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Global Earth Observation System Benefits to be Featured by EPA and NOAA Administrators

Release Date: 08/16/2004
Contact Information:


Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819 / ackerman.suzanne@epa.gov
Madelyn Applebaum 202-482-4858 / madelyn.applebaum@noaa.gov


(08/16/04) On Tuesday, Aug. 17, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael O. Leavitt and Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will give a briefing on the benefits to states of the planned Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), a world-wide network that will continuously monitor the land, sea and air. GEOSS will link data from satellites, ocean buoys, and ground-based air and water quality monitors to take the pulse of the planet. The tools provided by GEOSS will help states better manage watersheds, improve drinking water quality, protect the food supply, and make transportation systems safer.

Who: EPA Administrator Michael O. Leavitt
              Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator

What: Briefing on the benefits of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). Localized benefits for each of the 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia will be provided.
      When: Tuesday, Aug. 17
10 a.m. - noon EDT
      Where: National Press Club
529 14th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20045
First Amendment Room - 13th Floor