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Societal Benefits

In 2007, the National Research Council (NRC) conducted a survey of Earth science and its applications from space, identifying key scientific questions and societal objectives on which to focus Earth observations beginning in 2005. The Council organized the science missions into three time-phased tiers, identifying the mission(s) most appropriate to answer key science questions and address societal objectives. In addition to the NRC’s Decadal Survey, a summary of the policy documents that support the science goals of the CLARREO mission can be found hereGet Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader

Selected as a high-priority, tier one mission, the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) is a climate mission that will bring revolutionary accuracy to climate measurement—and provide a global benchmark measurement for conclusively determining long-term climate trends. The urgency for CLARREO results from the growing need for higher accuracy, long-term climate change observations than current instruments are capable of providing. Data from CLARREO will dramatically increase how accurately we define the real climate future that society faces—and assist policy makers in formulating more informed decisions about how to respond. The timing of the CLARREO mission is a result of recent advances in a wide range of scientific, measurement, and technological areas. These advances combine to enable CLARREO to be a completely new type of climate mission: a mission focused on accuracy at decade time scales. Because CLARREO measurements will cover the majority of the solar and infrared spectrum, CLARREO will provide this accuracy for most of the climate variables essential for assessing climate change, greatly expanding the uses of existing space-based data sets for societal benefit. image
Data from CLARREO will dramatically increase how accurately we define the real climate future that society faces—and assist policy makers in formulating more informed decisions about how to respond.