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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space: An Overview for Decision Makers and the Public. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25437.
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THRIVING ON OUR
CHANGING PLANET

A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space

An Overview for Decision Makers and the Public

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space: An Overview for Decision Makers and the Public. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25437.
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This booklet provides an overview of the most recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine decadal survey of Earth science and applications from space, Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space (The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 2018), authored by the Committee on the Decadal Strategy for Earth Science and Applications from Space (ESAS 2017). The full report is available for download at http://nap.edu/24938.

Support for the decadal survey study was provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Contract NNH11CD57B and NNH17CB02B), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Contract WC133R-11-CQ-0048), and the U.S. Geological Survey (Contract G15AP00107). Support for publication of this booklet was provided by the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agency that provided support for the project.

The Space Studies Board acknowledges Jeffrey Bennett for his preparation of the initial draft of this booklet. Subsequent revisions were the responsibility of Arthur Charo, study director for ESAS 2017; the decadal survey committee, especially its co-chairs, Waleed Abdalati and William Gail; and the Board’s Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space. Design of the booklet was led by Tim Warchocki; we also thank Kim DeRose and Cathy Gruber for their thoughtful comments and editorial assistance.

International Standard Book Number-13: 978-0-309-49241-6
International Standard Book Number-10: 0-309-49241-6
Digital Object Identifier: https://doi.org/10.17226/25437

Copyright 2019 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America.

COMMITTEE ON THE DECADAL SURVEY FOR EARTH SCIENCE AND APPLICATIONS FROM SPACE

WALEED ABDALATI, University of Colorado, Boulder, Co-Chair

WILLIAM B. GAIL, Global Weather Corporation, Co-Chair

ANTONIO J. BUSALACCHI, JR., NAE,1 University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Co-Chair2

STEVEN J. BATTEL, NAE, Battel Engineering, Inc.

STACEY W. BOLAND, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

ROBERT D. BRAUN, NAE, University of Colorado

SHUYI S. CHEN,3 University of Washington

WILLIAM E. DIETRICH, NAS,4 University of California, Berkeley

SCOTT C. DONEY, University of Virginia

CHRISTOPHER B. FIELD, NAS, Stanford University

HELEN A. FRICKER, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

SARAH T. GILLE, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

DENNIS L. HARTMANN, NAS, University of Washington

DANIEL J. JACOB, Harvard University

ANTHONY C. JANETOS, Boston University

EVERETTE JOSEPH, National Center for Atmospheric Research5

MOLLY K. MACAULEY,6 Resources for the Future

JOYCE E. PENNER, University of Michigan

SOROOSH SOROOSHIAN, NAE, University of California, Irvine

GRAEME L. STEPHENS, NAE, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

BYRON D. TAPLEY, NAE, University of Texas, Austin

W. STANLEY WILSON, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (retired)

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ARTHUR CHARO, Senior Program Officer, Study Director

LAUREN EVERETT, Program Officer

CHARLES HARRIS, Research Associate (through August 2016)

MARCHEL HOLLE, Research Associate (from November 2016)

ANDREA REBHOLZ, Program Coordinator

MICHAEL H. MOLONEY, Director, Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (until April 2018)

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space: An Overview for Decision Makers and the Public. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25437.
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We live on a dynamic Earth shaped by both natural processes and the impacts of humans on their environment. It is in our collective interest to observe and understand our planet, and to predict future behavior to the extent possible, in order to effectively manage resources, successfully respond to threats from natural and human-induced environmental change, and capitalize on the opportunities – social, economic, security, and more – that such knowledge can bring.

By continuously monitoring and exploring Earth, developing a deep understanding of its evolving behavior, and characterizing the processes that shape and reshape the environment in which we live, we not only advance knowledge and basic discovery about our planet, but we further develop the foundation upon which benefits to society are built. Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space (National Academies Press, 2018) provides detailed guidance on how relevant federal agencies can ensure that the United States receives the maximum benefit from its investments in Earth observations from space, while operating within realistic cost constraints. This short booklet, designed to be accessible to the general public, provides a summary of the key ideas and recommendations from the full decadal survey report.

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