Earth Systems Science Agency Proposed


  • Randy Showstack


Seven former senior U.S. federal officials have called for the establishment of an independent Earth Systems Science Agency (ESSA) and for the next U.S. president and Congress to realign federal Earth sciences research and development programs.

The former officials—who include former heads of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)—issued their proposal for merging those two agencies into the ESSA, convening a commission to guide this realignment, and other measures, in a 4 July article in Science.