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The Earth Observer: Nov - Dec, 2000

Volume 12, Issue 6

In This Issue

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  • Editor's CornerFront Cover
  • Science Team Meetings
  • Aura Fall Annual Meeting3
  • Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) Science Team Meeting5
  • The Availability and Status of MODIS Land Data Products10
  • Formation of the Science Working Group on Data (SWGD)18
  • Terra Science Working Group (SWAMP) Meeting20
  • 2nd Science Team Meeting for the Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment — SORCE)22
  • DAAC Managers' Quarterly Meeting28
  • The Emerging Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) Working Group on Information Systems and Services (WGISS) Test Facility (WTF) — Global Observation of Forest Cover (GOFC)31
  • HDF-EOS Workshop IV Meeting Summary35
  • National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) User Working Group Meeting40
  • Science Articles
  • West Antarctic Ice Sheet May Be a Smaller Source of Current Sea-Level Rise30
  • Global Diagnosis Completed of Ocean Regions Most Sensitive To an Iron-Rich Diet34
  • NASA, FEMA Partner to Use Science and Space Technology for Disaster Prevention39
  • Announcements
  • EOS Scientists in the News2
  • Science Calendars43
  • Information/InquiriesBack cover

Editor's Corner

Michael King, EOS Senior Project Scientist

The year 2000 marked a major milestone in the development of the Earth Observing System, with unprecedented new global measurement capabilities and science results from the EOS satellite Terra, complemented by those from Landsat 7, QuikScat, ACRIMSAT and EO-1. As exciting as this year has been, it is merely the beginning of an aggressive and comprehensive spaceborne global monitoring campaign, and will greatly increase the frequency and significance of new Earth science discoveries.

Many of these new science discoveries were presented at the Fall American Geophysical Union conference held in San Francisco in December. Several important Earth science findings were published in a variety of disciplines, including...