[ESIP-all] AGU Session on Global Earth Observations: Looking 50 Years Back and 50 Years Forward

Carol B. Meyer carol.meyer at earthsciencefoundation.org
Fri Aug 31 11:35:27 EDT 2007

Another AGU Session that might be of interest.

A brief description of the session is appended below.  The idea is to
provide a forum for considering the urgent scientific challenge of
long-term global Earth observations in the context of lessons learned
from past experience.  Consideration of the adequacies/inadequacies of
past, current and planned observing systems is encouraged, including
consideration of aspects such as resource limitations, international
arrangements, and policy interactions.  (The 50-year time horizons are
meant to encourage expansive thinking, but shorter memories and
prospects will, of course, be honored.)

Session U14: Global Earth Observations: Looking 50 Years Back and 50
Years Forward

The International Geophysical Year (IGY) of 1957-1958 launched a new era
of global Earth observations. The observational legacy of the IGY is
conspicuous in many ongoing global programs, including those that
demonstrate the accelerating impact and vulnerability of human
activities. The need for monitoring the Earth is now more acute than
ever, and the development and implementation of useful long-term global
observations is one of the major scientific challenges of our time. This
session will document the lessons learned from global observations in
recent decades, and apply these lessons to analysis of current and
future needs. Invited and contributed talks will address space-based,
air-based, ground-based, and water-based observations of the geosphere,
hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and cryosphere.

Eric T. Sundquist
U. S. Geological Survey
384 Woods Hole Road
Quissett Campus
Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543

Phone 508-457-2397
Fax 508-457-2310

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