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Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space

Satellite observations of Earth continually transform how we understand our planet, and these measurements are critical for our nation's economy, security, and safety.  Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space highlights the ways in which Earth observations are a key part of the nation’s information infrastructure and calls for a U.S. program of Earth observations that is robust, resilient, and appropriately balanced.  Assessing current programs and future needs, the report recommends undertaking a series of measurements to address key aspects of the atmosphere, ocean, land, and ice with the goal of furthering our understanding of climate, weather, sea level rise, ecosystem health, and ocean circulation.  The report recommends the creation of new program lines within NASA's Earth Science Division and discusses technology on-ramps, the use of commercial data providers, international cooperation, and other ideas to make optimal use of limited resources for the research and operational satellite programs of NASA, NOAA, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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View our infographic on the importance of Earth information

Public briefing on January 5, 2018

Upcoming Decadal Town Halls

Town Hall at the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting
February 14, 2018 at 6:30pm in Portland, OR
Oregon Convention Center, D135-D136


Join Us for a Celebration of the Explorer I Mission and the Discovery of Earth's Radiation Belts: Event and Webcast

On January 31, 1958, the first U.S. satellite, Explorer 1, was launched from Cape Canaveral, and with it began 60 years of extraordinary technological and scientific advances. The Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Explorer 1 mission and the associated discovery of the Earth’s radiation belts on January 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. The agenda will focus on scientific and technological advances over the last 60 years, beginning with the history of the mission and radiation belt discoveries and continuing with the latest results from the NASA’s Van Allen Probes and missions observing the Earth system. The event will conclude with presentations on the frontiers of space science. 

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