Discussion Paper

Earth Science Remote Sensing Data - Contributions to Natural Resources Policymaking

Aug 29, 2005 | Molly K. Macauley, Fred M. Vukovich

Abstract

This paper traces the evolution of space-derived remote sensing data and data products from their initial dissemination to their impact on public policy related to climate change. We focus on the examples of renewable energy, public health, and ecosystem assessment. Our approach differs from previous studies that have characterized the value of data in terms of the fundamental scientific phenomena they describe. In our research we have sought to identify contributions of space-derived earth science in “making a difference” beyond scientific understanding, thereby providing at least a partial answer to questions about the utility of research posed by Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, managers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other decisionmakers.