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NOAA - David Johnson Award
Outstanding Innovative Use of Earth Observation Satellite Data

Note: Award Nomination Deadline is December 1, 2006

Eligibility Criteria:
The NOAA - David Johnson Award is presented by the National Space Club in honor of the first Administrator of what was to become the NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, or NESDIS. This award is given to young professionals who have developed an innovative application of Earth observation satellite data (alone or in combination with non-satellite data) that is, or could be, used for operational purposes to assess and/or predict atmospheric, oceanic or terrestrial conditions. Examples include, but certainly are not limited to, the use of Earth observation data for fire monitoring, weather forecasting, climate monitoring or prediction, global change detection, volcanic ash tracking, vegetation/drought monitoring, oil spill tracking, rainfall measurements or forecasts, hurricane landfall predictions, and fisheries management. The satellite data used may be from any Earth observation satellite such as a NOAA or other U.S. Government, commercial or foreign satellite.

An award committee of eminent professionals in the field will select the recipient for this award. The nominee must be a United States citizen, national or permanent resident and not more than 40 years of age on December 31, 2006.

Nominations may be submitted for individuals or groups. If nominating a group, all members of the group should have been actively involved in the design and/or implementation of the application, and each must be a United States citizen, national or permanent resident. In addition, the leader of the group must be clearly identified.

A Completed Nomination Will Include:
1) One page containing the name, position, address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address and affiliation of the nominee. (This page will not be considered part of the explanation. See number 2.)

2) An explanation, not to exceed five pages, of how the Earth observation satellite data (used alone or in combination with non-satellite data) application the nominee developed is now, or could be, used for operational purposes to assess and/or predict atmospheric, oceanic or terrestrial conditions. This explanation should be preceded by a one-paragraph summary or abstract that states the use of the application in brief. The work preferably should have been accomplished within the past three years, but work done over three years ago also will be considered. Visual examples are encouraged.

3) A minimum of three letters of support from supervisors, colleagues or users of the application justifying the nomination.
4) The nominee's resume, biography or curriculum vitae.

Nominations will not be returned.

Deadline for Nominations: December 1, 2006

Mail Completed Nominations to:

Barbara Brooks
NOAA/National Environmental Satellite,
Data, and Information Service
SSMC1, Station 8245
1335 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 713-9203 ext. 139

E-mail completed Nominations to:

Selection: An award committee composed of government and non-government scientists and program managers will review the nominations and recommend a selectee. The final selection decision will be made by the chair of the award committee by January 2007.

The National Space Club will present one David Johnson Award per year to an individual or group.

Funding: This is a non-monetary award. Winners will receive a plaque acknowledging their selection.

Presentation of Award: The award will be presented at the annual Goddard Memorial Dinner, held near Washington, D.C., and hosted by the National Space Club.

Additional Information: If you have questions, please contact Barbara Brooks in the Office of the Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services at (301) 713-9203 ext. 139 or via fax (301-713-9219) or e-mail (

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