Crosslink, Summer 2011

Climate Science

Volume 12, Number 2 (Summer 2011)

From the Editors
Profile: Marty Ross
Climate Change and National Security: Implications for Space Systems

The effects of climate change constitute an unprecedented threat to global security and military readiness. What, if anything, can the space community do to prepare?

Multinational Monitoring

The Climate Change Threat: How Does It Differ from Conventional Threats?

A Call to Action

Broadband Satellite Communications for Future U.S. Military and Coast Guard Operations in an Ice-Free Arctic

The Aerospace Corporation is exploring possibilities for satellite broadband services in the Arctic, as that region is rapidly changing because of ice melt.

Simulation Analysis of Resource Depletion and Climate Change Trends

Aerospace researchers are studying combined climate change models and creating simulation studies to assist the military in planning for future trends and potential world crises.

An Aerospace Simulation Scenario

Space Support For Disaster Relief

Green Propulsion: Trends and Perspectives

Environmentally friendly alternatives could reduce the risk and cost of propulsion systems. Aerospace has been investigating possible candidates for national security space systems.

The National Environmental Policy Act

The Adaptation of Tactical Imaging Spectrometry to Applications in Earth Science

Long-wave infrared imagery is being applied to Earth observation activities in anticipation of future needs to assess climate change impacts around the globe and assist the Department of Defense in planning for potential outgrowth scenarios.

Fundamentals of Spectral Imaging

Aerospace LWIR Instrumentation

Rocket Soot Emissions and Climate Change

Scientists at The Aerospace Corporation have been studying the effects of rocket launch emissions on the atmosphere in anticipation of growing trends in space launch activities.

An Integrated Approach to a Geothermal Resource Assessment

Geothermal resource studies focused on the Imperial Valley of California indicate that there is plenty of room to expand production of a clean, renewable, and abundant energy source.

Why Geothermal Energy?

Utility-Scale Geothermal Production at Military Bases

Feasibility of Space-Based Monitoring for Governance of Solar Radiation Management

Preliminary analysis at Aerospace suggests that detecting tests of particle injection schemes from space will be quite challenging, especially for unannounced small-scale, localized trials with short-term observable effects.

Aerospace Support to Global Climate Research

Pros and Cons of Solar Radiation Management

Modeling the Effect of Thermospheric Changes on Satellite Orbit Lifetime

Aerospace conducted a series of simulations to quantify the effect of declining mesospheric density on low Earth orbital lifetimes.

Research Horizons

Lasers Probe Atmosphere for Aerosol Characterization
Building Plasma Specifications for Highly Elliptical Orbits


Publications, Papers, and Patents by the Technical Staff

The Back Page

Future military and Coast Guard activities in the Arctic

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