SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR
DATE: April 21st, Friday, 10am
LOCATION: Hubbs Hall 4500
TITLE: On Oceans of Data: Promoting NASA Technology to Oceanographers in the Cold War
During NASA’s first 20 years, the agency did not have an Earth science program. Instead, it had what was known as the NASA Applications Program, built around the premise that NASA was to develop technology for use by others—mostly, by other federal agencies. In the early 1970s, it began to promote radar altimetry of the ocean surface as a means of solving this undersampling problem. In this talk, I’ll outline NASA’s efforts to “sell” the traditional oceanographic community on its new technique, its early failure, and the subsequent evolution of the now very successful ocean remote sensing program.