Appendix A
Letter of Request

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Headquarters Washington, DC 20546–0001

April 12, 2002

Reply to Attn of: Y

Mr. Joseph K.Alexander

Director Space Studies Board,

HA 584

National Research Council

2101 Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC 20418

Dear Mr. Alexander:

NASA’s Earth Science Enterprise has developed an “Applications Strategy: Next Decade” as a complementary document to its Research Strategy. Like the Research Strategy developed in 2000, the Applications Strategy defines the direction for this program over the next decade and identifies prioritization criteria to be applied to the candidate national applications to be undertaken.

We request that the Space Studies Board take the lead in establishing a study committee that draws on the range of the NRC’s expertise in Earth science, remote sensing, and the practical applications of geospatial data to review the Applications Strategy. The emphasis in this strategy is on extending the use of Earth science observations and prediction capabilities by partnering with national organizations, such as sister federal, state and local agencies, to realize socioeconomic benefits by serving the public through decision support systems. We seek the NRC’s assessment of the processes and prioritization criteria outlined in the Applications Strategy to enable the extension of NASA sponsored research and technology to national applications.

It would be most helpful to have the NRC’s review of the Applications Strategy by September 2002. I look forward to receiving your study proposal. The current version of the document can be found at http://www.earth.nasa.gov/visions/appstrat2002.pdf. Please contact Mr. Ron Birk at 358–1701 or Mr. Greg Williams 358–0241 if you have any questions.

Cordially,

Ghasssem R.Asrar

Associate Administrator for Earth Science



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Review of NASA’s Earth Science Enterprise Applications Program Plan Appendix A Letter of Request National Aeronautics and Space Administration Headquarters Washington, DC 20546–0001 April 12, 2002 Reply to Attn of: Y Mr. Joseph K.Alexander Director Space Studies Board, HA 584 National Research Council 2101 Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC 20418 Dear Mr. Alexander: NASA’s Earth Science Enterprise has developed an “Applications Strategy: Next Decade” as a complementary document to its Research Strategy. Like the Research Strategy developed in 2000, the Applications Strategy defines the direction for this program over the next decade and identifies prioritization criteria to be applied to the candidate national applications to be undertaken. We request that the Space Studies Board take the lead in establishing a study committee that draws on the range of the NRC’s expertise in Earth science, remote sensing, and the practical applications of geospatial data to review the Applications Strategy. The emphasis in this strategy is on extending the use of Earth science observations and prediction capabilities by partnering with national organizations, such as sister federal, state and local agencies, to realize socioeconomic benefits by serving the public through decision support systems. We seek the NRC’s assessment of the processes and prioritization criteria outlined in the Applications Strategy to enable the extension of NASA sponsored research and technology to national applications. It would be most helpful to have the NRC’s review of the Applications Strategy by September 2002. I look forward to receiving your study proposal. The current version of the document can be found at http://www.earth.nasa.gov/visions/appstrat2002.pdf. Please contact Mr. Ron Birk at 358–1701 or Mr. Greg Williams 358–0241 if you have any questions. Cordially, Ghasssem R.Asrar Associate Administrator for Earth Science cc: Y/Mr. R.Birk Y/Mr. G.Williams