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The Earth Observer: Sep - Oct, 1996

Volume 8, Issue 5

In This Issue

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Multi-angle Imaging Spectro-Radiometer (MISR) Science Team Meeting ...... 3

EOS Calibration Panel Meeting ........ 6

Aerosol Remote Sensing Workshop ...... 13


EOS Radiometric Measurement Comparisons at Hughes Santa Barbara Remote Sensing and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory ... 17

The HITRAN Atmospheric Workstation ...... 20

Second EOSDIS Science Software Integration and Test Workshop ...... 22

Stratospheric Ozone and Human Health World Wide Web Site ..... 24


Note - NASA Press Release ..... 2

Kudos ..... 2

NASA Announces Winning EPSCoR States .... 12

What's New ...... 16

First Global Image of Total Atmospheric Ozone Obtained from NASA Instrument Aboard Japanese Satellite ... 19

Attention: Oceanography Enthusiasts .... 23

Toll-free Line to Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Information .... 25

Education Highlights ..... 26

Science Calendar ...... 27

Global Change Calendar .... 27

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

Editor's Corner

Michael King—EOS Senior Project Scientist

On September 24, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate approved the Appropriations Conference Committee bill that provides funding to the Veterans Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies (including NASA) for FY97. The NASA budget was approved at $13.7 B, of which the Office of Mission to Planet Earth was $1.402 B. After adjustments to the distribution of the overall budget within NASA, the total new obligation authority for MTPE is $1.327 B. Of this budget, $571.1 Mis for EOS flights, $250.6 M for EOSDIS, and $368.4 M for science, including both the research & analysis program, the EOS Interdisciplinary Science (IDS) investigations, and $50 M for purchase of MTPE-related data from the commercial sector. This budget represents a $75 M reduction to the Mission to Planet Earth program from that requested by President Clinton. The conference report includes earmarks of $25 M of the MTPE budget for a LightSAR, Windsat, and a museum addition, and a blanket reduction of $100 M to NASA overall (of which $75 M was assigned to Mission to Planet Earth).

The MTPE/EOS Data Products Handbook (Volume 1) has recently been completed. This Handbook, edited by Stephen Wharton and Monica Myers, provides a brief description of the science data products that will be available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). The objective of this Handbook is to promote a broader understanding of how the EOS data products will contribute to science research in the understanding, analysis, and monitoring of global...