- WEB EXCLUSIVE
- PE COFFEEHAUS
Coordinated through the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), 18 federal agencies collaborated on the draft plan. With the massive effort already well in place, thousands of individual pieces of technology have been demonstrating their value in estimating crop yields, monitoring water and air quality and improving airline safety. The effort aims to integrate these systems into a more powerful “systems-of-systems” that can offer broad new capabilities.
The draft plan focuses on nine areas of societal benefit in which work is underway and progress can be realized most quickly, including improved weather forecasting, reduced loss of life and property from disasters, protection and monitoring of ocean resource, and protection and management of water, energy and other natural resources.
The U.S. plan will be presented to ministers at the third global Earth Observation Summit scheduled for Feb. 16, 2005, in Brussels. For the plan, see http://iwgeo.ssc.nasa.gov/draftstrategicplan.asp. To learn about the Global Earth Observation System, visit http://earthobservations.org.