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Societal Benefit & Relevance to Applied Sciences

PACE will benefit society by delivering high-quality observations of our ocean and atmosphere. Its data will help to track water resources, manage fisheries, forecast air quality, and monitor disasters. PACE will fill critical data gaps; for example, in regions that lack ground-based air or water quality measurements. Furthermore, the mission will aid in understanding key ecosystems that sustain our economy. Thus, PACE 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 Matrix.

PACE Applications Plan »

Main objectives for PACE Applications are to:

  • Demonstrate the utility of PACE data products and PACE's practical use for societal benefit;
  • In conjunction with the PACE Science Team, assess the spectrum of applications that can be addressed with PACE measurements and retrieval approaches;
  • Provide feedback to the PACE Project on factors that might impact the value of PACE data for applications purposes;
  • Identify key stakeholders and potential Early Adopters to promote the use of PACE products by user communities whose decisions could benefit from the application of PACE data;
  • Engage new user communities through a variety of communication strategies tailored to their level of expertise and the complexity of their processes and systems; and
  • Collaborate with socioeconomic experts to estimate the value and improved operational efficiency achieved by using PACE data.

Satellite Data Application: Using Scientific Muscle to Grow Safer Mussels

Bernard Friedman tests the toxin levels of mussels
"Mussel Man" Bernard Friedman regularly tests the toxin levels of mussels. His data are combined with ocean color measurements from satellites and models of ocean circulation. The goal of this effort is to predict the presence of domoic acid, a toxin associated with specific types of phytoplankton (Pseudo-nitzschia). This toxin can be concentrated in shellfish, potentially harming the mammals – including humans – that consume them.

Read more about the "Mussel Man" (NASA Earth Observatory) | Learn more about Pseudo-nitzschia (Phytopia)