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Societal Benefit & Relevance to Applied Sciences

The PACE mission will provide a combination of high-quality global atmospheric and oceanic observations that provide direct benefits to society in areas such as water resources monitoring, fisheries management, air quality forecasting, and disaster monitoring. For example, in regions of the country where there are no ground measurements, PACE data will fill critical gaps to provide public health notices of poor water and air quality. Understanding and protecting our ecosystems is key to sustaining Earth's economy. Thus, PACE data will benefit the public from data users to policy makers to industry.

The NASA Applied Sciences Program promotes and funds activities to discover and demonstrate innovative uses and practical benefits of NASA Earth science data, scientific knowledge, and technology. Some key outputs for PACE include white papers and Applications Traceability Matrices. We have also initiated an Early Adopters Program. Check out our Applications E-Brochure.

Main objectives for PACE Applications are to:

  • Achieve the right balance between maximizing the applications value of the mission and minimizing the risks associated with any increases to mission cost
  • Assess and achieve consensus recommendations with the PACE Science Team on the spectrum of applications that can be addressed with PACE measurements and retrieval approaches
  • Facilitate collaboration between the science team members and the applications user community
  • Identify key stakeholders and engage them in discussions about PACE-derived products, product characteristics, data availability, and formatting within the parameters of mission capabilities
  • Assess and interpret the impact of applications on PACE measurement requirements, retrievals, and instrument characteristics (spatial resolution, spectral resolution, latency and accuracy)
  • Quantify the uncertainties of the data that will be used for applications bearing in mind that the uncertainty thresholds for scientific investigations may be different from those for societal benefit applications
  • Provide simulated data produced for science studies to the early adopter communities to test their applications prior to the launch of PACE
  • Develop communication plans and tools for PACE applications, including the PACE Applications Traceability Matrix (ATM), applications workshops, and White-Papers on current PACE Mission Applications areas

Early Adopters Program

The PACE Early Adopters (EA) Program will promote applications research to provide a fundamental understanding of how PACE data products can be scaled and integrated into organizations' policy, business, and management activities to improve decision-making efforts.

Early Adopters description

What is an "Early Adopter"? Early adopters (EA) are groups or individuals who have a direct or clearly defined need for PACE-like data, who have an existing application, new ideas for novel PACE-related applications, and who are planning to use or apply for their own resources (funding, tools, personnel, facilities, etc.) to demonstrate the utility of PACE data for their own system or model.

The early adopters will be given access to simulated data and other pre-launch PACE-like data to enable them to develop tools to process PACE data ahead of the launch. This is to accelerate the use of post-launch PACE products by providing specific support and connection to relevant science team members that will enhance the application of PACE products for societal benefit. Activities that emphasize an end-user connection – such as a partnership with a local, state or federal agency – will be considered most relevant.

Characteristics of the PACE EA Program:
  • Each EA will be partnered with at least one PACE Science Team member who is developing a mission product that the EA would like to use/integrate into an application tool.
  • PACE EAs will participate in the implementation of the PACE Mission Activities Plan by taking lead roles in PACE applications research, meetings, workshops, and related activities.
  • The EA Program is an unfunded activity formalized through an early data access agreement (e.g., simulated PACE data) between the mission and participating organization.
  • Early Adopters will be nominated by the PACE Applications Working Group (AWG) from a pool of users after reviewing for relevance, availability of science team partners, and anticipated application.

PACE's advanced capabilities will benefit society in these areas:
Algal bloomImproved monitoring of water quality (e.g., low oxygen conditions) and water resources. Enhanced management of water resources, fisheries, and ecosystems. Refined detection of Harmful Algal Blooms. Improved knowledge of toxic matter abundances (e.g., pollutants, pathogens, bacteria). Refined monitoring of sea ice extent and ocean currents.

Click here for an overview of PACE Mission Applications - Harmful Algal Blooms.
Underwater flora and faunaSupport improved models for forecasting and early warning detection of Harmful Algal Blooms, identification of endangered species, and assessment of biodiversity. Refined data assimilation into ocean models to improve model skill and forecasting capabilities.

Click here for an overview of PACE Mission Applications - Fisheries.
Catastrophic floodingPACE will enable refined detection, tracking, and assessment of the effects of hurricanes, oil spills and seeps, volcanic ash plumes, and fires. It will improve evaluation of the impact of these disasters on marine and terrestrial ecosystems and human health.

Click here for an overview of PACE Mission Applications - Hazards & Aviation Safety.
Belching smokestacksPACE will support improved air quality monitoring, forecasting, and management. It will also allow refined assessment of climate change impacts on air quality and public health.

Click here for an overview of PACE Mission Applications - Air Quality.
IcebergsImproved mapping, assessment and understanding of climate-relevant biogeochemical concentrations and fluxes. Enhanced climate model skill and forecasting capabilities. Better support for policy analyses and assessments. Refined design of planning adaptation and response approaches to impacts of climate change.
For more information, access these PACE Applications materials:  Questions & Concepts | Traceability Matrix
PACE Applications Team
Maria Tzortziou
Maria Tzortziou

Ali Omar
Ali Omar

Woody Turner
Woody Turner

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