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Earth Science Remote Sensing Data - Contributions to Natural Resources Policymaking

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  • Macauley, Molly

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  • Vukovich, Fred

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This paper traces the evolution of space-derived remote sensing data and data products from their initial dissemination to their impact on public policy related to climate change. We focus on the examples of renewable energy, public health, and ecosystem assessment. Our approach differs from previous studies that have characterized the value of data in terms of the fundamental scientific phenomena they describe. In our research we have sought to identify contributions of space-derived earth science in “making a difference” beyond scientific understanding, thereby providing at least a partial answer to questions about the utility of research posed by Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, managers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other decisionmakers.

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  • Macauley, Molly & Vukovich, Fred, 2005. "Earth Science Remote Sensing Data - Contributions to Natural Resources Policymaking," Discussion Papers dp-05-35, Resources For the Future.
  • Handle: RePEc:rff:dpaper:dp-05-35
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    1. Puzachenko, Y.G. & Sandlersky, R.B. & Krenke, A.N. & Olchev, A., 2016. "Assessing the thermodynamic variables of landscapes in the southwest part of East European plain in Russia using the MODIS multispectral band measurements," Ecological Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 319(C), pages 255-274.
    2. Macauley, Molly, 2006. "Ascribing Societal Benefit to Environmental Observations of the Earth from Space: The Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR)," Discussion Papers dp-06-09, Resources For the Future.

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    Keywords

    Natural resources; climate change; space; data;

    JEL classification:

    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy

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