LTER-NASA Proposal Recommended For Funding

Network News Spring 1995, Vol. 17 No. 1
Network News

A joint proposal submitted by Eric Vermote (University of Maryland) and John Vande Castle (LTER Network Office) to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ecological Processes and Modeling Program, Office of Mission to Planet Earth, has been recommended for up to three years of NASA support. The project, “Development and Testing of Operational Atmospheric Correction of Satellite Data for the NSFLTER Sites,” is a direct outcome of three informal meetings between individuals from the NASA and LTER research communities to develop a strategy for collaborative research.

The project has both research and programmatic objectives. The scientific objectives are to test algorithms for the operational atmospheric correction of satellite data for a variety of land cover and atmospheric conditions. Programmatic objectives are to build a closer working relationship between researchers developing improved algorithms for atmospheric correction and those using satellite data for surface parameterisation at selected LTER sites. The effort is expected to prepare LTER scientists for the type of satellite data which will become available through the NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) program. It will also facilitate their access to atmospherically corrected data from currently available satellites, and contribute to the development of the LTER sites as part of a program for validation of NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) instrument data.

LTER Collaborators include:

  • Warren Cohen (H.J.  Andrews)
  • Gregory Shore and Douglas Moore (Sevilleta)
  • Phyllis Adams and Dave Verbyla (Bonanza Creek)
  • Gayle  Dana (McMurdo Dry Valleys) and Randy Wynne (North  Temperate Lakes)
  • NASA collaborators include J. Roger,  C. Justice, C.J. Tucker and B. Holben.

For more information:

John Vande Castle, LTER Network Office, 206-543-6249,