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
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.
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