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Decadal Plan For Space-Based Earth Observation Released

By Keith Cowing
January 5, 2018
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Decadal Plan For Space-Based Earth Observation Released

Reducing Climate Uncertainty, Improving Weather Forecasts, and Understanding Sea-Level Rise Are Among Top Science Priorities for Space-Based Earth Observation Over Next Decade, National Academy of Sciences
“NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) should implement a coordinated approach for their space-based environmental observations to further advance Earth science and applications for the next decade, says a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This approach should be based on key scientific questions in areas such as reducing climate uncertainty, improving weather and air quality forecasts, predicting geological hazards, and understanding sea-level rise. The report also recommends building a robust, resilient, and balanced U.S. program of Earth observations from space that will enable the agencies to strategically advance the science and applications with constrained resources.”
Bridenstine On Earth Science: “We Need To Follow The Decadals”, earlier post
“Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., President Donald Trump’s nominee for NASA administrator, spoke glowingly of the decadal survey process during his Nov. 1 confirmation, and he said “yes” when Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., asked if he would follow the recommendations. Bridenstine said the surveys lead policymakers to “make good decisions,” and he added: “We need to follow the decadals.”

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