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Appendix A.
Participants in the GLOBE Project and Acknowledgments

The GLOBE Task Team includes these agencies:

Australian Department of Industry, Science and Tourism
Australian Surveying and Land Information Group (AUSLIG)
Scrivener Building, Dunlop Court
Fern Hill Park
Bruce, ACT 2617
tabPeter Holland, General Manager
tabJohn Payne, Director, Product Development

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR-German Aerospace Center)
German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD)
DLR Oberpfaffenhofen
D-82234 Wessling
tabGunter Schreier, Head of DFD
tab(also Head, Data Subgroup of CEOS-WGISS)
tabAchim Roth
tabWalter Knoepfle

Geographical Survey Institute
Cartographic Department
Map Information Division
Kitasato-1, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken
tabHiromichi Maruyama, Director for Environmental Geographic Information
tabDepartment of Geography
tabHiroshi Masaharu, Head of the Third Division
tabDepartment of Geography

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
California Institute of Technology
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Science Data Processing Systems (Section 388)
Cartographic Applications Group
Mail Stop 168/527
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, California 91109-8099
tabNevin A. Bryant, Group Supervisor
tabThomas L. Logan, GIS Group Leader

United Nations
Space Technology Applications
U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
U.N. Building
Rajademnern Nok Avenue
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
tabDavid A. Hastings, Secretary of GLOBE

University College London
Department of Geomatic Engineering
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom
tabJ.-P. Muller, Professor

U.S. Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
National Geophysical Data Center
325 Broadway
Boulder, Colorado 80305
tabPaula K. Dunbar

U.S. Department of Defense
National Imagery and Mapping Agency
NIMA Bethesda (MS: D80) (Office ES)
4600 Sangamore Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20806-5003
tabGerald M. Elphingstone, Technical Advisor in Digital Photogrammetry
tabThomas M. Carson, Shuttle Radar Topography Mapper Program

The U.S. Geological Survey frequently participated in GLOBE meetings, and hosted one GLOBE meeting, but does not consider itself a member of the GLOBE Task Team.

GLOBE has been affiliated with the following international efforts:

  • Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS)
    Working Group on Information Systems and Services (WGISS)
    Data Subgroup
    (The GLOBE Task Team reports to the CEOS-WGISS Data Subgroup)
  • International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU)
    International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)
    Data and Information System (IGBP-DIS)
    (GLOBE is a part of Focus I of IGBP-DIS)
  • International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
    Commission IV: Mapping and GIS
    Working Group IV/6: Global Databases Supporting Environmental Monitoring


Some of this text is taken verbatim (or with modest modification) from USGS (1997b), especially some of the descriptions of USGS procedures in developing USGS/GTOPO30. Other text is based on TerrainBase documentation (Row and others, 1995). In addition, this project is indebted to its six previous and concurrent efforts at developing global digital elevation data sets:

  1. ETOPO5 (1984-1985), developed by Margo Edwards of Washington University (St. Louis) for NGDC (now NCEI)

  2. ELEVBATHY (1984-1985), developed by David Hastings at the EROS Data Center for NASA MAGSAT data analysis

  3. TerrainBase (1991-1994), developed by Lee Row and David Hastings at NGDC (now NCEI)

  4. JPL/MISR DEM (1994-1995), developed by Nevin Bryant, Richard Fretz, Niles Ritter and Rafael Alanis of the Cartographic Applications Group at JPL for the MISR mission

  5. GTOPO30 (1993-1997), developed by a team led by Susan Greenlee at the EROS Data Center

  6. DTED Level 1, under development for many years at the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, formerly the Defense Mapping Agency; and DTED Level 0 (1994-1996), initially designed in conjunction with the GLOBE Task Team, later released to the public as well as to GLOBE

The histograms shown in plates 1-30 were developed with the Generic Mapping Tool (GMT), by Paul Wessell and Walter Smith ( ). The figure showing coverage of the AUSLIG/NCEI DEM for Australia was developed in the Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS) GIS (


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