The Department of Applied Aviation Sciences offers four bachelor's degree programs, each unique: Spaceflight OperationsAir Traffic ManagementAerospace and Occupational Safety, and Meteorology.

Each program is very different from the others. However, all are good choices for students who want challenging and rewarding careers working in direct contact with aviation or aerospace but who may not be interested in flight.

For example, the Spaceflight Operations program helps students work in training, management, safety, policy, and planning in private and commercial space programs. This relatively new program helps students fill an expanding need in a growing, innovative field.

The Air Traffic Management program prepares students to work as air traffic controllers, airline dispatchers, or simulation specialists.

Aerospace and Occupational Safety gives students gain the knowledge and the expertise needed to address safety concerns in aviation, aerospace operations, as well as most businesses and industries across the globe. Graduates of the AOS program have gone on to fill key safety management roles in both the public and private sectors. 

The Meteorology programs prepare students to be forecasters and researchers in the field of meteorology and weather analysis or to be broadcasters or briefers who provide weather-related information on the air or online.

The department’s facilities include high-definition simulators for air traffic control, a crash lab where students get to experience forensic investigation of aircraft accidents, and a meteorology lab with specialized equipment for broadcasting and forecasting. These programs ensure students graduate with hands-on experience using highly advanced technology.

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Submissions from 2020

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Suborbital Payload Testing Aboard Level 3 Rocket Research Platform, Pedro Llanos, Sathya Gangadharan, Nikita Amberkar, Isachi Halphen, Melisa Mastroliberti, and Michelle Munasinghe

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Physiological Effects on Scientist Astronaut Candidates: Hypobaric Training Assessment, Pedro Llanos and Diego Garcia

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Physiological Effects during Aerobatic Flights on Science Astronaut Candidates, Pedro Llanos and Diego M. Garcia

Submissions from 2019

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Application of a Hybrid Statistical–Dynamical System to Seasonal Prediction of North American Temperature and Precipitation, Sarah Strazzo, Dan C. Collins, Andrew Schepen, Q. J. Wang, Emily Becker, and Liweli Jia

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An Investigation of the Magneto-Active Slosh Control for Cylindrical Propellant Tanks Using Floating Membranes, Manikandan Vairamani, Pedro Llanos, Balaji Sivasubramanian, Somnath Nagendra, and Kevin Crosby

Submissions from 2018

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A Diagnostic Metric for Predicting Tropical Cyclone and Mid-Latitude Floods, Jonathon Klepatzki and Shawn M. Milrad

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Reimagining Icarus: Ethics, Law and Policy Considerations for Commercial Human Spaceflight, Sara M. Langston

Submissions from 2017

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The Extratropical Transition of Tropical Cyclones. Part I: Cyclonic Evolution and Direct Impacts, Clark Evans, Kimberly M. Wood, Sim D. Aberson, Heather M. Archambault, Shawn M. Milrad, Lance F. Bosart, and et al.

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Mapping of IVA Spacesuit Mobility: Design Observations and Functionality, Gavin C. James, Ryan L. Kobrick, and Victor Kitmanyen

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Human Factors for Small Net Habitable Volume: The Case for a Close-Quarter Space Habitat Analog, Victor Kitmanyen, Timothy J. Disher, Ryan L. Kobrick, and Jason P. Kring

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Creating an Experimental Learning and Research Driven Spacesuit Lab for ERAU, Ryan L. Kobrick and Erik Seedhouse

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Suitability Testing for PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Candidates Using the Suborbital Space Flight Simulator with an IVA Spacesuit, Pedro J. Llanos, Victor Kitmanyen, Erik Seedhouse, and Ryan L. Kobrick

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Mobile Radar as an Undergraduate Education and Research Tool: The ERAU C-BREESE Field Experience with the Doppler On Wheels, Shawn M. Milrad and Christopher G. Herbster

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Wiggle 3D Displays of Weather Data, Frederick R. Mosher

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Information Technology Approaches to Forest Management, Mary Snow and Richard Snow

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Green Building Business is Booming, Richard Snow and Mary Snow

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Investigation of the 2013 Alberta Flood from Weather and Climate Perspectives, Bernardo Teufel, G. T. Diro, K. Whan, S. M. Milrad, and et al.

Submissions from 2016

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Suitability Testing for PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Candidates using the Suborbital Space Flight Simulator with an IVA Spacesuit, Pedro J. Llanos, Erik Seedhouse, and Ryan L. Kobrick

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Application of Bioinstrumentation in Developing a Pressure Suit for Suborbital Flight, Pedro Llanos and Erik Seedhouse

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New Metric for Defining the Time of Extratropical Transition of Tropical Cyclones, Ajay Raghavendra and Shawn M. Milrad

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Until We Meet Again, Richard Snow and Mary Snow

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The Influence of Model Resolution on the Simulated Sensitivity Of North Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Maximum Intensity to Sea Surface Temperature, Sarah Strazzo, James Elsner, Timothy LaRow, Hiroyuki Murakami, Michael Wehner, and Ming Zhao

Submissions from 2015

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Exploring New Lagrangian Cyclers to Enhance Science: Communications with CubeSat Technology, Pedro P. Llanos, Abdiel Santos Galindo, and John Ford

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A Meteorological Analysis of the 2013 Alberta Flood: Antecendent Large-Scale Flow Pattern and Synoptic-Dynamic Characteristics, Shawn M. Milrad, John R. Gyakum, and Eyad H. Atallah

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A Swirl in the Clouds Near Santa Cruz Island (Images of Note), Bradley M. Muller and Christopher G. Herbster

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An Unusual Aerial Photograph of an Eddy Circulation in Marine Stratocumulus Clouds (Picture of the Month), Bradley M. Muller, Christopher G. Herbster, and Frederick R. Mosher

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The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health, Mary Snow and Richard Snow

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The Impact of Climate Change on Select Ecosystems, Mary Snow and Richard Snow

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The Damaging Effects of Climate Change Denial, Richard Snow and Mary Snow

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Exploring How Social Media Can Be Used to Promote Space Awareness: A Case Study of the Yuri's Night Web 2.0, Alan Steinberg, Jeffrey Alles, and Ryan L. Kobrick

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Quantifying the Sensitivity of Maximum, Limiting, and Potential Tropical Cyclone Intensity to SST: Observations Versus the FSU/ COAPS Global Climate Model, Sarah Strazzo, James Elsner, and Tim LaRow

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Hurricanes and Climate The U.S. Clivar Working Group on Hurricanes, Kevin J.E. Walsh, Suzana J. Camargo, Gabriel A. Vecchi, Anne Sophie Daloz, James Elsner, Kerry Emanuel, Michael Horn, Young-Kwon Lim, Malcom Roberts, Christina Patricola, Enrico Scoccimarro, Adam H. Sobel, Sarah Strazzo, Gabrielle Villarini, Michael Wehner, Ming Zhao, James P. Kossin, Tim LaRow, Kazuyoshi Oouchi, Sigfried Schubert, Hui Wang, Julio Bacmeister, Ping Chang, Fabrice Chauvin, Christiane Jablonowski, Arun Kumar, Hiroyuki Murakami, Tomoaki Ose, Kevin A. Reed, Ramalingam Saravanan, Yohei Yamada, Colin M. Zarzycki, Pier Luigi Vidale, Jefferey A. Jonas, and Naomi Henderson

Submissions from 2014

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Developing Space: Political and Socio-Economic Rationales of Emerging Space Programs, Sandra Cabrera-Alvarado, Sara Langston, and Tanay Sharma

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Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change with Wind Energy and GIS, Rachael Isphording, Richard Snow, and Mary Snow

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Overview of Instruments for Investigating Dust Interactions on Small Solar System Bodies by Landers and Rovers, Ryan L. Kobrick, Jeffrey A. Hoffman, Kenneth W. Street Jr., and Douglas L. Rickman

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Synoptic Typing and Precursors of Heavy Warm-Season Precipitation Events at Montreal, Québec, Shawn M. Milrad, Eyad H. Atallah, John R. Gyakum, and Giselle Dookhie

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On the Dynamics, Thermodynamics, and Forecast Model Evaluation of Two Snow-Burst Events in Southern Alberta, Shawn M. Milrad, John R. Gyakum, Kelly Lombardo, and Eyad H. Atallah

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Reduction of Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Mitigate Climate Change Impacts, Mary Snow and Richard Snow

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Climate Change: The Proof and the Process, Richard Snow and Mary Snow

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The Grand Thaw: Our Vanishing Cryosphere, Richard Snow and Mary Snow

Submissions from 2013

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Tips from the Board of Broadcast Meteorology for Gaining the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Designation, Rob Eicher

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Sensitivity of Limiting Hurricane Intensity to SST in the Atlantic from Observations and GCMs, James Elsner, Sarah Strazzo, Thomas H. Jagger, Timothy LaRow, and Ming Zhao

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Assessing Safety Culture within a Flight Training Organization, David Freiwald, Carolina Lenz-Anderson, and Erik Baker

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A Meteorological Analysis of Important Contributions to the 1999-2005 Canadian Prairie Drought, Lisa M. Hryciw, Eyad H. Atallah, Shawn M. Milrad, and John R. Gyakum

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Paradigms for Cybersecurity Education in a Homeland Security Program, Gary C. Kessler and James Ramsay

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Paradigms for Cybersecurity Education in a Homeland Security Program, Gary C. Kessler and James D. Ramsay

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Heteroclinic and Homoclinic Connections Between the Sun-Earth Triangular Points and Quasi-Satellite Orbits for Solar Observations, Pedro J. Llanos, Gerald R. Hintz, Martin W. Lo, and James K. Miller

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Precipitation Modulation by the Saint Lawrence River Valley in Association with Transitioning Tropical Cyclones, Shawn M. Milrad, Eyad H. Atallah, and John R. Gyakum

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Synoptic-Scale Precursors, Characteristics and Typing of Nocturnal Mesoscale Convective Complexes in the Great Plains, Shawn M. Milrad and Cailee M. Kelly

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Attempting to Turn Night into Day; Development of Visible like Nighttime Satellite Images, Frederick R. Mosher

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The Case to Accredit Homeland Security Programs: Why Outcomes-based Accreditation Makes Sense, James D. Ramsay

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There's a Pattern Here: The Case to Integrate Environmental Security into Homeland Security Strategy, James D. Ramsay

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The 2012 Pilot Source Study (Phase III): Response to the Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations, Guy M. Smith, Derek Herchko, Elizabeth Bjerke, Mary Niemczyk, Robert Nullmeyer, Julie Paasch, and David A. NewMyer

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Frequency, Intensity, and Sensitivity to Sea Surface Temperature Of North Atlantic Tropical Cyclones in Best-Track and Simulated Data, Sarah Strazzo, James B. Elsner, Jill C. Trepanier, and Kerry A. Emanuel

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Observed Versus GCM-Generated Local Tropical Cyclone Frequency: Comparisons Using a Spatial Lattice, Sarah Strazzo, Daniel J. Halperin, James Elsner, Tim LaRow, and Ming Zhao

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Validation of Proposed Metrics for Two-Body Abrasion Scratch Test Analysis Standards: In Principle, Any Scratch Can Be Analyzed by This Method, Kenneth W. Street, Ryan L. Kobrick, and David M. Klaus

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A Thermodynamic Analysis of an Intense North American Arctic Air Mass, Jessica K. Turner, John Gyakum, and Shawn M. Milrad

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Adjusted Tornado Probabilities, Holly M. Widen, James B. Elsner, Cameron Amrine, Rizalino B. Cruz, Erik Fraza, Laura Michaels, Loury Migliorelli, Brendan Mulholland, Michael Patterson, Sarah Strazzo, and Guang Xing

Submissions from 2012

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Asteroid Retrieval Feasibility Study, John Brophy, Fred Culick, Louis Friedman, Pedro Llanos, and et al.

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Sensitivity of Limiting Hurricane Intensity to Ocean Warmth, James B. Elsner, Sarah Strazzo, Jill C. Trepanier, and Thomas H. Jagger

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Disparities in Weather Education Across Professional Flight Baccalaureate Degree Programs, Thomas A. Guinn, Krista M. Rader, and Thomas A. Guinn

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Commercial Space, Diane Howard

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Introduction to Cryptography, Gary C. Kessler

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The Advanced Persistent Threat and the Role of Cybersecurity Education, Gary C. Kessler

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Perceptual Framing of Homeland Security, Linda Kiltz and James D. Ramsay

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Revisiting 3D Stereo Satellite Image Displays, Frederick R. Mosher

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Synoptic-Scale Environments Conducive to Orographic Impacts on Cold-Season Surface Wind Regimes at Montreal, Quebec, Alissa Razy; Shawn M. Milrad; Eyad H, Atallah; and John R. Gyakum

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Synoptic-Scale Analysis of Freezing Rain Events in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Gina M. Ressler, Shawn M. Milrad, Eyad H. Atallah, and John R. Gyakum

Submissions from 2011

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A Guide for Homeland Security Instructors Preparing Physical Critical Infrastructure Protection Courses, Steven Hart and James D. Ramsay

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Commercial Space, Diane Howard

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Validation of Proposed Metrics for Two-Body Abrasion Scratch Test Analysis Standards, Ryan L. Kobrick, David M. Klaus, and Kenneth W. Street

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A Diagnostic Examination of the Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec Wintertime Convection Event of 28 January 2010, Shawn M. Milrad, John R. Gyakum, Eyad H. Atallah, and Jennifer F. Smith

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Global Satellite Images for Aviation Operations, Frederick R. Mosher and James Block

Submissions from 2010

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Commercial Space, Diane Howard

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Three-Body Abrasion Testing Using Lunar Dust Simulants to Evaluate Surface System Materials, Ryan L. Kobrick, Kenneth G. Budinski, Kenneth W. Street Jr., and David M. Klaus

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Defining an Abrasion Index for Lunar Surface Systems as a Function of Dust Interaction Modes and Variable Concentration Zones, Ryan L. Kobrick, David M. Klaus, and Kenneth W. Street Jr.

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Standardization of a Volumetric Displacement Measurement for Two-Body Abrasion Scratch Test Data Analysis, Ryan L. Kobrick, David M. Klaus, and Kenneth W. Street Jr.

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A Diagnostic Examination of Consecutive Extreme Cool-Season Precipitation Events at St. John's, Newfoundland, in December 2008, Shawn M. Milrad, Eyad H. Atallah, and John R. Gyakum

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Synoptic Typing of Extreme Cool-Season Precipitation Events at St. John's, Newfoundland, 1979-2005, Shawn M. Milrad, Eyad H. Atallah, and John R. Gyakum

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Analysis of Causes of Icing Conditions Which Contributed to the Crash of Continental Flight 3407, Frederick R. Mosher, Debbie Schaum, Chris Herbster, and Tom Guinn

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Development of an Outcomes-Based Undergraduate Curriculum in Homeland Security, James D. Ramsay, Daniel Cutrer, and Robert Raffel

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Pilot Source Study: An Analysis of Pilot Backgrounds and Subsequent Success in US Regional Airline Training Programs, Guy M. Smith, David A. NewMyer, Elizabeth Bjerke, Mary Niemczyk, and Raymond A. Hamilton

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The Challenge of Climate Change in the Classroom, Richard Snow and Mary Snow

Submissions from 2009

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Access Mars: Assessing Cave Capabilities Establishing Specific Solutions: Final Report, Abdul Mohsen Al Husseini, Luis Alvarez Sanchez, Konstantinos Antonakopoulos, Jeffrey (Johannes) Apeldoorn, Kenneth Lowell Ashford Jr., Kutay Deniz Atabay, Sara Langston, and et al.

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Digital Forensics: Everything Leaves a Trace in Cyberspace, Gary C. Kessler

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Developing Abrasion Test Standards for Evaluating Lunar Construction Materials, Ryan L. Kobrick, David M. Klaus, and Kenneth W. Street

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Dynamical and Precipitation Structures of Poleward-Moving Tropical Cyclones in Eastern Canada, 1979-2005, Shawn M. Milrad, Eyad H. Atallah, and John R. Gyakum

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Synoptic-Scale Characteristics and Precursors of Cool-Season Precipitation Events at St. John's, Newfoundland, 1979-2005, Shawn M. Milrad, Eyad H. Atallah, and John R. Gyakum

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The Reestablishment of American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), Mary Snow and Richard Snow

Submissions from 2008

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The Identification and Verification of Hazardous Convective Cells Over Oceans Using Visible and Infrared Satellite Observations, Michael F. Donovan, Earle R. Williams, Cathy Kessinger, Gary Blackburn, Paul H. Herzegh, Richard L. Bankert, Steve Miller, and Frederick R. Mosher

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Commercial Space, Diane Howard

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On Teaching TCP/IP Protocol Analysis to Computer Forensics Examiners, Gary C. Kessler

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Over-Ocean Validation of the Global Convective Diagnostic, David W. Martin, Richard A. Kohrs, Frederick R. Mosher, Carlo Maria Medaglia, and Claudia Adamo

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Global Composite of Volcanic Ash “Split Window” Geostationary Satellite Images, Frederick R. Mosher

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GIS Forest Inventory and Evaluation in the Wake of Climate Change, Mary Snow and Richard K. Snow

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GIS Modeling and Mitigation of Coral Reef Damage, Richard Snow and Mary Snow

Submissions from 2007

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Space Suit Concepts and Vehicle Interfaces for the Constellation Program, D. M. Klaus, J. Metts, R. Kobrick, M. Mesloh, T. Monk, and et al.

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The Native American and European Perception of Place in the New World, Mary Snow

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Evolution of the American Ecological Paideia, Mary Snow and Richard K. Snow

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Lightning Signature Assessment to Forecast Tornado Formation, Mary Snow, Richard Snow, and Nicole Kufa