The National Research Council shall convene an ad hoc committee to review the alignment of NASA’s Earth Science Division’s program with previous NRC advice, primarily the 2007 NRC decadal survey report, Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond. The committee’s review will describe:
• How well NASA’s current program addresses the strategies, goals, and priorities outlined in the 2007 decadal survey and other relevant NRC reports;
• Progress toward realizing these strategies, goals and priorities; and
• In the context of current and forecast resources, any actions that could be taken to optimize the science value of the program.
The review should not revisit or alter the scientific priorities or mission recommendations provided in the decadal survey and related NRC reports, but may provide guidance about implementing the recommended mission portfolio in preparation for the next decadal survey.