Call for nominations to the NOAA – David Johnson Award for Outstanding Innovative Use of Earth Observation Satellite Data

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Award nomination deadline is December 1, 2008

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 (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 are certainly 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.

The prestigious award, established in 1999, has been presented to the following outstanding individuals:

2008 Mr. Peter J. Etnoyer ‰ÛÒ Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies

2007 Dr. Steven D. Miller ‰ÛÒ Naval Research Laboratory

2006 Dr. Jeffrey T. Morisette ‰ÛÒ National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center

2005 Dr. Jason Dunion ‰ÛÒ University of Miami, Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Studies

2004 Dr. John A. Knaff – Colorado State University, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere

2003 James Cantore – Weather Channel

2002 Jun Li ‰ÛÒ University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies

2001 Gregg Jacobs – Naval Research Laboratory, Brian Sodin ‰ÛÒ NOAA, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

2000 Kevin J. Schrab ‰ÛÒ NOAA, National Weather Service, Fuzhang Weng ‰ÛÒ NOAA, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service

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, 2008.

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 and meet the age qualification.

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 (5) pages, of how the Earth observation satellite data (used alone or in combination with non-satellite data) application that 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 (3) years, but work done over three (3) years ago will also be considered. Visual examples are encouraged.

3) A minimum of three (3) 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, 2008

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


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 31, 2009.

The National Space Club will present one David Johnson Award per year to an individual or group at the Goddard Memorial Dinner.

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, DC, and hosted by the National Space Club.

Additional Information: If you have questions, please contact Barbara Brooks in the NOAA Office of the Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services at 301-713-9286, or fax at 301-713-0345, or e-mail (