AGU Fall Meeting 2013

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2013
December 9–13, 2013 | San Francisco, CA, United States

This website provides information about the technologies and tools that Microsoft Research will present at the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) 46th annual Fall Meeting (AGU 2013). More than 22,000 Earth and space scientists, educators, students, and other leaders gather for the AGU Fall Meeting to present groundbreaking research and connect with colleagues.

AGU 2013: Microsoft Research presents...

Geoscience resources: data, tools, services, cloud technology

  • Windows Azure for Research
    Explore the power of the Microsoft cloud with our limited-time research grant, providing large allocations of Windows Azure storage and compute resources for a period of one year. Also, participate in free, technical, two-day training events around the world and learn how to conduct your research on this highly scalable and flexible cloud infrastructure. 
  • Layerscape
    From the upper reaches of the atmosphere to Earth's core, Layerscape lets you seamlessly share and explore 3D/4D visualizations of complex datasets via the WorldWide Telescope (WWT) visualization software environment. Drop 10 million time-series data points into a visualization engine. Learn more...
  • Power BI for Office 365
    Experience the new data discovery and analysis features in Excel with the collaboration capabilities in the new Power BI for Office 365 online service.
  • FetchClimate
    Retrieve global environmental data with the click of a button or a few lines of code. FetchClimate is a fast, free, intelligent environmental information retrieval service that operates in the cloud. Get climate data anywhere, anytime, sliced any way: 40 types of data—from surface temperature to soil moisture. Learn more…
  • Distribution Modeler
    Model geospatial processes by using a Bayesian inference engine. This end-to-end browser tool lets the researcher rapidly import data, supplement that data with environmental information from FetchClimate, specify an arbitrary model by point-and-click or in code, parameterize the model against the data by using Filzbach, and make and visualize predictions with a full propagation of parameter uncertainty. Learn more...
  • DataUp
    DataUp is a web application, running on Windows Azure, that enhances the ability of researchers to share, document, and archive their tabular data for future use. Users are prompted for appropriate metadata, and can learn best practices for data sharing and get data citations that include unique identifiers for publication and re-use. Learn more…

How Microsoft Research technologies can help

Learn how the above-mentioned technologies and additional Microsoft Research technologies can help your research in five broad data task categories: Get, Save, See, Think, and Speak out.

Get (data acquisition)

  • Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer provides rapid prototyping of embedded sensor systems with fast component integration, fast programming, and fast prototype building. This is where you'd look if you were interested in placing computer intelligence out in the field or into the upper atmosphere. Learn more...
  • FetchClimate is a standardized resource for getting gridded climate data across multiple data types and time intervals, FetchClimate includes source metadata and error estimate—provided over any grid spacing you stipulate. Learn more…
  • SciScope is a demonstration search engine for hydrological and contaminant field data, facilitating data discovery and retrieval from more than 1 million sites across the United States. It includes source code and instructions to build your own at CodePlex. Learn more...
  • F# is a powerful programming language with unique capabilities for data science applications as well as data visualization and charting. Learn more...
  • DataUp helps you with NSF Data Management Plans by connecting you directly with the NSF-initiated Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE). DataUp provides a simple, direct way to archive datasets—complete with Digital Object Identifier assignment. Learn more…

See (data visualization)

  • Layerscape provides research tools for visualizing and sharing complex geospatial datasets. Learn more... 
    • WorldWide Telescope Add-in for Excel enables you to use Microsoft Excel to get your data into WorldWide Telescope for visualization.
    • Narwhal helps developers connect data applications from the Microsoft .NET Framework to WorldWide Telescope for visualization.
  • DataSet Viewer is a simple, standalone menu-driven tool for quickly exploring and comparing time series, geographic distributions, and patterns within scientific data. It includes selection, filtering, and slicing tools; various chart types (scatter plots, line graphs, heat maps, tables), and geographic mapping (by using Bing Maps).

Think (data analysis)

  • Filzbach Bayesian Inference is a flexible, fast, robust, parameter estimation engine for the .NET Framework. Parameterize arbitrary, non-linear models against multiple, heterogeneous datasets: Bayesian parameter estimation, maximum likelihood analysis, priors, latents, hierarchies, error propagation, and model selection. Learn more...
  • Scientific DataSet (SDS) is a set of compiled code libraries for the .NET Framework to facilitate the use of multidimensional datasets in diverse formats and sizes from within code. SDS removes the traditional distinctions between files of different formats, and between input, creation, manipulation, and output of datasets held in different locations. Learn more...
  • Layerscape offers research tools for analysis and visualization of complex datasets. The developer toolkit, Narwhal, provides wide-ranging freedom to render and interact with data. Learn more...

Speak out (publication)

  • DataUp allows you to publish data into the NSF DataONE archive and receive a corresponding Digital Object Identifier. Learn more…
  • Microsoft Academic Search is a publication search engine. MAS can find publications, build co-author association graphs, calculate your Erdos and Feynman numbers, and help you trace back from a paper you cited to a derivation of the Planck Radiation Law. Learn more...
  • OData is a standards-based communication protocol for creating data services. Learn more...
  • Layerscape enables you to publish and share visualizations, data, and ideas. Learn more...