Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond
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Earth Science and Applications from Space:
National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond
(2007)
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Natural and human-induced changes in Earth's interior, land surface, biosphere, atmosphere, and oceans affect all aspects of life. Understanding these changes requires a range of observations acquired from land-, sea-, air-, and space-based platforms. To assist NASA, NOAA, and USGS in developing these tools, the NRC was asked to carry out a "decadal strategy" survey of Earth science and applications from space that would develop the key scientific questions on which to focus Earth and environmental observations in the period 2005-2015 and beyond, and present a prioritized list of space programs, missions, and supporting activities to address these questions. This report presents a vision for the Earth science program; an analysis of the existing Earth Observing System and recommendations to help restore its capabilities; an assessment of and recommendations for new observations and missions for the next decade; an examination of and recommendations for effective application of those observations; and an analysis of how best to sustain that observation and applications system.

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  • Earth Sciences — Climate, Weather and Meteorology
  • Space and Aeronautics — Space Systems and Hardware
  • Earth Sciences — Geography and Mapping

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456 pages | 8 1/2 x 11
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National Research Council. Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2007.

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