Science Seminars

The 2017 Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space

Speaker: Waleed Abdalati (CIRES/CU) and Bill Gail (Global Weather Corp)
Date: Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: SPSC W120

Seminar Abstract:

The report from the steering committee for the 2017-2027 National Academies’ decadal survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space (“ESAS 2017”) was released on January 5th, 2017. Like the inaugural survey, which published its final report in 2007, ESAS 2017 was requested by NASA, NOAA, and the USGS. The survey’s overarching objective is to develop consensus recommendations from the environmental monitoring and Earth science and applications communities for an integrated and sustainable approach to the conduct of the U.S. government’s civilian space-based Earth-system science programs. The survey provides an assessment of progress since the last decadal survey, identifies new program elements (categories of missions) to enable innovative approaches to Earth observation from space, provides decision rules for managing budgetary challenges, and provides programmatic recommendations to the federal agencies. We will discuss these and other findings and recommendations of the report and to engage in a discussion about report implementation. A PDF of the report is posted at www.nas.edu/esas2017 where details about the survey’s organization may also be found.