VALUABLES Consortium Capstone Celebration

A special event celebrating the VALUABLES community, spotlighting consortium results, and looking ahead to the future of socioeconomic assessment for Earth observations



Dec. 5, 2022


12:30 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.

Event Series


Event Details

Join the RFF-NASA VALUABLES Consortium community on Monday, December 5, for a celebratory capstone event about measuring the societal benefits of using satellite data in decisions. Our in-person program will include networking opportunities at a pre-event lunch and post-event reception.

During this half-day event, we will reflect on more than five years of the VALUABLES Consortium, which has involved socioeconomic research, capacity building, and convening. Gather with us as we celebrate the interdisciplinary consortium community, discuss socioeconomic impact assessment results and resources, reflect on lessons learned, and look ahead at future trends in socioeconomic assessment and impact measurement for Earth observations.

We will highlight research results from the VALUABLES community on health, water quality, ecosystems, and disasters. Researchers will reflect on lessons learned from quantifying the value of using satellite information in decisions that improve socioeconomically meaningful outcomes. We will spotlight impact assessment tools and resources, methods to measure the value of scientific information, and metrics for measuring progress against socioeconomic assessment goals.

The event will culminate in a forward-looking discussion about what qualitative, quantitative, microeconomic, and macroeconomic assessment opportunities members of the community could take up next to document and measure the societal value of Earth observations.

For in-person attendees, doors will open at 11:45 a.m. EST. A light lunch will be available. The capstone event will begin at 12:30 p.m. EST. A reception will follow the event after 4:30 p.m. EST.

Registration Information

This is a hybrid event with the option to attend in person or virtually. Please note that proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to enter the venue.


11:45 a.m. EST | Lunch | Available for in-person attendees

12:30 p.m. EST | Welcome Remarks

  • Yusuke Kuwayama, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and Resources for the Future (RFF)
  • Mike Toman, RFF
  • Shanna McClain,* NASA Earth Science Division Applied Sciences Program

12:50 p.m. EST | VALUABLES Consortium Highlights

  • Bethany Mabee,* RFF

1:00 p.m. EST | Panel Discussion: VALUABLES Community Impact Assessment Results and Lessons Learned

2:30 p.m. EST | Break | Coffee available for in-person attendees

3:00 p.m. EST | Impact Assessment Resources, Products, and Key Takeaways

  • Yusuke Kuwayama, UMBC and RFF

3:30 p.m. EST | A Look Ahead: What is the Future of Impact Measurement for Earth Observations?

  • Lawrence Friedl, NASA Earth Science Division Applied Sciences Program
  • Vanessa Escobar, NOAA National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service
  • Joseph Conran, NOAA Office of the Chief Economist
  • Greg Snyder, USGS National Land Imaging Program
  • Moderator: Ann Bartuska, RFF and Environmental Defense Fund

4:30 p.m. EST | Meeting Adjourns | Post-event reception for in-person attendees

*Designates pre-recorded speaker remarks **Designates remote speaker

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