The Global Earth Observation System

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Date(s) - 10/12/200412:00 pm - 1:30 pm


The Earth Observing System (EOS) is composed of a series of satellites, 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. EOS will enable an improved understanding of the Earth as an integrated system. The EOS Project Science Office (EOSPSO) is committed to bringing program information and resources to program scientists and the general public alike.

Retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., currently serves as the undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and directs the day-to-day operations of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He directed an internal review and reorganization of the NOAA corporate structure to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century. He spearheaded the first-ever Earth Observation Summit, which hosted ministerial-level representation from several dozen of world»s nations in Washington July 2003. The effort culminated at the Second Earth Observing Summit held in Tokyo in April 2004 where 47 nations formalized the plans for international cooperation on the construction and maintenance of a global Earth observing system. Admiral Lautenbacher holds an MS and Ph.D. from Harvard University in applied mathematics.

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