Joint Center for Observation System Science

"Scripps, Goddard team in new center on earth systems"

UCSD Times, March 25 - April 20, 1997

UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Goddard Space Flight Center at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have formed a new collaborative center for observing the earth, oceans and atmosphere.

Called the Joint Center for Observation System Science (JCOSS), the teaming arrangement brings together complementary expertise of the two resources in developing, deploying and analyzing sea, land and air-based measurements, and remotely-sensed observations from satellites to better understand the earth systems.

"Scripps and Goddard share common goals in many research areas, including oceanography and climate sciences," said Scripps' Francisco P.J. Valero, the center's director. "With the realization of JCOSS, we have a more defined framework through which to support graduate student education, submit joint proposals and for research collaborations."

A "virtual center" without physical facilities, JCOSS will be operated by participating scientists linked through video conferences and visiting appointments. Future JCOSS arrangements could include other universities and research organizations.

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