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The Earth Observer newsletter is a bi-monthly publication that consolidates NASA Earth Science news. The newsletter is published by the Science Support Office, Code 610, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771.

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Editor's Corner

These editorials chronicle NASA Earth Science history since 1989 – from the perspective of the EOS Senior Project Scientist. Each individual column reports on important “current” events that were taking place in NASA Earth Science at the time they were written.

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The Earth Observer Editor’s Corner: Jan – Feb 2024

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The Earth Observer continues to work on its transition to our new website. Implementing a completely new set-up is not…

Article4 months ago
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The Earth Observer Editor’s Corner: Nov – Dec 2023

9 min read

It is early 2024 as this issue of The Earth Observer is published online (see the original PDF version of…

Article5 months ago

Feature Articles

Read stories about the history and accomplishments of current  and former NASA Earth Science missions, programs, field campaigns, and outreach events, as well as a variety of other topics of interest to NASA Earth Science past, present, and future.

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Seeing “Through the Eyes of NASA” at the 2023 AGU Annual Meeting

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Introduction  As one navigates the global constellation of scientific conferences offered each year, the annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) is the guiding star. The meeting attracts participants from an ensemble of academic disciplines and a sizeable…

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NASA’s Earth Science Technology Office Celebrates 25 Years 

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Introduction  Many Earth science missions, both airborne and on orbit, can trace their origins to the early technology developments that produced the groundbreaking instruments, instrument components (the parts or subsystems that make up an instrument), and information systems that enabled…

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NASA Earth Science and Education Update: Introducing the Science Activation Program

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Introduction For many years, The Earth Observer ran a regular NASA Earth Science Education and Public Outreach Update column, the last of which appeared in the May–June 2017 issue of The Earth Observer. At that time, NASA Science Education communications…

Meeting Summaries

Read reports on Earth Science mission and instrument Science Team meetings, on science and applications workshops, and on other science meetings taking place both within NASA Earth Science and in the broader national and international Earth science communities.

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Summary of the 2023 GEDI Science Team Meeting

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Introduction The 2023 Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) Science Team Meeting (STM) took place October 17–19, 2023, at the University…

Article4 weeks ago
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Summary of the Ninth DSCOVR EPIC and NISTAR Science Team Meeting

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Introduction The ninth Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) Earth Polychromatic Camera (EPIC) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)…

Article1 month ago
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Summary of the 2023 Precipitation Measurement Mission Science Team Meeting

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Introduction The annual Precipitation Measurement Mission (PMM) Science Team Meeting (STM) took place September 18–22, 2023, in Minneapolis, MN. The…

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Earth Science Meeting and Workshop Calendars

NASA Community

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    June 3–6, 2024
    OMI–TROPOMI Science Team Meeting

    Boulder, CO


Global Science Community

  1. 01

    June 23–28, 2024
    Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) Annual Meeting

    Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea


  2. 02

    July 7–12, 2024
    International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)

    Athens, Greece


  3. 03

    July 7–12, 2024
    9th Global Energy and Water Exchange (GEWEX) Open Science Conference

    Sapporo, Japan


  4. 04

    July 14–19, 2024
    19th International Conference on Clouds and Precipitation (ICCP)

    Jeju, South Korea


  5. 05

    July 15–18, 2024
    11th International Precipitation Working Group (IPWG) Meeting

    Tokyo, Japan


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    August 4–9, 2024
    Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting

    Long Beach, CA


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    September 22–25, 2024
    Geological Society of America (GSA)

    Anaheim, CA


  8. 08

    October 27–30, 2024
    American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Expo

    Minneapolis, MN


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    November 11–22, 2024
    UN Climate Change Conference (COP 29)

    Baku, Azerbaijan


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    December 9–13, 2024
    American Geophysical Union (AGU24)

    Washington, DC


Earth Observer Staff

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EOS Senior Project Scientist

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Executive Editor

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Managing Editor

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Associate Editor

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Assistant/Technical Editor

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Technical Editor


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