The NASA contribution to the U.S. Global Change Research Program is termed the Mission to Planet Earth. Components of the Mission to Planet Earth, such as the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), have already been flown; and several other satellites will be flown in the next few years. The major component of the Mission to Planet Earth is the Earth Observing System (EOS) scheduled for initial launch in 1998. Considerable volumes of valuable data will be stored and made accessible through the EOS Data and Information System and environmental impact studies. The challenges in making these data available are to provide the technologies and infrastructure to make them accessible to scientists, resource managers, and decision-makers in a timely and cost-effective fashion. In addition, students must be trained and given the background to make optimal use of remotely sensed data, such as that forthcoming from space borne observing platforms.
Salomonson, Vincent V.
"Global resources and mission to planet earth,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues: Vol. 2
, Article 3.
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