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The Future of Remote Sensing from Space: Civilian Satellite Systems and Applications, U.S. Congress, Off. of Technol. Assessment, 199 pp., Sep. 1993, $14. U.S. Govt. Printing Off., POB 371954, Pittsburgh PA 15250 (202-783-3238).

This major review is the first of three requested by Congress on remote sensing; the others will examine data and management, including international cooperation. Concludes that maximizing the return on the U.S. investment requires a flexible long-term interagency plan that would insure routine collection of high-quality data on the atmosphere, ocean and land for several decades. Programs designed to answer fundamental questions about global change will have to evolve toward producing timely results at less cost. Encourages the role of the private sector and international space cooperation. Provides a guide to current and planned sensors and systems, and examines the use of civilian data for military purposes. (See news article in Eos, p. 225, May 1 1993.)

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Terrestrial Initiative in Global Environmental Research [TIGER]: Programme Report and Science Highlights, 1990-1992, 63 pp., July 1993. Request from Natural Environ. Res. Council, Polaris Hse., N. Star Ave., Sindon SN2 1EU, UK (tel: +44-793-411500).

TIGER is a Ј13-million, integrated research program consisting of over 100 internationally peer-reviewed projects funded by the U.K., aimed at understanding terrestrial ecosystem processes sufficiently to predict their responses to environmental change and to model the effects of those processes on the atmosphere and ocean. This well-illustrated, first progress report summarizes programs on carbon cycling, trace gas emissions, energy and water, ecosystems impacts and geology, and gives summaries of individual research projects funded.

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Towards a Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS): Detecting and Monitoring Change in Terrestrial Ecosystems (MAB Digest 14; IGBP Global Change Rep. 26), O.W. Heal et al., Eds., 71 pp., June 1993, no charge. MAB (Man and the Biosphere) Pubs., Div. Ecolog. Sci., UNESCO, 75700 Paris, France (fax: 33-1-

Reports on an international workshop (held near Paris, July 1992), and intended as the basis for developing a Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS). Details the rationale for, and outlines the components of a GTOS, and discusses the requirements for effective measurements of various types.

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