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Chapter: Appendix G: Acronyms and Abbreviations

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Acronyms and Abbreviations." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24938.
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Acronyms and Abbreviations

2D two-dimensional
3D three-dimensional
3D Winds Three-Dimensional Tropospheric Winds from Space-based Lidar
3MI Multi-Viewing Multi-Channel Multi-Polarization
3U 3 Unit
20CR 20th Century Reanalysis
AAAR American Association for Aerosol Research
AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science
ABI Advanced Baseline Imager
ABS Advanced Baseline Sounder
ACS American Chemical Society
ACT-America Atmospheric Carbon and Transport-America
ADM Atmospheric Dynamics Mission
AERI Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer
AGU American Geophysical Union
AHI Advanced Himawari Imagers
AIAA American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
AIM Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere
AirMOSS Airborne Microwave Observatory of Subcanopy and Subsurface (EVS-1 Mission)
AIRS Atmospheric Infrared Sounder
ALOS Advanced Land Observing Satellite
AMDAR Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay
AMOC Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation
AMS American Meteorological Society
AMSR Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer
AMSU Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit
Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Acronyms and Abbreviations." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24938.
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AMV atmospheric motion vector
ANN artificial neural network
AOD aerosol optical depth
ASAC Applied Sciences Advisory Committee
ASCAT advanced scatterometer
ASCENDS Active Sensing of CO2 Emissions over Nights, Days, and Seasons
ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASO Airborne Snow Observatory
ASTER Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer
ATLAS Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System
ATMS Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder
A-Train Afternoon Constellation
AUV autonomous underwater vehicle
AVHRR Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer
AVIRIS Airborne Visible and Infrared Imaging Spectrometer
BUV Backscatter Ultraviolet (instrument on Nimbus-4)
CALIOP Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization
CALIPSO Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations
CATE Cost Assessment and Technical Evaluation
CATS Cloud-Aerosol Transport System
CCSP Climate Change Science Program
CDC Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention
CDIP Coastal Data Information Program
CDOM colored dissolved organic matter
CDWP California Department of Water Resources
CeNCOOS Central and Northern California Coastal Ocean Observing System
CEOS Committee on Earth Observing Satellites
CERES Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System
CESAS Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space
CGMS Committee for Meteorological Satellites
CHAMP Challenging Mini-satellite Payload
CIPS Cloud Imaging and Particle Size
CIRA Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere
CIRAS CubeSat Infrared Atmospheric Sounder
CIRES Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
CIRiS Compact Infrared Radiometer in Space
CLARREO Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory
CLIVAR Climate Variability and Predictability
CloudSat satellite-based cloud experiment
CMA Chinese Meteorological Administration
CNES Centre National d’Études Spaciales
CoCoRaHS Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network
CORAL Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory
COSMIC Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate
Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Acronyms and Abbreviations." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24938.
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COSPAR Committee on Space Research
COSSEs Climate Observing System Simulation Experiments
CoSSIR Conical Scanning Submillimeter-wave Imaging Radiometer
COTS commercial off-the-shelf
COWVR Compact Ocean Wind Vector Radiometer
CRADA Cooperative Research and Development Agreement
CrIS Cross-track Infrared Sounder
CRM Cloud Resolving Model
CSA Canadian Space Agency
CSUMB California State University, Monterey Bay
CubeRRT CubeSat Radiometer Radio Frequency Interference Technology Validation
CYGNSS Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System-Earth Venture Mission
DAAC Distributed Active Archive Center
DAS Data Assimilation Systems
DEMs digital elevation models
DESDynl Deformation, Ecosystem Structure, and Dynamics of Ice
DFO Dartmouth Flood Observatory
DIAL differential absorption lidar
DLR German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt)
DMSP Defense Meteorological Satellite Program
DOC Department of Commerce; also dissolved organic carbon
DOD Department of Defense
DOE Department of Energy
DPR Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar
DSM digital surface model
DU Dobson Units
EarthCARE Earth Cloud Aerosol and Radiation Explorer
EBV essential biodiversity variable
ECMWF European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
ECOSTRESS Ecosystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on the Space Station
ECS equilibrium climate sensitivity
EEA European Environmental Agency
EEI Earth’s Energy Imbalance
EGSIEM European Gravity Service for Improved Emergency Management
EISWG Environmental Information Services Working Group
EMSA European Maritime Safety Agency
EnMAP Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program
ENSO El Niño Southern Oscillation
EO-1 Earth Observing Mission-1
EOS Earth Observing System
EOSDIS Earth Observing System Data and Information System
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EPS-SG EUMETSAT Polar System-Second Generation
ERC European Research Council
Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Acronyms and Abbreviations." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24938.
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EROS Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science
ESA European Space Agency
ESAS Earth Science and Applications from Space
ESD Earth Science Division
ESM Earth system models
ESO Earth Science Objective
ESSA Environmental Science Services Administration
ESSP Earth System Science Pathfinder
ESTO Earth Science Technology Office
ET evapotranspiration
EUMETSAT European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites
EU SatCen EU Satellite Center
EUV extreme ultraviolet
EV Earth Venture
EV-I Earth Venture-Instrument
EV-M Earth Venture Mission
EV-S Earth Venture Suborbital
EXPORTS Export Processes in the Ocean from Remote Sensing
FAT Fixed Anvil Temperature
FCI Flexible Combined Imager
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FLEX Fluorescence Explorer
FY fiscal year
GACM generalized additive model
GCM global climate model
GCOM-W1, -W2 Global Change Observation Mission-Water
GCOS Global Climate Observing System
GDACS Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System
GEDI Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation
GEO Group on Earth Observations; also geostationary Earth orbit
GEO-CAPE Geostationary Coastal and Air Pollution Events (mission)
GeoCARB Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory
GEOS-5 Goddard Earth Observation System Version Five
GEOSCCM Goddard chemistry climate model
GEWEX Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment
GFDL Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
GFMS Global Flood Monitoring System
GFS Global Forecast System
GGOS Global Geodetic Observing System
GHG greenhouse gas
GHIS Geostationary High-resolution Interferometer Sounder
GIC glaciers and ice caps
GIFTS Geosynchronous Imaging Fourier Transfer System
GIIRS Geosynchronous Interferometric Infrared Sounder
Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Acronyms and Abbreviations." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24938.
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GIS Geographic Information Systems
GLAS Geoscience Laser Altimeter System
GLDAS Global Land Data Assimilation System
GLISTIN Glacier and Land Ice Surface Topography Interferometer
GLONASS Global Navigation Satellite System
GMAO Global Modeling and Assimilation Office
GMES Global Monitoring for Environmental Security
GMSL global mean sea level
GNSS Global Navigation Satellite System
GNSS RO Global Navigation Satellite System Radio Occultation
GOCE European Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer
GOES Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite
GOES-R Geostationary Orbit Environmental Satellite-R Series
GOSAT Greenhouse Gas Observing Satellite
GPM Global Precipitation Measurement
GPP gross primary productivity
GPS Global Positioning System
GPSRO Global Positioning System Radio Occultation
GRACE Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment
GRACE-FO Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment-Follow On
GSD ground sample distance
GSFC Goddard Space Flight Center
GSICS Global Space-Based Intercalibration System
GTS Global Telecommunications System
G-WADI Water and Development Information for Arid Lands—A Global Network
GWP global warming potential
HAB harmful algal blooms
HAQAST Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team
HECC High-end Computing Capability
HES Hyperspectral Environmental Suite
HHWP Hetchy Hetchy Water and Power
HICO Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean
HIRDLS High-resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder
HISUI Hyperspectral Imager Suite
HMA High Mountain Asia
HSRL High Spectral Resolution LiDAR
HyspIRI Hyperspectral Infrared Imager
IAA International Academy of Astronauts
IAGOS In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System
IASI Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer
ICESat Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite
ICESat-1 Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-1
ICESat-2 Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2
ICI Ice Cloud Imager
Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Acronyms and Abbreviations." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24938.
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IESA Integrated Earth System Analysis
IMERG Integrated Multi-Satellite Retrievals for GPM
InSAR Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar
InVEST In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technologies
IOCCG International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group
IOOS Integrated Ocean Observing System
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
IR infrared
IRS infrared sounder
ISRO Indian Space Research Organization
ISS International Space Station
ITRF International Terrestrial Reference Frame
IWG International Working Group
IWG-SEM International Working Group on Satellite-based Emergency Mapping
IWP ice water path
Jason-1 Joint Altimetry Satellite Oceanography Network
JAXA Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
JCSDA Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation
JMA Japanese Meteorological Agency
JPL Jet Propulsion Laboratory
JPSS Joint Polar Satellite System
JRC Joint Research Center
LAD leaf area density
LAI leaf area index
LEO low Earth orbit
LHASA Landslide Hazard Assessment Model for Situational Awareness
lidar light detection and ranging
LIO Low-Inclination Orbiter
LIS Land Information System
LIST Lidar Surface Topography
LMR living marine resource
LST land-surface temperature
MAGI Mineral and Gas Identifier
MAIA Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (Earth Venture Instrument)
MAPP Modeling, Analysis, Predictions and Projections
MBARI Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
MDSC mineral dust source composition
MEA Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
MERIS medium-spectral resolution imaging spectrometer
MERLIN Methane Remote Sensing Lidar Mission
MERRA Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis for Research and Applications
MetOp Meteorological Operational Satellite Program
MHS Microwave Humidity Sounder
Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Acronyms and Abbreviations." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24938.
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MIDEX Medium Class Explorer
MIPAS Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding
MISR Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer
MJO Madden-Julian Oscillation
MLS Microwave Limb Sounder
MODIS Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
MOPITT Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere
MPAS Model for Prediction Across Scales
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MRLI Moderate-Resolution Land Imagery
MRV measurement, reporting, and verification
MTG-3 Meteosat Third Generation
MTPE Mission to Planet Earth
NAO North Atlantic Oscillation
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NCA National Climate Assessment
NCEI National Centers for Environmental Information
NDFD National Forecast Database
NDVI Normalized Difference Vegetation Index
NED National Elevation Dataset
NEP Net Ecosystem Productivity
NESDIS National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service
NEWS NASA Energy and Water System
NFMS national forest monitoring and measurement system
NGA National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
NGGPS Next-Generation Global Prediction System
NICAM Nonhydrostatic Icosahedral Atmospheric Model
NIDIS National Integrated Drought Information System
NIH National Institutes of Health
NIR near infrared
NISAR NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar
NLDAS North American Land Data Assimilation System
NMME North America Multi-Model Ensemble
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOPP National Ocean Partnership Program
NPOESS National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System
NPP Net Primary Production
NRC National Research Council
NSF National Science Foundation
NWP numerical weather prediction
NWPS Nearshore Wave Prediction System
NWS National Weather Service
OCO Orbiting Carbon Observatory
OCO-2 Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2
Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Acronyms and Abbreviations." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24938.
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OCO-3 Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3
OCR Ocean Color Radiometry
ODS ozone-depleting substance
OIB Operation IceBridge
OLI Operational Land Imager
OMB Office of Management and Budget
OMI Ozone Monitoring Instrument
OMPS Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite
ONR Office of Naval Research
OSAAP Office of Systems Architecture and Advanced Planning
OSB Ocean Studies Board
OSE Observing System Experiment
OSIP Operational Satellite Improvement Program
OSSE Observing System Simulation Experiment
PACE Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem
PBL (height) planetary boundary layer
PDO Pacific Decadal Oscillation
PGC Polar Geospatial Center
PI principle investigator
PIA Path Integrated Attentuation
PM particulate matter
PNNL Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
POES Polar Operational Environmental Satellites
POR Program of Record
PRISMA Precursore Iperspettrale della Missione Applicativa
QFF Quantitative Flood Forecasts
QPE quantitative precipitation estimates
QPF Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts
QuickSCAT Quick Scatterometer
R&A research and analysis
RapidScat International Space Station Rapid Scatterometer, or ISS-RapidScat
RBI Radiation Budget Instrument
RCP Representative Concentration Pathway
RF radiative forcing
RFI request for information
RMS root mean square
RO radio occultation
ROSES Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences
RY real year
S2D season-to-decadal
S2S subseasonal-to-seasonal
SABOR Ship-Aircraft Bio-optical Research
Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Acronyms and Abbreviations." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24938.
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SAC Scientific Application Satellite-C
SAR Synthetic Aperture Radar
SATM Science and Applications Traceability Matrix
SCA snow-covered area
SCAR Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
Scattsat-1 Scatterometer Satellite-1
SCCOOS Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System
SCIAMACHY Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography
SCLP Snow and Cold Land Processes
SeaWiFS Sea-viewing Wide Field of View Sensor
SI seasonal-interannual variability
SIF solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence
SIPN Sea Ice Prediction Network
SLI Sustainable Land Imaging
SLR Satellite Laser Ranging
SMAP Soil Moisture Active-Passive
SMMR Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer
SMOS Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity
SNODAS Snow Data Assimilation System
S-NPP Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership
SNR signal-to-noise ratio
SNWG Satellite Needs Working Group
SORCE Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment
SOT statement of task
SPRWG Space Platform Requirements Working Group
SRTM Shuttle Radar Topography Mission
SSEC Space Science Engineering Center
SSG Science Steering Group
SSH sea-surface height
SSMI Special Sensor Microwave Imager
SSO semisynchronous orbit
SSS sea-surface salinity
SST sea-surface temperature
STAR Center for Satellite Applications and Research
STC Science and Technology Centers
SURFRAD Surface Radiation Budget Network
SWAT Soil Water Assessment Tool
SWCRE shortwave cloud radiative effect
SW CRF shortwave cloud radiative forcing
SWE snow water equivalent
SWH significant wave height
SWIR shortwave infrared
SWOT Surface Water and Ocean Topography
TanDEM-X TerraSAR-X Add-on for Digital Elevation Measurement
TC tropical cyclone
Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Acronyms and Abbreviations." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24938.
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TCAT Technical Capability Assessment Team
TCCON Total Carbon Column Observing Network
TCR transient climate response
TDS total dissolved solids
TEMPEST Temporal Experiment for Storms and Tropical Systems
TEMPO Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution
TES Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer
THEMIS Thermal Emission Imaging System
THORPEX The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment
TIR thermal infrared
TIR Thermal Infrared Radiometer
TIROS Television Infrared Observation Satellite Program
TIRS Thermal Infrared Sensor
TMI TRMM Microwave Imager
TOA top of atmosphere
TOMS Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer
TOPEX Ocean Topography Experiment
TRL Technology Readiness Level
TRMM Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission
TROPICS Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation Structure and Storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats
TSI Total Solar Irradiance
UAVSAR Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar
UCAR University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
USCRN U.S. Climate Reference Network
USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDM U.S. Drought Monitor
USGCRP U.S. Global Change Research Program
USGEO U.S. Group on Earth Observations
USGS U.S. Geological Survey
UT/LS upper troposphere and lower stratosphere
UTS upper troposphere and stratosophere
UV ultraviolet
VAS VISSR Atmospheric Sounder
VCL Vegetation Canopy Lidar
VHF very high frequency
VIC Variable Infiltration Capacity
VIIRS Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite
VIS visible
VIS/IR visible/infrared measurements
VISSR Visible and Infrared Spin-Scan Radiometer
VLBI Very Long Baseline Interferometry
VLM vertical land motion
Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Acronyms and Abbreviations." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24938.
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VNIR visible/near infrared
VOC volatile organic chemical
VOI value of information
VPD vapor pressure deficit
VSWIR visible to shortwave infrared
WCRP World Climate Research Programme
WE2ST Center for a Sustainable Water-Energy Education Science and Technology
WHOI Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
WMO World Meteorological Organization
WSF Weather System Follow-on
WWRP World Weather Research Program
XOVWM Extended Ocean Vector Winds Mission
YOTC Year of Tropical Convection
Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Acronyms and Abbreviations." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24938.
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