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Project Title:

Committee on Earth Sciences and Applications from Space
PIN: DEPS-SSB-16-10        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Space Studies Board DEPS

RSO: Charo, Art

Subject/Focus Area: Earth Sciences; Math, Chemistry and Physics; Space and Aeronautics

Project Scope
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will appoint the Committee on Earth Sciences and Applications from Space (CESAS) to operate as an ad-hoc committee. The overarching purpose for the committee is to support scientific progress in Earth system science and applications, with an emphasis on research requiring global data that are best acquired from space and to assist the federal government in planning programs in these fields by providing advice on the implementation of decadal survey recommendations. The CESAS provides an independent, authoritative forum for identifying and discussing issues in Earth Sciences and Applications from Space between the research community, the federal government, and the interested public.

The CESAS will issue reports that will provide guidance to federal agencies that support Earth science research and application from space. The CESAS scope spans space-based and supporting ground-based activities in support of progress in developing a scientific understanding of the Earth system and its response to natural and human-induced changes in order to enable improved prediction of climate, weather, and natural hazards for present and future generations. These programs include an end-to-end approach encompassing observations from space-based and suborbital platforms, data and information management, research and analysis, modeling, scientific assessments, applications demonstration, technology development, and education. The CESAS’s scope also includes appropriate cross-disciplinary areas and consideration of budget and programmatic aspects of the implementation of the relevant ESAS-2007 or ESAS-2017 decadal survey.

The Committee will build on the current decadal survey of the field, "Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond” (ESAS-2007)--and subsequently the ESAS-2017 report when it is released--and monitor the progress of its recommended priorities for the most important scientific and technical activities in the relevant decadal survey report and recommendations in the mid-decadal review report issued in 2012.

The committee will carry out its charge by undertaking the following tasks:

1. At each of its in-person meetings, as appropriate, the committee may prepare concise assessments of progress on the implementation of the decadal survey's recommended scientific and technical activities. The assessments will be based on evidence gathered by the committee at its in-person and virtual meetings. The committee’s assessment reports may include findings and conclusions on key strategies being pursued by the agencies and the status of agency actions that relate to the state of implementation. The reports may also highlight scientific discoveries and engineering and technical advances relevant to progress on the science objectives identified in the ESAS-2007 or ESAS-2017 decadal report, as appropriate, and in addition will focus on one or more of the following types of issues:

The scientific impact of a change in the technical and engineering design, cost estimate, schedule, or programmatic sequencing of one or more of the survey-recommended activities;
The impact of a scientific advance on the technical and engineering design, schedule, or programmatic sequencing of one or more survey-recommended activities;
The scientific impact of a course of action at a decision point described in the survey report and recommended therein as being suitable for consultation with an independent decadal survey implementation committee;
The scientific impact of implementing recommendations from the mid-decadal review and other relevant Academies' reports.
2. For advisory activities assessed to require a more in-depth review than is possible through the normal operation of the CESAS, the committee will assist the Academies in formulating the task and committee membership for such studies which will be designed as separate tasks.

This activity is funded by NASA

Project Duration: 60 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 03/28/2017
 Meeting 2 - 10/23/2017
 Meeting 3 - 03/27/2018


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