VALUABLES is a collaboration with NASA to measure how satellite information benefits people and the environment when it is used to make decisions.
Learn about the socioeconomic benefits that Earth observations provide when people use them to make decisions.
Browse our educational materials—including an ongoing "Value of Science" explainer series—and learn more about our activities to support the Earth science community in quantifying the societal value of its work.
These grant-funded research projects quantify the benefits of satellite data that inform decisions and lead to improved outcomes.
Learn about the experts involved with the VALUABLES Consortium.
— Jul 22, 2021
The VALUABLES impact assessment framework can be used to investigate how new data influences decisions and quantifies how these decisions improve societal outcomes, such as lives or dollars saved.
— Jun 24, 2021
When does information benefit society, and how can its value be measured? This explainer answers these questions and introduces a framework to measure the value of information.
— May 20, 2021
This installment of the VALUABLES explainer series describes three ways to categorize the societal benefits from Earth science information when we use it to inform decisions.
— Oct 30, 2019
The VALUABLES Consortium's workshop is an annual gathering of economists, NASA experts, Earth scientists, decisionmakers, and thought leaders.
— Oct 30, 2019
Watch experts discuss past, present, and future opportunities in applications of satellite data.
— Oct 16, 2019
Learn more about the VALUABLES Consortium's GABS funding opportunity.
— Feb 9, 2021
An RFF report examines ways in which the Digital Coast, an online platform run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, creates societal value through better-informed decisionmaking on coastal issues.
— Jun 24, 2020
As Americans head to the shores and lakefronts this summer, a new analysis reveals just how valuable satellites-based detection of harmful algal blooms can be in protecting visitors and residents alike.
— Jun 11, 2020
RFF and NASA Fund Three Projects to Assess the Benefits of Satellites
— Mar 23, 2021
Danielle Wood describes how novel space technologies can protect fragile ecosystems and empower historically underserved communities.
— Feb 9, 2021
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) maintains a website, the “Digital Coast,” that hosts a variety of useful tools for coastal management. New RFF research estimates the economic value of uses of the site and finds sizable benefits.
— Oct 22, 2020
Michael Toman, lead climate change economist at the World Bank’s Development Research Group, discusses on the Resources Radio podcast the commercialization and privatization of outer space.