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The Earth Observer: Nov - Dec, 1994

Volume 6, Issue 6

In This Issue

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Letter to the Editor .... 3

SCIENCE TEAM MEETINGS

The Scientific Importance of GLAS Atmospheric ... 5

Measurements Third International MIMR (Multifrequency Imaging Microwave Radiometer) Science Advisory Group Meeting .... 10

ARTICLES

NSIDC Distributed Active Archive Center ... 12

Next Generation EOSDIS-The Evaluation ... 18

Packages Precision Farming: Farming by The Inch .... 24

Calibration of BUV Satellite Ozone Data-An Example for Detecting Environmental Trends .... 26

The News from the Langley DAAC .... 33

A Visit to the Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) .... 35

ANNOUNCEMENTS

USRA/GSFC Graduate Student Summer Program in the Earth System Sciences-Summer 1995 ... 4

Pathfinder Program WWW Site Now Available .... 9

OTA Congressional Fellowship Program 1995-96 .... 22

LIS Science Team Meeting Announcement .... 34

Republicans and Science ... 40

Science Calendar ... 42

Global Change Calendar .... 43

The Earth Observer Information/Inquiries ... Back Cover

Editor's Corner

Michael King, EOS Senior Project Scientist

l recently ereceived the repmt of the visiting committee that examined 13 algorithm theoretical basis documents (ATBDs) prepared by the ASTER, LIS, MO PITT, and Sea Winds Science Teams. The oral portion of this review followed a written review consisting of approximately 5 written reviews of each document. The Project Science Office has synthesized the inputs from both the written and oral reviews, visiting committee summaries, and discussion with some algorithm developers, team leaders, and the AM Project Scientist (Piers Sellers). As a consequence of this analysis, the at-launch/post-launch specifications for each product have been revised and clarified in greater detail. An overall indication of both the importance of the product(s) and the maturity of the algorithm(s) to date has been determined, with particular attention paid to the following categories addressed by the external reviewers: (i) degree to which product meets Mission to Planet Earth (MTPE) priorities, (ii) soundness (feasibility /practicality) of the algorithm's approach, and (iii) the planned schedule for generating useful at-launch products.

As done previously with the ATBD report and analysis for the MODIS, CERES and MISR Science Teams, each ATBD was placed into one of four categories. Revised algorithms for all category A and B ATBDs (those with a particularly sound basis, extreme relevance to global change research, and either minor or major modifi-...

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