Skip to Main Content
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space
Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space
ESAS 2017 Home
About the Survey
Steering Committee
Past Meetings and Events
Community Input
SSB Home



The 2017-2027 Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space (ESAS 2017) will help shape science priorities and guide agency investments into the next decade.  The survey, sponsored by NASA, NOAA, and the USGS, is driven by input from the scientific community and policy experts. 

Read a letter from our co-chairs

Learn more about the survey

Read past newsletters





January 18-20, 2017
Steering Committee Meeting 4
Irvine, CA

Community Forum
January 24, 2017 from 6:30-7:30pm
97th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society
Washington State Convention Center, 613
Seattle, WA

February 15-18, 2017
Panel Jamboree/ Meeting 3 with Steering Committee Representatives
Irvine, CA




Webinar on November 9th at 1pm PST

As part of its November 7-10, 2016 meeting in Irvine, California, the decadal survey steering committee invites members of the community to participate in a webinar on November 9, 2016 from 1:00 pm to no later than 3:00 pm, Pacific Standard Time. Committee co-chairs Waleed Abdalati and Bill Gail will give an overview of the survey progress to date followed by a Q&A session with participants logged into the WebEx. 

Click to join the WebEx meeting
Meeting Password: update

If you choose not to use WebEx, the dial-in number is: 1-866-668-0721.  Please use conference code: 389 955 0886.

Upcoming Town Halls

You are invited to attend two upcoming town hall meetings to learn more about the decadal survey and give your input.  The co-chairs of the survey steering committee, will lead a discussion on the study’s objectives, progress to date, and plans for completion in late 2017.  The first town hall will take place during the Fall AGU Meeting on December 13th from 12:30-1:30pm in San Francisco, CA.  The second town hall will take place during the AMS Annual Meeting on January 24th from 6:30-7:30pm in Seattle, WA.

From the Survey Co-Chairs

The decadal survey committee has solicited input on science objectives and measurements through two separate requests for information (RFIs), the second of which closed in July of 2016. Although no longer accepting RFI responses, the survey committee is accepting additional input that is not focused on specific science or measurement suggestions. Any additional information related to the implementation or successful achievement of Earth science objectives is welcome and will be distributed to the committee and made public as appropriate. Contact us via email at:

 Archive of Past News


E-mail us with questions or comments at: 




The first decadal survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space presented a strategy for Earth and environmental observations in the period of 2005-2015 and beyond, including a prioritized list of space programs, missions, and supporting activities to address key scientific questions. 


Read the 2007 Decadal Survey

Read the 2012 Midterm Assessment