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Agency / Organization

United States Group on Earth Observations
The U.S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO) is chartered as a subcommittee under the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). USGEO is an interagency body, with 13 government agencies represented.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
The USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.

USGS Land Remote Sensing
The fundamental goal of the LRS Program is to provide the Federal Government and the public with a primary source of remotely sensed data and applications and to be a leader in defining the future of land remote sensing, nationally and internationally.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Its reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as the agency works to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them.

NOAA Technology, Planning and Integration for Observation (TPIO)
The NOAA Technology, Planning and Integration for Observation program (TPIO) manages the development of NOAA's Integrated Environmental Observation and Data Management System Architecture, otherwise known as NOAA's Integrated Architecture. This involves managing three major NOAA-wide capabilities: (1) Observation System Architecture, (2) Requirements and Planning, and (3) Data Management Architecture.

Reference / Documentation

National Strategy for Civil Earth Observations
The National Strategy for Civil Earth Observations, once completed for FY 2014, is intended to be updated every 3 years to inform Federal investments in civil Earth observation systems. This approach of routine assessment, improved data management, and coordinated planning is designed to enable stable, continuous, and coordinated Earth observation capabilities for the benefit of society.

National Plan for Civil Earth Observations
This document, referred to as the National Plan, incorporates the priorities identified in the EOA to provide strategic guidance for a balanced portfolio approach to managing civil Earth observations to fulfill agency mandates and achieve national objectives. As required by law, this National Plan will be updated every 3 years to provide greater coordination of Federal civil Earth observation systems.

National Land Imaging Requirements (NLIR) Pilot Project Summary Report—Summary of Moderate Resolution Imaging User Requirements, Open-File Report 2014–1107
The purpose of this summary report is to provide a high-level overview of the requirements elicitation process that was exercised through the pilot project and an early analysis of the moderate resolution imaging user requirements acquired to date to support ongoing USGS sustainable land imaging study needs.

Earth Observation Requirements Evaluation System (EORES)
EORES provides an integrated web-enabled tool for end users.

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