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What is "Applications" at NASA and for the missions?

"Applications" is applying or using NASA data and assets to enhance, improve or advance science and technology beyond fundamental research, where the end goal is to support decision making in business, organization and policy. NASA applications help create a bridge and a process to applying new data and knowledge into decision making that can ultimately providing societal benefits.

The OCO-2 Early Adopter program works with the NASA Applied Science Program (ASP). As a part of the 4 elements of NASA Earth Science (the others are Flight, Research and Technology) ASP funds projects that enable innovative uses of NASA Earth science data in organizations' policy, business, and management decisions. The project results and enhanced decision-making improve the quality of life and strengthen the economy.

To learn more about the NASA Applied Science program, please visit: Applied Science Program.

Why do "Applications"?

The spaceborne data from NASA provide a unique vantage point of looking at Earth as a system that is valuable to understanding how the Earth is working and responding to changes. This perspective will help researchers and others learn more about their models and tools beyond conventional methods. Since one of the long term objectives for applications development is enabling the use of remote sensing data into decision making or decision support processes, the program is committed to capacity building, data product development and user support.

Who are the Early Adopters?

The Early Adopters are the researchers and people who want to use NASA data in their work and are interested in expanding their research to encourage and support decision making.

Interested in being an Early Adopter? How do I get involved?

For OCO-2 thus far, the primary focus has been on helping people who are interested in using our Solar Induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence (SIF) products. The mission has held a series of User workshops and held a technical workshop at the Fall AGU 2018 to support interested users. For more information, please check out the presentations from the workshop, as well as the SIF Github to learn about tools and tutorials.

We have a current (and expanding) list of users in the SIF community, and there is a monthly telecon to share information and presentations. If you are interested in joining the list, please email us to let us know and if you are interested in becoming an early adopter, please sign up!

When can I get involved?

There is no set time line, but there is no better time than the present. OCO-2 was launched back in July 2, 2014 and we have several years of data available. Please take a look at our publications page if you would like to see the range of peer reviewed papers. OCO-3 launched on May 4, 2019 and will maintain operations on the ISS through 2022. This is an exciting time to become involved with the OCO-2/OCO-3 early adopter community.

Still unsure? Please feel free to email Karen Yuen with any questions.

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