Goddard Applied Sciences Seminar Series

Quantifying the Socioeconomic Benefits of Earth Observations in Decision-Making

6.18.18 @ 3pm, 33:H114

There is a need to substantiate the benefits of Earth science applications in socially and economically meaningful terms in order to demonstrate return on investment and to prioritize investments across data products, modeling capabilities, and information systems. However, methods and techniques for quantifying the value proposition of Earth observations are currently not fully established. Furthermore, improvements are needed to link the decision processes informed by Earth observations that produce actions to direct societal benefits. This presentation will provide an introduction to the terms, concepts, and methods needed to assess the societal impact of Earth observations and applications. This introduction will be followed by an overview of existing case studies that quantify the socioeconomic value of satellite data applications in specific decision contexts including weather forecasting, maritime navigation, and climate observation. Finally, the presentation will describe opportunities for Earth scientists to participate in capacity building activities through the Consortium for the Valuation of Applications Benefits Linked with Earth Science (VALUABLES), a cooperative agreement between Resources for the Future (RFF) and NASA.

Yusuke Kuwayama & Bethany Mabee, Resources for the Future
Yusuke Kuwayama is a Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF) and Director of Socioeconomic Studies for the 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) to carry out research, outreach, and communications activities relating to the societal value of information derived from Earth observations.

Tropospheric Ozone Air Pollution (1958) and Still a Problem for Crops and Native Vegetation (2018)

7.23.18 @ 3pm, 33:H114

John M. Skelly, Ph.D is a retired Professor of Plant Pathology from the Pennsylvania State University.

John retired from Penn State in 2004 and moved to Lake Anna with wife Linda and now continues as a consultant to NASA for the development of bioindicator gardens for demonstrating the effects of ozone air pollution on sensitive plants. He also serves locally as a consultant for hazardous tree evaluations around the Lake Anna and tri-county area.

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Goddard Applied Sciences brings together Goddard's vast Earth Science resources for societal benefit. Goddard Applied Sciences coordinates projects funded by a variety of NASA programs and missions, connects NASA researchers with end users, supports interagency activities, and develops external partnerships. Activities span the range of the Earth Sciences; current working groups include air quality, climate, water and natural disaster-related applications.

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