The VALUABLES Consortium is working to build capacity within the Earth science community to quantify the value of Earth observations. Our tutorials, webinars, workshops, and digital media describe the terms, concepts, and methods scientists can use to develop rigorous impact assessments for specific satellite data applications.
With this knowledge, Earth scientists can play a more integral role in the work needed to quantify and build awareness about the socioeconomic benefits of Earth science applications.
Explainer — Mar 5, 2019
Value of Science 101: What Is "Value"?
What do economists mean by value, and how do they think about the value of information?
Explainer — Mar 5, 2019
Value of Science 102: Measuring How Scientific Research Benefits Society Using Economics
Valuing Earth science information empowers scientists to show how their work benefits people and the environment.
Explainer — Apr 22, 2021
Value of Science 103: Categorizing the Socioeconomic Benefits of Scientific Information, Part 1
This installment of the VALUABLES explainer series describes a three-step process for categorizing the societal benefits from Earth science information when we use it to inform decisions.
Explainer — May 20, 2021
Value of Science 104: Categorizing the Socioeconomic Benefits of Scientific Information, Part 2
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.
Explainer — Jun 24, 2021
Value of Science 105: Three Principles of the Value of Information
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.
Explainer — Jul 22, 2021
Value of Science 106: The VALUABLES Impact Assessment Framework
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.
Explainer — Aug 26, 2021
Value of Science 107: The VALUABLES Impact Assessment Framework, Step 1: Identifying Improved Information and Its Alternatives
Identifying the decisionmaker, context, and alternative sources of information are all part of a crucial first step in an effective impact assessment.
Explainer — Sep 23, 2021
Value of Science 108: The VALUABLES Impact Assessment Framework, Step 2: Identifying How New Information Influences Decisions
In the second step of the VALUABLES impact assessment framework, we examine how differences in information may influence decisionmakers' actions.
Explainer — Oct 21, 2021
Value of Science 109: The VALUABLES Impact Assessment Framework, Step 3: Identifying How Decisions Influence Outcomes for People and the Environment
In the third step of the VALUABLES Impact Assessment Framework, we explore the impact of decisionmaking processes on people and the environment.
Explainer — Oct 29, 2019
Video Explainer: Introducing the VALUABLES Consortium Impact Assessment Framework
How can the societal benefits of information like satellite data be measured?
Workshop/Seminar — Oct 30, 2019
2019 VALUABLES Consortium Annual Workshop
The VALUABLES Consortium's workshop is an annual gathering of economists, NASA experts, Earth scientists, decisionmakers, and thought leaders.
RFF Live — Oct 30, 2019
Taking the Pulse of a Changing Planet
Watch experts discuss past, present, and future opportunities in applications of satellite data.
Webinar — Oct 16, 2019
VALUABLES Consortium Grants for Assessing the Benefits of Satellites: Applicant Webinar
Learn more about the VALUABLES Consortium's GABS funding opportunity.
Webinar — Jan 17, 2019
Using the Social Cost of Carbon to Value Earth Observing Systems
Presented at the RFF-CMCC European Institute
Speeches & Presentations — Dec 10, 2018
2018 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting
Join the VALUABLES Consortium at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting to learn more about our work to quantify the socioeconomic benefits of Earth observations when they are used to make decisions.
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).
Common Resources — Feb 9, 2021
Estimating the Value of NOAA’s Digital Coast
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.
Resources Magazine — Mar 18, 2020
Satellite Data Can Inform Water Policy
Earth scientists and water managers can use satellite data to maintain water quality and availability.
Resources Magazine — Oct 9, 2019
Satellites Help Keep Communities Safe from Toxic Algal Blooms
Satellites can serve as public health heroes, passing along important information that’s gathered from the vantage point of outer space, protecting communities and saving them money in the process.
Resources Magazine — Jan 29, 2018
How Do We Measure the Value of Satellite Data?
The value of satellite data analyzed.
Resources Magazine — Apr 4, 2017
Capturing the Value of Data from Earth Observations
RFF’s Yusuke Kuwayama sat down to discuss the new RFF-NASA consortium to help experts better understand the socioeconomic benefits of Earth observa...
Resources Radio — Mar 23, 2021
Space, Satellites, and Society: New Tools for Policymakers, with Danielle Wood
Danielle Wood describes how novel space technologies can protect fragile ecosystems and empower historically underserved communities.
Resources Radio — Jun 16, 2020
Space: The Next Great Market Opportunity, with Michael Toman
Michael Toman discusses how collaborations between the public and private sectors can safely expand space travel and open up new markets.
Resources Radio — Dec 25, 2018
Resources Radio: Sensing Pollution with Satellites, with RFF's Alan Krupnick and Daniel Sullivan
RFF Senior Fellow Alan Krupnick and RFF Fellow Daniel Sullivan join host Daniel Raimi to discuss how they are using satellite data to better measure air pollution in the United States.
Common Resources — Mar 13, 2017
Learning About Earth from Space: New RFF Podcast on the Value of Data from Satellites
In this podcast, RFF Fellow Yusuke Kuwayama talks about his research on water scarcity using data collected from satellites.