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PACE will benefit society by delivering high-quality observations of our ocean and atmosphere. Its innovative design and cutting-edge technology are designed to study the earth in new ways and deliver a variety of science data products.

A key activity is the PACE Applications Program, which engages individuals and groups to use PACE data for their projects. We work with you — scientists, policy makers, public health practitioners, and industry professionals — to apply PACE data to practical societal needs. The goal of the PACE Applications Program is to foster new partnerships and out-of-the-box thinking that will generate inventive solutions that aid society. These efforts support the NASA Applied Sciences Program.

Applications are innovative uses of NASA satellite data to help improve decision-making and provide practical solutions to meet the needs of society. Data products produced by PACE will help monitor water resources and air quality, as well as respond to natural disasters, including flood, volcanic, and wildfire events. The PACE Applications Program will foster the expansion of observatory's science data to inform policy and management decisions.
PACE data will be publicly available, offering new ways to view the Earth and its ecosystems. Connecting PACE with applied science is key to realizing the full potential of this innovative, Earth-observing satellite. The PACE Applications Program also aims to build awareness of the PACE mission and its potential societal benefits. Overall, these efforts will enable quick integration of PACE data into decision-making processes and operational tools after launch.

How Does it Work?

The PACE Applications Program will engage two groups:

  1. Community of Practice – People who are familiar with NASA products and routinely use satellite remote sensing data in processes or decision support. Early Adopters are often part of this community; and
  2. Community of Potential – People who are unfamiliar with satellite data products and PACE capabilities, but might be able to leverage and benefit from PACE data products.

We will strive to effectively transition individuals and groups from being potential users to those who actively employ PACE observations to address environmental issues. 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) 

Becoming an PACE Early Adopter begins with completing an application using our online webform. After review, selected proposers will contacted by PACE Applications Program coordinators. The PACE Early Adopter Guide provides detailed information, including review and selection criteria.

There are many benefits to becoming a PACE Early Adopter. Interested? Contact us directly at pace-applications@oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov if you have any questions.

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