This is a international issue, this from the ocean-color mailing list from NASA:
In early May I reported on the decision that I had just heard about that if followed through on would mean that the 50+ years of dedicated service to the international remote sensing community by the University of Dundee Satellite Receiving Station would be coming to an end. Despite the heroic efforts of a great many people, expressions of support from all sectors both near and far and even the formal submission of a university/industry partnership proposal for not only the continued operation of the Station but which outlined a clear, critical and meaningful role for the Station into the future, it appears that the position of a very few key administrators seems unchangeable and as evidenced by the message below, it seems as if the die is cast and what without hesitation I believe is a national treasure, may be lost. Facilities such as this are not just a collection of hardware, antennas, cables and computers. Those things are easily procured. However, it is the skill, experience, understanding and more importantly, the philosophy and dedication to the job, the science and to service to the community that is irreplaceable and once lost, can never be restored. As an optimist, I would like to believe that a last minute reprieve might still be possible but I am passing along this note from the Station in case it is not.
So, it is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that I pass along this note.
With my very best regards,