VALUABLES is a collaboration with NASA to measure how satellite information benefits people and the environment when it is used to make decisions.
The Consortium for the Valuation of Applications Benefits Linked with Earth Science (VALUABLES) is a cooperative agreement between Resources for the Future (RFF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). We are based at RFF’s Washington, DC headquarters.
Created in 2016 with a $3.5 million award from NASA, we are working to quantify and communicate how the use of satellite information in decisions can improve outcomes for people and the environment. The consortium brings together economists and decision scientists, NASA scientists and remote sensing experts, and members of the wider Earth science community.
Our work is motivated by the science of the value of information (VOI), a microeconomic approach to determining what information is worth by assessing the difference in how people make a decision with and without this information.
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Learn about the socioeconomic benefits that Earth observations provide when people use them to make decisions.
Tools & Resources
Browse our educational materials—including an ongoing “Value of Science” explainer series—and learn more about our activities to support the Earth science community in quantifying the societal value of its work.
Grants for Assessing the Benefits of Satellites
These grant-funded research projects quantify the benefits of satellite data that inform decisions and lead to improved outcomes.