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NASA Earth Observation Project 2021

NASA Surface Biology and Geology (SBG) 2021 | Current and Future User Requirements

Thank you for your participation in this user needs assessment survey for NASA and the Surface Biology and Geology (SBG) team. The SBG mission is part of the NASA Earth Systems Observatory, which consists of four mission concepts to be launched in the 2025-2030 timeframe.

SBG is actively seeking user community input to understand how future SBG datasets and information products can be of value to users overall and in targeted application areas.                                   
The survey is designed to understand general earth observation and specific SBG uses and needs in the first General section.The survey begins with a section to gather information about respondents, then a general section designed to understand general earth observation and specific SBG uses and needs. Based on your General section responses, the survey will direct you to additional questions specific to one of five thematic application areas:  (1) urban heat and health; (2) forestation/deforestation; (3) global food security and agriculture; (4) conservation biodiversity in terms of coral reef ecosystems, and (5) conservation biodiversity of global terrestrial ecosystems. 

We encourage you to fully complete the General survey section and ONLY the survey sections for applications in which you are actively engaged and have first hand knowledge.

The survey should take 15-30 minutes. You can monitor your progress during the survey by referencing the survey progress bar at the bottom of the survey. If you would like to pause and come back to the survey at a later time, click “Save and Continue Later” button, enter your email address to receive a link and return to the survey later. When you have answered all the questions and are satisfied with your responses, click on the “Submit” button at the end of the survey.

The point of contact for this survey is Amy Rydeen at RTI International (, should you have any questions or comments. 

Privacy Act Statement

INTENDED PURPOSE: This survey will assess current and future user needs for SBG relevant capabilities and uses.  The information gathered will be used to improve the development of SBG and related EO platforms.

The information you provide in the survey will be used only for its intended purpose. We will protect your information consistent with the principles of the Privacy Act, the e-Government act of 2002, the Federal Records Act and, as applicable, the Freedom of Information Act. No Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is collected in this survey.  Individual Responses will be aggregated for analysis and no individually traceable responses will be reported.
DISCLOSURE IS VOLUNTARY: Responses to the survey are strictly voluntary. By participating in the survey, you are giving your permission to use the information for its intended purpose.