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  • Air-Sea Interaction & Climate Team, Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Cal Tech
    Participants in NASA projects: EOSIDS (Earth Observing System Interdisciplinary Science), a project to observe the role of sea-air exchanges and ocean circulation in climate variability; TRMM; and others. Site includes Seaflux from Space, an information system designed to devise, display, and disseminate space based ocean-atmosphere fluxes of momentum, heat and water.
     
  • ASTER
    Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) is an imaging instrument that flies on the Terra satellite. It is used to obtain detailed maps of land surface temperature, emissivity, reflectance and elevation. Its ability to serve as a 'zoom' lens for other instruments will be particularly important.
     
  • Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions
    An experiment by the University of Colorado and K-12 schools throughout the US to develop Earth-orbiting satellites that observe aspects of the environment and produce a global, environmental science database. The first satellite is under construction and will measure ozone. Each school will measure pollution and process data from the satellite. New schools and/or teachers needed!
     
  • CalPhotos Image Retrieval
    CalPhotos is a system for content-based image retrieval. Users can query for photographs based on their location or the objects they contain. Includes land, air, and water images.
     
  • Center for Earth Observation (CEO) - Research Projects
    CEO supports a variety of Earth observation projects and brings together faculty interested in remote sensing with students trained in the technology.
     
  • Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS) Scatterometry
    Scatterometers are unique among satellite remote sensors in their ability to determine the wind direction over water. COAPS examines animations of scatterometer winds to get ideas for new scatterometry applications. They have generated wind animations for 37 overlapping regions spanning the global oceans.
     
  • Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE)
    Program at the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, to advance interdisciplinary study of people and the global environment. Includes pages for land use, water, climate and other areas of study.
     
  • Department of Meteorology, University of Maryland
    Site for College Park campus. Research areas include climate studies, Earth system science, atmospheric chemistry and climate diagnostics, glaciology, weather prediction and atmospheric dynamics, oceanography and air/sea interaction, remote sensing and data assimilation.
     
  • Earth Observing System (EOS)
    EOS is the centerpiece of NASA study of the Earth. It consists of a science component and a data system supporting a coordinated series of polar-orbiting and low inclination satellites for long-term global observations of the land surface, biosphere, solid Earth, atmosphere, and oceans.
     
  • Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
    Site for the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Mapping Division. It houses USGS digital cartographic data products (US GeoData) and the world's largest collection of civilian remotely sensed data covering the Earth's land masses, housing millions of satellite images and aerial photographs. EDC operates the National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive, a high quality database of space-acquired images of the Earth for use in studying global change and other related issues.
     
  • GiST Indexing Project
    GIST studies the engineering and mathematics behind content-based indexing for massive amounts of complex content. The basis of the project is the Generalized Search Tree (GIST), a template indexing structure for indexing remote sensing databases and others.
     
  • Global Land Ice Measurements from Space
    Project to monitor the world's glaciers, primarily using data from the ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and reflection Radiometer) instrument aboard the EOS Terra spacecraft.
     
  • Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    Works to advance data assimilation, and produces research-quality assimilated global data sets for advancing the understanding of the Earth system and climate change.
     
  • GSFC Ice Altimetry Home Page
    The Oceans and Ice branch of the Laboratory for Hydrospheric Physics of NASA/GSFC has processed satellite radar and aircraft laser altimetry over the continental ice sheets and surrounding sea ice to calculate surface elevations.
     
  • Hydrology Laboratory Research Activities
    Part of the Natural Resources Institute at Beltsville, MD, the Hydrology Laboratory develops improved methodologies for predicting water yield from and for agricultural lands and for monitoring and evaluating the impact of management practices and large scale environmental changes on water resources.
     
  • Index of NCAR Ice Crystal Replicator Data
    Summarizes profiles of cirrus cloud microphysical properties as measured by a balloon-borne Formvar replicator. The data consist of ice crystal images, calculated size distributions, and cloud properties.
     
  • Landsat/ARM Clear Sky and Cloud(LCSAC) Research
    LCSAC research is aimed at forging a link between Landsat and the number one unsolved problem in global climate modeling, the role of clouds.
     
  • NASA GSFC Code 614.4 Calibration Facility
    Facility that maintains instruments and NIST-traceable calibrated sources to calibrate, monitor, and assess the performance of satellite-, aircraft-, and ground-based remote sensing instrumentation. Their instruments, sources, and expertise are available to US government agencies, the international remote sensing community, and academic institutions.
     
  • NASA Langley's Lidar Applications Group
    Part of the Atmospheric Sciences Division at the NASA Langley Research Center. Develops and applies advanced lidar systems to a broad range of atmospheric investigations, such as the development and application of airborne Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) systems for studies of O3, H2O, aerosols, and clouds.
     
  • NIST Optical Technology Division
    Source of national measurement standards and support services to advance the use and application of optical technologies spanning the ultraviolet through microwave spectral regions.
     
  • Ocean Biogeochemical Processes Group
    Earth observation at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Mainly multidisciplinary research on the ocean's carbon cycle and its impact on the geochemical cycles of the 50 or so elements which exhibit nonconservative behavior in sea water (they don't follow variations of sodium). Also conducts related research.
     
  • Ocean Carbon-Cycle Model Intercomparison Project (OMCIP)
    Project to help identify and understand differences between existing 3-D global ocean carbon-cycle models and thus speed their development.
     
  • Oceanography 410
    Site for courses in Physical Oceanography at Texas A&M University.
     
  • Oceanworld
    Includes questions and answers to topics related to the oceans, teacher aids and links to information about oceans, icebergs, ice ages, fisheries, El Nino, and explorations by satellites.
     
  • Regional Land-Atmosphere Climate Simulation System (RELACS)
    A NASA EOS Interdisciplinary Science Investigation. Main subjects are the atmosphere, land, and water resources, with a focus on the effect of land-atmosphere interaction over the southeast Asian monsoon region.
     
  • Remote Sensing Project - Sea Surface Temperature
    Links to projects that sense sea surface temperature and create composite images. Includes online satellite images including samples from the newly launched SeaWiFS instrument showing great detail in the distribution of marine phytoplankton concentration and the processes underlying oceanic currents.
     
  • SeaDAS - SeaWiFS Data Analysis System
    SeaDAS is a comprehensive image analysis package for processing, displaying, analyzing, and quality control of all SeaWiFS data products and ancillary meteorological and ozone data.
     
  • SeaWiFS Project
    SIMBIOS Science is investigating ways to validate the atmospheric correcthttp://trmm.gsfc.nasa.gov/overview_dir/background.htmlion algorithm. Participants from the MODIS Oceans team and the SeaWiFS Calibration and Validation program augment the team.
     
  • Simulation - Seasonal-Interannual Climate Variability over Amazonia
    Site with summary and reports from research on "Coupled High-Resolution Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Simulation of Seasonal-Interannual Climate Variability over Amazonia."
     
  • Snow Hydrology Group - UC Santa Barbara
    An Interdisciplinary Science Investigation for EOS: "Hydrology, Hydrochemical Modeling, and Remote Sensing in Seasonally Snow-covered Alpine Drainage Basins."
     
  • The Sosik Lab
    Studies optical oceanography and phytoplankton ecology at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
     
  • TRMM Data Assimilation at NASA Goddard
    Research to develop techniques for effectively using tropical rainfall data from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) to improve 4D assimilated global data sets.
     
  • TRMM Data Simulation at NASA
    Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) is a satellite mission to measure tropical rainfall with precipitation radar and a microwave instrument, the TRMM Microwave Imager (TMI). The goal is to develop techniques to use TRMM data to improve 4D assimilated global data sets.