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The Earth Observer: Sep - Oct, 2003

Volume 15, Issue 5

In This Issue

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  • Editor's CornerFront Cover
  • Meeting/Workshop Summaries
  • July 2003 User Working Group Meeting: Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center3
  • ESIP Federation Holds Its 12th Meeting6
  • International Conference on "Studying Land Use Effects in Coastal Zones with Remote Sensing and GIS"9
  • Other Items of Interest
  • LP DAAC Update8
  • SAGE II Version 6.2 Data Set Now Publicly Available13
  • Recent Warming of Arctic May Affect Worldwide Climate15
  • Regular Features
  • Earth Science Education Program Update17
  • Scientists in the News19
  • Science Calendars21
  • The Earth Observer Information/InquiriesBack cover

Editor's Corner

Michael King, EOS Senior Project Scientist

I’m pleased to report that ICESat’s GLAS Laser 2 was turned on at 1:15 PM EDT September 25 and successfully pointed off nadir 3° to the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Building 22 at 9:21 PM EDT September 26. Approximately 20 members of the mission team saw the green pulse in a relatively clear sky. Laser 2 is emitting 3.5 million shots per day. There is astonishing detail to the cloud/aerosol data. Due to the problems experienced with Laser 1, plans are to turn Laser 2 on periodically through the seasonal cycle.

Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) has released a preliminary Gravity Anomaly Map. This map is derived from...