Organization: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Research Title: Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)

Funding Level (millions of dollars):

FY94 5.0
FY95 6.0
FY96 0.0

Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Component:
(a) Subcommittee: Global Change Research Subcommittee (100%)
(b) Environmental Issue: Global change (70%); Understanding socioeconomic driving force (30%)
(c) Research Activity: Impacts and adaptations: socioeconomic (30%); Data management (70%) 5. Organizational Components:
Operations, Data and Information Systems Division
Office of Mission To Planet Earth

Point of Contact:
Jerry Garegnam
Phone: 202-358-0770
E-Mail: jgaregna@hq.nasa.gov

Research Goals:
CIESIN operates the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC). SEDAC is the element within the Mission To Planet Earth's, Earth Observation System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) that provides access to socioeconomic data (for combination with EOS and other Earth Science data) which is necessary to support the public policy analysts and policy makers.

Research Description:
SEDAC is one of the EOSDIS Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) . Earth science research results, often in the form of new derived science products, must be used in combination with socioeconomic data and information to analyze the effects of changing environmental conditions on human activities such as agriculture, urban planning, health changes, etc. SEDAC will develop new policy oriented information products that synthesize Earth science and socioeconomic data and will provide the connectivity to sources of socioeconomic information around the world.

Program Interfaces:
SEDAC coordination, as is all the EOSDIS DAACs, is through the Committee on Earth and Natural Resources (Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (CENR)) Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR).

Program Milestones:
The SEDAC contract with CIESIN was finalized in July, 1995 and will be tied to the Major EOSDIS Milestones.

Policy Payoffs:
A better understanding of the extent, causes, and regional consequences of global change's human dimension.