About the ESDS Program

The Earth Science Data Systems (ESDS) Program is responsible for:

  • Actively managing NASA’s Earth science data as a national asset
  • Developing data system capabilities optimized to support rigorous science investigations and unique needs of multiple science disciplines
  • Processing instrument data to create Earth System Data Records (ESDRs)
  • Upholding NASA’s policy of free, full, and open sharing of all data, tools, and ancillary information for all users
  • Engaging members of the Earth science community in the evolution of data systems


Alignment with NASA Strategic Plan

Alignment with NASA Strategic Plan

NASA established three Strategic Goals, each containing several objectives, in their most recent Strategic Plan (2014):

  1. Expand the frontiers of knowledge, capability, and opportunity in space;
  2. Advance understanding of Earth and develop technologies to improve the quality of life on our home planet;
  3. Serve the American public and accomplish our Mission by effectively managing our people, technical capabilities, and infrastructure.

NASA HQ's ESDS Program consistently aligns with Goal 2 of NASA's Strategic Plan 2014, with particular devotion to Objective 2.2: "Advance knowledge of Earth as a system to meet the challenges of environmental change, and to improve life on our planet."

NASA'a Earth science programs shape an interdisciplinary view of Earth, exploring the interaction among the atmosphere, oceans, ice sheets, land surface interior, and life itself, which enables scientists to measure global climate changes and to inform decisions by Government, organizations, and people in the United States and around the world.

We make the data collected and the results generated by our missions accessible to other agencies and organizations in order to improve the products and services they provide...


Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Earth Science Data Systems (ESDS) Program oversees the lifecycle of Earth science data with the principle goal of maximizing the scientific return from NASA's missions and experiments for research and applied scientists, decision makers, and society at large.

Vision

Make NASA's free and open Earth science data interactive, interoperable, and accessible for research and societal benefit today and tomorrow.

NASA's ESDS Program sets the standard for the delivery of science-quality data related to planet Earth. We ensure the data are documented precisely and fully, and our data access services are useful and useable by a wide community of users.

Goals

1. Set the standard for the archival and delivery of science-quality data related to planet Earth.

2. Provide consistent harmonized services for data, metadata, and services to facilitate interdisciplinary Earth science investigations.

3. Ensure data is documented precisely and fully, and access to data and services are useful and useable by a wide community of users.

4. Improve data system capabilities through continual evolution and community engagement.


Program Charter

Program Charter

The ESDS Program oversees the lifecycle of NASA's Earth science data with the principle goal of maximizing the scientific return from NASA's missions and experiments for research and applied scientists, decision makers, and society at large.


Last Updated: Aug 22, 2017 at 1:45 PM EDT