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Earth Science Division Highlights for week ending August 1, 2007

AUVSI features story on Western States Fire Mission .
An article on the upcoming Western States UAS Fire Mission appears in the “News” section of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International website. “NASA's Ikhana Preps for Firefighting Work,” by Judi Hasson details the goals of the mission that is about to start this month. The General Atomics-built aircraft can fly for up to 30 hours. It will help map the path of wildfires and give firefighters on the ground better intelligence about where to focus their efforts. NASA plans to operate four missions beginning in August and running through Sept. 15, flying at up to 23,000 feet. It will transmit multiple channel thermal images to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, and to incident commanders at individual fires. (URL for article: http://www.auvsi.org/news/index.cfm#News1632). (POC: Vince Ambrosia, vambrosia@mail.arc.nasa.gov , 4-6565)

Rama Nemani interviewed for TV feature on global warming and Napa wineries.
Rama Nemani (SGE) appeared in a recent episode of KQED's program, QUEST, which aired July 31. The segment, “Napa Wineries Face Global Warming,” discussed what would happen to the Napa and Sonoma microclimates should there be a dramatic change in climate, particularly in ocean temperature. Scientists are predicting that global warming could increase the number of super-hot days in the California wine region, interfering with the way grapes ripen. Many scientists are working with local wineries to look at how to prepare for such an event. The URL for viewing the episode is located at www.kqed.org/quest . (POC: Rama Nemani, rnemani@arc.nasa.gov , 4-6185)

Lee Johnson gives presentation to USDA Workshop .
Lee Johnson (CSUMB) delivered an invited lunchtime presentation at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Grape/Wine Industry Workshop, held in Kennewick, Washington, July 24-25. He reviewed NASA's past activity in the areas of remote sensing, modeling, and information technology in conjunction with this industry, including current collaboration with the ARS Pacific West Region and State of California. (POC: Lee Johnson, ljohnson@mail.arc.nasa.gov , 4-3331)

FireMapper camera demo at Ames .
A demonstration of FireMapper, a microbolometer arrary-based infrared camera built by Space Instruments in Encinitas, CA, was demostrated at NASA Ames during the week of July 30. The camera was used in Lab. H9 in Building 244 to record the stimulated infrared emission from the surface of rocks. This process is believed to be behind the pre-earthquake "thermal anomalies" seen in nocturnal infrared images from MODIS and other NASA satellites. (POC: Friedemann Freund, ffreund@mail.arc.nasa.gov , 4-5183)


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