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The Earth Observer: Jan - Feb, 2011

Volume 23, Issue 1

In This Issue

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  • Editor’s Corner Front Cover
  • Feature Articles
  • Goddard DEVELOP Students: Using NASA Remote-sensing Technology to Study the Chesapeake Bay Watershed 4
  • Aura Research Highlights from the Annual Science Team Meetings 8
  • Taking the A-Train...To New Orleans! 12
  • Meeting/Workshop Summaries
  • NASA/Esri Remote Sensing and GIS Workshop 24
  • The NASA Sounder Science Team Meeting Summary 26
  • 2010 Precipitation Measurement Missions (PMM) Science Team Meeting 34
  • HyspIRI Science Workshop Summary 38
  • Aspen Global Change Institute Workshop on Global Change and the Solar-Terrestrial Environment 43
  • In The News
  • GOES-13 Satellite Capture Powerful Snowmaker Leaving New England 48
  • NASA's Terra Satellite Sees a Snow-Covered Ireland 49
  • Mexico Quake Studies Uncover Surprises for California 50
  • Regular Features
  • NASA Earth Science in the News 52
  • NASA Science Mission Directorate – Science Education and Public Outreach Update 54
  • Science Calendars 55

Editor's Corner
Steve Platnick, EOS Senior Project Scientist

In our last issue, we reported that from October 25-28, 2010 over 600 people gathered in New Orleans, LA to participate in the second A-Train Symposium. It is fitting that such an event took place in a city well known for its unique blend of culture and style (jazz music, Cajun cuisine, etc.). Similarly, the A-Train blends together a variety of satellite missions—each with its own unique measurements and objectives—to achieve a unique multiplatform scientific observatory. Through careful planning between NASA and its international partners, four1 (eventually seven) missions currently fly in a tight formation, crossing the equator within about a sevenminute window at 1:30 PM (and also 1:30 AM)—and thus referred to as the Afternoon Constellation. New science investigations made possible by A-Train synergy are rapidly advancing our knowledge about a variety of topics important for understanding Earth system science. The symposium was a wonderful opportunity for the community to...