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Highlights Archive
Earth Science Division Highlights for week ending Nov. 15, 2006.

Chris Potter to lead NACP focus group, and to participate in advisory group to model water quality

Christopher Potter (SGE) has been invited to lead the "Carbon Management and Decision Support" focus group for the U.S. North American Carbon Program (NACP) Investigators' Meeting, to be held January 22-24, 2007. The focus group will identify research gaps and opportunities, and develop collaborative projects (e.g., synthesis and integration activities and modeling approaches) for North American carbon cycle studies, many of which are supported by NASA Earth Sciences.

Additionally, Potter has been invited to participate in the technical advisory group for the development of a conceptual model for water quality in the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed in Sonoma County, CA. The non-profit Laguna Foundation, in collaboration with Tetra Tech, Inc., Phil Williams and Associates, and the Regional Water Quality Control Board 1- North Coast Region, is set to start the development of a water quality conceptual model for the Laguna de Santa Rosa / Mark West Creek watershed. This model is to include the identification of key elements of Laguna ecosystem processes and an understanding of the impairments to the basin's beneficial uses. (POC: Chris Potter, 4-6164)

DEVELOP Highlight

Cyrus Hiatt, the current ARC DEVELOP Student Manager, Dr. Jay Skiles (SGE), and Cindy Schmidt (SJSU/SGE) attended the National Tribal Invasive Species Conference held in Sparks, Nevada, Nov. 7-9. The conference, sponsored by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, was the first to specifically address invasive species, mostly vegetation, on tribal lands. Hiatt delivered the paper that he co-authored with Skiles and Schmidt, "Monitoring Invasive Species with Satellite Data." The paper details the studies of invasive species conducted by the NASA Ames’ DEVELOP team over the last four summers. In 2003, DEVELOP interns studied Tall Whitetop (Lepidium latifolium) on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation in Nevada. In 2004, another team studied salt cedar (Tamarix sp.) in northwestern Nevada. A DEVELOP team studied cheatgrass (Bromus techtroum) in northwestern Utah in 2005. And, last summer, a fourth DEVELOP intern team studied red brome (Bromus rubens) in southern Nevada. The presentation addressed the Invasive Species Application of National Priority managed by the Applied Science Program (ASP) at NASA HQ. DEVELOP is funded through the Human Capital Development element of the ASP in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. Skiles and Schmidt are ARC DEVELOP mentors.

Some 100 people from government, tribal organizations and the private sector in both the U.S. and Canada registered to attend the conference. (POC: Jay Skiles, 4-3614)

WRAP media update

Articles and press releases concerning the WRAP project team’s support of the Esperanza Fire UAS mission appeared in AUVSI (“Altair UAS Performs Fire Mapping,” posted at and Shephard’s UVOnline (“GA-ASI's Altair UAS lends support to fire mapping efforts for Esperanza Wildfire in Southern California,” posted at
187126550&ID=6afe7fa2-cf44-4d76-b09d-8f117192a895), as well as local newspapers and other periodicals.

The Discovery Channel-Canada filmed and interviewed Vince Ambrosia (CSUMB/SGE) along with his project participants from General Atomics in Gray Butte, CA, Nov. 14. The interview will be featured as part of a science segment about the Esperanza Fire UAS Mission and the Western States UAS Fire Mission Series. The science segment will appear on an upcoming episode of "Daily Planet." (POC: Vince Ambrosia, 4-6565)

AP article includes mention of geoengineering workshop

The efforts of Robert Chatfield and Max Loewenstein (SGG) in organizing a workshop on geoengineering and climate change are acknowledged in an article discussing global haze as a possible solution to global warming. “Scientists say pollution may be helpful,” ( explores the theory propounded by Paul Crutzen (Max Planck Institute) and others that atmospheric pollution may provide a “shade” that could help cool the planet. The high-level workshop organized by Chatfield and Loewenstein, to be held this weekend (November 18-20), one of several exploratory Ames workshops in a variety of fields, will discuss the global haze proposal, and other geoengineering ideas for fending off climate change. (POC: Bob Chatfield, 4-5490)

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