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The Earth Observer: Jan - Feb, 1998

Volume 10, Issue 1

In This Issue

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Science Meeting

Landsat-? Science Team Meeting ..... 3

Science Articles

Earth Science Information Partners Will Prototype Environmental Information Federation Concepts ... 5

A Blueprint for Improved Global Change Monitoring of The Terrestrial Biosphere ..... 8

NASA Radar Reveals Hidden Remains at Ancient Angkor ....... 14

Ball Aerospace To Provide ICESat Spacecraft 15

Education Highlights

Earth Science Education Products Workshop ... 16


Kudos .... 7

Asrar Named Associate Administrator for Earth Science ...... 13

The Remote Sensing Tutorial .... 18

EOS Science Calendar ....... 19

Global Science Calendar ........ 19

Editor's Corner

Michael King—EOS Senior Project Scientist

NASA has renamed the Mission to Planet Earth enterprise the Earth Science Enterprise. The Earth Science Enterprise is one of four strategic enterprises of the Agency, and is responsible for a long-term, coordinated research effort to study the total Earth system and the effects of natural and human-induced changes on the global environment. The Earth Science Enterprise is pioneering the emerging discipline of Earth system science, with a near-term emphasis on global climate change. As before, its goals are to expand scientific knowledge of the Earth system using NASA's unique vantage points of space, aircraft, and in situ platforms, thereby creating an international capability to forecast and assess the health of the Earth system; to widely disseminate information about the Earth system; and to enable the productive use of Earth science results and related technology in the public and private sectors.

The title "Mission to Planet Earth" originated ten years ago in a report on future directions for the U.S. civil space program by a commission led by former astronaut, Dr. Sally Ride. The term and concept of looking at the Earth as NASA looks at other planets were furthered by the 1990 Report of the Advisory Committee on the Future of the U.S. Space Program, prepared by a team of experts chaired by Dr. Norman Augustine. Since that time, NASA has organized its activities into four strategic enterprises, including, in addition to the Earth Science Enterprise, Human Exploration and Development of Space, Aeronautics and Space Transportation, and Space Science.

NASA has selected Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation, Boulder, CO, to provide the satellite system for the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat-1),...