Committee plans for next decade of U.S. Earth observations



A U.S. National Academies committee has created a comprehensive plan for Earth observations for the next decade, but the U.S. government will need to renew its investment in these satellite systems to accomplish the plan, according to the committee's 16 January report.

The report, “Earth Science and Applications From Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond,” (available at http://books.nap.edU/catalog/l 1820.html) is the first ever ‘decadal survey’ for the Earth sciences. It is modeled after similar surveys from other scientific communities, such as astronomy. Around 100 Earth scientists and others from related fields were involved in the 2-year process that created the report.