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“As a scientist who studies the chemistry of the Earth’s atmosphere and its oceans, Laurence Yeung depends on the stockpiles of data generated by the federal government, particularly the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Among other tasks, the agency deploys satellites that consistently scan the globe to record shifts in sea surface temperatures, brewing storms and even changes in sea ice conditions.”These satellite analyses really paint a pretty decent picture of the ocean and are in constant communication with various data centers,” said Yeung, an assistant professor of Earth Science at Rice University. “We literally need all of that data.” (via Houston Chronicle)

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