SECTION III

KSC SPECIFIC ROLES IN SUPPORT OF THE MISSION TO PLANET EARTH (MTPE) ENTERPRISE

KSC, in partnership with academia and private industry, will strive for excellence in the selected areas that are essential to the goals and objectives of the NASA Mission to Planet Earth Enterprise. KSC supports these activities in the following ways:

MTPE ENTERPRISE GOAL 1

Expand scientific knowledge of the Earth system using the unique vantage point of space

MTPE Enterprise Objective 1.1:

Develop the capability to perform repeated global inventories of land use and land cover from space, and develop the scientific understanding and models necessary to evaluate the consequences of observed changes

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MTPE Enterprise Objective 1.2:

Develop and use remotely sensed and in situ observations to monitor, describe, and understand seasonal-to-interannual climate variability, with the aim of improving skill in long-range weather forecasts and seasonal climate predictions

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MTPE Enterprise Objective 1.3:

Understand the causes and consequences of long-term (decades to centuries) climate system variability

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MTPE Enterprise Objective 1.4:

Develop understanding of processes affecting distributions of ozone and oxidizing species in the global troposphere and stratosphere, to determine those distributions, including their spatial and temporal dependence, and to quantitatively characterize observed past and, through the use of predictive models, potential future changes in these distributions

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MTPE Enterprise Objective 1.5:

Understand Earth processes which can lead to natural disasters, develop risk assessment capability for vulnerable regions, and coordinate with U.S. disaster managers and international space agencies

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MTPE ENTERPRISE GOAL 2

Disseminate information about the Earth system

MTPE Enterprise Objective 2.1:

Implement successive releases of EOSDIS in phase with spacecraft launch schedule

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MTPE ENTERPRISE GOAL 3

Enable the productive use of MTPE science and technology in the public and private sectors

MTPE Enterprise Objective 3.1:

Extend the use of NASA's data, models, and research beyond the traditional science community to be applied to the needs of the State, local, and commercial sectors

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MTPE Enterprise Objective 3.2:

Support the development of a robust commercial remote sensing industry

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MTPE Enterprise Objective 3.3:

Make major scientific contributions to national and international environmental assessments

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KSC Implementation Plan Home Page

Author: Saul Barton
Curator: Carol Valdes (Carol.Valdes-1@ksc.nasa.gov)
Updated: June 10, 1997

A service of the Kennedy Space Center, Roy D. Bridges, Center Director