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5 October 2006 NASA's Earth observation programs
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The purpose of NASA's Science Mission Directorate's Earth Science Division (ESD) is to develop a scientific understanding of Earth's system and its response to natural or human-induced changes, and to improve prediction of climate, weather, and natural hazards. ESD conducts and sponsors research, collects new observations from space, develops technologies and extends science and technology education to learners of all ages. We work closely with our global partners in government, industry, and the public to enhance economic security, and environmental stewardship, benefiting society in many tangible ways. We conduct and sponsor research to answer fundamental science questions about the changes we see in climate, weather, and natural hazards, and deliver sound science that helps decision-makers make informed decisions. Using the view from space to study the Earth, researchers can better predict critical changes to Earth and its space environment. ESD has a critical role in implementing three major national directives: •Climate Change Research through the Climate Change Science Program •Global Earth Observation System of Systems through the Interagency Working Group on Earth Observations (IWGEO) •U.S Ocean Action Plan. NASA's ESD currently has a system of spacecraft collecting observations of the Earth system and in the months and years ahead will deploy new satellites and constellations with advanced measurement capabilities.
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Steven P. Neeck and Theodore F. Hammer "NASA's Earth observation programs", Proc. SPIE 6361, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites X, 63610C (5 October 2006);


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