Space-based Earth science to be reviewed



The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has begun a study of agency roles in space-based earth science research for the next decade, 1985–1995. The study will be made on the basis of discussions with policy-level personnel at eight federal agencies, as well as with working scientists and other standing earth science committees.

According to Richard Johnson, OSTP Assistant Director for Space Science and Technology and chairman of the evaluation, the study will involve “fine-tuning agency roles” in the space-based earth sciences. “Further definition” and “providing a clearer statement of what their roles are,” said Johnson, “will improve the stability of funding” and should help avoid the “peaks and valleys” seen in the past.