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The PACE mission's application program is designed around end users and their earth observation data needs. The application program engages with people—scientists, policy makers, public health practitioners, industry professionals, and others—who will use PACE observations to provide fundamental knowledge of how PACE data can be used in water and air quality management, policy development, and decision making.

The application program connects PACE science to practical societal needs. It will foster new partnerships and out-of-the-box thinking that will lead to inventive solutions benefiting society and promoting sustainable earth science. The NASA Applied Sciences Program promotes and funds activities to discover innovative, yet practical, uses of NASA Earth science data and technology.

Applications are innovative uses of NASA satellite mission data products, like the ones PACE will produce, in decision-making activities for societal benefit. PACE Mission Applications will take the observatory’s data products and expand them into areas where they can inform policy or management decisions. PACE’s "End Users", or stakeholders, are the individuals and groups from private sector organizations, industry, universities, and government agencies leveraging PACE data products for their applications.
Early engagement with user communities creates awareness of PACE’s capabilities to enable quick and efficient integration of observations into decision systems and operations post-launch. This type of information exchange enables an understanding of how PACE data may innovatively inform key decisions and provide new insights.

How Does it Work?

The PACE Applications Program works in conjunction with the PACE Project Office to identify and expand its potential user community early in the PACE mission design and development process.

PACE end user communities may be characterized into two groups:

  1. The community of practice (users who are familiar with NASA products and who routinely use satellite remote sensing data in processes or decision support); and
  2. The community of potential (users who are unfamiliar with PACE capabilities and satellite data products, but have applications that could potentially benefit from PACE products). Individuals or organizations in both communities can be public or private, federal or regional entities, with local, national, or international scopes for their applications.

Satellite Data Application: Using Scientific Muscle to Grow Safer Mussels

Bernard Friedman tests the toxin levels of mussels
"Mussel Man" Bernard Friedman regularly tests the toxin levels of mussels. His data are combined with ocean color measurements from satellites and models of ocean circulation. The goal of this effort is to predict the presence of domoic acid, a toxin associated with specific types of phytoplankton (Pseudo-nitzschia). This toxin can be concentrated in shellfish, potentially harming the mammals – including humans – that consume them.

Read more about the "Mussel Man" (NASA Earth Observatory)
Learn more about Pseudo-nitzschia (Phytopia)