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NASA Produces Discs to Further Study of Greenhouse Effect

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NASA Produces Discs to Further Study of Greenhouse Effect

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), working though the National Technical Information Service and the Recorded Media division of Sony Electronic Publishing Company, has produced a CD-ROM disc set intended to do further research of the Earth's Greenhouse Effect. With the production of the discs--the "Greenhouse Effect Detection Experiment," or GEDEX--comparative data considered critical for study of the Greenhouse Effect is for the first time available from more source.

The purpose of the GEDEX project has been to promote atmospheric research by consolidating information that until now had been archived in many different sites and formats. Sony Recorded Media produced 10,000 sets of the discs, a large number of which were distributed at "Earth Summit," the recently-concluded United Nations Conference on Environment & Development held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

"This entire effort was funded in the hope that researchers will be able to use this information to further explore the ambiguities and uncertainties associated with climate change and the greenhouse gas effect," said Dr. Lola M. Olsen, project manager of NASA's Climate Data System at the Goddard Space Flight Center.

Dr. Olsen noted that the data on the discs was prepared by the NASA Climate Data System staff working at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, as a NASA contribution of the Space Agency Forum on The International Space Year/1992. …

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