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Release no:

78-52

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USDA has establishedan office in Houston near the space

center to test the usefulnessof LACIE technologyin crop condition assessments.

Similar to space explorationdone befores the LACIE

experimentprovidedother benefits,notably, in the area of

mteorological research.

NOAA scientistsused the techniquesthey developed to relate

crop yields to weather and devisedmathematicalrelationshipsfor

relatingtemperatureto home heating fuel consumption. These rela-

tionships have been used in conjunctionwith extended forecastsduring

the past two years for projectingareas of the country where consump-

tion would likely be higher or lower than normal and, thus, allocating

the additionalamounts of fuel needed in a better manner. This capability

which has evolved representsa new nationalability to assess the

impact of climatic fluctuationsand will be extended to other critical national resources.

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Note to sciencewriters and editors:

Copies of the proceedingsand peer evaluationreport are available

from the Office of Public Affairs,Johnson Space Center, Code AP3,

Houston,Texas 77058. Illustrativematerial is also availableupon request.

November 17, 1978

NASA-JSC

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