Within the Earth Sciences portion of this account, the Committee recommends $1,675,000,000, a net increase of $46,600,000 to the budget request.
The Committee commends the work of the New Jersey NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training and its application not only to long duration space missions but its impact on the agricultural and environmental business sectors. The Committee encourages NASA to continue funding these vital efforts and recommends the agency create a technology development and demonstration center focusing on life support issues in closed environments in New Jersey.
The fiscal year 2002 appropriations bill and accompanying reports gave NASA Congressional direction to establish an implementation plan for Earth science applications partnerships. NASA completed the report on its implementation plan in June of 2002 and forwarded the report to the Committee for its review. The Committee has reviewed the report and finds that it offers a good basis on which to build a credible program utilizing remote sensing data from the Earth Observing System. Accordingly, the Committee recommendations do not include any funding for new remote sensing applications centers, but urges NASA to follow through with its implementation plan which calls for a widely competed program.
The Committee recommends the following adjustments to the budget request:
1. An increase of $650,000 for the NASA Center for Marine Remote Sensing at the University of New England.
2. An increase of $2,000,000 for the Advanced Tropical Remote Sensing Center of the National Center for Tropical Remote Sensing Applications and resources at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
3. An increase of $500,000 for continuation of emerging research that applies remote sensing technologies to forest management practices at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry.
4. An increase of $2,500,000 for NASA's Regional Application Center for the Northeast.
5. An increase of $15,000,000 for the Institute of Software Research for development and construction of research facilities.
6. An increase of $1,750,000 for on-going activities at the Goddard Institute for Systems, Software, and Technology Research, including UAV and remote sensing technology research.
7. An increase of $1,000,000 for the Clustering and Advanced Visual Environments initiative.
8. An increase of $6,000,000 for data storage back-up and recovery managed services that supports the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) programs, providing heterogeneous support to existing information systems and scalability to serve future requirements.
9. An increase of $10,000,000 to be transferred to the Air Force Research Laboratory (PE 602204F Aerospace Sensors) to develop dual-use lightweight space radar technology.
10. An increase of $1,500,000 for the United States portion of a joint U.S./Italian satellite development program to remotely observe forest fires.
11. An increase of $2,000,000 for the Little River Canyon field school.