ESPO; About Us

The Ames Earth Science Project Office is a small group of success-oriented individuals providing project management for NASA's Science Mission Directorate field research. We provide planning, implementation and post mission support for large, complex, multi-agency, national and international field campaigns. We assist in site location and preparation, communications, meteorological support, and data management. We represent NASA in negotiations for use of facilities, we develop international agreements as needed, and handle the often complex logistics for fielding scientific and technical personnel and equipment. We coordinate shipping requirements, often obtaining military airlift support required for rapid deployment of equipment. In close concert with our HQ customers, we develop and track the overall budget for the resources required to mount these field campaigns. We also work with NASA public affairs offices to coordinate press access and press activities associated with the field missions.

We have a long history of successful field campaigns, beginning in 1987 with both the Stratosphere-Troposphere Exchange Project (STEP) and the Airborne Antarctic Ozone Expedition (AAOE) experiments. Our primary customer has been NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Program, but in recent years our customers have included the Atmospheric Chemistry and Modeling Analysis Program, the Tropospheric Chemistry Program, the Radiation Sciences Program, Atmospheric Dynamics and Remote Sensing, the Suborbital Science Program, and the EOS satellite validation program.

To best accomplish our mission, we have utilized new technologies to develop a campaign style which enhances scientist interaction and data exchange, and promotes rapid publication of data and scientific results. Our goal is to provide the necessary support to meet all program, science, and project requirements with the most efficient use of resources, and to share the exciting results of our missions with the general public through direct interactions, media coverage, and educational outreach.