Santiago Gassó (613/ MSU) has been appointed to the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) of the Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study. The SOLAS project (http://www.solas-int.org), an international research initiative, aims to understand the key biogeochemical-physical interactions and feedbacks between the ocean and atmosphere. The SOLAS science mission is organized around five core themes: 1) Greenhouse gases and the oceans; 2) Air-sea interface and fluxes of mass and energy; 3) Atmospheric deposition and ocean biogeochemistry; 4) Interconnections between aerosols, clouds, and marine ecosystems; and, 5) Ocean biogeochemical control on atmospheric chemistry. The SOLAS scientific community is composed of scientists from many disciplines, such as oceanography, ecology, biogeochemistry, physics, chemistry and atmospheric sciences, a fundamental characteristic of SOLAS science.
The SOLAS program is jointly sponsored by the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), the international Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (iCACGP) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). SOLAS was originally established as a core project of IGBP (International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme), and became a core project of Future Earth in 2015.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Maryland, has been in operation for 50 years -- chartered on May 1, 1959. The Goddard Space Flight Center is a major U.S. laboratory for developing and operating unmanned scientific spacecraft. During the past 50-years, Goddard has been at the forefront in exploration, in technological achievement, in space science, and in studying the Earth as a system.
GESTAR conducts research collaboratively, mainly within NASA GSFC's Earth Sciences Division, but also with Solar Systems Exploration Division, Office of Education, and Office of Public Affairs. Scientists and staff at GESTAR, in collaboration with NASA and other investigators, conceive and develop new, space-based missions; provide mission requirements; conduct research that explains the behavior of Earth and other planetary systems; and create engaging media that tell NASA's story of exploration and discovery on Earth and beyond.
Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations. USRA engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated, forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other government sponsors.