First International Satellite Land Surface Climatology Project (ISLSCP) Field Experiment
Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems, Earth Surface & Interior
1987-05-26 1987-10-16 1989-07-24 1989-08-12
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The First International Satellite Land Surface Climatology Project (ISLSCP) Field Experiment (FIFE) was a field project largely led by NASA. FIFE began in May of 1987 and concluded in August of 1989. It took place at the Konza Prairie Reserve located near Manhattan, KS. FIFE’s primary mission was to study biosphere-atmosphere processes in relation to fluxes of radiation, moisture and trace gas species. The study was carried out to test various remote sensing measurement techniques and to provide ground truth for satellite and model observations. FIFE used several aircraft, such as NASA’s C-130 and the University of Wyoming’s King Air, to make measurements throughout various portions of the atmosphere while ground instrumentation, such as meteorological stations and stream flow gauges, were used to make biological and atmospheric measurements at the Earth’s surface. The primary funding for FIFE was provided by NASA’s Biological Sciences Department in addition to support received from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the US Army Corps of Engineers among others.
1987-05-26 — 1989-08-12
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