Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space – New Report and Public Briefing Jan. 5

Over the past 60 years, scientific and practical knowledge about the Earth have grown rapidly, largely because of the perspective provided by satellite-based Earth observations.

Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space, a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, identifies top priorities and measurements for the U.S. government's space-based Earth system science program, and provides recommendations for an integrated and sustainable approach.

The report will be released at a public briefing on Friday, Jan. 5. Participating from the committee that wrote the report:

National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt will offer welcoming remarks. Those who cannot attend in person may watch a live webcast of the briefing here.

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Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only starting at noon EST on Thursday, Jan. 4. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 5.  The public briefing will run from 11 a.m. to noon in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C.  Reporters who wish to attend the briefing or obtain a copy of the report should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail