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The Earth Observer: May - Jun, 1996

Volume 8, Issue 3

In This Issue

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Minutes of The Eleventh EOS Investigators Working Group Meeting ..... 3

Report of The EOS Payload Panel on The GSFC CHEM-1 Study ... 15

Minutes of the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) Ill Science Team Meeting .... 21

Lidar In-space Technology Experiment Science Team Meeting .... 24

Land Processes DAAC Science Advisory Panel Meeting ...... 27


Imagery, GIS and Government Leaders Talk Standards at SPOT ...... 30

A NIST Thermal Infrared Transfer Standard Radiometer for the EOS Program ....... 31

Land Use and Land Cover Change (LUCC) ....... 36

NASA Selects 50 New Graduate Student Fellows in Response to the Earth System Science Graduate Student Fellowship Announcement ...... 41

Opportunities to Participate in NASA's Mission to Planet Earth and Earth Observing System Science and Education Programs ....... 45

Weather-Changing Ocean Waves Charted from Space ..... 51

Robotic Aircraft for Earth Science Shipped for First Flight Test .... 52

Low-Cost Aircraft Navigation System to Aid Global Climate Change Studies ..... 53

Approach to Flexibility in EOSDIS Data Format Standards ..... 54

Space Radar Reveals Ancient Segment of China's Great Wall .... 56

NOAA Ready to Distribute Data from Japanese Environmental Satellite .... 57

Mission to Planet Earth Technology Aids in Fire Fighting ....... 58


Kudos ...... 20

NASA Announces 1996 Software of the Year Award Recipients ... 26

What's New? ........ 58

Calendars ...... 59

The Earth Observer Information/Inquiries ....... Back Cover

Editor's Corner

Michael King—EOS Senior Project Scientist

A Validation Workshop was held at Goddard Space Flight Center on May 8-10 that focused on improving and enhancing the coordination between instrument teams, interdisciplinary science teams, and the NASA Research & Analysis (R & A) program. This workshop provided the first opportunity to compare and discuss the validation plans of individual science teams, both instrument and interdisciplinary, and to articulate both international and national networks, field programs, and schedules. The plans that will result from this workshop will be reviewed this fall as part of the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) reviews, and will help define the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) for an EOS Correlative Measurement Program to be released later this year. This workshop followed an earlier Land Test Site Workshop, and is helping to further define and refine the EOS-wide validation program.

In addition to the validation program that is beginning to take shape, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has begun to develop an extensive calibration capability for use throughout the EOS program (see March/ April issue of The Earth Observe1). NIST held an openhouse in May to showcase these facilities for a number of scientists and managers at NASA Headquarters and Goddard. Capabilities currently under development included an infrared transfer radiometer and thermal vacuum chamber (see pages 31-35), visible and shortwave infrared transfer radiometers based on SeaWiFS heritage, and a bidirectional reflectance laboratory for intercomparing artifacts (diffuser