PA015:
Methods for Assessing the Impact and Value of Earth Observations and Geospatial Data for Decision-Making





Session ID#: 26765

Session Description:
Earth observations and geospatial data contribute to societal benefit through improved decision-making, however identifying and quantifying those benefits is challenging. Characterizing the impact of Earth observations and geospatial data on decisions is difficult, which impacts the ability to estimate the value of this information. Accurate estimates of the impact and value of Earth observations and geospatial data allow policy-makers to make informed decisions about the provision and continuity of critical measurements of Earth system processes. The purpose of this session is to identify and compare methods for identifying and quantifying the impact of Earth observations and geospatial data on decisions and determining the value of that information. Methods papers and case studies that address specific applications of Earth observations and geospatial data to decisions by end-users, including governments, researchers, communities, NGOs, and the private sector, are encouraged.
Primary Convener:  Jason Gallo, Science and Technology Policy Institute, Washington, DC, United States
Conveners:  Steven M Lev, Science and Technology Policy Institute, Washington, DC, United States and Lawrence Friedl, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, United States
Index Terms:

1918 Decision analysis [INFORMATICS]
6304 Benefit-cost analysis [POLICY SCIENCES]
6314 Demand estimation [POLICY SCIENCES]
6620 Science policy [PUBLIC ISSUES]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Kirsty Langley1, Eva Mätzler1, Magali Barba2, Mikkel Høegh Bojesen1, Rafael Caduff3, Colm O'Cofaigh4, John Fitzgerald Dehls5, GEUS working group 16, Sylfest Glimsdal7, Carl Bonnevie Harbitz7, Reginald L Hermanns5, Andreas Kaab8, Brian Kibenich9, Yme Kvistedal7, Henrik Langeland7, Yngvar Larsen10, Finn Løvholt7, Patrick J Lynett11, Paul J Morin12, Lea Odermatt13, Eric J Rignot14, Per Sparrevik7, Andreas Wiesmann3, Mike Willis15 and Karl Brix Zinglersen16, (1)Asiaq, Greenland Survey, Nuuk, Greenland, (2)California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Pomona, CA, United States, (3)Gamma Remote Sensing, Guemligen, Switzerland, (4)University of Durham, Durham, United Kingdom, (5)Geological Survey of Norway, Trondheim, Norway, (6)Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, København K, Denmark, (7)Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo, Norway, (8)University of Oslo, Geosciences, Oslo, Norway, (9)Government of Greenland, Nuuk, Greenland, (10)NORUT Northern Research Institute, Tromsø, Norway, (11)University of Southern Califor, Los Angeles, CA, United States, (12)Polar Geospatial Center, St Paul, MN, United States, (13)SKH Geologen, Stans, Switzerland, (14)Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, (15)CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States, (16)Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Nuuk, Greenland
Emily Sylak-Glassman, Science and Technology Policy Institute, Washington, DC, United States
Vanessa M Escobar1, Lawrence Friedl2 and Christine k Bonniksen2, (1)NASA Headquarters, Washington DC, DC, United States, (2)NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, United States
Sol Vitkin, William E. J. Doane and Justin C. Mary, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute, Washington, DC, United States
Yusuke Kuwayama, Bethany Mabee and Shannon Wulf Tregar, Resources for the Future, Washington, DC, United States
Robert R Downs1, Robert S Chen2 and Joachim Schumacher2, (1)Columbia University of New York, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Palisades, NY, United States, (2)Columbia University of New York, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Palisades, NY, United States
Neil Brandt, Alec Brazeau, Katie Browning and Rachel Meier, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States
Zamir Libohova1, Phillip R Owens2, Cathy A Seybold1, Skye A. Wills3, Steve Peaslee4, Dylan Beaudette5 and David Lloyd Lindbo6, (1)Organization Not Listed, Washington, DC, United States, (2)USDA, ARS, Fayettville, AR, United States, (3)Iowa State University, Ames, IA, United States, (4)USDA, NRCS, Lincoln, NE, United States, (5)USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Sonora, CA, United States, (6)North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, United States
Francoise Pearlman1, Carl D Shapiro2, Monica Grasso3, Jay Pearlman1, Jeffery E. Adkins4, Emily Pindilli2 and Denna Geppi3, (1)FourBridges, Port Angeles, WA, United States, (2)USGS, Reston, VA, United States, (3)NOAA, Silver Spring, MD, United States, (4)NOAA, Charleston, United States
Isaac Morrison, Management Systems International, Washington, DC, United States and Jared Steven Berenter, Management Systems International, Islamabad, Pakistan

See more of: Public Affairs