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U.S. Group on Earth Observations calls for coordination, private sector engagement

11 December 2019

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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released an updated plan for U.S. Earth observation 09 December calling for improved coordination, greater engagement with the private sector and efforts to assess the value of the data.

"We really want to emphasize this is a national Earth-observation plan, not a federal Earth-observation plan," Lawrence Friedl, NASA Earth Science Division applied sciences program director and co-chair of the U.S. interagency Group on Earth Observations, said 09 December at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union here. The plan encompasses work in government agencies and private companies as well as nongovernmental organizations and academia, he added.

Source: SpaceNews

Image credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky - Lawrence Friedl, director of applied sciences in the NASA Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters, speaks at NASA's Earth Day event in 2016.