Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal

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Dr Ichtiaque Rasool received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1974.

This is an award given for unusually significant scientific accomplishments which contribute to the programs of NASA, the Department of Defense,and other government agencies.

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COSPAR William Nordberg Medal

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Dr Rasool recieved the COSPAR WILLIAM NORDBERG MEDAL in 1988. This medal commemorates the work of the late William Nordberg and is awarded to a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to the application of space science in a field covered by COSPAR.

COSPAR

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After the USSR launched its first Earth Satellite in 1957 and thereby opened the space age, the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU), now the International Council for Science, established its Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) during an international meeting in London in 1958. COSPAR’s first Space Science Symposium was organized in Nice, France in January 1960.

COSPAR’s objectives are to promote scientific research in space, with emphasis on the exchange of results, information and opinions, and to provide a forum, open to all scientists, for the discussion of problems that may affect scientific space research. These objectives are achieved through the organization of Scientific Assemblies, publications and other means.

Dr Rasool became a member of Working Group 6 (Application of Space Techniques to Meteorology and Earth Surveys)  in 1965. He was elected Chair of the Interdisciplinary Scientific Commission A (Space Studies of the Earth’s surface, meteorology and climate) in 1979 for a first term of 4 years, extended to 1984, and then a second term until 1988.

Dr Rasool recieved the COSPAR WILLIAM NORDBERG MEDAL in 1988. This medal commemorates the work of the late William Nordberg and is awarded to a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to the application of space science in a field covered by COSPAR.

2002 William T. Pecora Award Recipient

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Dr. Rasool was the 2002 recipient of the William T. Pecora Award.

Dr. Ichtiaque Rasool was recognized for outstanding international leadership in advancing remote sensing as a fundatmental element of Earth System science. His contributions included researching the Earth’s climate and vegetation, guiding governmental research programs in remote sensing, and developing global environmental datasets. Dr. Rasool was the co-founder of the International Satellite Land Surface Climatology Project and one of the founders of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program. He has held numerous positions at NASA and was at the time an independent researcher and consultant in remote sensing related to carbon and the water cycle.

The William T. Pecora Award is presented annually to individuals or groups that make outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth by  means of remote sensing. The award is sponsored jointly by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The award was established in 1974 to honor the memory of Dr. William T. Pecora, former Director of the U.S. Geological Survey and Under Secretary,  Department of the Interior. Dr. Pecora was a motivating force behind the establishment of a program for civil remote sensing of the Earth from  space. His early vision and support helped establish what we know today as the Landsat satellite program.