NASA Earth Science Decadal Survey Studies [Planning Stage]
Entry ID: NASA_Decadal_Survey_Place_Holder

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Summary
Abstract: [These missions are in the planning stage. Please monitor the project web sites for mission updates]

[Source: NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Earth Sciences, http://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/decadal-surveys/ ]

NASA relies on the science community to identify and prioritize leading-edge scientific questions and the observations required to answer them. One principal means by which NASA’s Science Mission Directorate engages the science community in this task is through the National Research Council (NRC). The NRC conducts studies that provide a science community consensus on key questions posed by NASA and other U.S. Government agencies. The broadest of these studies in NASA’s areas of research are decadal surveys. As the name implies, NASA and its partners ask the NRC once each decade to look out ten or more years into the future and prioritize research areas, observations, and notional missions to make those observations.

The NRC completed its first decadal survey for Earth science, Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond (NRC, 2007) in January 2007 at the request of NASA, NOAA, and USGS. [At this URL, click on “Sign In” to download a free pdf of the report.] At the highest level, the report recommends that: “The U.S. government, working in concert with the private sector, academe, the public, and its international partners, should renew its investment in Earth-observing systems and restore its leadership in Earth science and applications.”

Detailed recommendations in the decadal survey are provided in three categories:

* Setting the Foundation: Observations in the Current Decade
* New Observations for the Next Decade
* Turning Satellite Observations into Knowledge and Information

For the next decade, the decadal survey identified 15 new space missions for NASA (including 1 joint mission with NOAA) and 3 missions for NOAA (including the 1 joint mission). The 15 missions for NASA are presented in three time-phased blocks. Importantly, the 17 missions are presented as the result of a “prioritization methodology designed to achieve a robust, integrated program”(pg. 7) and the “missions listed…form a minimal, yet robust, observational component of an Earth information system that is capable of addressing a broad range of societal needs.”

Information regarding all missions is available at the following home page:
http://decadal.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Related URL
Link: VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
Description: NASA Science Mission Directorate Decadal Survey home page


Link: VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
Description: Decadal Survey home page at the Goddard Space Flight Center


Geographic Coverage
 N: 90.0 S: -90.0  E: 180.0  W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: NASA Science Mission Directorate, Earth Sciences
Dataset Title: NASA Earth Science Decadal Survey Studies
Online Resource: http://decadal.gsfc.nasa.gov/


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > CENTRAL AMERICA
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL
CONTINENT > SOUTH AMERICA


Science Keywords
AGRICULTURE >AGRICULTURAL PLANT SCIENCE >CROP/PLANT YIELDS    [Definition]
AGRICULTURE >AGRICULTURAL PLANT SCIENCE >CROPPING SYSTEMS    [Definition]
AGRICULTURE >SOILS >SOIL MOISTURE/WATER CONTENT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >AEROSOL OPTICAL DEPTH/THICKNESS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >CARBONACEOUS AEROSOLS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >CLOUD CONDENSATION NUCLEI    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >DUST/ASH/SMOKE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >NITRATE PARTICLES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >ORGANIC PARTICLES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >PARTICULATE MATTER    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >SULFATE PARTICLES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AIR QUALITY >EMISSIONS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AIR QUALITY >SMOG    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AIR QUALITY >TROPOSPHERIC OZONE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >FREEZE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >STORMS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE MEASUREMENTS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >AIR TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >HUMIDITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >SURFACE WINDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD FREQUENCY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD HEIGHT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD TOP TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >PRECIPITATION AMOUNT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >RAIN    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >OUTGOING LONGWAVE RADIATION    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >CANOPY CHARACTERISTICS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >VEGETATION COVER    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SEA ICE >ICE DEPTH/THICKNESS    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SEA ICE >ICE EXTENT    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SEA ICE >ICE GROWTH/MELT    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SNOW/ICE >FREEZE/THAW    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SNOW/ICE >ICE DEPTH/THICKNESS    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SNOW/ICE >ICE EXTENT    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SNOW/ICE >ICE GROWTH/MELT    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SNOW/ICE >SNOW DEPTH    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >HABITAT CONVERSION/FRAGMENTATION >DEFORESTATION    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >NATURAL HAZARDS >WILDFIRES    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >NATURAL HAZARDS >FLOODS    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >GROUND WATER >GROUND WATER DISCHARGE/FLOW    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >GROUND WATER >DRAINAGE    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SNOW/ICE >FREEZE/THAW    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SNOW/ICE >ICE EXTENT    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SNOW/ICE >SNOW DEPTH    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SURFACE WATER >FLOODS    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >EROSION/SEDIMENTATION >LANDSLIDES    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LAND USE/LAND COVER >LAND COVER    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LAND USE/LAND COVER >LAND PRODUCTIVITY    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LAND USE/LAND COVER >LAND RESOURCES    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LAND USE/LAND COVER >LAND USE CLASSES    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >TOPOGRAPHY >LANDFORMS    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >TOPOGRAPHY >TOPOGRAPHICAL RELIEF    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >TOPOGRAPHY >TERRAIN ELEVATION    [Definition]
OCEANS >BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY >SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >INTERTIDAL ZONE    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >SEA LEVEL RISE    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >TIDAL HEIGHT    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN TEMPERATURE >SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
OCEANS >SEA ICE >ICE EXTENT    [Definition]
OCEANS >TIDES >TIDAL CURRENTS    [Definition]
OCEANS >TIDES >TIDAL HEIGHT    [Definition]
OCEANS >TIDES >TIDAL RANGE    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >GRAVITY/GRAVITATIONAL FIELD >GRAVITATIONAL FIELD    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >GRAVITY/GRAVITATIONAL FIELD >GRAVITY    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES >COASTAL LANDFORMS    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >TECTONICS >EARTHQUAKES >EARTHQUAKE OCCURRENCES    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >TECTONICS >EARTHQUAKES >EARTHQUAKE PREDICTIONS    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >TECTONICS >VOLCANIC ACTIVITY >ERUPTION DYNAMICS    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >TECTONICS >VOLCANIC ACTIVITY >ERUPTION DYNAMICS >ASH/DUST COMPOSITION    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >TECTONICS >VOLCANIC ACTIVITY >ERUPTION DYNAMICS >VOLCANIC GASES    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SEA ICE >SNOW DEPTH    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SEA ICE >SEA ICE ELEVATION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >BOUNDARY LAYER WINDS    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS >GLACIER MASS BALANCE/ICE SHEET MASS BALANCE    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS >GLACIER THICKNESS/ICE SHEET THICKNESS    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS >GLACIER ELEVATION/ICE SHEET ELEVATION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >CARBON AND HYDROCARBON COMPOUNDS >CARBON DIOXIDE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >OXYGEN COMPOUNDS >OZONE    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
INLAND WATERS
OCEANS


Platform
CLARREO >Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory    [Information]
DESDYNI >Deformation, Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics of Ice    [Information]
ICESAT-II >Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-II    [Information]
SMAP >Soil Moisture Active and Passive Observatory    [Information]
ASCENDS >Active Sensing of CO2 Emissions over Nights, Days, and Seasons    [Information]
GEO-CAPE >Geostationary Coastal and Air Pollution Events    [Information]
HYSPIRI >Hyperspectral Infrared Imager    [Information]
GRACE II >Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment II    [Information]
LIST >Lidar Surface Topography    [Information]
PATH >Precision and All-Weather Temperature and Humidity    [Information]
SCLP >Snow and Cold Land Processes    [Information]
SWOT >Surface Water Ocean Topography    [Information]
3D-WINDS >Three-Dimensional Tropospheric Winds from Space-based Lidar    [Information]
ACE (DECADAL SURVEY) >Aerosol - Cloud - Ecosystems    [Information]
GACM >Global Atmospheric Composition Mission    [Information]


Project
NASA DECADAL-SURVEY >NASA Decadal Survey Studies    [Information]


Data Set Progress
PLANNED


Data Center
Earth Sciences Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/decadal-surveys/

Data Center Personnel
Name: NASA SCIENCE MISSION DIRECTORATE DECADAL SURVEY


Personnel
SCOTT A. RITZ
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 301-614-5126
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Scott.A.Ritz at nasa.gov
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Global Change Master Directory
City: Greenbelt
Province or State: Maryland
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2010-08-17
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-02-17

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