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User Working Group (UWG)

The NASA Earth Sciences Data and Information System (ESDIS) Project has directed each Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) to establish and sponsor a User Working Group (UWG).

The PO.DAAC UWG represents the interests of NASA's physical oceanography user community by providing recommendations covering a broad range of topics related to the PO.DAAC systems, services, and capabilities.

The UWG typically provides advice on the following topics:

  • Prioritization and pursuit of new data holdings
  • Mechanisms to enhance user access to data
  • Levels of support provided by the PO.DAAC to the user community
  • Research and development in support of product prototyping and generation
  • Science requirements and capabilities

UWG Membership

  • Frederick Bingham (Chair), University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Kyla Drushka (Co-Chair), University of Washington
  • John Wilkin, Rutgers
  • Jim Potemra, International Pacific Research Center/Asia-Pacific Data-Research Center
  • Larry O'Neill, Oregon State University
  • Renato Castelao, University of Georgia
  • Carol Anne Clayson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Faisal Hossain, University of Washington
  • Jerad Bales, CUAHSI
  • Philip Thompson, University of Hawaii
  • Doug Schuster, NCAR



  • Nadya Vinogradova-Shiffer, NASA HQ
  • Eric Lindstrom, NASA HQ