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The Earth Observer: Mar - Apr, 2021

In This Issue

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  • Feature Article
  • NASA’s DEVELOP Program Engages Summer Participants in Virtual Activities4
  • Meeting/Workshop Summaries
  • The 2020 NASA GPM–ACCP Transportation and Logistics Workshop: Lessons Learned from the Transportation Community of Practice12
  • Earth Observations of Crop Burning and Air Pollution Over India: A Community Response Forum17
  • In The News
  • NASA Study Finds Reduced African Grassland Fires Contribute to Short-Lived Air Quality Improvements23
  • NASA Snow Campaign Digs Deep in 202124
  • NASA Data Powers New USDA Soil Moisture Portal27
  • Kudos
  • MOPITT Canadian Principal Investigator Receives Two Awards28
  • Announcement
  • NASA’s 2021 Virtual Earth Day Event26
  • NASA’s Aura Mission Makes Appearance on “Jeopardy”31
  • Regular Features
  • NASA Earth Science in the News29
  • Earth Science Meeting and Workshop Calendar31

The Editor’s Corner

Steve Platnick

EOS Senior Project Scientist

The Biden Administration has taken an important step in pursuit of its climate science objectives for NASA, creating the new position of senior climate advisor. Gavin Schmidt [NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)] has been appointed to serve in the role in an acting capacity until a permanent appointment is made. Schmidt is eminently qualified for the position having served as Director of GISS since 2014 with a research career focused on climate modeling, paleoclimate, and climate change detection and attribution. In his role as climate advisor, Schmidt will “advocate for NASA climate investments in the context of broader government agendas and work closely with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of Management and Budget.” My congratulations to Schmidt for this well-deserved inaugural appointment.