Dr. Edward J. Kearns is NOAA's Chief Data Officer (CDO) and is leading efforts to enhance the utilization of NOAA's environmental data through new partnerships and technologies.
Ed earned B.S. degrees in Physics & Marine Science from the University of Miami (1990) and his Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island (1996). Ed has led work on ocean information systems at NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center, and, after returning to the University of Miami in 1997, on satellite sensor characterization and calibration, sea surface temperature and ocean color research from NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites, and deployment of regional integrated ocean observing & data management systems. In 2005, he joined the National Park Service to lead coastal ecosystem restoration data projects and evaluate model outputs to aid in Everglades restoration.
Ed moved to Asheville, NC and joined NOAA in 2008 to lead work on climate data records, data science, archive and data stewardship issues. He also worked in the Office of Management and Budget as the program examiner for NASA Science and Education during the 2014 budget season. Ed is now working within NOAA's Office of the Chief Information Officer, and leading NOAA's Big Data Project and associated open data and data policy activities as NOAA's first-ever CDO.