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The Earth Observer: Jan - Feb, 1995

Volume 7, Issue 1

In This Issue

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Report of the Altimeter Study Group to NASA Headquarters and the EOS Payload Panel .... 3

Investigators Working Group Land Panel Meeting Summary ..... 19


Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) Algorithm Development Using Data Simulation ...... 21

Eighth Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) Science Team Meeting ....... 25

10th Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES)/ Airborne Emission Spectrometer (AES) Science Team Meeting ..... 28


Atmospheric Trace Gas Measurements For The Year 2000 and Beyond ..... 31

Science Rationale of an EOS/ACRIMSAT Mission .... 39

U.S. Global Change Research Information Office .... 48

Anomalous Absorption Experiment Set ...... 50


Awards ......... 2

Pathfinder Program WWW Site Now Available ...... 30

Global Warming 101: Things are Heating Up: 1994 is Third-Warmest Year Since 1951 .... 38

Science Calendar ........ 50

Global Change Calendar ...... 51

The Earth Observer Information/Inquiries ... Backcover

Editor's Corner

Michael King—EOS Senior Project Scientist

In the last couple of months the Sdence Stmtegy Jo, the Earth Observing System, an American Institute of Physics book written by Ghassem Asrar and Jeff Dozier, has been added to the World Wide Web site maintained by the EOS Project Science Office (http:// /spso_homepage.html). In addition, we have added early Payload Panel Reports for an historical record of events that have molded the scientific content and priorities of this program. We have also included listings of all individuals subscribed to the EOS mailing lists (such as iwgpayload@ for the Payload Panel). In this way anyone interested in sending a message to one of the various EOS Panels can readily determine who is subscribed to these mailing lists.

I am happy to report that Dr. David Starr of the Climate and Radiation Branch at Goddard Space Flight Center has agreed to be the EOS Validation Scientist. This will be an especially important position that will benefit from Starr's experience as lead scientist for the cirrus component of the First ISCCP Regional Experiment (FIRE), itself an element of the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP). The duties and responsibilities of the EOS Validation Scientist will include (i) working closely with various EOS science teams to coordinate airborne and surface experiments aimed at developing precursor data sets to be used in algorithm development, (ii) helping teams obtain information necessary to construct an appropriate error covariance matrix associated with their EOS data products, and (iii) coordinating with national and international field programs such as the Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites, and the WCRP Global Baseline Radiation Network (GBRN).