Agencies team for environment

NASA and the Department of Agriculture will team to tackle a number of tough environmental issues. The two agencies will share resources on a series of programs to manage invading species, water and air resources and to find ways for U.S. farmers to compete in the world market.

"NASA's ability to view the Earth from the unique vantage point of space provides data to enhance our ability to predict climate, weather and natural hazards, as well as to mitigate and assess the effects of natural and human-induced disasters," NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe said.

Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said NASA's capabilities in monitoring, mapping, modeling and systems engineering can help in Agriculture's environmental missions. The space agency can offer data that can help predict weather and better support local and regional systems in agricultural management.

An Agriculture/NASA Interagency Working Group has been formed to establish new research efforts, remote sensing systems and models for decision support in agricultural systems.


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