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Finding NASA and Other Standards

February 8th, 2017

Did you know that JPL employees have a single point of access to technical standards, tools, and best practices?  The NASA Technical Standards Program’s (NTSP) Standards System, sponsored by the Office of the NASA Chief Engineer, provides one-stop access to a wide range of standards, including those from NASA, NASA Centers, ISO (International Standards Organization) and other major standards organization.  The URL for the site is []

NASA and Center Standards, Technical Memoradums (TM) and Technical Reports (TRs) can all be accessed from this site.

If the standard you are looking for is not displayed in one of the pages from this site, you can login then search for it.  To login, you need your NASA LaunchPad ID.  If that standard is NOT in the subscribed collection, there is a provision to request it right there (usually pretty quick, a few days).

NOTE that standards suppliers typically watermark and/or footer standards that users download, with the user’s name, date, etc. – the standards are NOT intended to be distributed further.

At JPL, the Office of the Chief Knowledge Officer is the contact for questions regarding NASA and JPL Standards.

P.S. If you are looking for IEEE Standards, they are also available through the JPL Library’s subscription to IEEE Explore.

Earth Sciences Journals

February 8th, 2017

The JPL Library has access to many journals in physics. Now there are a couple ways to browse them by title, you can click here to see a complete A-Z list of all earth sciences journals, or you can click on any of the fields listed below to see the journals within it.

Click on any of the cover image, you will see the table-of-contents for the latest issue.  Use the panel on the left hand side to navigate to earlier issues and years.

Browsing by journal is good for keeping up-to-date. If you want to research on specific topics, we suggest you use Web of Science , ProQuest Natural Sciences Collections or Compendex search for articles from multiple journals.  You can also contact the Library Reference Desk, ext 4-4200 or email to request a literature search.

Ebooks on Creativity and Innovation: 2017 Update

February 8th, 2017

Here is a short list of ebooks on creativity and innovation.  All ebooks can be downloaded within the JPL network to a computer, then moved to a mobile device for convenient reading.  JPL purchased/subscribed ebooks are for JPL employees and contractors individual uses, redistribution is not allowed. If you would like to recommend books to your colleagues, please ask them to download their own copy.

Selected Publications by Dr. Mark Simons

February 2nd, 2017

Following is a list of selected publications by Dr. Mark Simons, the new JPL Chief Scientist. Links to full text of the more recent papers are provided, click on the blue underlined DOI (Digital Object Identifier) to read the articles.

Milillo, P. et al. On the Synergistic Use of SAR Constellations’ Data Exploitation for Earth Science and Natural Hazard Response. Ieee Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 9, 1095-1100, doi:10.1109/jstars.2015.2465166 (2016).

Minchew, B. et al. Plastic bed beneath Hofsjokull Ice Cap, central Iceland, and the sensitivity of ice flow to surface meltwater flux. Journal of Glaciology 62, 147-158, doi:10.1017/jog.2016.26 (2016).

Agram, P. S. & Simons, M. A noise model for InSAR time series. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 120, 2752-2771, doi:2010.1002/2014jb011271 (2015).

Duputel, Z. et al. The Iquique earthquake sequence of April 2014: Bayesian modeling accounting for prediction uncertainty. Geophysical Research Letters 42, 7949-7957, doi:10.1002/2015gl065402 (2015).

Jolivet, R., Simons, M., Agram, P. S., Duputel, Z. & Shen, Z. K. Aseismic slip and seismogenic coupling along the central San Andreas Fault. Geophysical Research Letters 42, 297-306, doi:10.1002/2014gl062222 (2015).

Lin, Y. N. et al. High interseismic coupling in the Eastern Makran (Pakistan) subduction zone. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 420, 116-126, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.03.037 (2015).

Miller, M. D., Simons, M., Adkins, J. F. & Minson, S. E. The Information Content of Pore Fluid delta O-18 and Cl-. Journal of Physical Oceanography 45, 2070-2094, doi:10.1175/jpo-d-14-0203.1 (2015).

Duputel, Z., Agram, P. S., Simons, M., Minson, S. E. & Beck, J. L. Accounting for prediction uncertainty when inferring subsurface fault slip. Geophysical Journal International 197, 464-482, doi:10.1093/gji/ggt517 (2014).

Jolivet, R. et al. Improving InSAR geodesy using Global Atmospheric Models. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 119, 2324-2341, doi:10.1002/2013jb010588 (2014).

Jolivet, R. et al. The 2013 M-w 7.7 Balochistan Earthquake: Seismic Potential of an Accretionary Wedge. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 104, 1020-1030, doi:10.1785/0120130313 (2014).

Minson, S. E. et al. Bayesian inversion for finite fault earthquake source models – II: the 2011 great Tohoku-oki, Japan earthquake. Geophysical Journal International 198, 922-940, doi:10.1093/gji/ggu170 (2014).

Riel, B., Simons, M., Agram, P. & Zhan, Z. W. Detecting transient signals in geodetic time series using sparse estimation techniques. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 119, 5140-5160, doi:10.1002/2014jb011077 (2014).

Thompson, J., Simons, M. & Tsai, V. C. Modeling the elastic transmission of tidal stresses to great distances inland in channelized ice streams. Cryosphere 8, 2007-2029, doi:10.5194/tc-8-2007-2014 (2014).

Wang, Y., Lin, Y. N. N., Simons, M. & Tun, S. T. Shallow Rupture of the 2011 Tarlay Earthquake (M-w 6.8), Eastern Myanmar. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 104, 2904-2914, doi:10.1785/0120120364 (2014).

Bejar-Pizarro, M. et al. Andean structural control on interseismic coupling in the North Chile subduction zone. Nature Geoscience 6, 462-467, doi:10.1038/ngeo1802 (2013).

Minson, S. E., Simons, M. & Beck, J. L. Bayesian inversion for finite fault earthquake source models I-theory and algorithm. Geophysical Journal International 194, 1701-1726, doi:10.1093/gji/ggt180 (2013).

Simons, M. et al. The 2011 Magnitude 9.0 Tohoku-Oki Earthquake: Mosaicking the Megathrust from Seconds to Centuries. Science 332, 1421-1425, doi:10.1126/science.1206731 (2011).

Wei, S. et al. Superficial simplicity of the 2010 El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake of Baja California in Mexico. Nature Geoscience 4, 615-618, doi:10.1038/ngeo1213 (2011).

Hayes, G. P. et al. Complex rupture during the 12 January 2010 Haiti earthquake. Nature Geoscience 3, 800-805, doi:10.1038/ngeo977 (2010).

Hsu, Y.-J., Yu, S.-B., Simons, M., Kuo, L.-C. & Chen, H.-Y. Interseismic crustal deformation in the Taiwan plate boundary zone revealed by GPS observations, seismicity, and earthquake focal mechanisms. Tectonophysics 479, 4-18, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2008.11.016 (2009).

Briggs, R. W. et al. Deformation and slip along the Sunda Megathrust in the great 2005 Nias-Simeulue earthquake. Science 311, 1897-1901, doi:10.1126/science.1122602 (2006).

Hsu, Y.-J. et al. Frictional afterslip following the 2005 Nias-Simeulue earthquake, Sumatra. Science 312, 1921-1926, doi:10.1126/science.1126960 (2006).

Pritchard, M. E. & Simons, M. An aseismic slip pulse in northern Chile and along-strike variations in seismogenic behavior. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 111, doi:10.1029/2006jb004258 (2006).

Fialko, Y., Sandwell, D., Simons, M. & Rosen, P. Three-dimensional deformation caused by the Bam, Iran, earthquake and the origin of shallow slip deficit. Nature 435, 295-299, doi:10.1038/nature03425 (2005).

Lohman, R. B. & Simons, M. Some thoughts on the use of InSAR data to constrain models of surface deformation: Noise structure and data downsampling. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 6, doi:10.1029/2004gc000841 (2005).

Niemi, N. A. et al. BARGEN continuous GPS data across the eastern Basin and Range province, and implications for fault system dynamics. Geophysical Journal International 159, 842-862, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2004.02454.x (2004).

Pritchard, M. E. & Simons, M. An InSAR-based survey of volcanic deformation in the central Andes. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 5, doi:10.1029/2003gc000610 (2004).

Billen, M. I., Gurnis, M. & Simons, M. Multiscale dynamics of the Tonga-Kermadec subduction zone. Geophysical Journal International 153, 359-388, doi:10.1046/j.1365-246X.2003.01915.x (2003).

Emardson, T. R., Simons, M. & Webb, F. H. Neutral atmospheric delay in interferometric synthetic aperture radar applications: Statistical description and mitigation. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 108, doi:10.1029/2002jb001781 (2003).

Hsu, Y. J., Simons, M., Yu, S. B., Kuo, L. C. & Chen, H. Y. A two-dimensional dislocation model for interseismic deformation of the Taiwan mountain belt. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 211, 287-294, doi:10.1016/s0012-821x(03)00203-6 (2003).

Song, T. R. A. & Simons, M. Large trench-parallel gravity variations predict seismogenic behavior in subduction zones. Science 301, 630-633, doi:10.1126/science.1085557 (2003).

Fialko, Y. et al. Deformation on nearby faults induced by the 1999 Hector Mine earthquake. Science 297, 1858-1862, doi:10.1126/science.1074671 (2002).

McGovern, P. J. et al. Localized gravity/topography admittance and correlation spectra on Mars: Implications for regional and global evolution. Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets 107, doi:10.1029/2002je001854 (2002).

Pritchard, M. E. & Simons, M. A satellite geodetic survey of large-scale deformation of volcanic centres in the central Andes. Nature 418, 167-171, doi:10.1038/nature00872 (2002).

Pritchard, M. E., Simons, M., Rosen, P. A., Hensley, S. & Webb, F. H. Co-seismic slip from the 1995 July 30 Mw=8.1 Antofagasta, Chile, earthquake as constrained by InSAR and GPS observations. Geophysical Journal International 150, 362-376, doi:10.1046/j.1365-246X.2002.01661.x (2002).

Simons, M., Fialko, Y. & Rivera, L. Coseismic deformation from the 1999 M-w 7.1 Hector Mine, California, earthquake as inferred from InSAR and GPS observations. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 92, 1390-1402, doi:10.1785/0120000933 (2002).

Fialko, Y., Khazan, Y. & Simons, M. Deformation due to a pressurized horizontal circular crack in an elastic half-space, with applications to volcano geodesy. Geophysical Journal International 146, 181-190, doi:10.1046/j.1365-246X.2001.00452.x (2001).

Fialko, Y., Simons, M. & Agnew, D. The complete (3-D) surface displacement field in the epicentral area of the 1999 M(w)7.1 Hector Mine earthquake, California, from space geodetic observations. Geophysical Research Letters 28, 3063-3066, doi:10.1029/2001gl013174 (2001).

Fialko, Y., Simons, M. & Khazan, Y. Finite source modelling of magmatic unrest in Socorro, New Mexico, and Long Valley, California. Geophysical Journal International 146, 191-200, doi:10.1046/j.1365-246X.2001.00453.x (2001).

Fialko, Y. & Simons, M. Deformation and seismicity in the Coso geothermal area, Inyo County, California: Observations and modeling using satellite radar interferometry. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 105, 21781-21793, doi:10.1029/2000jb900169 (2000).

Simons, M. & Hager, B. H. Localization of the gravity field and the signature of glacial rebound. Nature 390, 500-504, doi:10.1038/37339 (1997).

Simons, M., Solomon, S. C. & Hager, B. H. Localization of gravity and topography: constraints on the tectonics and mantle dynamics of Venus. Geophysical Journal International 131, 24-44, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.1997.tb00593.x (1997).

Simons, M., Hager, B. H. & Solomon, S. C. GLOBAL VARIATIONS IN THE GEOID/TOPOGRAPHY ADMITTANCE OF VENUS. Science 264, 798-803, doi:10.1126/science.264.5160.798 (1994).





Feb 23, 9:00-4:00, Desk Copy Exchange

January 26th, 2017

The next Desk Copy Exchange is scheduled for February 23, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Hub.

The JPL Library receives returned “desk copies” and occasional book donations from employees.  After adding the appropriate ones to the library’s collection, there are duplicate copies and slightly out-of-scope books remaining.  The “Desk Copy Exchange” is for all JPLers; come take a look and provide a new home to the books so that they are useful again!

There are books on sciences, engineering, business management, and computer applications.   The Exchange will be held on Thursday, February 23, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, or until all these books find new homes, whichever first.

Feb 15, 9:00-3:00, Mini Apple Day

January 26th, 2017

OCIO will host a Mini Apple Day. Check back for more information.

Feb 8, 1:30-2:30, ACW Networking Event

January 26th, 2017

The JPL Advisory Council for Women will celebrate its 40th anniversary, and holds a networking event at the Hub.

Jan 26, 9:00-400, Tableau Day

January 19th, 2017

Discover how to effectively visualize and analyze data with Tableau
Thursday, January 26, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Hub (111-104)

JPL employees and affiliates are invited to take part in JPL Tableau Day on Thursday, January 26, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Hub (111-104). The workshop, co-hosted by the IT Directorate and the EBIS Division, is an opportunity for users to learn the latest techniques for effectively visualizing and analyzing JPL’s data using Tableau. Through demonstrations, discussions, technical conversations, and hands-on tutorials, representatives from Tableau will help participants explore how they can easily create interactive data visualizations to more quickly understand and analyze their data. To participate in the workshop, send your name and badge number with the Subject line “Tableau Day” to by Wednesday, January 25.

JPL Tableau Day Agenda

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Tableau: Introduction and Overview

Tableau helps people see and understand their data.  But how…and why?  Please join the Tableau team for a brief introduction, overview of the technology, and high level demonstration of the functionality.

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Tableau 101

Please bring your laptops with your trial of Tableau Desktop installed! Join us and learn to build 3 separate visualizations, combine them into one dashboard, filter, and publish to Tableau Server. Ideal for brand new users or prospective users.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Break for Lunch

12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Using Tableau at JPL

Join JPLers Laura Siahaan and Bogdan Oaida as they showcase how they are supporting different projects at JPL using Tableau in areas ranging from Business to Systems Engineering.

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Tableau and your Data

Join us for a conversation about how to best work with your Data and Tableau.  From connecting to different data sets, data prep, data blending, unions, sets, pivots etc.

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Tableau Hot Topics / What’s New

Tableau is constantly working to deliver new functionality, please join us for a session that will help highlight some of the newest capabilities, as well as some important features that you may have missed along the way.

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Tableau Hands-On Q&A

Please join the Tableau team for a hands-on Question/Answer session.  We will be prepared to answer specific technical questions related to the tool, or even answer design questions and make suggestions related to visualizations.  Bring your laptops, vizzes, and questions!  This is also a great opportunity to network with other current and potentially interested Tableau users.