Connecting Earth observations with land management requires a concerted effort between the different agencies. We seek to advance a strategic framework for collaboration where the context for the use of earth observations is built upon an active exchange of scientific and data expertise.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) vision is to discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity. Through its Applied Science Program, it helps people across the world—from the solo scientist eager to learn about Earth observations to federal agencies that protect our resources—use NASA data to find solutions that serve society. The Applied Science Program provides funding, training, resources, and other opportunities to help institutions and individuals make better decisions about our environment, food, water, health, and safety.
The U.S. Forest Service’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Its work across the agency is intended to help sustain forests and grasslands for present and future generations—to support nature in sustaining life. The USFS is the largest forest manager in the country with 193 million acres total of land managed for the public. It works across 500 million acres of state and private land providing technical assistance and services. To advance its mission and serve its purpose, the USFS balances the short and long-term needs of people and nature by working in collaboration with communities and its partners.
The U.S. Geological Survey is the sole science agency for the Department of the Interior. It provides science about the natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods; the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources we rely on; the health of our ecosystems and environment; and the impacts of climate and land-use change. Its scientists develop new methods and tools to supply timely, relevant, and useful information about the Earth and its processes. Given the increasingly global nature of the world’s natural science problems, the USGS uses international partnerships to conduct a variety of science worldwide. Both foreign and domestic organizations help with their global outreach.