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Committee on the Assessment of NASA's Earth Science Programs

View the report Earth Science and Applications from Space: A Midterm Assessment of NASA's Implementation of the Decadal Survey

Statement of Task

The National Research Council shall convene an ad-hoc committee to review the alignment of NASA's Earth Science Division's program with previous NRC advice, primarily the 2007 NRC decadal survey report, Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond. The committee's review will describe:

  • How well NASA?s current program addresses the strategies, goals, and priorities outlined in the 2007 decadal survey and other relevant NRC reports?;
  • Progress toward realizing these strategies, goals and priorities; and
  • In the context of current and forecast resources, any actions that could be taken to optimize the science value of the program.

The review should not revisit or alter the scientific priorities or mission recommendations provided in the decadal survey and related NRC reports, but may provide guidance about implementing the recommended mission portfolio in preparation for the next decadal survey.

Please visit our current projects system to view more information on this project.

Past Meetings

The committee is currently working on this report, but will not have any more in-person meetings.

September 21-23, 2011
Assessment of NASA's Earth Science Program
Irvine, CA
April 27-29, 2011
Assessment of NASA's Earth Science Program
Washington, DC

August 8, 2011
Teleconference meeting

July 25, 2011
Teleconference meeting

July 6-8, 2011
Assessment of NASA's Earth Science Program
Seattle, WA

May 16, 2011
Teleconference meeting


Committee Membership

Committee's Biographic Information

Dr. Dennis L. Hartmann - (Chair)
University of Washington

Dr. Anthony C. Janetos
University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Mark R. Abbott
Oregon State University
Dr. Dennis P. Lettenmaier
University of Washington

Dr. Richard A. Anthes
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Dr. Jennifer A. Logan
Harvard University

Dr. Philip E. Ardanuy
Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems

Dr. Molly K. Macauley
Resources for the Future
Dr. Stacey Boland
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. Anne W. Nolin
Oregon State University

Dr. Antonio J. Busalacchi, Jr.
University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Joyce E. Penner
University of Michigan

Dr. Anny Cazenave
Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

Dr. Michael J. Prather
University of California, Irvine

Dr. Ruth S. DeFries
Columbia University

Dr. David S. Schimel
National Ecological Observatory Network, Inc.

Dr. Lee-Lueng Fu
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mr. William F. Townsend
Independent Consultant

Dr. Bradford H. Hager
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 Dr. Thomas H. Vonder Haar
Colorado State University

Dr. Hung-Lung (Allen) Huang
University of Wisconsin-Madison





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