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New Earth Observation Plan Encourages National Collaboration; Lawrence Friedl Quoted

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Lawrence Friedl
Lawrence Friedl

An office within the White House has updated a strategy on Earth observation data with efforts to better collaborate with industry and other sectors, Space News reported Wednesday.

The Office of Science and Technology Policy’s National Science and Technology Council released the National Plan for Civil Earth Observations on Monday.

Lawrence Friedl, a NASA program director who co-chairs the U.S. interagency Group on Earth Observations, said the plan includes work from industry, government, academia and nonprofits.

“We really want to emphasize this is a national Earth-observation plan, not a federal Earth-observation plan,” he said Monday at a meeting with the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

The plan also considers trends and technologies that have changed the Earth observation practice since 2014.