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Key Earth System Science Water Quality Objectives
Schaeffer, B. AND D. Keith. Key Earth System Science Water Quality Objectives. National Academies Press, Washington, DC, 2018. https://doi.org/10.17226/24938
White paper for the 2017-2027 NRC Decadal Survey in Earth Science and Applications from Space. We live on a dynamic Earth shaped by both natural processes and the impacts of humans on their environment. It is in our collective interest to observe and understand our planet, and to predict future behavior to the extent possible, in order to effectively manage resources, successfully respond to threats from natural and human-induced environmental change, and capitalize on the opportunities – social, economic, security, and more – that such knowledge can bring.
Water quality is essential for the survival of life, population health and well-being. No current or planned earth orbiting mission is optimized for water quality measures of inland waters (lakes and reservoirs) or estuaries. A combined science- and application- driven, long-term plan needs to replace a mission-oriented approach to address this gap.
Record Details:Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/REPORT)
Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY
RESEARCH PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & INTEGRATION STAFF