FIGURE 2.3 Investments made by the Earth Science Technology Office in technologies for decadal survey missions. Investments are divided into four categories: instrument technology investments, component technology investments, information systems investments-direct applicability, and information systems investments-secondary applicability. Component and information systems investments may apply to more than one mission. Each box represents a single investment or test. SOURCE: NASA Earth Science Technology Office.


The committee’s overall assessment is as follows:

Finding: NASA has maintained a healthy investment in R&A activities and has protected the budgets of both mission-specific and non-mission-specific R&A programs against possible reallocation to cover cost growth in mission hardware.



role of continuity of observations and data products for IPCC: Critical role for GCOS and WCRP,” GEOSS Support for IPCC Assessments, A Workshop on the Data Needs of the Climate Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability Research Community, February 1-4, 2011, Geneva, Switzerland, meeting documents and presentations available at http://www.earthobservations.org/meet_wss.shtml.

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