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Early Adopters

The PACE Early Adopter program promotes applied science and applications research designed to scale and integrate PACE data into policy, business, and management activities that benefit society and inform decision making.

Who are Early Adopters?

Early Adopters "Designation"

PACE Early Adopters are groups and individuals who:
  1. Have a direct, clearly-defined need for PACE ocean color, aerosol, cloud or polarimetry data;
  2. Have an existing application or new ideas for novel PACE-related applications that directly benefit society;
  3. Currently work with application stakeholder, decision-maker, manager, or other type of end user(s) and can describe their decision-making process;
  4. Have an interest in utilizing a proposed PACE product; and
  5. Can apply their own resources (personnel, tools, funding, facilities, etc.) to demonstrate the utility of PACE data for their particular system or model.

Early Adopters Benefits

In addition to the benefits listed as part of the Community of Practice (CoP), Early Adopters also receive:
  • Direct support from PACE Science and Application Team (SAT) and/or Project Science (ProjSci): after acceptance into the program, you will join a SAT member(s) as a partner and receive guidance and support on the functionality of the PACE data products.
  • PACE web presence, project promotion, and advocacy at external events: after acceptance, the Applications Team will create a web profile highlighting each EA's practical application and how it supports decision-making, public health, and society. Specific Early Adopter projects will be promoted via multiple venues.
PACE Early Adopter Terms of Reference (PDF, 427KB) 

Early Adopters

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Join our growing list of Early Adopters who are engaged with the PACE Project! Benefits of becoming an Early Adopter include: Interacting with other EA members and the PACE Science & Applications Team, participating in PACE Applications Program activities (e.g., workshops, focus sessions, and tutorials), accessing pre-launch simulated and proxy PACE data, and getting updates on the mission, science data products, and field campaigns.

Madhusudan Anand

India & Global Micro Air Quality & Pollen Monitoring & Alerting System »


Clarissa Anderson

Applying PACE products to the California Harmful Algae Risk Mapping (C-HARM) System »

Trees in a swamp

Jordan Borak

Mapping wetland vegetation parameters with PACE's Ocean Color Instrument »

Damian Brady

Aquaculture site prospecting: Applying PACE products to sustainable aquaculture site selection »

Dustin Carroll

Data-assimilative, global-ocean ECCO-Darwin biogeochemistry model »

Hunter Erickson

Managing environments in the palm of your hand »

Elizabeth Ferguson

Coastal and offshore Oregon marine mammal ecological study »

Decision and Information System for Coastal waters of Oman

Joaquim Goes

Decision and Information System for Coastal waters of Oman (DISCO) - an integrative tool for managing coastal resources experiencing climate change »

Heather Holmes

Modeling spatial and temporal exposure to air pollution in the western U.S. »


Antar Jutla

Predictive assessment of clinically active biothreats in coastal and ocean waters using PACE data »


Veronica Lance

Satellite data products and services for managing our oceans and coasts - NOAA CoastWatch »

Harmful algal bloom

Moritz Lehmann

Harmful algal bloom detection and monitoring in the inland and coastal waters of New Zealand »

Bingqing Liu

Assessing the potential impact of a changing climate on the water quality of northern Gulf of Mexico  »

Aerosol pollution

S. Marcela Loría-Salazar

Toward understanding the effect of aerosols on regional weather and human health in the southern Great Plains »

Fernanda Maciel

Suspended sediment characterization and cyanobacteria detection in the Río de la Plata Estuary »

Marina Marrari

Near real time satellite data distribution platform for Central America: Monitoring and fisheries applications (pezCA) »

Michael Ondrusek

Development and assessment of a hyperspectral Total Suspended Matter (TSM) algorithm for PACE »

Mariusz Pagowski

Assessing potential of PACE aerosol products for data assimilation »

Anastasia Romanou

Shifts in biodiversity and linkages to ecosystem health and food security »

Algal bloom (Noctiluca scintillans)

Salem Ibrahim Salem

Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) and red/blue tide Detection and modeling for coastal and inland waters in Asia »


Marié Smith

Hyperspectral satellite radiometry for HAB and phytoplankton functional type identification in support of South African marine industries »

Richard Stumpf

Discriminating algal blooms in turbid coastal, estuarine and large lake environments »

Daniel Tong

Satellite retrievals of marine aerosols and trace gases emissions »

Example visualization tool output showing sea surface temperature data

Vardis Tsontos

Applying PACE products to Earth Observation (EO) Applications and Oceanographic Data Management- CEOS COVERAGE »

Jessica Turner

Water clarity and particle size from hyperspectral remote sensing reflectance in the Chesapeake Bay »

Mortimer Werther

Hyperspectral satellite remote sensing for monitoring and assessing Swiss lake aquatic ecosystem health »

Becoming an PACE Early Adopter begins with completing an application using our online webform. After review, selected proposers will contacted by PACE Applications Program coordinators. The PACE Early Adopter Terms of Reference provides detailed information, including review and selection criteria.

There are many benefits to becoming a PACE Early Adopter. Interested? Contact us directly at pace-applications@oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov if you have any questions.