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The Earth Observer: May - Jun, 2023

Volume 35, Issue 3

In This Issue

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  • Feature Articles
  • From Low Earth Orbit to the Kitchen Table: NASA Earth Science Data Continues to Serve America’s Farmers5
  • Meeting Summaries
  • Summary of the SAGE III/ISS Science Team Meeting11
  • Summary of the 2022 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting19
  • In The News
  • A New Way to Explore Climate Data: NASA Opens the Earth Information Center24
  • NASA Engages U.S. Farmers: Bringing Satellite Data Down to Earth26
  • U.S.-German Satellites Show California Water Gains After Record Winter28
  • Regular Features
  • Earth Science Meeting and Workshop Calendar31
  • NASA Earth Science in the News32

The Editor's Corner

Steve Platnick, EOS Senior Project Scientist

This summer, NASA brought its Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) to the East Coast for the first time. SARP focuses on having undergraduate students conduct integrative Earth System Science observations that incorporate the approaches, tools, and philosophy of NASA’s Earth Science Division (ESD). SARP-East (E) began in June and continued through July, engaging 22 high-performing STEM undergraduate students from colleges nationwide in a real-world NASA research campaign—see Photo 1, below, and Photo 2 on page 3. Several governmental, academic, commercial, and non-governmental institutions contributed to this experience for the undergraduate participants, as well as for the five graduate mentors and seven faculty mentors.1 This intensive residential program was based out of the Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Newport News, VA, with an immersive two-week, residence-based field research experience taking place at Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Rice Rivers Center. SARP-E was supported by personnel from GSFC and LaRC, with substantial support from the ESD Research and Analysis Program and its associated Earth Sciences centers.