Global Problems: Implementing Mission to Planet Earth

by Stewart W. Johnson, BDM Int Inc, United States,
John P. Wetzel, BDM Int Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space II


Serious global environmental problems are facing our generation on Earth. The decrease in ozone concentrations and the greenhouse effect have implications for all life forms on the planet. Computer modeling of the global environment is important in understanding the difficult problems we face, but there are many uncertainties with predictions made using these models. Mission to Planet Earth is an important international effort to understand global problems of the environment. Eos and other satellite systems are being planned to provide the information so essential to the understanding of our Earth's environment as an integrated planetary system. Tremendous amounts of data generated by these satellites will require improved data storage, analysis, and retrieval. This paper discusses some of the Mission to Earth concepts and their implementation. Satellite and ground segments and human interfaces pose significant challenges for engineering, construction, and operation of the system.

Subject Headings: Planets | Computer models | Data analysis | Satellites | Ozone | Air pollution | Water pollution | Thermal pollution

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