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The Earth Observer: Jan - Feb, 2021

Volume 33, Issue 1

In This Issue

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  • Feature Article
  • NASA Science at the First Virtual AGU Fall Meeting4
  • Meeting/Workshop Summaries
  • An Update on the 2020 Activities of the Landsat Science Team10
  • Summary of the 2020 GRACE and GRACE Follow-On Science Team Meeting14
  • Summary of the 2020 NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change Annual Science 21
  • In The News
  • Land Ecosystems are Becoming Less Efficient at Absorbing CO2 28
  • Water Limitations in the Tropics Offset Carbon Uptake from Arctic Greening29
  • 2020 Tied for Warmest Year on Record, NASA Analysis Shows31
  • Regular Features
  • NASA Earth Science in the News33
  • Earth Science Meeting and Workshop Calendar35

The Editor’s Corner
Steve Platnick
EOS Senior Project Scientist

The dawn of a new year is always a time for hopefulness. The rollout of multiple vaccines, starting in late 2020, gives optimism that the restrictions necessitated by COVID-19 may start to ease later in 2021. We will soon mark a year since in-person gatherings ceased. Nevertheless, as is evident from the feature and meeting summary reports in this issue of The Earth Observer, the NASA Earth Science community has quickly adapted to conducting its business virtually. This Editorial highlights how several specific missions and programs are continuing to persevere despite the challenges of the past year.

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