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11, 2000 Media Advisory m00-007 SUMMARY: NASA ADMINISTRATOR HIGHLIGHTS AGENCY'S ROLE IN IMPROVING CLIMATE AND WEATHER PREDICTION Video File for Jan. 11, 2000 **************************** NASA ADMINISTRATOR HIGHLIGHTS AGENCY'S ROLE IN IMPROVING CLIMATE AND WEATHER PREDICTION In a keynote address to weather forecasters at their annual convention, NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin yesterday outlined the space agency's role in studying Earth's climate -- a commitment to scientific research and technology development that will help forecasters make more accurate weather predictions in the new millennium. For the future, NASA has set goals for its Earth Sciences research and technology development projects that may result in new satellite technologies and models to help National Weather Service replace the common three- to five-day forecasts of today with accurate 10to 14-day forecasts, Goldin added. NASA Headquarters contact: David E. Steitz (Phone: 202/358-1730) --------Video File for Jan. 11, 2000 Video File for Jan. 11, 2000 Item 1 - NASA Technology Improved Weather Forecasting in 1999

NASA is getting better at predicting weather. Wth the use of satellite data and better computer modeling techniques, meteorologists in the next ten years may be able to predict El Nino weather conditions potentially 15 months in advance and detect hurricanes far enough ahead to help protect lives and property, according to NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin. The following video details several NASA weather missions that will help accomplish these goals. HQ Contact - Dave Steitz 202/358-1730. Item 1a - Landsat 7 - Mapping Cities Landsat 7 is an Earth-mapping mission that provides imagery of the planet from space that can be used to understand natural events all over the world. Building on a 27-year heritage of data, Landsat 7 helps researchers understand the effects of hurricanes and monitor fires and droughts. These views show the cities of San Francisco, Rome, Paris, and New York. TRT 3:13 Video courtesy NASA Center contact: Wade Sisler 301/286-6256 Item 1b - Quikscat - Tracking Ocean Winds Quikscat, a satellite launched last spring that tracks wind currents over the ocean's surface, is providing information that can help scientists understand the interactions between Earth's oceans and the atmosphere. This data can help predict the evolution and movement of severe storms. TRT - 1:56 Video Courtesy NASA Center contact: Diane Ainsworth 818/354-5011 Item 1c - Topex-Poseidon Looks at Sea Surfaces A joint NASA-French mission that uses radar to study ocean surface topography and heat content gives two more clues as to how El Nino and other ocean events affect the weather that crosses our nation each day. Animation depicts the evolution and decrease of the El Nino warm water pool from Dec. 1996-March 1998. The warm water pool is red and white and the La Nina cold water pool is blue and purple. TRT - 2:01

Video Courtesy NASA Center contact: Diane Ainsworth 818/354-5011 Item 1d - TRMM Aids Hurricane Research The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, a joint NASA-Japanese mission, continues to provide profound new insights into events such as hurricanes, modeling them in 3-D while showing how energy is used within the storm. The following animation shows the hurricane swath in 1998 and a 3-D working model of a hurricane. TRT - :34 Video Courtesy NASA/NASDA Center contact: Wade Sisler 301/286-6256 Item 1e - Terra: A planet-wide system Terra, launched in Dec. 1999, will enable new research into the ways that Earth's lands, oceans, air, ice and life function as a total planet-wide system. Terra is the first spacecraft of the Earth Observing Satellite (EOS) series to be launched and will provide comprehensive, daily information on the health of the planet. TRT - 3:02 Video Courtesy NASA Center contact: Wade Sisler 301/286-6256 Item 1f - Acrimsat: Measuring the Sun's Energy Launched in Dec. 1999, the Acrimsat mission is designed to measure Total Solar Irradiance (TRI), or the impact on Earth of the Sun's energy, during its five-year mission life. Acrimsat is also part of the Earth Observing Satellite series. TRT - :58 Video Courtesy NASA Center contact: Diane Ainsworth 818/354-5011

Item 2 - Reversal of Magnetic Fields on Europa (Replay) This animation depicts the movement of Europa's magnetic field, which reverses direction every 5-1/2 hours. The animation was developed from data taken by the Galileo spacecraft. TRT - :30 HQ Contact - Doug Isbell 202/358-1753 Center Contact - Mary Hardin 818/354-5011 **************************** Unless otherwise noted, ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN. ANY CHANGES TO THE LINE-UP WILL APPEAR ON THE NASA VIDEO FILE ADVISORY ON THE WEB AT WE UPDATE THE ADVISORY THROUGHOUT THE DAY. The NASA Video File normally airs at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight Eastern Time. NASA Television is available on GE-2, transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, with vertical polarization. Frequency is on 3880.0 megahertz, with audio on 6.8 megahertz. Refer general questions about the video file to NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Ray Castillo, 202/358-4555, or Elvia Thompson, 202/358-1696, During Space Shuttle missions, the full NASA TV schedule will continue to be posted at: For general information about NASA TV see: ***************************** Contract Awards

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