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Congressional Testimony

Members of SSB committees may be invited to testify before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate about the findings and recommendations of their reports. During 2007, six hearings were held where members of the SSB family testified to Congress. Their prepared statements are reprinted here (without references, notes, appendices, tables or figures).

At the February 13 hearing before the House Committee on Science and Technology, the co-chairs of the NRC Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space, Richard A. Anthes and Berrien Moore III, testified on their thoughts on the national imperatives for Earth and climate sciences. The Honorable Jim Geringer, Director of the Policy Environmental Systems Research Institute also testified. The prepared statements of Richard Anthes and Berrien Moore are reprinted here and all of the statements are available at <http://www.science.house.gov/publications/hearings_markups_details.aspx?NewsID=1268>.

At the March 7 hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Space, Aeronautics, and Related Sciences, Berrien Moore III, co-chair of the NRC Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space and Otis Brown, member of the committee testified on their perspectives of the national imperatives for Earth science research. Michael Freilich, Director, Earth Science Division, NASA, and Nancy Colleton, President, Institute for Global Environment Strategies and Executive Director, Alliance for Earth Observations also testified. The prepared statements of Berrien Moore and Otis Brown are reprinted here, and all of the statements are available at <http://commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=1825.

At the March 9 hearing before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, SSB chair Lennard Fisk testified on his thoughts on the future of space and Earth science and human space exploration, and the balance of funding at NASA between space and Earth science and human space exploration.

At the May 2 hearing before the House Committee on Science and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, SSB chair Lennard Fisk, SSB member and chair of the Committee on Solar and Space Physics Daniel Baker, and former SSB member Joseph Burns testified on their perspectives on the state of space science activities at NASA. NASA’s associate administrator for science, Alan Stern and Garth Illingworth, chair of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee also testified. The prepared statements of Lennard Fisk, Daniel Baker, and Joseph Burns are reprinted here and all of the statements are available at <http://www.science.house.gov/publications/hearings_markups_details.aspx?NewsID=1795>.

At the June 28 hearing before the House Committee on Science and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, Richard A. Anthes, co-chair of the NRC Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space and Eric Barron, chair of the Climate Variability and Change Panel of the NRC Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space testified on the decadal survey released by the committee. Michael Freilich, Director, Earth



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6 Congressional Testimony Members of SSB committees may be invited to testify before committees of the U.S. House of Representa- tives or the U.S. Senate about the findings and recommendations of their reports. During 2007, six hearings were held where members of the SSB family testified to Congress. Their prepared statements are reprinted here (without references, notes, appendices, tables or figures). At the February 13 hearing before the House Committee on Science and Technology, the co-chairs of the NRC Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space, Richard A. Anthes and Berrien Moore III, testified on their thoughts on the national imperatives for Earth and climate sciences. The Honorable Jim Geringer, Director of the Policy Environmental Systems Research Institute also testified. The prepared statements of Richard Anthes and Berrien Moore are reprinted here and all of the statements are available at . At the March 7 hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Space, Aeronautics, and Related Sciences, Berrien Moore III, co-chair of the NRC Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space and Otis Brown, member of the committee testified on their perspectives of the national imperatives for Earth science research. Michael Freilich, Director, Earth Science Division, NASA, and Nancy Colleton, President, Institute for Global Environment Strategies and Executive Director, Alliance for Earth Observations also testified. The prepared statements of Berrien Moore and Otis Brown are reprinted here, and all of the statements are available at . At the June 28 hearing before the House Committee on Science and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, Richard A. Anthes, co-chair of the NRC Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space and Eric Barron, chair of the Climate Variability and Change Panel of the NRC Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space testified on the decadal survey released by the committee. Michael Freilich, Director, Earth 6

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7 Congressional Testimony Science Division, NASA; and Timothy Foresman, president, International Center for Remote Sensing Education also testified. The prepared statements of Richard A. Anthes and Eric Barron are reprinted here and all of the statements are available at . At the July 11 hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Antonio J. Busalacchi, Jr., chair of the SSB Panel on Options to Ensure the Climate Record from NPOESS and GOES-R Spacecraft and the ad hoc Committee on a Strategy to Mitigate the Impact of Sensor Descopes and Demanifests on the NPOESS and GOES-R Spacecraft, testified on the budgetary, management, and schedule risks of weather and environmental satellite systems, as well as the potential lost capabilities in climate monitoring, modeling, and fore- casting that are possible under the current program. His prepared statement is also available at .