeters. (2007-2012)

    Co-Investigator, Web Services for On-Demand Multi-Sensor Gridded Atmospheric Radiance Fields project, Advancing Collaborative Connections for Earth-Sun System Science (ACCESS) program, P.I. Dr. Milton Halem. (2005)

    Principal Investigator, Atmospheric Composition Processing System (ACPS) project, Advancing Collaborative Connections for Earth-Sun System Science (ACCESS) program. (2005)

    Technical Consultant and System Engineer, Invasive Species Forecasting System (ISFS) project, a collaboration between NASA and USGS. (2001-2002) Provided system engineering of the ISFS, producing system engineering documents including System Requirements Document, Concept of Operations, Software Engineering/Development Plan, Software Design Document, Test Plan, Configuration Management Plan, Risk Management Plan, and Quality Assurance Plan.

    Lead system architect, MODIS Data Production System (MODAPS) (1999-2001) Designed and developed the MODAPS, a highly complex and sophisticated computer based subsystem of the EOSDIS. Building on the heritage system, evaluated, tested and developed proposals for applying new hardware and software to the MODAPS. Provided technical expertise and direction for the development team. Extended the monolithic processing system architecture to a low-cost commodity cluster based architecture enabling rapid, low cost expansion of MODAPS.

    Education

    University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    Ph.D. Computer Science, 2011.

    Johns Hopkins University
    M.S., System Engineering, Project Management Concentration, 2002.

    Johns Hopkins University
    M.S. Computer Science, 1997.

    Virginia Tech
    B.S. Computer Science, 1991.

    Virginia Tech
    B.S. Computer Engineering, Minor Mathematics, 1991.

    Professional Societies

    American Geophysical Union , 2006 - Present
    IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, 2006 - Present

    Professional Service

    NASA Representative to the World Wide Web Consortium Provenance Working Group

    Chair of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIPFed) Data Stewardship Committee (2011-2014) and Executive Committee Member.

    Served as an invited reviewer of the U.S. CODATA and the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) report "Out of Cite, Out of Mind: The Current State of Practice, Policy, and Technology for the Citation of Data" authored by the CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation Standards and Practices and edited by Yvonne M. Socha.

    Awards

     2014 Awarded the AGU/ESIP Charles S. Falkenberg Award in recognition of contributions to the "quality of life, economic opportunities and stewardship of the planet through the use of Earth science information and to the public awareness of the importance of understanding our planet."

    2014 Received the OSTP Award for Excellence for "Outstanding Contributions to the Third National Climate Assessment" signed by John P. Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Science Advisor to the President.

    2009 Received the NASA GSFC Information Science & Technology Award for significant contributions to Goddard programs and projects in the areas of information science and technology and my roles in the MODIS Data Production System.

    2008 Received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for "developing a data system that has substantially improved processing of the ozone record from 4 decades of satellite observations."

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Ramachandran, R., K. Bugbee, C. Tilmes, and A. P. Privette. 2016. "Climate data initiative: A geocuration effort to support climate resilience." Computers & Geosciences, 88: 22-29 [10.1016/j.cageo.2015.12.002]

    Waple, A. M., S. M. Champion, K. E. Kunkel, and C. Tilmes. 2016. "Innovations in information management and access for assessments." Climatic Change, 135 (1): 69-83 [10.1007/s10584-015-1588-7]

    Wolfe, R. E., B. Duggan, S. M. Aulenbach, et al. J. C. Goldstein, C. Tilmes, and A. Buddenberg. 2015. "Providing provenance to instruments through the US global change information system." 2015 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 143-145 [10.1109/igarss.2015.7325719]

    Tilmes, C., A. P. Privette, J. Chen, et al. R. Ramachandran, K. M. Bugbee, and R. E. Wolfe. 2015. "Linking from observations to data to actionable science in the climate data initiative." 2015 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 1354-1357 [10.1109/igarss.2015.7326027]

    Duggan, B. M., C. A. Tilmes, S. Aulenbach, et al. R. E. Wolfe, J. Goldstein, and G. Manipon. 2015. "Normalizing Resource Identifiers using Lexicons in the Global Change Information System." Linked Data on the Web (LDOW2015), [Full Text (Link)]

    Tilmes, C. A., R. E. Wolfe, B. M. Duggan, et al. S. Aulenbach, J. Goldstein, X. Ma, and S. Zednik. 2015. "Supporting Trust with Provenance of the Findings of the National Climate Assessment." Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Methods for Establishing Trust of (Open) Data,

    Ma, X., J. G. Zheng, J. C. Goldstein, et al. S. Zednik, L. Fu, B. Duggan, S. M. Aulenbach, P. West, C. A. Tilmes, and P. Fox. 2014. "Ontology engineering in provenance enablement for the National Climate Assessment." Environmental Modelling & Software, 61: 191–205 [10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.08.002]

    Xiaogang, M., C. Tilmes, K. Jacobs, and A. Waple. 2014. "Capturing provenance of global change information." Nature Climate change, 4 (6): 409-413 [10.1038/nclimate2141]

    Tilmes, C., P. Fox, X. Ma, et al. D. L. McGuinness, A. P. Privette, J. Smith, A. Waple, S. Zednik, and J. G. Zheng. 2013. "Provenance Representation for the National Climate Assessment in the Global Change Information System." IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, 51 (11): 5160-5168 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1109/TGRS.2013.2262179]

    Duerr, R. E., R. R. Downs, C. A. Tilmes, et al. B. Barkstrom, W. C. Lenhardt, J. Glassy, L. E. Bermudez, and P. Slaughter. 2011. "On the utility of identification schemes for digital earth science data: an assessment and recommendations." Earth Science Informatics, 4 (3): 139-160 [10.1007/s12145-011-0083-6]

    Tilmes, C. A., Y. Yesha, and M. Halem. 2010. "Tracking provenance of earth science data." Earth Science Informatics, 3 (1-2): 59-65 [10.1007/s12145-010-0046-3]

    Tilmes, C., M. Linda, and A. Fleig. 2009. "Atmospheric Composition Processing System (ACPS)." IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, 47 (1): 51-58 [10.1109/TGRS.2008.2002883]

    Tilmes, C., and A. J. Fleig. 2008. "Provenance Tracking in an Earth Science Data Processing System." Provenance and Annotation of Data and Processes, 5272: Berlin Heidelberg: 221-228, ISBN: 978-3-540-89964-8. [10.1007/978-3-540-89965-5_23]

    Tilmes, C., and A. Fleig. 2008. "Provenance Tracking in an Earth Science Data Processing System." Provenance and Annotation of Data and Processes, 5272: Berlin, Heidelberg: 221-228 [10.1007/978-3-540-89965-5]

    Tilmes, C., M. Linda, and A. J. Fleig. 2004. "Development of two Science Investigator-led Processing Systems (SIPS) for NASA's Earth Observation System (EOS)." 2004 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium., 3: 2190-2195, ISBN: 0-7803-8742-2. [10.1109/IGARSS.2004.1370795]

    Tilmes, C., E. J. Masuoka, and P. McKerley. 2000. "Concepts for scaling the processing capability of the MODIS data processing System (MODAPS)." IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 5: 2062-2064, ISBN: 0-7803-6359-0. [10.1109/IGARSS.2000.858272]

    Masuoka, E. J., C. Tilmes, G. Ye, and N. K. Devine. 2000. "Producing global science products for the MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) in MODAPS." IEEE 2000 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 5: 2050-2052, ISBN: 0-7803-6359-0. [10.1109/IGARSS.2000.858267]

    Masuoka, E. J., C. Tilmes, C. E. Noll, et al. S. Samadi, N. Ruggiero, W. Englemeyer, and J. Schols. 1998. "Building a data system to produce, archive and distribute global data products from MODIS." IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 692-696, ISBN: 0-7803-4403-0. [10.1109/IGARSS.1998.699553]

    Non-Refereed

    Tilmes, C. 2014. "Formal Provenance Representation of the Data and Information Supporting the National Climate Assessment." Proceedings of the 2014 Workshop on Provenance Analytics [Full Text (Link)]

    Hua, H., C. Tilmes, and S. Zednik. 2013. "PROV-XML: The PROV XML Schema." World Wide Web Consortium [Full Text (Link)]

    Tilmes, C., Y. Yesha, and M. Halem. 2011. "Distinguishing Provenance Equivalence of Earth Science Data." Procedia Computer Science 4: 548-557 [10.1016/j.procs.2011.04.057]

    Tilmes, C., A. J. Fleig, and M. Linda. 2007. "Atmospheric Composition Processing System (ACPS): Evolution from instrument-based to measurement-based processing." IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 1382-1386, ISBN: 978-1-4244-1212-9. [10.1109/IGARSS.2007.4423064]

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Ramachandran, R., K. Bugbee, C. Tilmes, and A. P. Privette. 2016. "Climate data initiative: A geocuration effort to support climate resilience." Computers & Geosciences 88 22-29 [10.1016/j.cageo.2015.12.002]

    Waple, A. M., S. M. Champion, K. E. Kunkel, and C. Tilmes. 2016. "Innovations in information management and access for assessments." Climatic Change 135 (1): 69-83 [10.1007/s10584-015-1588-7]

    Wolfe, R. E., B. Duggan, S. M. Aulenbach, et al. J. C. Goldstein, C. Tilmes, and A. Buddenberg. 2015. "Providing provenance to instruments through the US global change information system." 2015 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) 143-145 [10.1109/igarss.2015.7325719]

    Tilmes, C., A. P. Privette, J. Chen, et al. R. Ramachandran, K. M. Bugbee, and R. E. Wolfe. 2015. "Linking from observations to data to actionable science in the climate data initiative." 2015 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) 1354-1357 [10.1109/igarss.2015.7326027]

    Duggan, B. M., C. A. Tilmes, S. Aulenbach, et al. R. E. Wolfe, J. Goldstein, and G. Manipon. 2015. "Normalizing Resource Identifiers using Lexicons in the Global Change Information System." Linked Data on the Web (LDOW2015) [Full Text (Link)]

    Tilmes, C. A., R. E. Wolfe, B. M. Duggan, et al. S. Aulenbach, J. Goldstein, X. Ma, and S. Zednik. 2015. "Supporting Trust with Provenance of the Findings of the National Climate Assessment." Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Methods for Establishing Trust of (Open) Data

    Ma, X., J. G. Zheng, J. C. Goldstein, et al. S. Zednik, L. Fu, B. Duggan, S. M. Aulenbach, P. West, C. A. Tilmes, and P. Fox. 2014. "Ontology engineering in provenance enablement for the National Climate Assessment." Environmental Modelling & Software 61 191–205 [10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.08.002]

    Xiaogang, M., C. Tilmes, K. Jacobs, and A. Waple. 2014. "Capturing provenance of global change information." Nature Climate change 4 (6): 409-413 [10.1038/nclimate2141]

    Tilmes, C., P. Fox, X. Ma, et al. D. L. McGuinness, A. P. Privette, J. Smith, A. Waple, S. Zednik, and J. G. Zheng. 2013. "Provenance Representation for the National Climate Assessment in the Global Change Information System." IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing 51 (11): 5160-5168 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1109/TGRS.2013.2262179]

    Duerr, R. E., R. R. Downs, C. A. Tilmes, et al. B. Barkstrom, W. C. Lenhardt, J. Glassy, L. E. Bermudez, and P. Slaughter. 2011. "On the utility of identification schemes for digital earth science data: an assessment and recommendations." Earth Science Informatics 4 (3): 139-160 [10.1007/s12145-011-0083-6]

    Tilmes, C. A., Y. Yesha, and M. Halem. 2010. "Tracking provenance of earth science data." Earth Science Informatics 3 (1-2): 59-65 [10.1007/s12145-010-0046-3]

    Tilmes, C., M. Linda, and A. Fleig. 2009. "Atmospheric Composition Processing System (ACPS)." IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing 47 (1): 51-58 [10.1109/TGRS.2008.2002883]

    Tilmes, C., and A. J. Fleig. 2008. "Provenance Tracking in an Earth Science Data Processing System." Provenance and Annotation of Data and Processes 5272 221-228 [10.1007/978-3-540-89965-5_23]

    Tilmes, C., and A. Fleig. 2008. "Provenance Tracking in an Earth Science Data Processing System." Provenance and Annotation of Data and Processes 5272 221-228 [10.1007/978-3-540-89965-5]

    Tilmes, C., M. Linda, and A. J. Fleig. 2004. "Development of two Science Investigator-led Processing Systems (SIPS) for NASA's Earth Observation System (EOS)." 2004 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. 3 2190-2195 [10.1109/IGARSS.2004.1370795]

    Tilmes, C., E. J. Masuoka, and P. McKerley. 2000. "Concepts for scaling the processing capability of the MODIS data processing System (MODAPS)." IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 5 2062-2064 [10.1109/IGARSS.2000.858272]

    Masuoka, E. J., C. Tilmes, G. Ye, and N. K. Devine. 2000. "Producing global science products for the MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) in MODAPS." IEEE 2000 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 5 2050-2052 [10.1109/IGARSS.2000.858267]

    Masuoka, E. J., C. Tilmes, C. E. Noll, et al. S. Samadi, N. Ruggiero, W. Englemeyer, and J. Schols. 1998. "Building a data system to produce, archive and distribute global data products from MODIS." IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 692-696 [10.1109/IGARSS.1998.699553]

    Non-Refereed

    Tilmes, C. 2014. "Formal Provenance Representation of the Data and Information Supporting the National Climate Assessment." Proceedings of the 2014 Workshop on Provenance Analytics [Full Text (Link)]

    Hua, H., C. Tilmes, and S. Zednik. 2013. "PROV-XML: The PROV XML Schema." World Wide Web Consortium [Full Text (Link)]

    Tilmes, C., Y. Yesha, and M. Halem. 2011. "Distinguishing Provenance Equivalence of Earth Science Data." Procedia Computer Science 4 548-557 [10.1016/j.procs.2011.04.057]

    Tilmes, C., A. J. Fleig, and M. Linda. 2007. "Atmospheric Composition Processing System (ACPS): Evolution from instrument-based to measurement-based processing." IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 1382-1386 [10.1109/IGARSS.2007.4423064]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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