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International agreements on cooperation in remote sensing and earth observation
Wagner, Caroline S.
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Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1998.
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xiii, 93 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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"Prepared for the Office of Science and Technology Policy [by] Critical Technologies Institute, RAND."

"MR-972-OSTP"--P. [4] of cover.
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As of the end of 1997, the United States had cooperative agreements with 76 countries and six multinational organizations covering the operations of 32 active satellites, most often covering the collection of weather data. These agreements are entered into by a number of agencies, with five agencies accounting for 90 percent of the agreements identified for this project: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Air Force, the Defense Mapping Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the U.S. Forest Service. This report catalogs the agreements and assesses the extent of interagency coordination that take place when agreements are negotiated and signed. Three possible policy actions emerged: rationalizing the terms of and descriptions for international agreements across agencies; creating a central clearinghouse for information on agreements, perhaps using the World Wide Web; and streamlining the available formal coordination process to increase the frequency of its use.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Figures and Tablesp. vii
Summaryp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Abbreviations Used in the Textp. xiii
Chapter 1 Introduction; Agreeing to cooperatep. 1
Purpose of This Projectp. 3
Methodologyp. 4
Scopep. 4
Organization of This Reportp. 4
Chapter 2 An Overview of Remote-Sensing ISTAsp. 7
International partnersp. 8
Subjects of cooperationp. 8
Types of agreementsp. 10
Chapter 3 Agency Activities and Interagency Coordinationp. 13
Chapter 4 Policy Actions and Recommendations that could Improve Interagency Coordinationp. 17
Appendix A Catalog of Remote-Sensing ISTAsp. 19
A List Directly Related Agreementsp. 27
B List Indirectly Related Agreementsp. 69