NOAA 99-R326
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pat Viets, Jane D'Aguanno
11/19/99

NOAA ESTABLISHES DAVID JOHNSON AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE USE OF EARTH OBSERVATION SATELLITE DATA
Nomination applications must be received by Dec. 20

Professionals who have developed an innovative use for Earth observation satellite data that can be used to assess and predict atmospheric, oceanic or terrestrial conditions can now seek recognition for their achievements through the National Space Club's newly established David Johnson Award, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said today.

David Johnson (now retired) was a pioneer in operational meteorological satellites, and was the first assistant administrator for NOAA's satellite and data organization.

"I am delighted to announce this important award in recognition of the outstanding achievements of David Johnson, and look forward to working with the National Space Club to promote the use of satellites for operational environmental applications," said NOAA Administrator D. James Baker. "The David Johnson award will recognize the achievements of young professionals to encourage them in the pursuit of such an exciting career."

The satellite data, which can be combined with other types of data, should be used for a practical, on-going operational purpose. Examples include, but 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, i.e., a NOAA or other U.S. government, commercial, or foreign-owned satellite.

Group and individual applicants must be U.S. citizens, national or permanent residents and have received their graduate degrees within the past ten years. Nominations must be received by Dec. 20. The award recipient will be selected by a panel composed of government and non-government scientists and program managers. The National Space Club will present the award on March 30, 2000, at the annual Goddard Memorial Dinner, held near Washington, D.C.

For eligibility criteria and application information, please visit our Web site at: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/johnsonaward/ For more information, contact Jane D'Aguanno or Donald Nortrup in the Office of the Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services at (301) 457-5113; fax (301) 457-5276; or e-mail Jane.Daguanno@noaa.gov or Donald.Nortrup@noaa.gov