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Jessica Taylor (NASA)

Title: Physical Scientist
Technical Focus Areas: Education & Public Outreach, Science Communication, Lidar Science
Mission/Project: Science Activation, The GLOBE Program, GLOBE Clouds, My NASA Data
Study Topics: Making NASA Earth science research and experiences available to all learners.

About:

Jessica Taylor is a Physical Scientist at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. She leads the Science Directorate’s Science Education team. This team engages teachers, students, and the public in authentic NASA science experiences. Jessica serves as the Principal Investigator for GLOBE Clouds and My NASA Data programs. Jessica loves her work because she helps make Earth science exciting and meaningful to everyone. Jessica received degrees in Meteorology, Finance, and Science Education for Florida State University. Prior to joining NASA, Jessica worked at the College of William and Mary’s STEM Education Alliance and served as Director for School Improvement at the Florida Department of Education.

Publication Bibliography:

Select Publications/Reports:

  • Colón Robles, M., Amos, H. M., Dodson, J. B., Bouwman, J., Rogerson, T. M., Bombosch, A., Farmer, L., & Taylor, J. E. (2020). Clouds around the world: How a simple data challenge became a worldwide success. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
  • Dodson, J.B., Colón Robles, M.,Taylor J.E., DeFontes, C.C., Weaver K.L., (2019). Eclipse Across America: Citizen Science Observations of the 21 August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Journal of Applied Meteorology & Climatology.
  • Hayden, L., Taylor, J., and Colon Robles, M., (2019). GLOBE: Connecting a Community of Observers Directly to NASA Satellites. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine, 7(1), 98-99.
  • Rogerson, T.M., M. Colón Robles, J.E. Taylor, (2019) GLOBE Clouds Dataset v1.0, NASA Langley Research Center, https://observer.globe.gov/get-data/clouds-data
  • Taylor, Jessica (2018) Elementary GLOBE Combining Literacy and Science Practices, The Earth Scientist, Volume XXXIV, Issue 1 Winter 2018, pages 6-9.

Awards:

  • My NASA Data, NASA Group Achievement Award, 2020
  • North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study Team, NASA Group Achievement Award, 2019
  • Excellence in Mentoring, NIFS Internships Award, 2019
  • Women of Color in STEM award for Educational Leadership, 2018
  • Director’s Award for Leadership, Installation Honor Award, 2017
  • GLOBE Observer, NASA Group Achievement Award, 2017
  • Earth Right Now Communications Campaign, NASA Group Achievement Award, 2016
  • NASA Early Career Achievement Medal, 2014

National/International Leadership:

  • AGU Sharing Science, selected 2020-2021 cohort
  • SciGirls in Space Advisory Board, Member 2019-present
  • Science Museum of Virginia, Science Advisory Board, 2018-present
  • NASA Science Activation – Women & Girls in STEM, Co-Coordinator, 2017-present
  • GLOBE International Education Working Group, elected Chair, 2016-2019

Professional Memberships:

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Meteorological Society
  • National Science Teaching Association
  • American Camp Association

Education/Professional Experience:

  • Graduate Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University
  • Degrees in Science Education, Meteorology, and Finance from Florida State University

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Hobbies/Interests:

I enjoy dancing, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends

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The NASA Prediction Of Worldwide Energy Resources (POWER) Project improves the accessibility and usage NASA Earth Observations (EO) supporting community research in three focus areas: 1) renewable energy development, 2) building energy efficiency, and 3) agroclimatology applications. The latest POWER version enhances its distribution systems to provide the latest NASA EO source data, be more resilient, support users more effectively, and provide data more efficiently. The update will include hourly-based source Analysis Ready Data (ARD), in addition to enhanced daily, monthly, annual, and climatology ARD. The daily time-series now spans 40 years for meteorology available from 1981 and solar-based parameters start in 1984. The hourly source data are from Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) and Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO), spanning 20 years from 2001.

The newly available hourly data will provide users the ARD needed to model the energy performance of building systems, providing information directly amenable to decision support tools introducing the industry standard EPW (EnergyPlus Weather file). One of POWER’s partners, Natural Resource Canada’s RETScreen™, will be simultaneously releasing a new version of its software, which will have integrated POWER hourly and daily ARD products. For our agroclimatology users, the ICASA (International Consortium for Agricultural Systems Applications standards) format for the crop modelers has been modernized.

POWER is releasing new user-defined analytic capabilities, including custom climatologies and climatological-based reports for parameter anomalies, ASHRAE® compatible climate design condition statistics, and building climate zones. The ARD and climate analytics will be readily accessible through POWER's integrated services suite, including the Data Access Viewer (DAV). The DAV has been improved to incorporate updated parameter groupings, new analytical capabilities, and the new data formats. Updated methodology documentation and usage tutorials, as well as application developer specific pages, allow users to access to POWER Data efficiently.

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