Satellites can be used to collect valuable information about Earth’s natural resources, such as forest coverage loss, drought progression, and extreme weather patterns. RFF experts are crafting tools to utilize these data to more accurately understand the impacts of environmental issues and policies both globally and regionally.
Working Paper — Jul 11, 2019
The Cost-Effectiveness of Satellite Earth Observations to Inform a Post-Wildfire Response
This study demonstrates the cost-effectiveness of using satellite imagery to assess burned areas and prioritize response measures after a wildfire; it shows that, by using Landsat imagery, federal agencies can save up to $7.7 million per year in post-fire costs.
Working Paper — Sep 12, 2018
Using Satellite Data to Fill the Gaps in the US Air Pollution Monitoring Network
This paper uses new satellite data to assess fine particulate matter concentrations and finds that 24.4 million more Americans than previously thought live in counties that do not meet the annual health standard set under the Clean Air Act.
Journal Article — Nov 29, 2017
The Value of Remotely Sensed Information: The Case of a GRACE-Enhanced Drought Severity Index
Webinar — Jan 17, 2019
Using the Social Cost of Carbon to Value Earth Observing Systems
Presented at the RFF-CMCC European Institute
Webinar — Sep 4, 2018
Measuring and Assessing the Socioeconomic Value of Earth Science Data
Hosted by Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), this webinar explores specific approaches and techniques that are currently being used and developed to measure and assess the socioeconomic value of Earth science data.
Webinar — May 23, 2017
Understanding the Benefits of Observing Earth from Space
RFF Fellow Yusuke Kuwayama introduced RFF’s Consortium for the Valuation of Applications Benefits Linked with Earth Science (VALUABLES), a cooperative agreement between RFF and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Press Release — Jul 11, 2019
Satellite Imagery Saves Federal Agencies up to $7.7 Million per Year in Post-Wildfire Costs
A new VALUABLES study finds that using the Landsat satellite program is the most cost-effective method to assess burned land and prioritize responses.
Media Highlight — Sep 13, 2018
EPA Staff Co-Wrote Study Linking Emissions to Death
Media Highlight — Jan 26, 2018