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Earth Observing System
Author(s): W. Stanley Wilson; Jeff Dozier
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Paper Abstract

The Earth Observing System (EOS), the centerpiece of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth, is to study the interactions of the atmosphere, land, oceans, and living organisms, using the perspective of space to observe the earth as a global environmental system. To better understand the role of clouds in global change, EOS will measure incoming and emitted radiation at the top of the atmosphere. Then, to study characteristics of the atmosphere that influence radiation transfer between the top of the atmosphere and the surface, EOS wil observe clouds, water vapor and cloud water, aerosols, temperature and humidity, and directional effects. To elucidate the role of anthropogenic greenhouse gas and terrestrial and marine plants as a source or sink for carbon, EOS will observe the biological productivity of lands and oceans. EOS will also study surface properties that affect biological productivity at high resolution spatially and spectrally.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1991
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1491, Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Chemistry, (1 September 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46654
Show Author Affiliations
W. Stanley Wilson, NASA Headquarters (United States)
Jeff Dozier, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1491:
Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Chemistry
James L. McElroy; Robert J. McNeal, Editor(s)

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