The DAACs provide annual proposals with work priorities and budget requirements to the ESDIS DAAC Systems and Science Operations Manager, Greg Hunolt. Greg Hunolt has a budget for all of the DAACs (except for ASF, which is managed separately), and has the authority to allocate funds in response to the DAAC proposals. If a good case exists for increased funding, he can provide justification for use of contingency funds to the ESDIS Project Manager. Once their budget submissions are approved, the DAACs have authority to allocate funding to accomplish the proposed work plans.
What are the responsibilities of ESDIS to NASA HQ? Of NASA HQ to ESDIS?
The ESDIS Project is responsible to the MTPE Program Office at Goddard and ultimately to NASA HQ to meet Level 1 requirements and to support science user needs within budget and schedule commitments. NASA HQ and the MTPE Program are responsible to the ESDIS Project to assure that requirements are consistent with the budget.
7. The Zraket report recommended that products should be designed and controlled in part by the scientific and other "customers" of the system. What has been done to implement this recommendation?
The set of standard products is established by the science community. The product generation algorithms and software are developed and delivered by the science community. The priorities for resource allocation for processing and reprocessing the products are governed by the science community through the Data Processing Resource Board (DPRB) chaired by the EOSDIS Project Scientist. The instrument teams and interdisciplinary teams have their own computing facilities where they produce new innovative products (research or special products) that may eventually become standard products. In response to the recommendations from the BSD/CGCR [Board on Sustainable Development/Committee on Global Change Research] from the summer of 1995, the MTPE has further expanded the role of the science community (and others for extensions to applications domain) in generation of products through the WP [Working Prototype]-ESIPs, the proposals for which are now under evaluation. These are meant to provide an extra measure of innovation in both science and technology.
In addition, some DAACs have or are planning to generate additional products as recommended by their UWGs which represent the general user community. This would fall within the scope of DAAC-unique functions the DAACs are expected to develop.