RCA-EO Achieving the Vision

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This video outlines the Land Remote Sensing Program Requirements, Capabilities and Analysis for Earth Observation Project will conduct their analysis and define future remote sensing requirements.


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Length: 00:05:08

Location Taken: Reston, VA, US


The United States invests billions of dollars
each year in Earth observing systems that

help protect lives and property... preserve
natural resources... and expand our understanding

of the Earth.

U.S. Earth observation efforts are distributed
among more than 100 programs under the purview

of Federal agencies and non-Federal entities
that both produce and use these data.

One of the USGS missions is to study and understand
natural hazards, and we rely heavily on Earth

observing systems and the critical information
they provide.

Understanding the relative value of each of
these observing systems in meeting user needs

is critical for prioritizing Earth observing

Through the Land Remote Sensing Program's
Requirements Capabilities and Analysis for

Earth Observations, the U.S. Geological Survey
is working with its partners to comprehensively

document user requirements and the observation
systems that can satisfy them.

For the first time, USGS will have a complete
view of Earth observing systems capabilities,

can value the contribution of each system,
and can develop a vision, a vision for the

future informed by a comprehensive and enduring
set of user requirements.

Then integrating these user requirements into
our decision process will help us better serve

our stakeholder community and exercise good
stewardship of the taxpayer's investment in

Earth observing systems.

As the Nation's Earth observation capacity
has grown, so has the complexity of this endeavor.

The National Strategy for Civil Earth Observations
is designed to maximize interagency coordination,

increase the efficiency and efficacy of future
Earth observation efforts, and promote environmental

and economic sustainability.

The 2012 National Earth Observation Assessment
was a first it provided us the first integrated

look at Earth observing systems, thus, informing
the development of The National Plan for Civil

Earth Observations.

The Plan presents a new framework for constructing
a balanced portfolio of these systems.

We are engaging hundreds of scientists, managers,
and product creators to address this highly

complex Earth observations landscape.

To document the value currently delivered,
we use a value tree technique to link the

earth observations to the benefit they provide.

The value tree can be described in three parts.

First, we define stakeholder interests and
what users are trying to accomplish the top

of the value tree.

Second, we identify and assess the products,
services, and models that deliver the value

of Earth observations.

And third, we identify and assess the specific
Earth observations and measures that form

the foundation of this value the base of the
value tree.

Multiple value trees can then be modeled within
a single, integrated framework from which

user requirements are developed, maintained,
and analyzed to inform decision-making.

For an event like Hurricane Sandy, a broad
suite of observations are needed.

Sensors deployed on satellites, aircraft,
and in-situ provides data that can be combined

to model the impacts and help us create a
vision of a more resilient and sustainable


Having a comprehensive view and understanding
of Earth observing requirements needed to

support our hazards mission helps us to see,
and show others, the integrated suite of Earth

observing systems that provide critical information
needed to do our work.

We are committed to reaching out and working
with our user community to capture user needs.

Together with our federal partners, we are
assembling this comprehensive big-picture

view of the Nation’s Earth observing enterprise
and assessing the relative value to our stakeholders.

This unprecedented view of the requirements
and capabilities will support the analysis

needed to lay out the vision for tomorrow.

We look forward to building this collaborative,
integrated capability.

We hope you will join us.

To learn more, go to rcaeo.usgs.gov.