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NASA Researcher Awarded 2008 Arthur S. Flemming Award
Christa Peters-Lidard of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has been awarded the 2007 Arthur S. Flemming Award in the category of Applied Science, Engineering and Mathematics. She was chosen in recognition of her innovative and important contributions and leadership as a hydrologist, physical scientist, and Branch Head in the Earth Sciences Division.

Peters-Lidard is internationally known for her contributions to high-resolution land surface modeling and satellite data assimilation, and particularly for the application of high-performance computing and communications technologies to this problem. By creatively synthesizing data and models, she has improved the understanding of the water and energy exchanges that impact weather and climate. Her highly successful and award-winning Land Information System project is revolutionizing U.S. hydrometeorological forecasting capabilities by effectively transitioning the latest NASA science and technology to other agencies with which she works closely, including NOAA and the Air Force Weather Agency. She is an active participant in the scientific community as a journal editor and conference chair.

Established by the Downtown Jaycees in 1948, the Flemming Awards honor outstanding federal employees. The winners are selected from all areas of the federal service and recognized by the president of the United States, agency heads, and the private sector. Twelve awards are given annually. Peters-Lidard will speak on behalf of fellow recipients at an awards ceremony on June 2, at the George Washington University.

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> Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Research at NASA
> Arthur S. Flemming Award

Lynn Chandler
Goddard Space Flight Center