Huge congrats to @JessicaS11 for this award! We love to see Pangeo contributors recognized for their work on open science!
Jessica is an accomplished scholar in cryospheric science. Her scholarly research has employed remote sensing (Landsat, ICESat-2) together with machine learning to detect icebergs and characterize changes in calving rates in Greenland Fjords. Her results have shown a measurable change in the distribution of iceberg sizes. These results have implications for understanding the response of ice sheets to our warming climate.
Working with remote sensing data, particularly non-imagery data such as the LIDAR instrument on ICESat-2, is a major technical challenge. Jessica leads the icepyx effort: an open source software library and a community composed of ICESat-2 data producers, users, developers, and the scientific community. icepyx software provides a shared library of resources that simplify the process of querying, obtaining, analyzing, and manipulating ICESat-2 datasets to enable scientific discovery. In addition to her pioneering software development efforts, Jessica is an organizer and leader within the ICESat-2 community, leading regular collaborative development meetings and organizing the ICESat-2 Hackweeks. These efforts have impacted hundreds of scientists.