The Applications Program implements various engagement and participatory outreach activities, as well as an Early Adopter and Applied Users program, to build broad support for ICESat-2 applications, as well as to clarify the key data characteristics uniquely inherent to individual decision processes and operations (e.g. latency, spatial and temporal resolutions). In this presentation, we highlight the pre-launch and post-launch engagement initiatives, including information on the Early Adopter and Applied Users Programs to encourage and facilitate a pluralistic understanding of the utility of ICESat-2 data products within different decision-making contexts. Specific examples we will discuss are 1) use of land-vegetation height to inform national wildfire decisions, regional long-term land management, and international wind energy resources assessments; 2) use of inland water body height to inform coastal mapping and monitoring; and 3) use of sea ice height to inform operational ice charts for improved navigation in ice-infested waters. We will also discuss preliminary findings on the impact of the applications program to the mission and NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC), including how the program led to smarter design of the data products.
Overall, we present the ICESat-2 Applications Program as a novel pathway for building partnerships between satellite data users and mission scientists. The program allows direct feedback on the functionality and utility of ICESat-2 science data, along with tools and services supported by the NSIDC DAAC, to facilitate its integration into decision systems that support actions that influence the well-being of broad target communities. As such, we present the ICESat-2 Applications Program as an example of how the NASA Earth science community is supporting the coproduction of knowledge for new earth science observations to increase the effectiveness of their use in societally relevant decision processes and actions.