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Optimizing societal benefit using a systems engineering approach for implementation of the GEOSS space segment
Author(s): Brian D. Killough; Stephen P. Sandford; L. DeWayne Cecil; Shelley Stover; Kim Keith
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Paper Abstract

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is driving a paradigm shift in the Earth Observation community, refocusing Earth observing systems on GEO Societal Benefit Areas (SBA). Over the short history of space-based Earth observing systems most decisions have been made based on improving our scientific understanding of the Earth with the implicit assumption that this would serve society well in the long run. The space agencies responsible for developing the satellites used for global Earth observations are typically science driven. The innovation of GEO is the call for investments by space agencies to be driven by global societal needs. This paper presents the preliminary findings of an analysis focused on the observational requirements of the GEO Energy SBA. The analysis was performed by the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) Systems Engineering Office (SEO) which is responsible for facilitating the development of implementation plans that have the maximum potential for success while optimizing the benefit to society. The analysis utilizes a new taxonomy for organizing requirements, assesses the current gaps in spacebased measurements and missions, assesses the impact of the current and planned space-based missions, and presents a set of recommendations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 December 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7151, GEOSS, CEOS, and the Future Global Remote Sensing Space System for Societal Benefits, 715103 (5 December 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.804848
Show Author Affiliations
Brian D. Killough, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Stephen P. Sandford, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
L. DeWayne Cecil, U.S. Geological Survey (United States)
Shelley Stover, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Kim Keith, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7151:
GEOSS, CEOS, and the Future Global Remote Sensing Space System for Societal Benefits
Stephen A. Mango; Stephen P. Sandford; Ranganath R. Navalgund; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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