The J-STARS issue on Fostering Applications of Earth Observation of the Atmosphere is nearing publication. This issue fosters the ability of researchers to identify critical environmental areas, promote understanding of how data and research are used in management and decision making, and encourage adoption of successful applications by environmental protection arganizations. This special issue, is being published in two parts. The first part, includes 7 articles, and is in printing right now. Preview the Front Cover and Table of Content.