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Earth Science and Applications from Space: A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future

Project Scope

The Space Studies Board, in consultation with other units of the NRC, lead
a study to generate consensus recommendations from the Earth and environmental
science and applications community regarding a systems approach to space-based
and ancillary observations that encompasses the research programs of NASA and
the related operational programs of NOAA. The study was conducted in a
manner similar to previous NRC "decadal" studies.

The study, which was carried out over a two-year period, was intended to:
1. Articulate priorities for Earth system science and the space-based
observational approaches to address those priorities.
2. Establish individual plans and priorities within the sub-disciplines of the
Earth sciences as well as an integrated vision and plan for the Earth sciences
as a whole.

A key feature of the study was its consideration of observations
requirements for research and for a range of applications with direct links to
societal objectives. 

An interim report was released in 2005.

This project was funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Note (10/20/2006): The scope of the project was expanded and the project's duration has been extended to include: (a) an analysis of the impact of the changes to the NPOESS program and the development of a strategy to mitigate the impact of the changes; and (b) a prioritization of capabilities that were lost or placed at risk following the changes to NPOESS and strategies to recover those capabilities.

Click here to read "Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond"

Click here to read "Earth Science and Applications from Space: Urgent Needs and Opportunities to Serve the Nation"

Committee Membership:

The study was comprised of a Steering Committee (members below), and eightsub-panels dealing with more specialized topics:

  • Steering Committee
    • Dr. Richard A. Anthes (Co-Chair) - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
    • Dr. Berrien Moore III (Co-Chair) - University of New Hampshire
    • Dr. James G. Anderson - Harvard University
    • Dr. Susan K. Avery - University of Colorado at Boulder
    • Dr. Eric. J. Barron - The University of Texas at Austin
    • Dr. Susan L. Cutter - University of South Carolina
    • Dr. Ruth S. DeFries - University of Maryland, College Park
    • Dr. William B. Gail - Microsoft Corporation
    • Dr. Bradford H. Hager - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Dr. Anthony Hollingsworth - European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
    • Dr. Anthony C. Janetos - University of Maryland, College Park
    • Dr. Kathryn A. Kelly - University of Washington
    • Dr. Neal F. Lane - Rice University
    • Dr. Dennis P. Lettenmaier - University of Washington
    • Dr. Bruce D. Marcus - TRW, Inc. [Retired]
    • Dr. Warren M. Washington - National Center for Atmospheric Research
    • Dr. Mark L. Wilson - University of Michigan
    • Dr. Mary Lou Zoback - U.S. Geological Survey
       
  • Panel on Earth Science Applications and Societal Needs
    • Dr. Anthony C. Janetos (Chair) - H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
    • Dr. Roberta Balstad (Vice Chair) - Columbia University
    • Dr. Jay Apt - Carnegie Mellon University
    • Dr. Phillip E. Ardanuy - Raytheon Information Solutions
    • Dr. Randall Friedl - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • Dr. Michael F. Goodchild - University of California, Santa Barbara
    • Dr. Molly K. Macauley - Resources for the Future, Inc.
    • Dr. Gordon McBean - University of Western Ontario
    • Dr. David L. Skole - Michigan State University
    • Dr. Leigh Welling - Crown of the Continent Learning Center
    • Dr. Thomas J. Wilbanks - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    • Dr. Gary W. Yohe - Wesleyan University
  • Panel on Land-use Change, Ecosystem Dynamics and Biodiversity
    • Dr. Ruth S. DeFries (Chair) - University of Maryland, College Park
    • Dr. Otis B. Brown, Jr. (Vice Chair) - University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
    • Dr. Mark R. Abbott - Oregon State University
    • Dr. Christopher B. Field
    • Dr. Inez Y. Fung - University of California, Berkeley
    • Dr. Marc Levy - Center for International Earth Science Information Network
    • Dr. James J. McCarthy
    • Dr. Jerry M. Melillo - Marine Biological Laboratory
    • Dr. David S. Schimel - National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Panel on Weather
    • Dr. Susan K. Avery (Chair) - University of Colorado at Boulder
    • Dr. Thomas H. Vonder Haar (Vice Chair) - Colorado State University
    • Dr. Edward V. Browell - NASA Langley Research Center
    • Lt. Col. William B. Cade III - Air Force Weather Agency
    • Dr. Bradley R. Colman - National Weather Service
    • Dr. Eugenia Kalnay - University of Maryland, College Park
    • Dr. Christopher Ruf - University of Michigan
    • Dr. Carl F. Schueler - Raytheon Company
    • Mr. Jeremy Usher - Weathernews Americas, Inc.
    • Mr. Christopher S. Velden - University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Dr. Robert A. Weller - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Panel on Climate Variability and Change
    • Dr. Eric J. Barron (Chair) - Pennsylvania State University
    • Dr. Joyce E. Penner (Vice Chair) - University of Michigan
    • Dr. Gregory Carbone - University of South Carolina
    • Dr. James A. Coakley, Jr. - Oregon State University
    • Dr. Sarah T. Gille - Scripps Institute of Oceanography
    • Dr. Kenneth C. Jezek - The Ohio State University
    • Dr. Judith L. Lean - Naval Research Laboratory
    • Dr. Gundrun Magnusdottir - University of California, Irvine
    • Dr. Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Dr. Michael Oppenheimer - Princeton University
    • Dr. Clair L. Parkinson - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    • Dr. Michael J. Prather - University of California, Irvine
    • Dr. Mark R. Schoeberl - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    • Dr. Byron D. Tapley - The University of Texas at Austin
  • Panel on Water Resources and the Global Hydrologic Cycle
    • Dr. Dennis P. Lettenmaier (Chair) - University of Washington
    • Dr. Anne W. Nolin (Vice Chair) - University of Oregon
    • Dr. Wilfried H. Brutsaert - Cornell University
    • Dr. Anny Cazenave - Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
    • Dr. Carol Anne Clayson - Florida State University
    • Dr. Jeff Dozier - University of California, Santa Barbara
    • Dr. Dara Entekhabi - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Dr. Richard Forster - University of Utah
    • Mr. Charles D.D. Howard - Independent Consultant
    • Dr. Christian D. Kummerow - Colorado State University
    • Dr. Steven W. Running - University of Montana
    • Dr. Charles J. Vorosmarty - University of New Hampshire
  • Panel on Human Health and Security
    • Dr. Mark L. Wilson (Chair) - University of Michigan
    • Dr. Rita R. Colwell (Vice Chair) - University of Maryland, College Park
    • Dr. Daniel G. Brown - University of Michigan
    • Dr. Walter F. Dabberdt - Vaisala, Inc.
    • Mr. William F. Davenhall - ESRI
    • Dr. John R. Delaney - University of Washington
    • Dr. Gregory Glass - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • Dr. Daniel J. Jacob - Harvard University
    • Dr. James H. Maguire - University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Medicine
    • Dr. Paul M. Maughan - MyoSite Diagnostics, Inc.
    • Dr. Joan B. Rose - Michigan State University
    • Dr. Ronald B. Smith - Yale University
    • Dr. Patricia Ann Tester - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Panel on Solid-Earth Hazards, Resources, and Dynamics
    • Dr. Bradford H. Hager (Chair) - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Dr. Susan L. Brantley (Vice Chair) - Pennsylvania State University
    • Dr. Jeremy Bloxham - Harvard University
    • Mr. Richard K. Eisner - California Governor's Office of Emergency Services
    • Dr. Alexander F.H. Goetz - University of Colorado at Boulder
    • Dr. Christian J. Johannsen - Purdue University
    • Dr. James W. Kirchner - University of California, Berkeley
    • Dr. William I. Rose - Michigan Technological University
    • Dr. Haresh C. Shah - Stanford University
    • Dr. Dirk Smit - Shell E&P Technology Company
    • Dr. Howard A. Zebker - Stanford University
    • Dr. Maria T. Zuber - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Panel on Options to Ensure the Cliamte Record from the NPOESS and GOES-R Spacecraft
    • Dr. Anthony J. Busalacchi, Jr. (Chair) - University of Maryland, College Park
    • Dr. Philip E. Ardanuy - Raytheon Information Solutions
    • Dr. Judith A. Curry - Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Dr. Judith L. Lean - Naval Research Laboratory
    • Dr. Berrien Moore III - University of New Hampshire
    • Dr. Jay S. Pearlman - The Boeing Company
    • Dr. James F.W. Purdom - Colorado State University
    • Mr. Christopher S. Velden - University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Dr. Thomas H. Vonder Haar - Colorado State University
    • Mr. Frank J. Wentz - Remote Sensing Systems

Staff:

Art Charo, Study Director
Space Studies Board


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