epicfirstlight_DSC_2015186Late Breaking Town Hall: The Earth from a Million Miles: Advancing Earth Observations from L1
Wednesday, 16 December
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM in Moscone West 2022-2024

In 1972, the now-iconic “Blue Marble” image of Earth inspired a generation of scientists. Today, the success of the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite provides similar inspiration to scientists around the world on the possibilities for Earth observation.

During this important, late-breaking town hall meeting, attendees will hear from Former Vice President Al Gore, chairman of The Climate Reality Project; Tamara Dickinson, Ph.D., Principal Assistant Director for Environment and Energy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and several other leading scientists about the contributions of the DSCOVR mission and the wealth of opportunities for using non-traditional vantage points like Lagrangian Point 1 (L1) to advance Earth science and observations. Attendees will be asked to share their thoughts on the possibilities for how this data can be used and what the next steps should be.

Al Gore
Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He AG 2011 headshot b&wis a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.’s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization he founded that is focused on solutions for the global climate crisis.

Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years.

He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”

Former Vice President Gore was born on March 31, 1948, and resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tamara Dickinson
Dr. Tamara Dickinson is Principal Assistant Director for Environment and Energy at the White House dickinsonOffice of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where she oversees OSTP’s work to address the challenges presented by climate change, promote sustainable development, and foster new and cleaner sources of energy. In addition, Dr. Dickinson serves as the OSTP lead for both disaster resilience and space science, addressing issues related to disasters (natural and man-made), NASA Space Science Programs, space weather, and general Earth Science. Dr. Dickinson is a recipient of the National Academies Individual Service Award, the Bureau of Land Management Sustainable Development Award, the Department of Interior Superior Service Award, and has an asteroid (Asteroid 1981 EU22 Tammydickinson) named in honor of her research and program-management work. She received her B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa, an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Adam Szabo
Dr. Szabo is the Chief of the Heliospheric Physics Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. SzaboThere he is the NASA Project Scientist for the Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR. He also serves as the Project Scientist for the Wind mission and Principal Investigator for its Magnetic Field Investigation. As Mission Scientist for the upcoming NASA Solar Probe Plus mission, he has been actively involved in space mission design. He has extensive experience studying solar wind structures from the Sun all the way to interstellar space. Dr. Szabo received his BA in Physics in 1988 from the University of Chicago and his PhD in Physics in 1993 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Thomas Immel 
Dr Immel is a physicist and Senior Fellow at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California Berkeley. There he is the Principal Investigator of the Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ImmelICON, NASA’s next Explorer mIssion. He was a steering committee member on the National Academy of Science 2013 Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics, and currently serves on that discipline committee. His scientific work has reached to understanding Earth’s auroral and magnetospheric processes and coupling of atmospheric energy to the ionosphere and space.  Dr. Immel received his B.A. in Physics in 1990 from Knox College and his PhD in Physics in 1998 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Stewart Brand
Stewart Brand is co-founder of Revive & Restore, of The Long Now Foundation, of The WELL, of Global brandBusiness Network, and founder/editor of the Whole Earth Catalog.  His books include Whole Earth Discipline, The Clock of the Long Now, How Buildings Learn, and The Media Lab.  He was trained in biology at Stanford and served as an Infantry officer in the US Army.  In 1966 he sold buttons that asked, “Why haven’t we seen a photograph of the whole Earth yet?”
Stacey Boland
Dr. Stacey Boland is a member of the National Academies’ Standing Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space and was recently appointed to the steering committee of the Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space. Dr. Boland is a senior systems engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and is the Project Systems Engineer for ISS-RapidScat. Previously she served as the Observatory System Engineer for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) Earth System Science bolandPathfinder mission and as a member of the Project Systems Engineering team for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory. She is also a cross-disciplinary generalist specializing in Earth mission concept development, mission architecture development for advanced (future) Earth observing mission concepts, and systems engineering. Dr. Boland was awarded NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2009 and 2015. Dr. Boland received her B.S. in physics from the University of Texas, Dallas, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from California Institute of Technology.