PGS: Space-based view of Earth

The January meeting of the Potomac Geophysical Society will be held at the Fort Myer Officers’ Club in Arlington, VA ( in the Campaign Room.

This month’s talk will be: A Space-Based View of the Earth: Progress, Opportunities and Challenges by Dr. Jack Kaye, NASA.

The vantage point of space allows for study of the Earth as an integrated system, and this study has revolutionized our knowledge of how the Earth works. The history of space-based Earth observation is now long enough that study of multi-decadal global trends can be carried out along with studies of how Earth system components interact. This knowledge allows for improvements in our capability for predicting the Earth’s future evolution and for utilizing our increasing knowledge to inform policy and management, decisions that need to be based on environmental information. This talk will give examples of how NASA has advanced knowledge of Earth system science with its space-based observations, and present future plans that will enable continued growth in our knowledge of our home planet.
Biographical Information:
Jack Kaye currently serves as Associate Director for Research of the Earth Science Division (ESD) within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). Dr. Kaye is responsible for the research and data analysis programs for Earth System Science, covering the broad spectrum of scientific disciplines. Earlier positions in his more than 26-year career at NASA includes Space Scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center and Manager of the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling and Analysis Program at NASA HQ. His academic training is in chemistry (B.S. Adelphi University, 1976; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1982).
Dinner Menu
Mahi Mahi, Cooked with Tomatoes, capers in lemon sauce (House salad & vegetables, rolls and butter)
Tira Misu
Coffee / tea
A vegetarian meal can be substituted by request.
Reception at 6:30.  Dinner at 7:30.  Talk at 8:30 PM.  Please note that the talk starts earlier than the usual time. Allow 15 minutes for security entering Ft. Myer as all civilian vehicles are searched.  To ensure access to and from Fort Myer use the Hatfield Gate, open 24 hours a day (  If you wish to attend dinner ($25), please make reservations with Joydeep Bhattacharyya at 571-269-8432 or via E-mail at If you wish, please feel free to attend the talk without dinner.  Non-members and guests are welcome.  Visit the PGS web site at for new meeting announcements, etc.  Please send changes of address or email to

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