Meteorological and Environmental Satellite Observing Systems: From 50 Years Ago to 15 Years Ahead
14th Symposium on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface (IOAS-AOLS)
6th Annual Symposium on Future National Operational Environmental Satellite Systems-NPOESS and GOES-R


Earth Science Applications from Space—An Update on the Decadal Survey

Richard A. Anthes, UCAR, Boulder, CO

Natural and human-induced changes in the Earth system—from our planet's interior to the land surface, atmosphere, and oceans—affect all life. If we are to understand and respond effectively to these changes, we need a foundation of observations collected from the land, sea, air, and space, assimilated for maximum usefulness in forecast models and other tools for decision making. In January 2007 the National Research Council released the first ever decadal survey of the Earth Sciences. The report Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond, available at, describes 17 space missions for the next decade and represents a balanced approach to observing Earth from space. The report asserts that obtaining practical benefits for humankind should play an equal role with the quest to acquire new knowledge about Earth. Their overarching objective is a program of science and applications that will enhance economic competitiveness, protect life and property, and assist in the stewardship of our home planet for present and future generations.

My talk gives a brief summary of the recommended Earth observing missions and provides an update on the status of their implementation.

Recorded presentation

Joint Session 4, Meteorological and Environmental Satellite Observing Systems: …to 15 Years Ahead (I)
Tuesday, 19 January 2010, 8:15 AM-9:45 AM, B313

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