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The Earth Observer: Mar - Apr, 2001

Volume 13, Issue 2

In This Issue

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  • Editor's CornerFront Cover
  • Science Team Meetings
  • Minutes of the Aqua Science Working Group Meeting3
  • MODIS Science Team Meeting11
  • MODIS Land Team Annual Validation Review Meeting16
  • Aura Science Team Meeting18
  • EOS Aura Ground System Review20
  • Science Articles
  • Using Landsat Thematic Mapper Images to Detect Land Cover Change in South Africa26
  • Science Working Group on Data: A Data Distribution Workshop29
  • The Large Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA): new research results start to form building blocks for integration31
  • Announcements
  • EOS Scientists in the News36
  • Earth Science Education Update37
  • What is ECHO?38
  • Science Calendar39
  • Information/InquiriesBack cover

Editor's Corner

Michael King, EOS Senior Project Scientist

Representatives from the CloudSat, PICASSO-CENA, PARASOL, Aura and Aqua science teams are beginning discussions of the afternoon satellite constellation. The intent is to coordinate orbits and resultant data acquisitions for more comprehensive and consistent monitoring of Earth processes from satellites. These discussions build on the morning constellation, which involves Terra, Landsat 7, EO-1 and SAC-C. These four spacecraft are currently in a common orbit plane and altitude, enabling cross-validation of data collections and multiplying the science returned from each mission. The afternoon constellation will further complement the inherent benefits of formation fl ying, and may eventually lead to combined data products.

Following the publication of Volume 2 of the EOS Data Products Handbook last year (describing science data products from ACRIMSAT, Aqua, Jason-1, Landsat 7, Meteor 3M/SAGE III, QuikScat, QuikTOMS, and VCL), Volume 1 (describing data products from TRMM, Terra and Data Assimilation) is being rewritten and updated. Many of the initial data products described in Volume 1 have now been revised due to...