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Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond

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By: National Research Council

456 pages, illustrations

National Academies Press (NAP)

Paperback | Oct 2007 | #174916 | ISBN-13: 9780309103879
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Natural and human-induced changes in Earth's interior, land surface, biosphere, atmosphere, and oceans affect all aspects of life. Understanding these changes requires a range of observations acquired from land-, sea-, air-, and space-based platforms. To assist NASA, NOAA, and USGS in developing these tools, the NRC was asked to carry out a "decadal strategy" survey of Earth science and applications from space that would develop the key scientific questions on which to focus Earth and environmental observations in the period 2005-2015 and beyond, and present a prioritized list of space programs, missions, and supporting activities to address these questions.

This report presents a vision for the Earth science program; an analysis of the existing Earth Observing System and recommendations to help restore its capabilities; an assessment of and recommendations for new observations and missions for the next decade; an examination of and recommendations for effective application of those observations; and an analysis of how best to sustain that observation and applications system.

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Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space: A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future, National Research Council

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