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Please visit our updated "Upcoming Events" page for more details regarding future NEESPI-related Meetings. NEESPI events that occurred in the last 8 years are advertized on the "Meetings Page" of this web site.

Preparation of the Forth NEESPI Special Issue in Environmental Research Letters has been completed. Deadline for submissions is set on December 15st, 2015 and on that date 41 manuscripts were published. More information is available HERE . Currently only a few manuscripts remain in the review process for this Special Issue.

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The most recent NEESPI events.

May 20-25, 2017, Makuhari, Chiba, JAPAN. Japanese and American Geophysical Unions Joint Annual Meeting . The NEESPI scientists participated in this world-class Earth Science Meeting and, in partular, attended a special NEESPI/NEFI Session MIS01 "Environmental, socio-economic and climatic changes in Northern Eurasia". . Two Oral Sessions and one Poster Session were held on May 20th, 2017.
Abstracts and Presentations at these three Sessions are listed and available for download HERE.

December 12-16, 2016, San Francisco, California. American Geophysical Union Annual Fall Meeting . The NEESPI scientists participated in this world-largest Earth Science Meeting and, in partular, attended a special NEESPI/NEFI Session "Environmental, Socioeconomic, and Climatic Changes in Northern Eurasia and Their Feedbacks to the Global Earth System and Society ". . Two Sessions: Poster, GC33A. and Oral, GC32A were held on December 14th, 2016.

November 1-4, 2016, Yakutsk, Russia. 9th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM "C/H2O/ENERGY BALANCE AND CLIMATE OVER THE BOREAL AND ARCTIC REGIONS WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON EASTERN EURASIA". Host institution is Institute of Biological Problems of Cryolitozone.. The NEESPI scientists contributed to the Scientific Program of the Symposium.

October 24-27, 2016, Beijing, China. 3rd Global Land Project Open Science Conference. The NEESPI scientists contributed to the Scientific Program of the Conference, in particulat to Session "Northern Eurasia in a tele-coupled world: Agricultural potentials and ecosystem tradeoffs".

August 21 - 25, 2016, Beijing, China. The 33rd International Geographical Congress. The NEESPI scientists contributed to the Scientific Program of the CONGRESS in particular to the Session under Key Topic 2. Environment-Health and Social Welfare.: 1. "Environmental, Socio-economic and Climatic Changes in Northern Eurasia and Their Feedbacks to the Global Earth System".
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July 11 -- July 16, 2016, Tomsk, Russia. International Conference and Early Career Scientists School on Environmental Observations, Modeling and Information Systems ENVIROMIS-2016 Event. The NEESPI scientists contributed to the Scientific Program of the Event.

May 22 - 26, 2016, Makuhari Messe, Japan. Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016. The NEESPI scientists have contributed to the Scientific Program of the Meeting in particular to Multidisciplinary JpGU-AGU Joint Session M-IS01 "Environmental, Socio-economic and Climatic Changes in Northern Eurasia and their Feedbacks to the Earth System".
. Two Sessions (oral and poster) were held on Monday afternoon, May 23, 2016.

April 17-22, 2016, Vienna, Austria. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016. The NEESPI scientists have contributed to the Scientific Program of the Assembly in particular to Session BG4.10 "Environmental, Socio-economic and Climatic Changes in Northern Eurasia and their Feedbacks to the Global Earth System".

May 22 - 26, 2016, Makuhari Messe, Japan. Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016. The NEESPI scientists contributed to the Scientific Program of the Meeting, in particular, to Multidisciplinary JpGU-AGU Joint Session M-IS01 "Environmental, Socio-economic and Climatic Changes in Northern Eurasia and their Feedbacks to the Earth System".
. The Session was convened on May 23, 2016.

December 14-18, 2015, San Francisco, California. American Geophysical Union Annual Fall Meeting . The NEESPI scientists have participated in this world-largest Earth Science Meeting and, in partular, contributed to a special NEESPI/NEFI Session GC029 (#8395) "Environmental, Socio-economic and Climatic Changes in Northern Eurasia and their Feedbacks to the Global Earth System and Society". . Two Sessions: Poster, GC31B. and Oral, GC33F were held on December 16th, 2015.
The Sessions' presentations haveen been uploaded HERE and HERE .

The NEESPI scientists also attended two more groups of the NEESPI-related sessions: (1) GC11I Climate-Vegetation Interaction and Land Cover/Land Use Change in Semi-Arid Grassland Ecosystems (on Monday, December 14th, 2015) and the corresponding poster session GC13B at the same afternoon; and (2) C43A: Climate-Carbon-Cryosphere Interactions in the East Siberian Arctic Ocean: Past, Present, and Future II (oral session on Wednesday, 16 December 2015) with the following poster Session in the afternoon of Thursday, December 17th, 2015.

June 20 - June 30, 2015, Tomsk, Russia. International Conference and Young Scientists School on Computational Information Technologies for Environmental Sciences: “CITES-2015" . The NEESPI scientists have contributed to scientific Program of the Conference and assisted their young colleagues to attend the School. For further information on this Event, please check the dedicated Event site: http://scert.ru/en/conferences/cites2015/materials/ where Program, Presentations, and Proceedings of the Conference are provided.

April 12-17,2015, Vienna, Austria. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2015. The NEESPI scientists contributed to the Scientific Program of the Assembly in particular to the Special NEESPI Session BG5.1; "Environmental, socio-economic and climatic changes in Northern Eurasia and their feedbacks to the Global Earth System"
Session consisted from the poster session and two oral sessions. They were convened on Friday, April 17, 2015. The Session Program and abstracts are HERE.

April 9-12,2015, Prague, Czech Republic. NEESPI Event: "Celebrating ten years of Northern Eurasia Earth Science Partnership Initiative Research: Synthesis and Future Plans" has been hosted by Charles University in Prague. The Event included overview synthesis lectures and science planning devoted to orderly NEESPI transition to the "Future Northern Eurasia" Program. Attendance of the Event was by invitation. The Event timeline and venue information is HERE. The Event Program is HERE.
The Workshop attendsies are listed HERE.

Within the Program a special Poster Session has been organized. Its presentations are listed HERE. More than half of the posters are attached to this list. Link to the first programmatic poster.

The Event was held back to back with the Transatlantic Training in East European and Baltic countries in the area of Earth Observations (TAT-3; 7-9 April, 2015, Prague) and the following EGU Assembly (12-17 April, 2015, Vienna, Austria) to secure "cross-pollination" for the early-career scientists and students.

December 15-19, 2014, San Francisco, California. American Geophysical Union Annual Fall Meeting . The NEESPI scientists have contributed to the Scientific Program of the Meeting and, in particular, to special NEESPI Session #1604 Environmental, Socio-economic and Climatic Changes in Northern Eurasia and their Feedbacks to the Global Earth System. The list of Poster Session abstracts is presented HERE. The list of two Oral Session abstracts is presented HERE, Session GC33F and HERE, GC34A. Both NEESPI Oral Sessions and Poster NEESPI Session were held on December 17, 2014. All abstracts of these three Sessions are available at the site. We are gradually uploading to it the pdf versions of these presentations.

September 14-20, 2014, Kislovodsk, Russia. All-Russia Early Career Scientists Conference and School “Climatic and Environmental Changes in Northern Eurasia: Analyses, Projections, Adaptation” . English verion of the first Conference Call is HERE. The NEESPI scientists have contributed to the Scientific Program of the Conference.

August 1-8, 2014, Barnaul, Altai Krai, Russia. International Early Career Scientists Research and Training Conference “Present-day achievements and challenges in environmental studies” . English verion of the first Conference Call is HERE. The NEESPI scientists substantially contributed to the Scientific Program of the Event.

June 28 – July 5, 2014, Tomsk, Russia. International Conference and Early Career Scientists School on Environmental Observations, Modeling and Information Systems “ENVIROMIS-2014 Event”. The NEESPI scientists have contributed to the Scientific Program of the Event.

April 25-May 2, 2014, Vienna, Austria. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014. The NEESPI scientists contributed to the Scientific Program of the Assembly in particular to the Special NEESPI Session BG5.1; "Environmental, socio-economic and climatic changes in Northern Eurasia and their feedbacks to the Global Earth System" . The Session Program and abstracts are HERE. Session (BG5.2; "Environmental, socio-economic and climatic changes in Northern Eurasia and their feedbacks to the Global Earth System") was held on April 29th, 2014 at the Earth System Science (BG5; Biogeosciences) Section of the Assembly.

April 7-10, 2014, Beijing, China. MAIRS Open Science Meeting FUTURE EARTH IN ASIA. The NEESPI scientists contributed to the Scientific Program of the Meeting and in particular to Sessions R5-03 and R8-03: FUTURE EARTH IN NORTHERN ASIA. Meeting logistic is Here. All three Northern Eurasia Sessions were held on April 10, 2014.

December 9-13, 2013, San Francisco, California. American Geophysical Union Annual Fall Meeting . The NEESPI scientists contributed to the Scientific Program of the Meeting and in particular to special NEESPI Session Environmental, Socio-economic and Climatic Changes in Northern Eurasia and their Feedbacks to the Global Earth System. Both NEESPI Oral Sessions and Poster NEESPI Session were held on December 10, 2013. All abstracts of these three Sessions are available at the site. We are gradually uploading to it the pdf versions of these presentations.

August 25 - September 5, 2013, Petrozavodsk, Russia. International Conference and Young Scientists School on Computational Information Technologies for Environmental Sciences: “CITES-2013 and The NEESPI/SIRS Joint Workshop" . The NEESPI scientists contributed to the CITES Science Conference and the NEESPI/SIRS Workshop .
For further information on this Event, please check the dedicated Event site: http://scert.ru/en/conferences/cites2013// that will be routinely updated. Presentations at the Conference and Workshop are HERE. The Workshop Summary is HERE.

July 17-24, 2013, Hailar, Inner Mongolia, China. International Workshop on Sustainable Management of Grassland Ecosystem in Semi-arid Regions "Sustainable Management of Grassland Ecosystems in Semi-arid East Asia". The NEESPI scientists contributed to the Scientific Program of the Conference. Brief Meeting Report was published in EOS by Qi et al.: Protection of Grasslands in East Asia. EOS, 94, No. 41, p. 364, 8 October, 2013.

June 10-14, 2013, Borgholm, Island of Oeland, Sweden. BALTEX Seventh Study Conference. The NEESPI scientists contributed to the Scientific Program of the Conference. By permission of the Conference Organizers and the authors, we present here three keynote presentations at the Conference by Profs. von Storch, Bengtsson, and Meier.

May 19-24, 2013, Makuhari Messe, Ciba-city, Japan. Japanese Geoscience Union Annual Meeting 2013. The NEESPI scientists contributed to the scientific program of the Meeting and, in particular, to special Multidisciplinary International Session A-CC03 "Changes in Northern Eurasia and the Arctic: Their feedbacks to the Globe". The Session included poster and oral sessions. Both these sessions were held on May 22nd, 2013 as the part of the JPGU Annual Meeting. Working language at the Session was English. The session program, abstracts, and most of presentations will be posted soon.

April 7-12, 2013, Vienna, Austria. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2013. The NEESPI scientists contributed substantially to the Scientific Program of the Assembly. Special NEESPI Session (BG5.2; "Environmental, socio-economic and climatic changes in Northern Eurasia and their feedbacks to the Global Earth System") was held at the Earth System Science (Biogeosciences) Section of the Assembly on April 11th 2013. BG5.2 included Oral and Poster Sessions. The Oral Session presentations and most of the Poster Session presentations have been posted at our site (just click links "Oral Session" or "Poster Session" above).

Junuary 17-20, 2013, Novosibirsk, The Russian Federation. World Snow Forum 2013. More than two thirds of the global seasonal snow cover resides in Northern Eurasia. Therefore, the NEESPI scientists substantially contributed to the Scientific Program of the Forum at the International Congress on Ecology of Northern Territories 2013. The congress Business Program is HERE.

December 3-7, 2012, San Francisco, California. American Geophysical Union Annual Fall Meeting . The NEESPI scientists have contributed to the Scientific Program of the Meeting and in particular to special NEESPI Session GC019. Environmental, Socio-economic and Climatic Changes in Northern Eurasia and their Feedbacks to the Global Earth System. Both Oral NEESPI Sessions were held on December 4, 2012. Both Poster NEESPI Sessions were held on December 4, 2012. While all abstracts of the four Sessions have been already available at the site; some of low resolution pdf files with the Sessions' presentations/posters have not yet been uploaded.

June 24 - July 2, 2012, Irkutsk, Russia. International Conference and Early Career Scientists School on Environmental Observations, Modeling and Information Systems ENVIROMIS-2012. The NEESPI scientists havecontributed to the Scientific Program of this Event. The major focus of the Conference was on environment state and dynamics under Climate Change of Northern Eurasia, particularly Siberia.. The Conference was organized by the Siberian Center for Environment Research and Training, Irkutsk Scientific Center and Institute for System Dynamics and Control Theory SB RAS, Institute of Monitoring of Climatic and Ecological Systems SB RAS, Institute of Computational Technologies SB RAS, Institute for Numerical Mathematics RAS and Russian National Committee for IGBP with support of WMO, APN, RFBR, START, MAIRS, and NEESPI. The first Conference circular is HERE . The entire EVENT PROGRAM is here.
Conference presentations will be posted shortly at the SCERT and NEESPI web sites.

June 18-22, 2012, Yoshkar-Ola, Mari El, Russian Federation. NASA Science Meeting, GOFC-GOLD and NEESPI Workshop and Regional Conference . The NEESPI scientists contributed to the Scientific Program of Symposium. The main topic of the Conference is "Impacts of extreme weather on natural, socio-economic, and land-use systems: Focus on the 2010 summer anomaly in the Volga region ". The Conference was hosted by the Mari State Technical University with support of START, ScanEx, EFI, IUFRO, and NEESPI. The further Conference information is HERE The Conference Program is HERE. Presentations and selected posters are available at the dedicated web site of the VolgaTech University.

June 3-8, 2012, Arkhangelsk, Russia. XV GLACIOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM . The NEESPI scientists have contributed to the Scientific Program of Symposium. The main topic of the Symposium is "Past, Present and Future of the Cryosphere". The Symposium was organized by the Glaciological Association, Institute of Geography Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Northern (Arctic) Federal University.

May 20-25, 2012, Makuhari Messe, Ciba-city, Japan. Japanese Geoscience Union Annual Meeting 2012 . The NEESPI scientists contributed to the scientific program of the Meeting and, in particular, to the special Multidisciplinary International Session "Changes in Northern Asia and the Arctic: Their feedbacks to the Globe". The NEESPI Session included poster and oral sessions. Both there sessions were held on May 25th, 2012 at the JpGU International Symposium 2012 as the part of the JPGU Annual Meeting. Working language at the Symposium was English. The session program and abstracts is HERE. The Session presentations were posted HERE.

April 22-27, 2012, Vienna, Austria. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2012 . The special NEESPI Session (BG5.2; "Environmental, socio-economic and climatic changes in Northern Eurasia and their feedbacks to the Global Earth System") was held at the Assembly on April 24th morning and afternoon (Oral Session) and in the evening of the same day (Poster Session).

February 7-8, 2012, St. Petersburg, Russia. NEESPI Regional Workshop: «Hydrological consequences of changes in climate and land cover across Northern Eurasia» and Extended Project Meeting for NASA Project: “Northern Eurasian Landscapes: Interactions among Humans, Hydrology, Land Cover and Land Use” . The NEESPI scientists contributed to the Scientific Program of the Workshop and participated in discussions of the NASA Project results presented at the Meeting.

December 5-9, 2011, San Francisco, California. American Geophysical Union Annual Fall Meeting . The NEESPI scientists actively contributed to the Scientific Program of the Meeting and in particular to the special NEESPI Session (GC16. Environmental, Socio-economic and Climatic Changes in Northern Eurasia and their Feedbacks to the Global Earth System: The Role of Remote Sensing and Integrative Studies). Both Poster and Oral Sessions were held on December 8, 2011.


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Book by P. Groisman and G. Gutman (Eds.), 2013 "Regional Environmental Changes in Siberia and Their Global Consequences", XII, 357 pp. was released by Springer Publishing House on September 2nd, 2012.
The Book is a compilation of results from studies on Siberia by the institutions of the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (RosHydroMet) and of the Russian Academy of Sciences (in particular, of its Siberian Branch); the US universities and agencies (NASA, NOAA, and NSF); the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA, Austria); Friedrich-Schiller University, Germany; Danish Meteorological Institute; and other European institutions. The volume was written by an international team consisting of scientists from the USA, Europe, and Russia under the auspices of the Northern Eurasia Earth Science Partnership Initiative (NEESPI). It should be of interest to those involved in studying recent and ongoing changes in Siberia, be they senior scientists, early career scientists, or students. More details are HERE .

Third NEESPI Special Issue in Environmental Research Letters. Publication of the third ERL focus issue titled "Environmental, Socio-Economic and Climatic Changes in Northern Eurasia and Their eedbacks to the Global Earth System" (2011/2012) has been completed on October 26, 2012. The Issue includes twenty five manuscripts. An unlimited access to these papers is available at the ERL web site HERE.

A new International Journal published in English and devoted to a broad spectrum of the Earth Science issues with the focus on Northern Eurasia, Geography, Environment, Sustainability was jointly launched in 2008 by the Dept. of Geography of the Moscow State University, RAS Institute of Geography, and The Russian Geographic Society. International Editorial Board of the Journal includes scientists from the European Union, Russia, China, Japan, the United States, Mexico, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Tunisia, and Chile. In 2010, the journal was published quarterly and became bi-monthly since 2011. More information about the Journal (including the Table of Content and abstracts of all publications) is available HERE .

December 2010, Rome, Italy. White Paper "Climate change impacts on forest management in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Dimensions, impacts, mitigation and adaptation policies", 216 pp. (Editor: Prof. Csaba Mátyás, Lead of the Sopron Regional Focus Research Center for NEESPI Studies in Eastern Europe) was published under the auspices of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The White Paper is available for download from FAO and here.

October 2010. Book "Earth Systems Change over Eastern Europe" (Chief Editor V.I. Lyalko, Kyiv, Ukraine, 582 pp., ISBN 978-966-95419-01) was published in Russian under the auspices of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine (NASU), NEESPI, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). An English version of the Book has been also prepared. It will be published by NASU (Publ. House "Akademperiodyka") in spring 2012.

Prof. Dr. Ernst-Detlef Schulze, former Director of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (Jena), has got one of 40 prestigious Russian Federation State Grants which will support his work as visiting professor at the Siberian Federal University. For more than two decades, Prof. Schulze has been involved in environmental research activity in Siberia and is well known to the NEESPI community as an eminent researcher of the role of boreal environment in the global biochemical cycles, as well as a "father” of the Zotino tall flux tower. We congratulate Prof. Dr. Ernst-Detlef Schulze and Rector of the Siberian Federal University Academician Evgeny Vaganov with this success.

August 2010. European Public Service Review on Science and Technology distributed an article about the Stability of the SE European Forest prepared by Prof. Scaba Matias, Head of the NEESPI Focus Research Centre for Non-boreal Eastern Europe, University of West Hungary, Sopron, Hungary. The paper reprint is available here.

A new Data Analysis and Exploring System for Hydrology of the NEESPI domain has been developed by the Water Systems Analysis Group at University of New Hampshire - Durham. An unrestricted web-based access to the System, cf., http://neespi.sr.unh.edu/maps/, makes it a useful tool for any hydrological assessment within Northern Eurasia.

Book by G. Gutman and A. Reissell (Eds.), 2011 "Eurasian Arctic Land Cover and Land Use in a Changing Climate" , VI, 226 pp. was released by Springer Publishing House on October 28, 2010.
The book is a compilation of studies on interactions of land-cover/land-use change with climate in a region where the climate warming is most pronounced compared to other areas of the globe. The climate warming in the far North, and in the Arctic region of Northern Eurasia in particular, affects both the landscape and human activities, and hence human dimensions is an important aspect of the topic. Environmental pollution together with climate warming may produce irreversible damages to the current Arctic ecosystems. Regional land-atmosphere feedbacks may have large global importance. Remote sensing is a primary tool in studying vast northern territories where in situ observations are sporadic. State-of-the-art methods of satellite remote sensing combined with GIS and models are used to tackle science questions and provide an outlook of current land-cover changes and potential scenarios for the future. The book is a truly international effort involving U.S. and European scientists. It is directed at broad science community including graduate students, academics and other professionals in this field. More details are HERE .

Book by Heiko Baltzer (Ed.), 2010 "Environmental Change in Siberia. Earth Observattion, Field Studies and Modelling", Advances in Global Change Research, Vol.40, 300 pp. was released by Springer Publishing House in August 2010.
The book covers a round-up of environmental changes in Siberia with a focus on the terrestrial biosphere but also discussing climate and atmosphere and the hydrological cycle. It concludes with a discussion of information system approaches that are being developed to safeguard and make accessible spatial and temporal data for environmental studies. More than half of the 43 contributors to the Book are the NEESPI scientists. More details are HERE .

SAD NEWS. Our friend and one of the NEESPI founders, Dr. Donald Deering, passed away on February 15, 2010. We are posting here a personal In Memorium note written by Dr. Garik Gutman.

The entire Focus Issue on 'Climatic and Environmental Change in Northern Eurasia' has now been published in Environmental Research Letters (ERL), Vol. 4, No. 4 and and Vol. 5, No. 1. The articles are permanently free to read at at the journal web site, where the Annotation to the Focus Issue is followed with links to 32 research and 2 editorial papers.
Looking at the ongoing climatic and environmental changes in Northern Eurasia, this NEESPI Focus Issue of ERL introduces an assortment of varied studies of different aspects of contemporary change in Northern Eurasia, most of which have been presented at one of the NEESPI Workshops and/or American Geophysical Union and European Geosciences Union NEESPI Open Sessions during the past 12 months. The Focus Issue Editorial with reduced resolution for quick download is here .

Selected papers of the Non-Boreal Eastern Europe NEESPI Meeting (Odessa, Ukraine, August 2008) were published as a Book:
P.Y. Groisman and S. V. Ivanov (Eds.) "Regional Aspects of Climate-Terrestrial-Hydrologic Interactions in Non-boreal Eastern Europe" by Springer Publishing House.

The book chapters cover five topics: Observational issues in nonboreal Eastern Europe, Regional climate changes, Air pollution aspects, Land cover and land use changes, and Changes in the Black Sea and its coastal zone. More details are on http://springer.com/978-90-481-2240-0.
The Book annotation is here .


August 12-17, 2007 Workshop "Northern Eurasia Land Surface Properties and Change and its Role in the Global Earth System", Aspen Global Change Institute, Aspen, Colorado, USA. The Workshop developed the further NEESPI strategy for the next 5 years. List of Participants, Workshop Report.

After testing, a new NEESPI data access portal has been launched on April 2, 2007. The GES DISC NEESPI portal is a multi-sensor, online, easy access data archive and distribution system to provide advanced data management capabilities in support of the NEESPI scientific objectives. Its tools include data analysis and visualization, data mining and other techniques for better science data usage. The portal integrates remote sensing data from MODIS, AVHRR, and other instruments on board polar-orbiting satellites, with customized data products from climatology data sets and models into a single “one-stop-shopping” interdisciplinary NEESPI Data Center for Remote Sensing Products. Visit the portal.


In September 2006, the IGBP Science Steering Committee granted NEESPI the status of the IGBP External Project.

Mega-project "Siberia Integrated Regional Study" joined NEESPI in autumn 2006. More details

NEESPI Data and Publication Policies.NEESPI Data and Publication Policies have been discussed and adopted at the 1st NEESPI Science Team Meeting (February 22-24, 2006, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria). view

January 20-21, 2006 Third iLEAPS Science Steering Committee (SSC) Meeting, Boulder, Colorado, USA. At the Meeting, the NEESPI status was presented by the NEESPI Project Scientist view presentation and endorsed by the SSC view endorsement


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