2019 VALUABLES Consortium Annual Workshop

The VALUABLES Consortium's workshop is an annual gathering of economists, NASA experts, Earth scientists, decisionmakers, and thought leaders.


Oct. 30, 2019


10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET


Ann Bartuska, Richard Bernknopf, Savannah Cooley, Lawrence Friedl, Alan Krupnick, Yusuke Kuwayama, Bethany Mabee, Abhishek Nagaraj, Molly Robertson, Brigitte Roth Tran, Blake Schaeffer, Carl Shapiro, and Andrew Steinkruger

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Event Details

On October 30, 2019, Resources for the Future (RFF) hosted the VALUABLES Consortium’s 2019 workshop, an annual gathering of economists, NASA experts, Earth scientists, decisionmakers, and thought leaders working to estimate and communicate how satellite data benefits society when we use it to make decisions.

Workshop program highlights included:

  • New results from case studies that quantify how using satellite data in decisions about managing health and air quality, water quality, flooding, agriculture, endangered species, and wildfires improves socioeconomically-meaningful outcomes for people and the environment.
  • Discussions with NASA, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and US Geological Survey (USGS) experts about collaborating with economists to measure the socioeconomic benefits of using satellite data applications in decisionmaking and using the consortium’s microeconomic framework to guide this process.

When: Wednesday, October 30, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

VALUABLES is a cooperative agreement between RFF and NASA.

Event Video

What do we do?

Here are four impact assessments that quantify how society benefits when people use satellite information to manage . . .

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Harmful Algal Blooms | Where CyAN helped a Utah community avoid $600,000 in HAB-exposure healthcare costs in 2017


Wildfires | Where Landsat saves federal agencies up to $7.7 million each year in post-wildfire response costs

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Air Quality Regulation | Where MODIS and other data could be used to enforce the Clean Air Act, which would have avoided over 5,400 premature deaths in 2016–17, a welfare gain to society of $49 billion

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Crop Yields | Where data that reduce weather-related uncertainty for corn and soybean yields by 30 percent would be valued at $1.44 billion per year


12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. How to Build a Culture of Impact Assessment
Savannah Cooley, Blake Schaeffer, and Carl Shapiro
Moderator: Yusuke Kuwayama

2:30 p.m.–2:50 p.m. Grants for Assessing the Benefits of Satellites(GABS)
Presenter: Alan Krupnick

2:50 p.m.–3:20 p.m. Coffee Break

3:20 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Impact Assessments from the Broader Community
Abhishek Nagaraj and Brigitte Roth Tran

4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. A Look Ahead: What's Next for VALUABLES?Presenters: Yusuke Kuwayama and Bethany Mabee

RFF Live Event

5:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. RFF Live's "Taking the Pulse of a Changing Planet," where a panel of experts discuss past, present, and future opportunities in applications of satellite data.



Savannah Cooley

Impact Assessment Lead, Western Water Applications Office, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Lawrence Friedl

Lawrence Friedl

Director, Applied Sciences Program, NASA

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Abhishek Nagaraj

Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley


Brigitte Roth Tran

Senior Economist, Federal Reserve

Blake Schaeffer

Blake Schaeffer

Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Carl Shapiro

Center Director, Science and Decisions Center, U.S. Geological Survey

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