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Relevant Organizations

The VALUABLES Consortium is one of a number of groups working to advance the use of Earth observations and highlight their socioeconomic benefits. Some of the many relevant organizations, communities, and publications are included below.

US Federal Government Agencies

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

NASA’s vision is to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind. (Source)

Applied Sciences Program

NASA’s Applied Sciences Program funds projects that enable innovative uses of NASA Earth science data in organizations' policy, business, and management decisions. (Source)

Western Water Applications Office (WWAO)

WWAO’s work focuses on accelerating the application of NASA observations and scientific analysis techniques to tangible, important and timely water management problems. (Source)             

Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (HAQAST)

HAQAST is a collaborative team that works in partnership with public health and air quality agencies to use NASA data and tools for the public benefit. (Source)

Earth Observations for Food Security and Agriculture Consortium (EOFSAC)

EOFSAC is a new, multidisciplinary program commissioned by NASA and led by the University of Maryland to enhance the use of satellite data in decision making related to food security and agriculture domestically and globally. (Source)

Goddard Applied Sciences

Goddard Applied Sciences brings together NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s vast Earth Science resources for societal benefit. They coordinate projects funded by a variety of NASA programs and missions, connect NASA researchers with end users, support interagency activities, and develop external partnerships. (Source)

Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC)

SEDAC is one of NASA’s Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) in the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). Focusing on human interactions in the environment, SEDAC has as its mission to develop and operate applications that support the integration of socioeconomic and earth science data and to serve as an "Information Gateway" between earth sciences and social sciences. (Source)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

NOAA’s mission—science, service and stewardship—encompasses understanding and predicting changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts; sharing that knowledge and information with others; and conserving and managing coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. (Source)

Office of the Chief Economist

NOAA’s Office of the Chief Economist works with all of NOAA’s Line Offices to coordinate social science activities across the agency to increase the impact of NOAA investments and improve the creation and communication of societal value. (Source)

National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)

NESDIS provides secure and timely access to global environmental data and information from satellites and other sources to promote and protect the Nation's security, environment, economy, and quality of life. (Source)

US Geological Survey (USGS)

USGS’ mission is to serve the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life. (Source

Land Remote Sensing Program (LRS)

The goal of the LRS Program is to provide the federal government and the public with a primary source of remotely sensed data and applications and to be a leader in defining the future of land remote sensing, nationally and internationally. (Source)

Science and Decisions Center (SDC)

The SDC is an interdisciplinary organization advancing the use of science in natural resource decision making. (Source)

Social and Economic Analysis (SEA) Branch, Fort Collins Science Center

The SEA Branch at USGS’s Fort Collins Science Center provides unique capabilities in the U.S. Geological Survey by leading projects that integrate social, behavioral, economic, and natural science in the context of human–natural resource interactions. (Source)

International Organizations, Communities, and Agencies

Group on Earth Observations (GEO)

GEO is an intergovernmental organization working to improve the availability, access and use of Earth observations for the benefit of society. (Source)


GEOValue is an international community with focus on the value and socioeconomic impacts of geospatial information for decision making. (Source)

European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC)

EARSC’s mission is to foster the development of the European Earth observation geo-information services industry. (Source)

European Space Agency (ESA)

ESA’s mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. (Source)

Professional Societies

American Meteorological Society (AMS)

AMS’ mission is to advance the atmospheric and related sciences, technologies, applications, and services for the benefit of society. (Source)

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

AGU’s mission is to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. (Source)


AGU describes its publication Eos as the leading source for trustworthy news and perspectives about the Earth and space sciences and their impact. (Source)

AGU’s Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX)

TEX’s mission is to help volunteer scientists and community leaders work together to use science, especially Earth and space science, to tackle community issues and advance local priorities related to natural hazards, natural resources, and climate change. (Source)

AGU’s Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences Focus Group (SIPS)

SIPS seeks to facilitate the connection between Earth and space science and society and help achieve AGU’s mission. (Source)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

AAAS’ mission is to advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people. (Source)

American Society for Photogammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)

ASPRS’ mission is to advance knowledge and improve understanding of mapping sciences to promote the responsible applications of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and supporting technologies. (Source)

Collaborative Communities

Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

ESIP’s mission is to support the networking and data dissemination needs of ESIP members and the global Earth science data community by linking the functional sectors of observation, research, application, education and use of Earth science. (Source)



Earthzine is an online source for news, articles, information and educational materials about Earth science, Earth observations and users of Earth information for the international Earth-observing community. (Source)


Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Earth Institute, Columbia University

CIESIN is a center within the Earth Institute at Columbia University. CIESIN works at the intersection of the social, natural, and information sciences, and specializes in on-line data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment. (Source)

Space Policy Institute (SPI), Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

The Institute conducts research, offers graduate courses and organizes seminars, symposia, and conferences on topics related to domestic and international space policy. (Source)