THRIVING ON OUR
A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space
An Overview for Decision Makers and the Public
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
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)
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)
1 Member, National Academy of Engineering.
2 Resigned from the committee on May 5, 2016.
3 Dr. Chen was at University of Miami at the time of the survey.
4 Member, National Academy of Sciences.
5 Dr. Joseph was with the University at Albany, State University of New York at the time of the survey.
6 Dr. Macauley passed away on July 8, 2016.