Jorge L. Sarmiento, Princeton University

Shubha Sathyendranath, Dalhousie University, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

Carl F. Schueler, Orbital Sciences Corporation

David A. Siegel, University of California, Santa Barbara

Cara Wilson, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Claudia Mengelt, Senior Program Officer, OSB (study director)

Arthur A. Charo, Senior Program Officer, SSB

Heather Chiarello, Senior Program Assistant, OSB

Jeremy Justice, Senior Program Assistant, OSB

Emily Oliver, Program Assistant, OSB


The ad hoc Committee on the Assessment of NASA’s Earth Science Program was formed to review the alignment of the NASA Earth Science Division’s program with previous NRC advice, primarily the 2007 NRC decadal survey report, Earth Science and Applications from Space. In carrying out this study, the committee was directed to neither revisit or alter the scientific priorities or mission recommendations provided in the decadal survey and related NRC reports; however, the committee may provide guidance about implementing the recommended mission portfolio in preparation for the next decadal survey.

The committee began work in March 2011 and held meetings on April 27-29 at the National Academies’ Keck Center in Washington, D.C.; on July 6-8 in Seattle, Washington; and on September 21-23 at the National Academies’ Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California. The committee continued its discussion, deliberation, and report development.

The committee’s report entered external peer review in late December 2011; release of an NRC-approved prepublication version of the committee’s report is anticipated in Spring 2012.


Dennis L. Hartmann, University of Washington (chair)

Mark R. Abbott, Oregon State University

Richard A. Anthes, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Philip E. Ardanuy, Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems

Stacey Boland, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Antonio J. Busalacchi, Jr., University of Maryland, College Park

Anny Cazenave, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

Ruth S. DeFries, Columbia University

Lee-Lueng Fu, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Bradford H. Hager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Hung-Lung Allen Huang, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Anthony C. Janetos, University of Maryland, College Park

Dennis P. Lettenmaier, University of Washington

Jennifer A. Logan, Harvard University

Molly K. Macauley, Resources for the Future

Anne W. Nolin, Oregon State University

Joyce E. Penner, University of Michigan

Michael J. Prather, University of California, Irvine

David S. Schimel, National Ecological Observatory Network, Inc.

William F. Townsend, Independent Consultant

Thomas H. Vonder Haar, Colorado State University

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