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Atmospheric Science at NASA

A History

Erik M. Conway

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Honorable Mention, 2008 ASLI Choice Awards. Atmospheric Science Librarians International

This book offers an informed and revealing account of NASA’s involvement in the scientific understanding of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Since the nineteenth century, scientists have attempted to understand the complex processes of the Earth’s atmosphere and the weather created within it. This effort has evolved with the development of new technologies—from the first instrument-equipped weather balloons to multibillion-dollar meteorological satellite and planetary science programs.

Erik M. Conway chronicles the…

Honorable Mention, 2008 ASLI Choice Awards. Atmospheric Science Librarians International

This book offers an informed and revealing account of NASA’s involvement in the scientific understanding of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Since the nineteenth century, scientists have attempted to understand the complex processes of the Earth’s atmosphere and the weather created within it. This effort has evolved with the development of new technologies—from the first instrument-equipped weather balloons to multibillion-dollar meteorological satellite and planetary science programs.

Erik M. Conway chronicles the history of atmospheric science at NASA, tracing the story from its beginnings in 1958, the International Geophysical Year, through to the present, focusing on NASA’s programs and research in meteorology, stratospheric ozone depletion, and planetary climates and global warming. But the story is not only a scientific one. NASA’s researchers operated within an often politically contentious environment. Although environmental issues garnered strong public and political support in the 1970s, the following decades saw increased opposition to environmentalism as a threat to free market capitalism.

Atmospheric Science at NASA critically examines this politically controversial science, dissecting the often convoluted roles, motives, and relationships of the various institutional actors involved—among them NASA, congressional appropriation committees, government weather and climate bureaus, and the military.

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Comprehensive history... recommended.

As one of the latest books in the New Series in NASA History, Conway's project introduces a new aspect of space science that will be of interest to scholars of this field.

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6
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9
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416
ISBN
9780801889844
Illustration Description
8 color illus., 19 b&w illus., 3 line drawings
Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1. Establishing the Meteorology Program
2. Developing Satellite Meteorology
3. Constructing a Global Meteorology
4. Planetary Atmospheres
5. NASA

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1. Establishing the Meteorology Program
2. Developing Satellite Meteorology
3. Constructing a Global Meteorology
4. Planetary Atmospheres
5. NASA Atmospheric Research in Transition
6. Atmospheric Chemistry
7. The Quest for a Climate Observing System
8. Missions to Planet Earth: Architectural Warfare
9. Atmospheric Science in the Mission to Planet Earth
Conclusion
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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