From observations to decision support: the new paradigm for satellite data

J. Douglas McCuistion, Ronald Birk
2005 Acta Astronautica  
Global observations and scientific expertise are becoming increasingly crucial to sound decision-making affecting a variety of economic and social challenges. Conversely, decision maker's awareness of the benefits of space-based observations is crucial to the future of the remote sensing industry. This can only be accomplished through increased availability and accessibility to support tools capable of providing decision makers with the knowledge they require. Space-based systems, and the data
more » ... ollected, must migrate from the purely scientific research realm into Earth observation architectures that support interoperable models. These architectures and interoperable models are the framework for the high fidelity, interoperable decision support tools of tomorrow. The NASA Earth Science Enterprise (ESE) is placing new emphasis on exploitation of science expertise and global observations to bring these decision support systems into reality and widespread acceptance. The U.S. Administration is taking bold steps to implement the President's vision for remote sensing and applications. Concurrently the ESE is implementing an architecture, and aligning systems, research and resources to this end, defining six scientific themes to frame mission concept selection and system development. In parallel, applications and technologies are being initiated and expanded to advance NASA-sponsored observations and predictions into practical-use models and decision support tools.
doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2004.09.046 fatcat:znk2fint7fhstgmarm276mk5tq