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Earth science and applications from space : national imperatives for the next decade and beyond

Author: National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space: A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future.
Publisher: Washington, DC : National Academies Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Natural and human-induced changes in Earth's interior, land surface, biosphere, atmosphere, and oceans affect all aspects of life. Understanding these changes requires a range of observations acquired from land-, sea-, air-, and space-based platforms. To assist NASA, NOAA, and USGS in developing these tools, the NRC was asked to carry out a 'decadal strategy' survey of Earth science and applications from space that  Read more...
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National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space: A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future.
Earth science and applications from space.
Washington, DC : National Academies Press, ©2007
(DLC) 2007936350
(OCoLC)153580978
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space: A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future.
ISBN: 9780309667142 0309667143
OCLC Number: 614472240
Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 428 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Earth science : scientific discovery and societal applications --
The next decade of earth observations from space --
From satellite observations to earth information --
Summaries of recommended missions --
Earth science applications and societal benefits --
Human health and security --
Land-use change, ecosystem dynamics, and biodiversity --
Solid-earth hazards, natural resources, and dynamics --
Climate variability and change --
Weather science and applications --
Water resources and the global hydrologic cycle.
Responsibility: Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space: A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future, Space Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council of the National Academies.

Abstract:

"Natural and human-induced changes in Earth's interior, land surface, biosphere, atmosphere, and oceans affect all aspects of life. Understanding these changes requires a range of observations acquired from land-, sea-, air-, and space-based platforms. To assist NASA, NOAA, and USGS in developing these tools, the NRC was asked to carry out a 'decadal strategy' survey of Earth science and applications from space that would develop the key scientific questions on which to focus Earth and environmental observations in the period 2005-2015 and beyond, and present a prioritized list of space programs, missions, and supporting activities to address these questions. This report presents a vision for the Earth science program; an analysis of the existing Earth Observing System and recommendations to help restore its capabilities; an assessment of and recommendations for new observations and missions for the next decade; an examination of and recommendations for effective application of those observations; and an analysis of how best to sustain that observation and applications system."--

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