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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 required. Please send us your input via email at:

The Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space is well underway. The steering committee has met twice and will meet again on November 7-10 in Irvine, CA. All survey panels have completed two of their three scheduled meetings and will have their third meetings in February 2017. Visit the ESAS website for background information about the survey and to watch past town hall presentations. On our website, you can also view the public presentations made at steering committee or panel meetings as well as an archive of all responses to our requests for information. We anticipate the survey will publish a pre-publication version of its final report in late 2017 with an edited and final version to follow shortly thereafter.

June Meeting Recap

The steering committee and members of the five ad hoc study panels met June 2-5, 2016 in Irvine, CA. The meeting included closed session discussions among the various decadal survey participants on the scope of their task and the timeline moving forward. Panels also spent considerable time reading, sorting, and discussing the many thoughtful white papers that have been submitted by the community. A short open session on June 3 featured discussions with study sponsors from NASA and NOAA. The panels will meet individually in August and September and may reconvene early next year for a final “Jamboree” including all panel members.


Dr.  William B. Gail appointed Steering Committee Co-Chair

We are pleased to announce that Dr. William (Bill) Gail will join Dr. Waleed Abdalati as co-chair of the ESAS 2017 decadal survey. Dr. Gail, currently a member of the decadal survey steering committee, is replacing Dr. Antonio Busalacchi, Jr. who resigned in early May following the announcement of his appointment as the President of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).


Request for Community Town Halls

The decadal survey steering committee encourages interested members of the community to consider organizing a town hall meeting at their institution that would provide a local forum for colleagues to discuss and consider any aspect of the survey. Organizers should feel free to focus town hall meetings on any aspects of the survey they think are important, such as key science opportunities in the decade ahead, how Earth system science can continue to provide knowledge important to key societal challenges, and the role of technology development and other forms of innovation in the execution of our science.


Watch a Town Hall Webcast

We hosted our second town hall during the American Meteorological Society meeting on January 13, 2016 at 12:15pm CST.  If you weren't able to make it in person, we invite you to watch the recorded webcast.


First Meeting of the Steering Committee

The 21 member ESAS 2017 steering committee held their first meeting on January 18-20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Presentations from the meeting have been posted and are available for viewing.

Community White Papers are Posted

Submissions for Community White Papers were accepted through January 4, 2016. The White Paper Submission Form is now closed. All responses have been made available to the survey steering committee. The submitted white papers are posted and available for public viewing. Future requests for community input from the survey committee will be posted on this page.
View the Submitted White Papers


Call for Nominations

The decadal survey relies on the help of nearly 100 scientists, engineers, and policy experts who volunteer their time to serve on study panels or the steering committee.  While the steering committee has been appointed, we are currently seeking nominees with a broad range of relevant expertise for study panels, and we welcome suggestions.  Submissions will be accepted through January 4, 2016.  Submit a Nomination