Table 3.1 NASA Partnerships with Other Federal Agencies in Each of the 12 Application Areas

National Application

Partner Agencies

NASA Contributions

Partner Agencies Decision-Support Tools

Decadal Outcomes of Agencies’ Use of NASA Data and Information

Energy Management


Extended weather forecasts, seasonal climate prediction, and distribution of incoming solar radiation via Terra, Aqua, SORCE (Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment), CloudSAT, NPP (NPOESS Preparatory Project), GPM (Global Precipitation Measurement)


Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

Energy management sources and integration into the power grid through use of RETScreen

Location of energy management facilities

Biomass crop selection and maintenance strategies

Agricultural Efficiency


Seasonal temperature and precipitation, extended weather forecasts, and soil moisture via GPM, Aqua, Terra, NPP, Landsat, Aquarius, suborbital

Crop Assessment Data Retrieval and Evaluation (CADRE)

Improved crop production assessments

Increased agricultural productivity and reliability

Carbon Management


Measurement of carbonaceous gases and aerosols, terrestrial biomass and marine productivity via Terra, Aqua, Aura, NPP, OCO, and suborbital

CQUEST tools developed to implement Section 1065(B) of Energy Act of 1992 (EA92) voluntary sequestration of greenhouse gases

Operational decision-support system (DSS) with improved assessment of carbon sources and sinks for a carbon-trading regime



Improving weather nowcasting, monitoring of volcanic aerosols via Terra, Aqua, NPP-Bridge, GPM, and suborbital, improving cockpit capabilities via:

  • Aviation Weather Information

  • Synthetic Vision System (SVS)

National Aerospace System (NAS)

Controller/pilot decision aids

Runway incursion prevention

Enhanced National Airspace System, AWIN (Aviation Weather Information Project), and SVS that reduce the aviation fatal accident rate by a factor of 10 by 2022

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