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The Earth Observer: Mar - Apr, 2016

Volume 28, Issue 2

In This Issue

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  • Editor’s CornerFront Cover
  • Feature Articles
  • Earth Science Mission Operations, Part I: Flight Operations—Orchestrating NASA’s Fleet of Earth Observing Satellites4
  • Meeting/Workshop Summaries
  • Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting14
  • ESIP Addresses Earth Sciences Big Data at its 2016 Winter Meeting18
  • 2015 CLARREO Science Definition Team Meeting Summary21
  • ECOSTRESS Science Team Meeting24
  • 2015 GRACE Science Team Meeting25
  • Announcements
  • GES DISC Announces Giovanni Image Hall of Fame Selections28
  • GHRC Becoming NASA’s Hazardous Weather Distributed Active Archive Center29
  • In The News
  • Tropical Fires Fuel Elevated Ozone Levels Over Western Pacific Ocean31
  • NASA Contributes to Global Standard for Navigation, Studies of Earth32
  • NASA Demonstrates Airborne Water Quality Sensor34
  • Regular Features
  • NASA Earth Science in the News36
  • NASA Science Mission Directorate – Science Education and Public Outreach Update38
  • Science Calendars39

Editor’s Corner

Steve Platnick

EOS Senior Project Scientist

NASA’s current satellite fleet includes 20 Earth-observing missions (see Figure 1 on page 4 of this issue). While each satellite performs independent mission work, some augment their science capabilities by flying in close, coordinated proximity to one another as part of a constellation—e.g., the Afternoon Constellation, or “A-Train.” Maintaining the orbits of each of these missions and keeping them all safely operating presents...