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Earth Observing System Interdisciplinary Science Earth Observing System Interdisciplinary Science
Earth System Dynamics: The Determination and Interpretations of the Global Angular Momentum Budget Using EOS
Exploration of Mars
This research concentrates on the areas of precision Earth-Mars interplanetary navigation, precision Mars landing, and accurate Mars environmental field modeling.
GLAS - Geoscience Laser Altimeter System
GLAS is a laser altimeter designed to measure ice-sheet topography and associated temporal changes, as well as cloud and atmospheric properties. In addition, operation of GLAS over land and water will provide along-track topography.
GRACE - Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment
GRACE, twin satellites launched in March 2002, are making detailed measurements of Earth's gravity field which will lead to discoveries about gravity and Earth's natural systems. These discoveries could have far-reaching benefits to society and the world's population.
Improvement of Geoid and Mean Sea Surface Models for Oceanographic Applications Improvement of Geoid and Mean Sea Surface Models for Oceanographic Applications
Geocentric sea surface heights are currently being measured with an unprecedented accuracy by the TOPEX/POSEIDON radar altimeter. However, the use of these measurements to infer the mean oceanic circulation requires an accurate marine geoid model. This investigation described here utilizes new approaches and incorporates new data sets to improve the accuracy of the global marine geoid.
McDonald Laser Ranging Station (MLRS) McDonald Laser Ranging Station (MLRS)
The laser ranging station at McDonald Observatory has been ranging to the moon since 1969 and to artificial satellites since 1979.
MAGIC - Mid-American Geospatial Information Center
The Mid-American Geospatial Information Center provides access to NASA remote sensing data for delivery to state agencies, federal agencies in Region 6, regional and local governments, academic institutions, public schools, commercial enterprises and the general public. The program builds upon a cooperative effort between the University of Texas and a group of Texas state agencies and focuses on the development of a rapid response capability to provide remote sensing data to address a broad range of applications in the region. UT-CSR will receive data by direct transmission from orbiting satellites and from the NASA EOSDIS and the USGS EROS Data Center in South Dakota via the high-speed Internet2 network. As a catalyst for advanced technology, the Mid-American Geospatial Information Center will combine products from NASA's remote sensing programs with Texas-based developments in leading-edge information technology, computer visualization techniques and Internet2 data transmission.
Navigation, Guidance, and Attitude Determination
This group is involved in Orbital Mechanics research, specifically the use of sensor avionics and emerging technologies such as the Global Positioning System for spacecraft navigation, guidance, attitude determination, and science. Research topics include navigation and attitude control of spacecraft, relative navigation, satellite formations, precise orbit determination, Earth science, and multisensor integration.
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Remote sensing technologies now provide the capability to acquire information about the earth's environment from airborne and space based platforms at unprecedented spatial, spectral, and temporal resolutions, resulting in both exciting new applications and requirements for algorithms to exploit the full information from these sensors. CSR's research in remote sensing includes studies using space based and airborne multispectral/hyperspectral sensors, SAR, and laser altimetry for terrestrial and oceanographic applications.
Texas Regional Change Program
The Texas Regional Change Program is a consortium between academia, industry, and Federal, State, and Local government striving to collectively develop data and information management systems, archive and distribute regional data sets, and develop research and analysis programs to convert data into new knowledge of the regional environment.

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