Biosciences Division


Tara Hall

Suresh-Kumar Santhana-Vannan

Environmental Sciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
P.O. Box 2008, MS-6301
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Phone:  (865)241-6181


  • Master of Business Administration, University of Tennessee, USA
  • Master of Science Meteorology, 2003, University of Maryland, USA
  • Bachelor of Engineering in GeoInformatics, 2001, Anna University, India

Professional Experience         

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2006 – present) -- Oak Ridge, TN
Research staff

  • Manage tasks, staffing, finance, and reporting for NASA funded terrestrial ecology data
    center (ORNL DAAC
  • Develop short and long-term plan, strategy, and implementation for the ORNL DAAC
    data center
  • Research and develop technologies for improved data dissemination
  • Research data and informatics solutions to facilitate environmental, climate, and
    renewable energy science
Key Accomplishments
  • ORNL lead on NASA technology infusion research project in collaboration with two other
    NASA data centers
  • Successfully took over the ESD GIS facility operations. Established new procedures for
    managing licenses and GIS technology support for over 25 researchers
  • Contributed towards successfully obtaining additional funding from NASA over the last 5
    years for data distribution activities
  • Distinguished contributor (top 10% of 4600 staff) in 2006
  • Created tools and methodologies for long-term data preservation

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2005 –2006) -- Oak Ridge, TN
Post Masters Research Associate

  • Performed GIS data quality checks
  • Developed web mapping solutions for distribution of environmental and ecological data
  • Participated as an invited US scientist to an India-US bilateral workshop aimed to develop a blueprint for a long-term environmental and climate monitoring network in India

University of Maryland (2003 –2005) -- College Park, MD
Faculty Research Assistant, Department of Geography

Research Interests

  • Engineering data tools to address science problems
  • Data stewardship and long term data preservation
  • Collaborative tools to address climate change and earth science questions

Selected Presentations

  • EuroSpec, Data management practices, Invited Keynote Speaker, June 2012
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California. Increasing the availability and usability of terrestrial ecology data through geospatial Web services and visualization tools. Invited Speaker, December 2010
  • Ecological Society of America (ESA) annual meeting, Speaker, Co-organizer for several workshops on data tools and data management best practices. August 2010, 2011
  • The American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge, TN. Introduction to Remote Sensing concepts to public audience. July 2007
  • Workshop on establishing the IndoFlux network, Chennai, India. Data Management Considerations for IndoFlux. July 2006

Selected Publications

S.K. Santhana Vannan, R.B. Cook, J.Y. Pan, B.E. Wilson. A SOAP Web Service for accessing MODIS land product subsets (2011). Earth Science Informatics. DOI:10.1007/s12145-011-0079-2

S.K. Santhana Vannan, R.B. Cook, S.K. Holladay, L.M. Olsen, U. Dadi, B.E. Wilson. A
Web-Based Subsetting Service for Regional Scale MODIS Land Products (2010). IEEE JSTARS, 2(4): 319–328

P.V Sundareshwar et al., S. K. Santhana Vannan, Environmental Monitoring Network for India
(2007). Science, 316(5822): 204-205