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Acronyms ACRIM ADEOS AIRS ALT AMSU AVHRR BEST CEES CGC CERES DAACs DMSP DOD DOE ELV EOS EOSDIS EOSP EPA EPOP ERBE ERS ESA Active Cavity Radiometer Irradiance Monitor (NASA) Advanced Earth Observing Satellite (JAPAN) Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (NASA) Altimeter (NASA) Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (NOAA and UNITED KINGDOM) Advanced Very High-Resolution Radiometer (NOAA) Bilan Energetique de la Syst~me llopicale (FRANCE) Committee on Earth and Environmental Sciences Committee on Global Change (NRC) Clouds and Earth's Radiant Energy System (NASA) Distributed Active Archive Centers (NASA) Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DOD) Department of Defense Department of Energy Expendable Launch Vehicle Earth Observing System (NASA) EOS Data and Information System (NASA) Earth Observing Scanning Polarimeter (NASA) Environmental Protection Agency European Polar Orbiting Platform (ESA) Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (NASA and NOAA) Earth Remote-Sensing Satellite (ESA or JAPAN) European Space Agency 105

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106 GEWEX Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (WCRP) GGI Global Positioning System Geoscience Instrument (NASA) GLRS Geosciences Laser Ranging System (NASA) GOES Geostationa~y Operational Environmental Satellite (NOAA) GRM Geopotential Research Mission (NASA) GTE Global Tropospheric Experiment (WCRP) HIMSS High-Resolution Microwave Spectrometer Sounder (NASA) HIRDLS High-Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder (NASA) HIRIS High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (NASA) HIRS High-Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder (NOAA) ICSU - International Council of Scientific Unions IGAC International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Program (IGBP) IGBP International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (ICSU) ISCCP International Satellite Cloud Climatology Program (WCRP) ISLSCP International Satellite Land Surface Climatology Program (WCRP) ITIR Intermediate Thermal Infrared Radiometer (JAPAN) IWG Investigator Working Group (EOS) JGOFS Joint Global Ocean nux Study LAGEOS Laser Geodynamics Satellite (NASA) LAWS Laser Atmospheric Wind Sounder (NASA) MISR Multi-angle Imaging Spectro-Radiometer (NASA) MLS Microwave Limb Sounder (NASA) MODIS Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (NASA) MODIS-N MODIS Nadir-Viewing (NASA) MODIS-T MODIS Tilt-Viewing (NASA) MOPI11 Measurement of Pollution in the ~oposphere (NASA) NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NRC National Research Council PAP Payload AdvisoIy Panel (EOS) SAFIRE Spectroscopy of the Atmosphere using Far Infrared Emission (NASA) SAGE Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (NASA) SAR Synthetic Aperture Radar (NASA) SBUV Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (NOAA) SCANSCAT Advanced Dual Pencil-Beam Scatterometer (NASA) SCARAB Scanner for Radiative Budget (France/USSR) SeaWiFS Sea-Viewing Wide-Field Sensor (NASA)

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107 SIR Shuttle Imaging Radar (NASA) SOLSTICE Solar Stellar Irradiance Comparison Experiment (NASA) SPINSAT Special Purpose Inexpensive Satellite (DOD) SPOT Systeme Probatoire pour Observation de la Terre (FRANCE) SSB/CES Space Studies Board's Committee on Earth Studies (NRC) STIKSCAT Fan-Beam Scatterometer (NASA) SWIRLS Stratospheric Wind Infrared Limb Sounder (NASA) TDRSS Racking and Data Relay Satellite System (NASA) TES Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (NASA) TIROS Television and Infrared Operational Satellite TOGA Mopical Ocean-Global Atmosphere Program (WRCP) TOMS Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (NASA) TOPEX Ocean Topography Experiment (NASA) TOVS TIROS Operational Vertical Sounder (NOAA) TRACER Tropospheric Radiometer for Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Research (NASA) TRMM Topical Rainfall Measurement Mission (NASA) UARS Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (NASA) USGCRP U.S. Global Change Research Program USGS U.S. Geological Survey WCRP World Climate Research Program (WMO) WMO World Meteorological Organization WOCE World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WCRP)