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The Earth Observer: Mar - Apr, 2008

Volume 20, Issue 2

In This Issue

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  • Editor’s Corner Front Cover
  • Feature Articles
  • The Earth Observer: 20 Years Chronicling the History of the EOS Program4
  • Christmas Among Crevasses: How a Goddard Scientist Spent His Holiday Season12
  • Getting at Groundwater with Gravity22
  • Urban Growth and Its Impact on the Terrestrial Environment26
  • Freeing Clouds from Their Cages: The Cloud Object Approach to Satellite Data Analysis30
  • Meeting/Workshop Summaries
  • Landsat Science Team Meeting Summary35
  • ASTER Science Team Meeting Report41
  • Ocean Vector Wind Science Team Meeting Report46
  • SORCE 5-Year Anniversary Science Team Meeting49
  • 2007 Lille A-Train Symposium Summary58
  • In The News
  • 2007 Was Tied as Earth’s Second-Warmest Year60
  • Ocean-Observing Satellites Help Break Current Records61
  • Regular Features
  • EOS Scientists in the News62
  • NASA Science Mission Directorate—Science Education Update64
  • Science Calendars67

Editor’s Corner

Michael King, EOS Senior Project Scientist

I’m happy to report that The Earth Observer is beginning its 20th year as a NASA publication. The first issue was released in March 1989, and from the beginning, it has been dedicated to keeping our readers abreast of the latest developments in the Earth Observing System (EOS) program. I have been pleased to serve as EOS Senior Project Scientist since September 1992, and thus have been around for most of The Earth Observer’s 20-year history. It has been my privilege to work with a wide variety of talented individuals over the years who have made contributions to the publication as authors, designers, editors, etc. The names are too many to list, but I would particularly like to recognize the members of the current EOS Project Science Office who are involved. Alan Ward (Executive Editor) and Charlotte Griner (former Executive Editor) thoroughly review the content of every issue and are constantly on the lookout for interesting articles for future issues. Tim Suttles, and Chris Chrissotimos also serve as Technical Editors and review each issue. Debbi McLean does the layout of the newsletter and handles the production of each issue. Cindy Trapp and Leon Middleton help with the distribution of each issue. Steve Graham maintains a database that keeps track of over 6000 subscribers. PDFs of every issue from 1995 to the present are posted on the EOS Project Science Office website that Maura Tokay maintain—eospso.gsfc.nasa.gov/eos_homepage/for_scientists/
earth_observer.php
. (Archived hard copies of all issues are also on file in the EOSPSO library.) The publication is and always has been a true team effort from start to finish...

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