Decadal Survey Community Forums

Commercial/Non-Governmental Inputs on Decadal Survey Study Participation Requested

The NASA Earth Science Division (ESD) is seeking new ways to leverage the work and ideas in the non-governmental/private sector regarding possible approaches to address recommendations of the 2017 Earth Science and Applications from Space Decadal Survey.

Through Request for Information (RFI) NNH18ZDKL, NASA solicits inputs from industry and other non-governmental organizations about the ways in which they wish to be substantively involved in NASA’s ongoing architecture studies for Decadal Survey-recommended “Designated Observable” observing systems.

As NASA is initiating the observing system studies soon after the start of FY2019, interested parties are urged to respond to the RFI as soon as possible so that their inputs will have maximum impact on the studies’ structures and approaches.

Decadal Survey Community Forums

As we work toward implementation of the new 2017 Decadal Survey, “Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observations from Space,” we are developing mechanisms for communicating progress with you and for hearing any questions that you may have for our further consideration.

We invite you to join us for the next Community Forum on Thursday, November 12, 2020, for an update on the approach, timing and opportunities to engage with this process. The meeting will be from 1 to 3 p.m. (Eastern). This meeting will be virtual only.

ESD Decadal Survey Community Forum

Thursday, November 12, 2020
1:00-3 p.m. | Eastern Time 
Meeting number: 199 070 5243
Meeting password: 3wzP2pbAE?5
Event address for attendees:


During the forum we will provide an update on the strategic implementation of the 2017 ESAS, with particular emphasis on the “new” program element identified as the Designated Observables (DOs). ESD is seeking new ways to leverage the work and ideas in the non-governmental/private sector to contribute possible approaches that may address the designated observables recommendations in the 2017 ESAS in order to increase mission/observing system capability and/or to reduce costs.

Community forum presentations and other supporting materials will be made available online as they become available.

This is part of a continuing series of Community Forums planned to keep the Earth Science community in the loop as we develop specific approaches for implementing Decadal Survey’s recommendations. For information on the Decadal, upcoming Community Forums, and to provide written feedback please refer to our Decadal Surveys web page.