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The Earth Observer: Nov - Dec, 2006

Volume 18, Issue 6

In This Issue

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  • Editor’s Corner Front Cover
  • Feature Articles
  • The Past, Present, and Future of the Landsat Program4
  • The GLIMS Glacier Inventory of the Antarctic Peninsula9
  • Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks as Temperatures Rise12
  • Meeting/Workshop Summaries
  • Excellence in Outreach Workshop14
  • Atmospheric Infrared Sounder Science Team Meeting18
  • Aura Science Team Meeting Summary22
  • OMI Science Team Meeting Summary28
  • Workshop on Exploring and Using Multi-angle Imaging Spectro-Radiometer (MISR) Data32
  • Report from the CEOS Land Product Validation Topical Workshop34
  • CALIPSO Science Team Meeting Summary36
  • SORCE has 4th Annual Science Team Meeting38
  • SORCE Team Organizes Solar Spectral Irradiance Intercomparison Workshop44
  • In The News
  • NASA and NOAA Announce Ozone Hole is a Double Record Breaker48
  • Greenland Ice Sheet on a Downward Slide50
  • Central American Fires Impact U.S. Air Quality and Climate52
  • Regular Features
  • EOS Scientists in the News56
  • NASA Science Mission Directorate—Science Education Update58
  • Science Calendars59

Editor’s Corner

Michael King, EOS Senior Project Scientist

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin spoke at an All Hands meeting at Goddard Space Flight Center on September 12. He made it very clear that he disagrees with accusations that NASA’s Science program has been “decimated” as a result of recent budget cuts. Griffin’s objective was to change this debate into a “more thoughtful, objective dialogue about the issues facing NASA’s science and exploration programs than what has been presented in many circles, and reduce some of the angst in the community.” He stressed that NASA, the Office of Management and Budget, and the President are not anti-science, and cited numerous examples including the following comments relevant to Earth science...