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Future Directions In Global Change Research

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

A Workshop For Journalists On NASA's Earth Observing System, June 24-25, 1999

This summer NASA begins a new 15-year investigation of the Earth and global change with the launch of the Terra mission on July 28. The Earth Observing System (EOS) suite of satellites will supply researchers around the world with an unprecedented array of data to study all aspects of climate change.

NASA's Earth Observing System Project Science Office is sponsoring a workshop for journalists on new findings and continuing challenges in global change research and how the "EOS era" will advance our understanding of this important topic. The workshop includes a day-long seminar with several of the country's leading global change scientists and a tour of spacecraft facilities and mission operations at Goddard Space Flight Center.

Thursday, June 24
SEMINAR: "FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH"
American Geophysical Union
2000 Florida Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(See below for complete list of speakers. There will be ample opportunity for Q&A and individual interviews.)

Friday, June 25
MEDIA TOUR OF TERRA MISSION OPERATIONS
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt, Md.
8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
(View an earth-observing satellite being prepared for launch. Transportation will be provided from downtown Washington.)

Advance registration is required and attendance is limited. The registration deadline is JUNE 10. For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Emilie Lorditch, EOS Project Science Office, tel. 301-441-4031, email: elorditc@pop900.gsfc.nasa.gov.

TOPICS & SPEAKERS

GLOBAL CHANGE SCIENCE TODAY
Charles F. Kennel, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

UNCERTAINTIES & CHALLENGES
Jerry Mahlman, Princeton University

GLOBAL WARMING & THE EARTH'S RADIATIVE BALANCE
James E. Hansen, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
David Randall, Colorado State University

POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE
Michael MacCracken, National Assessment Coordination Office

NASA & THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL CHANGE SCIENCE
Ghassem Asrar, NASA Associate Administrator for Earth Science

THE EARTH OBSERVING SYSTEM
Michael King, EOS Senior Project Scientist, NASA Goddard

TERRA: A GLOBAL CHANGE OBSERVATORY
Yoram Kaufman, Terra Project Scientist, NASA Goddard

THE GLOBAL CARBON CYCLE
Steven C. Wofsy, Harvard University

OCEAN HEALTH & PROCESSES
Mark Abbott, Oregon State University

REGIONAL IMPACTS ON LAND COVER & HYDROLOGY
John Townshend, University of Maryland

WORKSHOP MODERATOR
V. Ramanathan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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